Year in Photos – Week 14

With March now behind us and Spring in full swing, I was able to get outside a lot this week and really enjoy the weather.

March 29, 2021

While I still manage to get a shot every day, that is the easiest part of my Year in Photos goal.

Canon 80D – EFS 18-135mm – 29mm – f4.0 – 1/80 – ISO 1600

I probably spend about two hours a week editing the photos that I take for the week and another hour doing the write-up for the blog post. I don’t like to do a lot of editing to a photo since I like to portray what I’ve seen, not what I’d like to see.

March 30, 2021

I mentioned last week that we had an American Robin nesting in a hanging plant basket. I put the basket back outside this week, with the nest still in it.

iPhone XR – 4.25mm – f1.8 – 1/120 – ISO 25

I don’t expect any birds to use it this year, but the experience of watching four chicks hatch and grow makes me hopeful for a repeat occurence.

March 31, 2021

I made a trip to the Forested Hills ESPA today to enjoy the warm weather. The trails were clear of ice and snow, even the north-facing slopes, and the Spring Peepers were loud and clear in small ponds.

Canon 80D – EFS 18-135mm – 24mm – f4.0 – 1/250 – ISO 200

I found more signs of Spring with flowers growing, like this Liverwort. The great thing about these urban forests is that they tend to be pretty quiet of city sounds. As someone with a hearing loss, it’s nice to be able to hear the birds without the traffic.

April 1, 2021

Like everyone else, I’m getting really tired of this pandemic. It’s exhausting with the constantly changing rules and no clear indication of when it will end.

iPhone XR – 2.87mm – f2.2 – 1/60 – ISO 125

As someone who is in the highest risk chronic condition category, here in Ontario, I was fortunate to be able to get my first dose of the vaccine today. There aren’t many benefits to my condition, but this was one of them.

April 2, 2021

I am almost ready to prep the vegetable garden for the Spring planting. We put it in last year, and it will need some work to get ready for the season.

Canon 80D – EFS 10-22mm – 10mm – f3.5 – 1/80 – ISO 200

We put down mulch last year, which helped to keep the moisture in the soil. This year, I need to till the soil and add some sand to loosen things for rutabaga and carrots.

April 3, 2021

A few years ago, we took out our front lawn and put in a garden, much to a neighbour’s dismay. I planted tulips one year, but failed to consider how they would look when they came up. We ended up with a dense area of tulips and it didn’t look very good.

iPhone XR – 4.35mm – f1.8 – 1/700 – ISO 25

Since then, I have been in an everlasting war with tulip bulbs as squirrels keep digging up the old ones and moving them around the garden! I have to wait until they die back and then dig up what I can find. Somehow, 24 bulbs has turned into hundreds…

April 4, 2021

The Laurel Creek Conservation Area was absolutely packed today, and we kept having to pull up our masks and step off to the side of the trails. We eventually made our way to the not-well-known yellow trail and enjoyed a few moments of silence in the sun.

Canon 80D – EFS 18-135mm – 135mm – f5.6 – 1/500 – ISO 200

Lilo was keen on her exploratory sniffing and found this Garter Snake near a log. It was enjoying basking in the sun, and didn’t seem to mind me getting close for some pictures. This particular shot is edited with 1:1 cropping.

That brings me to the end of the week. It was a good week and the emerging signs of Spring have me looking forward to more unique shots.


  1. ML Kattides

    Love the garter snake photo!

  2. Susan Arthurs

    Great picture of the garter snake! It wouldn’t be your sister’s favourite.🙂

  3. Evange

    The masked long haired hippy and snake this week.

  4. Colin Yardley

    Great collection of photos this week, Joel!

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