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.
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.
The squirrels must have moved a few tulip bulbs last fall because I know I didn’t plant these tulips here.
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 www.leavenotrace.ca
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
I mentioned in my previous post that it’s becoming more evident just how urbanized the forests in the city have become. The pandemic has made this worse, with people looking for ways to get outside and away from their neighbourhoods.