A Walk in the Park

I had a lot more time this evening to explore Claireville for a good autumn shot. As I was chatting with my friend Nigel and angling my camera to take a photo of this wooden bridge with the sun shining through the trees this man and his dog came by. I happily snapped away as they walked by. 

A Walk in the Park

A Walk in the Park

It was the perfect opportunity to photograph them as they walked away into the sunset.

Hiking a little further in the park Nigel and I got up close and personal with some very tall grass.

Autumn Painting

Autumn Painting

When I loaded this photo into the computer it looked more of a painting rather than a photograph. There’s just something about it. When I photographed it I felt much the same way about the shot but I didn’t think it would come across the same way. Luckily it did!

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.

A Sunset Cruise

I’m with my friend Nigel on this weekend trip to explore the Bruce and attend the Orchid Festival in Tobermory, Ontario. We’ve decided to go on a sunset cruise with Blue Heron Cruises.  The only time I’ve taken one of the Blue Heron Cruises was to get to Flowerpot Island (which we’re doing tomorrow!) so this will be an interesting experience.

Bruce Escarpment
Bruce Escarpment

As we puttered down the coastline I wondered to myself where the Bruce Trail would be in all this beauty. I know that some of it was along the shoreline and occasionally I would get a glimpse of a possible trail. Hmm…one day soon I will be hiking there.

Cave Mouth
Cave Mouth

When you see a cave, do you wonder what’s inside? Do you want to get over to it and explore more? I wonder if anything lives there – maybe a bat colony? Maybe a bear?

Sunset Cruise
Sunset Cruise

I wanted to capture something a little different during the cruise. I was on a boat after all so why not do a shot through the boat of the other passengers enjoying the sunset. This couple was in the perfect position to allow that sunburst to come through. 

Boat Cruise
Boat Cruise

Look at those lovely colours! We had a great time on the cruise and it was a different way to see things that we might not normally get a chance to see. 

A Partial Solar Eclipse

It was a last minute idea but I knew I had to get out to see the partial solar eclipse today. One photo is all I really wanted but once I got over to my chosen spot I felt I had to get a sequence of shots that I could stitch together. And it worked out!!

Solar Eclipse at St Elias

Solar Eclipse at St Elias

I specifically choose St. Elias church because of its beautiful design. I also knew that no one would be around so I wouldn’t have had to contend with crowds. 

For the photo above I took six different photographs and then in post production I added each phase of the sun into one photo to create the look you see here. Turned out pretty good considering the last minute planning.

A Dusting

I woke up this morning and decided that since the icy world had yet to melt away for good I had to do some exploring a little further north. My initial thought was to head up to Coldwater but I noticed that as I got past Barrie things didn’t look so ice covered anymore so I back south I had to go. This is how I ended up in Earl Rowe Provincial Park.

The park is closed in the winter so you have to walk in from the road. It’s short hike in to the lake area but, wow, what a view once you got there. 

The Dusting

The Dusting

The ice was slowly melting as the sun’s rays warmed them and trees just sparkled in the light. I wanted to stay for awhile but some of the areas I was shooting in were more on the dangerous side as branches pulled down by the weight of the ice were on the verge of snapping and tumbling down onto my head. I had to be quick get my shots.