Not Just For The Ducks

I’m back at the Humber River Recreational Trail today and I’m hoping to find something a little more interesting than I did last week.

Mallard

I was greeted again by the mallard as I came onto the trail. Maybe I should give him a name so I can greet him next time?

Canada Goose

Canada Goose was not to be outdone, so he ambled up to say “hi” as well.

Cooper’s Hawk

I had a surprise visitor when I headed up the trail on the Humber campus grounds. This gorgeous Cooper’s Hawk was a little too far away for a great photo but I was more than happy to get some shots before he flew away.

Moody Skies in the Forks

I went out on a hike with my friend Linda and her dog, Summer. We decided on hiking at Forks of the Credit Conservation Area. When I drove in, I noticed some very strange-looking clouds. 

Cloudy Kettle Lake

They started fading as we hiked, so I stopped at Kettle Lake to get some shots.

Undulatus asperatus clouds

Other than the weird cloud formations, I spent my time focusing on my hike as this wasn’t a photo outing.

A Walk Along the Humber River

In the summer, when I get out on my bike, I usually head for the Humber Recreational Trail. I’ve biked many hours here, and today I decided to head over to one of the sections to get my butt out of my regular neighbourhood. 

Interlude

I headed to a section of the trail where there is a large pond. In the summer, you can usually find great blue herons and white egrets here, but with the cold weather, these birds head south. I did not find any other birds here, which in a way was lucky since I had only brought my macro lens with me. From one of the viewpoints on the pond, I saw a person by the water’s edge under a beautiful tree. I can’t say I was disappointed with this nice surprise as I quickly snapped a few photos.

The Trail

For the middle of winter, there is a lot of brown around us. We haven’t had snow since Christmas Day. This image above was quite bland when I started editing it. I wanted to give it a little spice, so I added some fog to the background and darkened up the foreground, giving it a little more atmosphere.

Incoming

As I crossed over the river on my way back to my car, a couple of ducks picked that same moment to came in for a landing. I was able to get a few shots as they came toward me. Only one photo was sharp, but that was all I needed. A very different walk than usual, but it was worth the short drive to see something different from my own backyard.

Late Day Light on the Humber River Trail

I went out for an evening walk along the Humber Recreational Trail. For something a little different than our regular neighbourhood walk. I didn’t find much that inspired me to click the shutter button, but it ended up being a really nice walk.

Humber River

This one photo sums up how lovely a walk it was. 

A Quick Trip to Claireville

I met Nigel at Claireville for another walk around the trails today. I had a hard time being inspired by what we saw along the path. Although I took a bunch of photos, a lot of them ended up in the trash.

Goldenrod

I liked this area of goldenrod flowers that had gone to seed. They look so soft and fluffy.

Claireville Footbridge

We liked the look of the footbridge crossing over the river in the late day’s light. The challenge was to find a spot to get a clear photo without any trees poking into our shots. We found that spot once we crossed the river and moved upstream. I focused more on the river, leaving the bridge as some interest in the background. This image was the best of the day.