Monthly Archives: October 2013

Consolation

We went out at dusk looking for short-eared owls, but all we caught was the sunset. Not such a bad consolation prize.
I thought the colours were quite fitting considering the date. Happy Halloween everyone!

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Confetti

Woke up to our first frost – if you squinted just right, you could imagine the world was covered in confetti – what a party it must have been!

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Inspiration: GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013

Both hugely humbling and mightily motivating: astoundingly beautiful pictures from a European wildlife photography contest.

Check them out here.

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Mighty Beech

I’m still attempting to learn my Eastern tree species.  Let me tell ya, there are just a few more out here than I’m used to in the Alberta boreal forest. There I think I had, um, 7 species to ID. Here, there are dozens (at least).

But the smooth bark, straight trunk, and majestic crown of this showstopper isn’t one I’m likely to forget, especially during a fine display of fall colours.

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Amherst Island – a photographic essay

A sunny Friday, a day off school for the kids, and an air of spontaneity – who’s up for a day trip to Amherst Island?!  The kids were gung-ho (there’s a ferry involved), my husband was all keen (there are migrating birds involved) and I had a new lens to play with – et on y va! Amherst Island is just west of Kingston, in Lake Ontario. A short trip in the car, and we arrive just in time to make the ferry – only a 20 min jaunt across the water.

There’s not much to the Island, which is what makes it so special. Some gravel roads, cows and sheep, an old cemetery (with dates from the 1800s), lovely views across the lake, and Owl Woods. We tried our darndest to find some owls, searching up and down the trunks of the cedars, but it’s the wrong season – we’ll have to try again over the winter. (Maybe next time we won’t have to bushwhack through the willows on our way out.) But the island didn’t disappoint with regards to avian diversity. Highlights included northern harriers circling overhead, a merlin perched above us, a mixed flock of warblers in the cemetery that included a northern parula, great blue herons hunting out in the fields (for grasshoppers?) and huge flocks of starlings hanging with the sheep. The starlings didn’t do their crazy dance in the sky (that’s on my bucket list to see), but they were entertaining nonetheless.

All in all, a great day out. We ended up in Kingston for dinner, and managed to do some stargazing out the window on the way home. Soul-satifying, it was.

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Thanks

This thanksgiving weekend we spent a lot of time out in the woods  – the weather screamed at us to enjoy it, so we listened, willingly.

A hike in our favourite haunt – Jack Pine Trail – was just what we needed. Surrounded by sunshine, colourful leaves, and spirited children, I can’t help but love this season. Of course, turkey with all the fixings, and (homemade!) pumpkin pie doesn’t hurt, either.

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and took the time to stop and be grateful for the simple things – for me, I’m starting with Fall.

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Dew

Got onto my belly to get a shot of the morning dew – which ended up soaked into my clothes.

All for the love of photography 🙂

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Green Frog

A friendly encounter with a green frog on King Mountain trail in Gatineau Park.

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Sliver

The sky was incredible last night – a multitude of stars, a planet or two, and a glowing sliver of a moon.

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No post-processing or filters – other than a crop, this is an untouched image. I love how you can see the craters on the dark side of the moon.

I probably should have used a remote – there’s a tiny bit of motion on the star in the bottom right – but at least I pulled out the tripod, I’m usually too lazy to do even that!

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New lens!

I got a new lens for my birthday! I tested it out on a hike to Gatineau Park to check out the ‘Fall Rhapsody’. I think our visit last week was a bit before the peak of the colours, so hopefully I make it there again this fall, lens in hand, to drink in the insanity of the autumn splendour that exists out here.

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P.S. based on the perspective, any guesses what the lens might be?

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