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.
I was last in the office on March 13th, 2020. Since then, I have been working from home full time. One of the benefits, aside from no commute and endless coffee, is that I have more time to make use of my turntable.
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.
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.
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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.
The Common Grackle is a noisy bird and they often gathered on the lawn and under the bird feeder. They are common throughout North America, often posing a threat to corn crops as a primary food source (Common Grackle Overview, 2019).
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.