Cyprus Lake Campground Day 1

I’m back at my favourite place in Ontario – Cyprus Lake campground located in the Bruce Peninsula National Park. I’m here for the next 5 days! There is some rain in the forecast but I’m hoping for mostly clear skies and lots of campfires.

Sun flares

Sun flares

And I’m just a short walk away from this.

I love messing around with sun flares in the trees. And yes I purposely left it slightly crooked because I loved how this looked. I can do that because I’m the artist…lol

Late Day Meditation

Late Day Meditation

Late day mediations on the shores of the lake are always the best spots. I was on my way out to claim a spot for the sunset when I happened to pass this person communing with nature.

Cyprus Lake Sunset

Cyprus Lake Sunset

At first, it didn’t look like it was going to be a spectacular sunset but then this happened. Out of nowhere. I love when the skies come out to greet you like this. It reminds us that we must be patient because sometimes there is great stuff waiting for us.

Night Sky at Cyprus Lake

Night Sky at Cyprus Lake

And for the final hurrah of the day, I went out for some astrophotography near the same spot I was at for sunset. Although the clouds were coming in they didn’t block the entire Milky Way. This was a test run for when I venture out to Singing Sands when the skies clear.

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!

On the Trail with…Bears?

After a good’s night sleep at Cape Croker I broke down the tent and headed to Sydney Bay Bluff, a trail not too far away from the campground. Actually, the hike would take me to to entrance to the campground – meeting up with the trail I did yesterday. And it has some epic views from the Sydney Bay Bluffs.

Sydney Bay Bluffs

Sydney Bay Bluffs looking north

View from Jones Bluff

View of Sydney Bay Bluffs looking east

Isn’t it just gorgeous? Well I can tell you it was well worth the hike but little did I expect what happened to me before I got to this lookout. I was humming away and hiking to my music (I had the speaker going to scare off any large animals) when I got to the top of a crest time immediately went into slow motion. In a valley below me was a mama bear and her two cubs. The cubs proceeded to climb quickly up the nearest trees while mama watched from below. She immediately took off (in the direction I was planning on going) once the cubs were high in the trees. I just stood there not really sure what to do at this point. Do I continue on going past the cubs and quite possibly putting myself in-between the cubs and the mama bear OR do I just back off slowly and call the hike? 

I decided to back off and go back along the trail. I was completely freaked out. Now, this is not my first bear encounter, nor will it be my last one, but a mama with cubs I was not going to mess around with. Luckily I came across a foursome of hikers and told them about the bears. They were willing to go past the bears (which were still in the trees) and continue on past. I decided to tag along – strength in numbers! Luckily the only bears we saw the rest of the hike was the little ones up in the trees.

Can you spot the bear?

Can you spot the bear?

At the end of the hike I said goodbye to my new hiking friends. Thank goodness I was able to come across them so I could finish the trail and have a little company on my usually solitary hike.

Schoolhouse Ruins

Schoolhouse ruins near the end of the hike

Getting back to the car was a little bit of a relief as I had to hike down a side trail to get back to it. I knew I wouldn’t see another bear but man it can wreak a little havoc on your nerves when you come across something like that. Some people might say – what’s the big deal? – but never ever underestimate a wild animal. You can never know what it is thinking or predict its behaviour and when you think you can that’s when trouble can happen. Always be aware.

Okay so that’s my little spiel on wild animals, now back to it. I made one last pit stop before heading home. Beautiful Wiarton – home of Wiarton Willy, the predictor of spring. I always like stopping in here. The town is situated on the water and in summer you can usually hear some tunes being played at a local restaurant by the waterfront. And there is always people out on the boardwalk or on the water in their kayaks.

Kayaks

Kayaks

*Sigh* wishing I didn’t have to get home but the city calls and work must be done.

Two Red Chairs

It’s our last day in Newfoundland before we head out on the ferry tomorrow to the mainland. We leave Gros Morne behind as a light drizzle falls.

The National Parks have put a campaign together involving taking photos of a pair of red adirondack chairs. One has to first find these chairs then take a photo and share on social media. Today, on our way out of the park, we found a pair of chairs.

Two Red Chairs

Two Red Chairs

Rain and cold temps keep us bundled up and in the car with the occasional “Stop!” yelled out to grab a roadside shot. We did plan some stop at lighthouses today as we take the long way back to Port aux Basques. Cape Anguille lighthouse is our first stop and we actually get out of the car to explore.

Cape Anguille Lighthouse

Cape Anguille Lighthouse

Unfortunately the lighthouse and office are surrounded by a gate which makes this one not so picturesque as it could be. I found an angle that with the use of an old fence mostly hid the chain link fence.

As we continued along the coast and the rain started in a little harder I made my friend Nigel stop the car so I could explore a path that looked to head to a small beach. Not everyone was thrilled about getting out of the car but it was well worth it. As I crested the small hill a beach came into view and along the shore about 50 small shore birds were playing in the waves.

Sanderling

Sanderling

These little sanderlings were following the waves in and out to find little morsels to eat. It was amusing to watch – those little birds are quick. I took some video but they were way too fast and I couldn’t keep up with them.

Our last stop of the day was Cape Ray where another lighthouse stands. With the heavy fog it was hard to get a great shot of the lighthouse so we settled for taking photos along the coast. As we drove away I noticed an old boat along the road with an impressive view and I knew I had to photograph it.

Discarded

Discarded

This was my final photo of the day and I fell in love with it. Tomorrow we start the journey home – first with our trip on the ferry and a long drive back to Truro. No photographs tomorrow but we get one or two on our final day through New Brunswick and Quebec.

Eye Sockets and Outhouses

Waking up to drizzly weather we packed up our gear and headed north to Arches Provincial Park. Although the drizzle disappeared a fog had settled in but that didn’t stop us spending quite a bit of time exploring the arches. Arches Provincial Park is a small park but on a sunny day could very well be a great place to picnic. Since the sky was so bland I added in my own cloudy sky to create the composite below.

Arches Provincial Park

Arches Provincial Park

Venturing into one of the arches I discovered these “eyes” looking back at me. It gave me flashbacks to the Goonies movie. I decided to try out my wide angle lens to see if I could capture the effect. 

Eyes to the Soul

Eyes to the Soul

Yup, it’s still got that “Goonies” feel.

Back in the car we decided to stop at Broom Point where a fishing exhibit and rocky beach waited to be photographed. The fishing exhibit isn’t the only building on the property. A lone outhouse stands on a hill held up by large timber beams in what I assume is supposed to keep the outhouse upright in the winds. It’s very windy here on the coast and I can only assume that it usually is.

Outhouse

Outhouse

On the way back to our hotel room we decided to do one more stop at Southeast Brook Falls located inside Gros Morne National Park. A short hike through the forest takes you up to these small falls.

Southeast Brook Falls

Southeast Brook Falls

We saw quite a few spots today, some I didn’t share with you just yet, so we were pretty beat by the time we got back for dinner. So many things to see and so little time. We have one more day of exploring the west coast before we make the journey back to Ontario.