It’s the last week of February and the weather was perfect for getting outside. Alas, the season for good cross-country skiing conditions in southern Ontario may be coming to an end unless something changes in the long range forecast.
February 22, 2021
Every New Year’s I try for at least one goal for the coming year. Last year was 52 books and 52 hikes, both of which I managed to achieve. This year, I opted to change things up a little bit. I’m aiming to take (and post) one photo for every day of the year, go on as many hikes as I can, and try to close the 30-minute exercise ring on my Apple Watch as often as possible.
It’s been a busy week, but I still managed to get one shot per day. The weather has started to improve, so I was able to spend a lot more time outside on the ski trails, which meant more iPhone pictures.
February 15, 2021
In recognition of National Flag Day here in Canada, I hoped to get a picture of a flag waving in the wind.
The forecast this week is starting out pretty normal with temperatures between -5 and -10C for the high. By the weekend, it’s forecasted to be -20C. I’m hoping to get out to the ski trails at least once, but this week may be a good time to try some indoor photography!
February 8, 2021
I’ve always enjoyed music; whether I was playing an instrument in school, listening to CDs and digital, or slipping a vinyl out of the case, I’ve always enjoyed the rhythms of music.
February gives a bit of hope to winter. The daylight hours are getting longer, the sun seems to be out more, and you know if you just get through these four weeks, things will start to warm up.
February 1, 2021
If, like us, you have tried to keep up with the latest recommendations by public health, you probably also have a stockpile of cloth face masks. Ours are hung on a coat rack near the front door and include all sorts of designs.
This week allowed for a few more interesting shots. I played around with some new gear and went out looking for different subjects. I’m looking forward to warmer weather and when it’s safe to go further from home. There are many areas in southern Ontario that I want to explore.
January 25, 2021
I left the camera at home today to spend more time with my wonderful wife on her birthday. She even let me take a quick(ish) iPhone photo of her.
We enjoyed a walk around the Laurel Creek Conservation Area after work and some family time via Zoom.
With 2020 behind me, I feel like it is a good opportunity to start a new photography project. I want to be sure that I’m taking time everyday to snap at least one picture. While I will endeavour to use my Canon 80D for most shots, every now and then an opportunity comes up when I only have an iPhone. The idea behind this project is to document the day-to-day, including the mundane. I’ll be posting once a week with the previous week’s photos.
Almost every May, I go into Algonquin Park’s interior for a trout fishing trip with my father-in-law. It’s five days away from the city, with a campfire, canoeing, and the bonus of a couple fish. As with most things, 2020 and COVID-19 forced us to forego our annual May trip as the park was closed to backcountry camping. Instead we booked a trip to Algonquin’s interior for late September, fully anticipating that the fishing would be poor.
When I first saw the European Starling, I thought it was a female Common Grackle. The two species were often seen together in the backyard, with the Starling being only slightly smaller. The iridescence of its feathers is not unlike that of the Common Grackle.
A small bird, the Chipping Sparrow will feed on the ground and on the bird feeder. Often mistaken for the American Tree Sparrow, the Chipping Sparrow has a distinct black eye line. The crown of the Chipping Sparrow is also much more vibrant.