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Year in Photos – Week 29

We spent the week at the cottage, which always offers up lots of photo opportunities. This week was no exception, with a couple captures that I’m really pleased with.

July 12, 2021

I finally got onto the golf course after a two year hiatus. This old tree was blown over.

Apple iPhone XR – 4.25mm – f1.8 – 1/350 – ISO 25

Instead of removing the tree, a local wood carver turned the stump into the face of an old man.

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Year in Photos – Week 28

Still trying to get caught up on daily photos, but it is getting better. We took a vacation to the family cottage late into the week, so this post is a bit late.

July 5, 2021 – (May 4, 2019)

Some days, you just need to relax after spending the day chasing squirrels.

Canon 80D – EFS 10-22mm – 22mm – f4.5 – 1/640 – ISO 2500

This opening weekend at the cottage must have been a tiring one to get Lilo to stay inside. She usually spends her time in the bush with the bugs.

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Year in Photos – Week 27

I think this is the final week of pictures where I felt like I was juggling a thousand flaming swords. I managed one new picture this week, with the rest being throwbacks.

June 28, 2021 – (June 2, 2018)

It’s been a while since I’ve done any macro photography. I keep forgetting about it since I tend to gravitate to landscape and wildlife subjects.

Canon 80D – EFS 18-135mm – Extension Tubes – 135mm – f5.6 – 1/200 – ISO 1600

This ant was one of many on a peony bush. The hardest part of macro, while using extension tubes, is keeping the camera steady in order to keep the subject in focus.

June 29, 2021 – (July 28, 2017)

During a mid-summer trip to Algonquin Park, we paddled between Pog Lake and Lake of Two Rivers. This meandering creek provided lots of photo opportunities.

Canon Rebel xTi – EF 75-300mm – 105mm – f10 – 1/250 – ISO 400

This painted turtle was sunning on a log as we paddled along. He dove shortly after this shot.

June 30, 2021 – (February 7, 2015)

We spent a week in southern Arizona, one winter, and did a bit of sight seeing, including an outdoor desert museum.

Cano Rebel xTi – EF 75-300mm – 300mm – f13 – 1/2000 – ISO 800

The museum had a raptor show, including this owl. It was a great opportunity to play with the manual functions on my old DSLR.

July 1, 2021

I actually managed a new picture today. A morning dog walk, before it got too hot took us along some shaded paths.

iPhone XR – 4.25mm – f1.8 – 1/60 – ISO 100

We are lucky to have a few nice paths nearby, that are heavily treed instead of open lawns.

July 2, 2021 – (August 10, 2018)

One of the great things about many Ontario provincial parks are the unimpeded natural views. Whether night sky or distant lake shores, you can usually find somewhere without an obvious human influence.

Canon 80D – EFS 18-135mm – 18mm – f3.5 – 15 sec – ISO 1600

This particular shot of the Milky Way was taken at the old airfield within the Mew Lake campground. The wide open area is devoid of trees, but provides a great spot to setup a tripod and a camp chair to practice astrophotography.

July 3, 2021 – (August 10, 2018)

When you hear something referred to as Ragged Falls, you tend to picture roaring rapids over steep rock.

Canon 80D – EFS 18-135mm – 18mm – f3.5 – 1/1600 – ISO 500

As this was taken later in the summer, when water levels were low, it was more of a meandering trickle along this particular stretch of river.

July 4, 2021 – (July 27, 2018)

There was a time when I was still learning to shoot in manual mode and finding new features as I went along. The ability to change the white balance was one that I was particularly enjoying.

Canon 80D – EFS 18-135mm – 24mm – f4 – 1/2500 – ISO 500

This shot seems to capture what Canadian cottaging is all about. Sunsets, docks, and Adirondack chairs sums up the experience.

As I get back to a normal level of busy, I hope to have a lot more new photos. While the throwbacks are nice, that certainly wasn’t the point of this project.

Year in Photos – Week 26

This week marks the halfway point of the year in photos. Hopefully I can get back to more regular new pictures after this week.

June 21, 2021 (May 14, 2019)

My favourite bird to photograph is the Common Loon. Whether at the cottage or while camping, I usually see or hear them at least once during the trip.

Canon 80D – Sigma 150-600mm – 600mm – f6.3 – 1/500 – ISO 1000
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Year in Photos – Week 25

I’ll be glad when things finally get back to a normal level of busy. I took a single new picture this week, so I hope you enjoy a look back at some of my older shots.

