Bunches of Love

Some days I don’t stray too far away from home for my photos. My mother has some beautiful plants in her garden, and one of them is the dahlia plant that is currently blooming in our front yard. They are like little bunches of love.

Purple Dahlias

Purple Dahlias

Our front yard garden is small with only a few plants, but in our backyard, we have a large bush of fall phlox. We have other plants around the house, but these two are my favourites.

Fall Phlox

Fall Phlox

I still went out for my walk and I found a couple of things to photograph, even though I didn’t feel as inspired to take many photos. One thing that caught my eye was this trio of yellow flowers. 

Elecampane

Elecampane

I found this vine, from either a cucumber or zucchini-type plant, that is struggling to escape the backyard it’s meant to be in.

Vines and Fence

Vines and Fence

The textures of the leaves against the texture of the wood fence intrigued me. By taking away the colours it made the textures more pronounced. I guess in the end, I still found things to be inspired by on my walk.

Monotone Patterns

Today I decided not to bring my Nikon camera along on my walk but rather take the smaller Fuji camera that my friend Nigel gave me. It’s a great camera but I just love my Nikon so much I just can’t seem to go out without it. But today, I finally tore myself away from Nikon and stepped into the world of Fuji.

Dried Leaf

Dried Leaf

I walked over to one of the local parks and I decided to focus on patterns and texture in my photos today. A dried leaf on the piece of wood caught my eye and I immediately got a few shots of it. The original shot is in colour but I found I was able to see more of the textures if I converted the image to black and white and really cropped into the leaf.

Wood Pattern

Wood Pattern

Not too far from the leaf, I found this old log. It’s irregular pattern and texture was amazing. I can almost feel the wood under my hand.

I think my Fuji did a very good job of capturing the images I was looking for. Now I just have to occasionally give up the dependency on my Nikon. 😉

Bike Ride through Caledon

Nigel and I decided to get out for a bike ride today. After quite a few times of talking about going to Ken Whilans Resource Management Area we finally decided that today was the day. The park is situated right on Highway 10 in the Caledon area alongside the Caledon Trailway. We decided to first go around the small lake in the park before heading out on the main trail.

Bare Tree

Bare Tree

It’s a quick trail around the lake when on a bike and there were a few muddy spots but we got through without incident. Some of the views were pretty good so I stopped to take a few photos.  Once we got back to the parking lot we headed southwest on the Caledon Trailway. As usual we stopped here and there to take some photos but it wasn’t until we passed the entrance to the golf course that I noticed the ruins of wood shed. 

Abandoned Shed

Abandoned Shed

We immediately stopped and went over to explore. What really drew me was the colours of the wood peaking through the old stain/paint juxtaposed with the plant life growing around it.

Old Shed Wall

Old Shed Wall

After photographing this shed to death we hopped back on the bikes and rode a little further. It didn’t take long before I got hungry and we headed back to the parking lot and to my favourite local diner, Caledon Family Restaurant. I highly recommend going there if you’re in the area – you’ll love it.

Spectacular Saskatchewan

Nigel invited me to explore Saskatchewan for a few days so I decided – Hells Ya I’m Going. So late last night we flew in to exceptionally chilly temps (-30ºC). It turns out that our 3 days here will be among the chilliest they have seen in awhile. Luckily I came prepared and things out here don’t seem as bone deep chilly as back home in Ontario. It must be the dryness of the air.

Today was definitely tolerable (it helps to have loads of warm layers) and I’m so glad it was. Just take a peek at these awesome photos I was able to get from our drive from Regina to Swift Current.

Modern Grain Mill

Modern Grain Mill

My first grain mill. Okay it was a modern one and I can’t wait to see some of old iconic ones. There is loads of space around these mills so it makes it Beverly easy to compose images with Saskatchewan’s dramatic skies.

Abandoned Shack at Sunrise

Abandoned Shack at Sunrise

I made Nigel pull over for this old shed. The low sun through the clouds made it seem as though it was the golden hour but I’ll tell you a little secret it was just after 4:oo pm. This is why winter is great for photos. The sun just never makes it up very high which means great light all day long.

The main reason for coming out to Saskatchewan – I know you were wondering – was to visit the Great Sandhill Dunes. We thought it would be interesting to photograph them in winter. And I’m glad we did. It was perfect with the dusting of snow and moody skies. 

Cold Sandhill Dunes

Cold Sandhill Dunes

Today’s temps were in the -20ºs so we were able to stay out for about an hour but not much more than that. Once we got cold we headed to our hotel in Swift Current for the night awaiting our next day where our plan was to head over the border to a small town in Alberta.

Beauty in Destruction

With fall colours pretty much done for this year it was time to think of somewhere interesting to go. With Roy Ramsay of Outdoor Photography Canada as my cohort for the day we headed north to an abandoned old house. 

Difficult to Stand

Difficult to Stand

There were some interesting colours happening in the house and as we explored I decided to focus on that aspect. With blues, pinks and beiges a common theme not he first floor I decided to play on that later in post processing.

All things Pink and Blue

All things Pink and Blue

It was fun exploring this old home and its grounds but please, if you decide to investigate ruins be careful as things are not always structurally sound and you can get hurt if you don’t take precautions. Be safe!