I met my friend Nigel for a walk at Claireville Conservation Area this afternoon. Mostly we were out for a walk, but I did capture a couple of photos that I liked.
When I processed this image above, I first worked on a colour version, but there was too much brown for my liking. I decided black and white was the way to go for the photos.
The image above was one of the last photos I took from my walk today. There was beautiful light hitting these trees, and I couldn’t resist taking a couple of shots. I punched up the “glow” on the branches to make it more dramatic.
Overall, it was a lovely day for a walk, and I’m happy to come away with a couple, not so bad, photos.
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.
It was an overcast day and things were looking blah but this closeup of the reeds turned out great!
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!
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.
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.
I’ve never really noticed this before but the year old male ducks look a little patchy as they finally get their adult colouring.
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.
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.
And I had a front seat to the spectacular event.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.