June 14, 2021 (October 5, 2019)

I spent a week in Vancouver a couple years ago for a work conference, and added a couple extra days to take in the touristy stuff during my first visit out west.

Canon 80D – EFS 10-22mm – 10mm – f5.0 – 1/320 – ISO 500
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Year in Photos – Week 24

I actually had all but two days of this post written this past Saturday, but just couldn’t get around to posting the last two pictures and publishing it. It’s been a busy few weeks and the next few will be much the same. So with that, the posts for the next few weeks are going to include some of my favourite pictures from my archives, in addition to some daily pictures, when I have made the time to take one. Hopefully, in July, I can get back to taking daily pictures.

June 7, 2021

We have a very healthy garden this year, with many of our perennials now well established.

iPhone XR – 4.25mm – f1.8- 1/150 – ISO 25
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Year in Photos – Week 22

It’s been a busy week, so I got behind on my posts again! This week is more of the traditional shots, with a few flowers from the garden.

May 24, 2021

The Canada 150 tulips that I posted about before have turned from their pale yellow to the white and red of the Canadian flag. They are very striking flowers in our garden, where there are few others so far.

iPhone XR – 4.25mm – 1/25 – ISO 250

The squirrels must have moved a few tulip bulbs last fall because I know I didn’t plant these tulips here.

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Year in Photos – Week 21

This week, I wanted to focus on the Leave no Trace principles. These seven principles are about reducing the impact we have on the environment when we get outside. You can find out more information on these principles at

May 17, 2021

Plan Ahead and Prepare. This one is pretty obvious, but the idea is that you plan your outdoor adventures in advance and come prepared so that you don’t impact the local environment. This might include having maps and safety equipment, but it also includes understanding your own limits and not putting yourself in a position where damage to the local environment might occur.

Canon 80D – EF 50mm – f8.0 – 1/250 – ISO 200
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Year in Photos – Week 20

The warm weather this week had me getting outside and getting lots of pictures of spring. I also made the effort to use some other lenses this week instead of my go-to kit lens.

May 10, 2021

This is another multi-picture day. Our cat and dog love the sleep in the sunshine, no matter where it is.

Koka likes to follow the sunlight around the main level. She has managed to turn on the Roomba once while laying on it. Lilo loves the bed and loves it even more if the sun is shining on her spot.

May 11, 2021

We’ve been getting a lot more birds at the feeders and in the backyard this week.

Canon 80D – Sigma 150-600mm – 600mm – f6.3 – 1/800 – ISO 800

This European starling was doing its best to remove some of the grubs from the lawn.

May 12, 2021

The cardinals have also been frequent visitors lately.

Canon 80D – Sigma 150-600mm – 600mm – f6.3 – 1/400 – ISO 800

This one had just had a meal from the suet feeder and was cleaning off his beak using the top of the fence.

May 13, 2021

Our front yard is starting to look a lot nicer now that the flowers are starting to bloom

Canon 80D – EFS 18-135mm – 135mm – f5.6 – 1/250 – ISO 200

This tulip is part of the Canada 150 batch from a few years ago. It starts out yellow, but will eventually bloom white with red markings closer to the centre.

May 14, 2021

The Laurel Creek Conservation Area is looking greener as things warm up.

Canon 80D – EFS 18-135mm – 67mm – f5.0 – 1/60 – ISO 200

The fiddleheads were up and unfurling. If you can get these in the store, they are quite good when fried with a little butter.

May 15, 2021

I set out early this morning to walk the trails of the Laurel Creek Conservation Area. My goal was to get as many wildlife pictures as possible.

Canon 80D – Sigma 150-600mm – 600mm – f6.3 – 1/50 – ISO 640

I’m pretty sure they know when I’m coming with my camera, because aside from this rabbit and a few birds, I didn’t see much. It was still a nice walk before the trails got too busy.

May 16, 2021

I decided to take another chance with the wildlife and ventured to the Schneider’s Bush and Musselman Woods. I carried my big telephoto lens mounted to the tripod for 6.5 kms in the hopes for some wildlife.

Canon 80D – Sigma 150-600mm – 600mm – f6.3 – 1/160 – ISO 800

While I didn’t have any luck with the four legged kind of wildlife, I did see this small nest of tent caterpillars. I’ll be going back to these woods again as they offered some unique opportunities for more photos.

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