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.


  1. Evange

    I’d say the photo on my birthday is the true sign of spring!

  2. ML Kattides

    I very much enjoy your journal as much as your photos!

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