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

I was expecting some to not make it, but they seem to all be doing well. With more than a month to go before they get planted outside, I may have to figure out a way to slow their growth.

April 6, 2021

Sometimes, when we are out walking we’ll see little things left for others to find. This year, we’ve seen a lot more painted rocks with encouraging messages on them.

Canon 80D – EFS 18-135mm – 27mm – f4.0 – 1/1000 – ISO 800

A 12-year old member of the neighbourhood recently took up woodcarving and left this along one of the trails, as a bit of a scavenger hunt for people to locate. Aside from the impressive craftsmanship, it’s a nice low-impact token to come across on an afternoon walk.

April 7, 2021

Did I mention it’s been a busy week? I feel like I’ve spent a lot of time at my desk. I keep a map of Algonquin Park above my desk so I can daydream about camping trips.

iPhone XR – 4.25mm – f1.8 – 1/40 – ISO 400

Work is always busy with reports and analysis, plus some volunteer work has kept me extra busy after work. My setup with a laptop and second monitor make spreadsheets almost bearable.

April 8, 2021

I’ve been keeping my eyes open for familiar signs of spring. Along with birds and budding trees, flowers are also starting to come up.

Canon 80D – EFS 18-135mm – 18mm – f3.5 – 1/320 – ISO 200

These trout lilies cover the forest floor along the trail that we frequent. They will eventually have small yellow flowers. Now I’m looking out for trilliums.

April 9, 2021

Every spring, we seem to have a large number of grackles and European starlings in the backyard. They like our well-stocked bird feeders and spend a lot time on the grass and in the garden.

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

These three grackles were hanging around for a while and making quite a bit of noise. They look and sound like little bagpipes when they inflate their chests and squawk on the exhale.

April 10, 2021

We added a single suet feeder this year, in the hopes of attracting a wider variety of song birds. I’m sill waiting for a blue jay or Baltimore oriole to make an appearance.

Canon 80D – EFS 18-135mm – 135mm – f5.6 – 1/30 – ISO 200

We did have a new visitor though. This female downy woodpecker let me get quite close to take several shots.

April 11, 2021

The grackle is making another appearance today.

Canon 80D – EFS 18-135mm – 135mm – f5.6 – 1/40 – ISO 200

At first look or when you see them in flight, they appear to be almost entirely black. They actually have a bright iridescent blue head that is quite striking in the sunlight.


  1. Evange

    April 5 – if it wasn’t for the green plants coming out of the centre of each one, you would think they’re doughnuts 😂

    April 6 – 12 year old master craftsman … beautiful … you’ll have to show me it sometime

  2. Mary Louise Kattides

    I don’t usually like grackles but this one looks pretty in your photo!

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