Year in Photos – Week 3

With the impending Polar Vortex expected to hit southern Ontario in late-January, I’m hoping to use the time before then to get outside more, which means more outdoor photography. I realized, after I finished editing the pictures, that I used the same lens all week. The Canon EFS 18-135mm lens is a nice all-around lens that can provide both a wide field of view for landscapes, and a zoomed in shot of a specific subject. It’s also really nice when I’m out hiking and may not have time to switch lenses.

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Year in Photos

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.

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Arthurs Photography Goes Carbon Negative

If you’ve been following my photoblog for the past year, you might have noticed that I have a deep connection to the natural environment. My idea of fun is to go interior camping for a week in early May or go for a walk with my wife on the local trails with camera and dogs in tow.

When I first started this blog, I was happy to find a domain registrar and hosting platform that is “300% green”. GreenGeeks WebHosting calculates their annual carbon footprint and then buys 3x that amount in renewable energy.

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Algonquin Park – Fall 2020

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.

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Shade’s Mills Conservation Area – Nature Walk

The Shade’s Mills Conservation Area is located in Cambridge, Ontario. With several kilometres of hiking trails through forests, this is a great urban forest to escape and engage in some forest bathing. Many of the trails are narrow, with thick undergrowth on both sides and branches overhead.

Canon 80D – EFS 10-22mm – 22mm – f4.5 – 1/125 sec – ESO 1000
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Backyard Wildlife – American Tree Sparrow

The American Tree Sparrow winters in southern and central Ontario, with much of its breeding ground spread across the Canadian Territories and Alaska (“American Tree Sparrow”, 2019).

Canon 80D – Sigma 150-600mm – 600mm – f6.3 – 1/1000 sec – ISO 2000

Another ground feeder, the American Tree Sparrow can be easily mistaken for the Chipping Sparrow (to be featured later), but can be distinguished by the rust-coloured eye line.

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