Year in Photos – Week 15

A little late getting this post up this week, as it’s been a hectic week. Between sudden COVID measure changes, a busy week at work, volunteer meetings, and a bit of yard work, the week flew by.

April 5, 2021

Our tomato and pepper seedlings have been doing really well. At the time of this post, we have 25 of each!

Canon 80D – EFS 18-135mm – 24mm – f4.0 – 1/20 – ISO 200
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Year in Photos – Week 13

We’re starting to get into more seasonal weather fluctuations, with a mix of warm and cool days. I didn’t get out on the local trails as often this week, but I still managed to get my daily pictures.

March 22, 2021

As many people know, the history of a forest can be found in the history of a tree. Every year that a tree grows is marked by a single ring in the cross-cut of a stump. Wider rings indicate years of a lot of growth and can often be found towards the centre. The rings get narrower as the tree grows and more of its resources are used to expand its canopy instead of its girth.

Canon 80D – EFS 10-22mm – 22mm – f4.5 – 1/250 – ISO 200

March 23, 2021

With spring now in full swing, the buds of the trees are starting to open. In addition to the tamaracks and maple trees, the pussy willows are starting to bud.

Canon 80D – 18-135mm – 135mm – f5.6 – 1/400 – ISO 200

With warm temperatures in the forecast for April, many of these trees will be in full bloom in no time!

March 24, 2021

I’ve been hearing a lot more birds while getting outside. I love the sound of birds first thing in the morning before the sun even rises.

Canon 80D – EFS 18-135mm – 135mm – f5.6 – 1/320 – ISO 200

This little Vesper Sparrow was collecting material to build a nest. In this case, it found a clump of the dog’s fur. I’m sure the chicks will be nice and warm with a nest of that.

March 25, 2021

I heard a very familiar call while out in the backyard today. An American Robin was perched in a tree next door.

Canon 80D – EFS 18-135mm – 135mm – f5.6 – 1/160 – ISO 200

Last year we had a Robin nesting in our hanging flower basket on the front porch, giving us a close-up view of four Robin chicks hatching and growing. I hope they choose to nest there again.

March 26, 2021

We had a major thunderstorm the night before, which I blissfully slept through.

Canon 80D – EFS 18-135mm – 35mm – f4.5 – 1/60 – ISO 200

The low-lying areas of the forest were flooded, and it also took care of the rest of the snow.

March 27, 2021

We always try to observe Earth Hour, where we turn off our lights, TV, and device screens from 8:30-9:30pm. We light lots of candles and this year we attempted to play Dutch Blitz.

iPhone XR – 4.25mm – f1.8 – 1/4 – ISO 800

This is a fast-paced game that can be hard to keep up in full light, much less by candlelight. Telling the difference between green and blue was the biggest challenge. While my wife did make it to 75 points first, we played until the hour was up and I ended up squeezing out a win.

March 28, 2021

Last year we started a vegetable garden in our very compact soil. The results were less than impressive, but we got an early start this year.

Canon 80D EFS 18-135mm – 135mm – 65mm extension tube – f5.6 – 1/125 – ISO 1600

This little tomato sapling is about a week old. It has 24 brothers and sisters and if they all survive the transplant to the garden, it will be a lot of tomatoes for the summer.

Year in Photos – Week 12

I managed to get lots of walks in this week. The warming temperatures and smells of spring are enough to entice me to keep getting outside while the weather is dry.

March 15, 2021

With the last of the snow finally melting in the front yard, we are starting to see some spring growth.

Canon 80D – EFS 18-135mm – 135mm – f5.6 – 1/500 – ISO 200
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Year in Photos – Week 11

I’m definitely in a Spring mood. We had some great weather mid-week, with a promising forecast ahead. I love this time of year, as new plants start to push up and trees start to fill in with leaves.

March 8, 2021

With the melting snow and warming temperatures, we’ve started thinking about our vegetable garden. After a late start and tough soil conditions last year, we got a head start this year.

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Year in Photos – Week 9

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.

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Year in Photos – Week 8

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.

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Year in Photos – Week 7

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.

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Year in Photos – Week 6

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.

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