March 1, 2021
I was digging around the furnace room in the camping gear and came across a couple of signed hockey sticks that I’ve had for a long time. I need to spend the time identifying the names on the one stick, and look into how to keep the signatures from fading.
The stick with “The Spirit Returns” on the blade was from a game on January 25, 1985 when the All Stars played against members of the 1972 Team Canada. There are 10 signatures on the handle. The other stick is signed by Sean Avery, an NHL enforcer.
March 2, 2021
With the cross-country ski season pretty much over, the trails are open for walking with the dog again. Laurel Creek Conservation Area is a great spot for a nature walk when we don’t have a lot of time.
The wetland grasses on either side of the trail get quite tall in the summer and provide lots of photo opportunities throughout the year. I opted for monochrome in this shot because there was a lot of texture that I didn’t want to get lost with the colour.
March 3, 2021
With warmer weather in the forecast, I start to think and plan for the camping trips this year. This year, we are looking at interior camping trips to get away from the crowded campgrounds and dirty communal bathrooms (how did I ever think that was sanitary??).
This map of Algonquin Provincial Park has been refolded so many times, it’s starting to show some weak spots at the folds. Canoe routes, portages, and good photos are the first things I think about when I pull out these maps.
March 4, 2021
The wind was blowing pretty good today, so I was glad to get back into a nearby forest where I could walk between hills and stay out of the wind. As the sun was setting, it threw long shadows of trees across the snow.
I find the long shadows are more prevalent in monochrome, and you can easily make out a single trail walking deeper into the woods.
March 5, 2021
I almost forgot to get a picture today as it was a busy day for work and I didn’t end up getting out for a walk. I have a coaster on my desk that was a gift, and is a cutting from a black walnut tree and you can clearly make out the tree rings. You can tell so much about how good a growth year was from the thickness of the rings.
It reminds me of one summer at the cottage, nearly twenty years ago, when a microburst blew through and knocked over twelve large trees. In the process of cutting and hauling the downed trees, I counted 163 rings on one white pine stump.
March 6, 2021
We’ve spent a lot of evenings, during the pandemic, watching TV. So in an effort to do something a little less mind-numbing, we pulled out a handful of games from the cupboard.
These three couldn’t be more different from each other. Chinese Checkers, on one hand, is a slower strategy game, while Dutch Blitz might just send your anxiety through the roof.
March 7, 2021
Another walk through the woods to finish off a week of photos and a nice way to end the weekend. We walked through a less travelled area of thick conifers, but have to walk down this one straight path to get there.
I love how the sun creates straight shadows across the entire length of the path. Three seasons of the year, this stretch is full of black squirrels collecting the cones from the trees.