Tag Archives: winter

So tired

Maybe it’s the lingering cold and snow, maybe it’s changing the clocks, maybe it’s March break and having the kids around all day, but man, am I ever bagged. I should follow this guy’s lead and get some sleep.

And while he looks cozy enough, I think I prefer my bed over a tree branch – much more comfy.

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Get Outside!

We just got back from a walk in the woods at Baxter Conservation Area, which has some great trails in the forests along the Rideau River. What an incredible day! It’s gorgeous out there – if you’re experiencing a hit of spring weather like we are in the Ottawa Valley, oh my goodness get outside and enjoy the sun, the melting snow, the porcupines in the trees and the purple finches singing.

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Rural Abstracts 4

Windswept corn left fallow in the field last fall; and this weekend, I’ll be starting seeds indoors, anticipating spring and new growth around the corner.

And the seasons go full circle.

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Rural Abstracts 3

I need to spend more time photographing old barns;  I never get tired of all their contrasts, textures, lines and patterns.

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Rural Abstracts 2

The ducks took flight, evading visible obstacles, as well as an unseen predator, filling the sky with their motion.

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Rural Abstracts 1

A drive through the countryside with nothing but flat, gray light and a bleak end-of-winter landscape forced me to see the world through different eyes.

I rarely stretch my imagination like this, as I prefer to take pictures of nature being beautiful, but looking for lines and contrast instead of colour and detail gives me a new perspective, and  helps me to develop my creativity.

And, well, it’s just fun, with neat results!

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This image I took at my recently found birch grove. I’m so excited about it! Birch is my favourite tree, so to find a dense stand nearby allows me to revisit frequently, and play around with the trees photographically. You’ll be seeing more of this forest through the months.

This image isn’t post-processed, except for a little change in contrast. I used the blur technique, where you set a slightly slower shutter speed, and move the camera up or down while taking the picture. Easy to do, with interesting results – try it!

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Found!

We’ve been looking for these guys in the neighbouring rivers for a year now, ever since this encounter. So it was a  surprise to see them today, but as always, a pleasure – they look like they’re having so much fun, slipping in and out of the water, rolling around on the ice.

We couldn’t get very close to them, and it was freakin’ cold out so I didn’t last very long, but now that we know where to look, I hope to head back and get better images of them soon. ‘Cause they’re such a RIOT!*watchingitallunfold_found

*A little bit of biologist humour there…If you take the first two letters of each word in River Otter, it gives you their shorthand name: RIOT. Get it? Haha, haha. Sigh.

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On Fire

The setting sun set fire to the marsh, engulfing the cattails in flames.

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Nature-Inspired Etsy Love

Some recent lovely etsy discoveries, celebrating this long white winter we’ve been having!

Winter Paper Sculpture Print:

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Bear soft sculpture:

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Winter Landscape Mug:

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Arctic Necklace:

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The Three Giants

While towering and imposing, they were still gracious enough to let a sunbeam or two through their defenses.

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