Pond off Humber River Trail

Another bike ride down the Humber Recreational Trail today had me going a little further than usual and I decided to stop at a pond off the Humber River to get in some picture-taking.

Reed Abstract

Reed Abstract

It was an overcast day and things were looking blah but this closeup of the reeds turned out great!

Humber River Pond

Humber River Pond

With such a blah looking sky I decided to convert this photo as a black and white. It comes across much better. I do have to admit that it’s not the sharpest photograph but I really like the look of it so I decided to share it anyway. Enjoy!

Ducks of the Humber

Its a week later and I’m back on my bike, riding along the Humber River looking for that little Wood Duck I saw last week. As I looked in the regular “duck” spots all I found were the usual suspects.

Emerald Head
Emerald Head

The beautiful emerald head of the mallard swimming along the river, a female red winged blackbird scurrying along the riverbank and few more mallards hanging out on the shoreline in the hopes of a thrown treat. Not a huge variety of birds but enough to practice my bird skills.

Female Blackbird
Female Blackbird

I’ve never really noticed this before but the year old male ducks look a little patchy as they finally get their adult colouring.

Mallard
Mallard

Although I didn’t find the Wood Duck it was still a fun morning watching the mallards and blackbirds go about their business. Neither were too worried about us land animals.

Macro World on Flowerpot Island

We woke up extra early this morning to drive over to the Tobermory lighthouse and get us some sunrise photos. We were eager to see what mother nature was going to show us.

Rise and Shine
Rise and Shine

And I had a front seat to the spectacular event.

Front Seat
Front Seat

You couldn’t ask for a better morning. Temperatures were mild, the colours were on point and we had some cloud for the colours to reflect off of. Thank you Mother Nature!

Flowerpot 2
Flowerpot 2

After a hearty breakfast we hopped on a boat and headed over to Flowerpot Island. After such great sunrise, the clouds came in and the drizzle started, eventually turning into a more substantial rain later in the day.

We walked along the shoreline path and stopped to photograph the flowerpots before heading to the lightstation museum on the north side of the island. That’s when the rain settled in so we got into our rain gear before heading back to the trails.

droplet
droplet

Instead of hiking the shoreline around the island we decided to cut through the middle and take the trail over some more rugged terrain in the hopes of spotting the elusive Striped Coral Root orchid. It wasn’t until we reached the main trail again that we spotted the orchid. I was thankful that I had the rain gear as I was down on the ground a number of times to get photos of almost every flower we spotted.

Striped Coral Root
Striped Coral Root

By the time we got back to our Airbnb we were both wiped and very damp. Not to mention excited to see what we had captured. We have one more day here in Tobermory and it looked like we may have some better weather.


An Uneventful Day at Cape Croker

I am spending another weekend on the trails in hopes of getting ever closer to my goal of finishing the Bruce Trail. This weekend I am staying at Cape Croker campground, which apparently the trail just happens to go right through. This makes things a little easier when planning a hike.

Before I headed over to the campground I did the hike through the Bruce Caves Conservation area where I found many a little mushroom along my path. This is a very popular spot so if you decide to go, arrive early to make sure you get a spot to park. Most people seem to just stick around the short path to the caves, which is on a side trail rather than on the main trail itself. Even though I passed by the caves I decided to skip them and head to the main trail.

Mushroom

Mushroom

After the long hike I went over to the Cape Croker Campground to sign in and find myself a site to relax in for the rest of the day. Once I picked my site and paid for my one-nighter I went back to the site to get the tent up. That’s when I noticed something unexpected. When I mentioned earlier that the trail goes through the park little did I realize that I had picked a site that was right on the trail itself. Once I realized this I knew I had to get back on the trail and finish the section within the campground just for kicks.

Lakeside Boardwalk

Lakeside Boardwalk

Although I hadn’t planned to walk the trail again that day I decided it wouldn’t be so bad to an extra few kilometres. As I wandered down the road and onto a steep rocky path heading down to the beach it was then that I realized that my feet were not so happy about this change of plans. I pushed on thinking – oh it’s only 2 more kilometres, what could it hurt. Well hurt it did as I hiked along the boardwalk and then onto the road. My feet were unimpressed but I pushed on.

Beyond the Curve

Beyond the Curve

On the other side of the road, I hiked on a short distance before coming face to face with a steep cliff. That’s when I decided it was time to head back, make myself some dinner and more importantly rest those aching feet. There was no more hiking for me today. Plus I had a whole other day in front of me to hike.

Welcome to the Hartland

After the long journey yesterday and the rain and fog to contend with on the drive we were all happy to see sunny blue skies as we left Nova Scotia and headed into New Brunswick. We had one touristy thing left to do and it was to visit the world’s longest covered bridge in Hartland, NB.

Covered Bridge NB

Covered Bridge NB

She’s a whopping 1,282 feet or 391 metres. We took many photos from many different angles and this one gives you a little view of the inside as well as how long she looks. Pretty neat little spot.

From here on out we are focusing on driving home. Tonight we have stopped in Quebec and then tomorrow its into Ontario and home. The two weeks have been great and we’ve seen some amazing things. At times it was tough to leave some spots but we are all glad to have had the experiences and look forward to the next big adventure!