Feeling Nostalgic

I’m back to my regular neighbourhood walks and today I’ve come across a vintage car. It’s not something you see very often in my neck of the woods and so it must be documented. I’m feeling nostalgic seeing this and wishing for simpler, stress-free days.

Old Car

Old Car

I gave this photo an old-time feel when I processed it. I wanted the photo to feel like it was taken with an old film camera.

With nothing much else happening on the street I headed down to the creek path to find some macro goodies.

Sqaurrose Knapweed

Squarrose Knapweed

This gorgeous Knapweed flower is blooming all along the creek. I still can’t get over how many flowers are purple. It’s so strange that I never really noticed this before. 

Vines

Vines

Heading further down the path, into a more overgrown area, I spotted these vines blocking part of the path. I’ve definitely come across this same set of vines before. I guess when they cut the grass in this area they don’t bother with the things that can attack from above. Which I am very happy about as I wouldn’t get a shot like this otherwise.

A Swallowtail and A Catbird

I’ve mentioned a catwalk that enters the creek area from my street but there’s another catwalk around the corner, That catwalk takes you to the opposite side of the creek. It’s the one I used to get into trouble over when I took it coming home from elementary school. I wonder why it was such a big deal?

Catwalk

Catwalk

That catwalk was not so overgrown when I walked it back in the day. They used to cut down all the new growth leaving it wide open. I’m glad they decided to let it go back to a more natural habitat. I mean where else would I see something like this so close to home:

Catbird

Catbird

Or even this lovely swallowtail?

Swallowtail

Swallowtail

Okay so, I would probably see the swallowtails as they usually come to my garden every summer but who’s to say if they would without all those Dame’s Rockets it seems to love feeding on so close by. It is a lot more fun to explore this overgrown creek and would have been so much better when we played hide and seek back in school.

I Heard a Knocking

More and more trees are blooming and the creek paths are filled with flowers has spring continues along towards summer.

Creek Path

Down the creek path I happened across these purple catkins hanging off random branches. They seem to have blown off another tree to land all over the ground and some have gotten caught up on some branches. As I look around me I don’t see any tree that might have these catkins attached to it. I know I’ve seen catkins like this before but unfortunately I didn’t really pay attention to the tree it belonged to and so a mystery is born and may not be solved until next year. Unless by chance you know what tree?

Purple Catkin

Purple Catkin

As I walked along the path on the other side of the street towards the schoolyard I heard a knocking. It sounded like a woodpecker was nearby but I couldn’t see where it was. It didn’t take long to locate the noisy little bird. The Downey Woodpecker was on an old stump way up at the top so of course, my macro lens wasn’t going to cut it. I took the photo anyway.

Woodpecker

Woodpecker

This photo was cropped way in so you could see him. It was a great end to my walk today but I did wish I had brought a long lens to capture this fun moment. Maybe I’ll see him again and who knows, I might have the right lens with me to capture him way up in the trees.

Nuthatch in Claireville

Four days ago the World Health Organization announced that this new virus that has been circulating, is now considered a pandemic. Pandemic – something we hope to never have to deal with in our lifetime is now here. My employer has asked everyone to work from home as of end of day today. How long will this last? No one truly knows but we all hope its over soon. In order to get out of my head I decide to get myself out into the world. A world that for some reason still seems to have no snow. Winter, where did you go?

So today I’m back in Claireville with my friend Nigel to photograph some nature. 

Nuthatch

Nuthatch

As we walk through the marsh we are greeted by a pretty nuthatch who seems to be curious enough to get a little closer. I, of course, have the wrong lens for birding but I figured I can alway crop in if its not too far away. And that’s exactly what I did with the above photo.

Corridor of Trees

Corridor of Trees

As we walk back to the main road we take a path through this corridor of trees. As silly as it is for us to be planting trees in rows since the natural world does not do this, it does make for a great photo. Especially when you have soft golden light shining through their branches.

Still No Snow

Today looks more like late autumn rather than February. With no snow its hard to photograph so much brown so I know I have to get creative. Going out for my walk around the neighbourhood I decided to take the 50mm lens with me. This forces me to think more about the photos I’m taking and how I want to capture a particular image. It also means I have to use my feet to zoom in or out to get what I want in frame.

Vintage Walk

Vintage Walk

 For the above image the original version straight out of the camera reminded me of old photos so I decided to take it a little further when editing by washing out the blacks but also adding in some vibrance into the ground leaves for a more reddish look. Everything else was kept to a more muted tone to give it that old photograph feel.

The Neighbourhood Cat

The Neighbourhood Cat

I noticed this cat by chance when I was looking through the fence with my camera. He brought a nice point of interest to the shot and I kept the edges of the chain link fence and the vine to create a frame around him.

My regular neighbourhood walk ended up being a fun experiment and then I took it somewhere else while processing these. I will have to try to do this more often to stretch my creative skills.