Year in Photos – Week 16

Whether it was because I was rushing for a last minute picture, or I didn’t have my camera with me, I had to rely on my iPhone for a few shots this week.

April 12, 2021

This bougainvillea sits in our office near the window. The actual flower part is only the little white ones in the centre.

iPhone XR – 4.25mm – f1.8 – 1/90 – ISO 100

The pink parts are known as bracts and will attract hummingbirds in the plant’s native South Africa, according to the PictureThis app.

April 13, 2021

Spending my summers at the family cottage meant a lot of time down on the lakeshore, usually swimming, fishing, or catching frogs.

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

This leopard frog was found in the Laurel Creek Conservation Area. I was able to get a close shot, while keeping Lilo from investigating too closely. Lucky for the frog, the snake from last week was in a different part of the park.

April 14, 2021

I shared this picture in my previous post, but thought it made a good picture of the day.

Canon 80D – EFS 18-135mm – f4.0 – 1/125 – ISO 200

The trillium reminds me of my days spent at the cottage or camping in the spring. I’m looking forward to when I can do that again.

April 15, 2021

It was one of those wet and gloomy days and we actually had a bit of hail and sleet. Alas, the dog had to get walked.

iPhone XR – 4.25mm – f1.8 – 1/350 – ISO 25

This Japanese cherry tree usually looks a lot brighter, but the dark skies dulled the pink hues.

April 16, 2021

Before COVID (because that is how we measure the passage of time now), we used to hang out with some family on Friday night after their kids had gone to bed, and just wind down following the work week.

iPhone XR – 4.25mm – f1.8 – 1/30 – ISO 500

These days, Friday nights include sweats, the couch, and a Zoom call. It certainly isn’t the same, but it’s still nice to be able to wind down with friends.

April 17, 2021

I decided to try out the timelapse function on my go-to camera (stay tuned for that); which means it was not available for a forest walk today. So, I took out my old Canon XTi and threw on the telephoto kit lens.

Canon Rebel XTi – EF 75-300mm – 75mm – f4.0 – 1/500 – ISO 200

While this camera isn’t nearly as fast as my Canon 80D, it is lightweight and still gets the job done. The forest floor was awash in bright green, which offered some great contrasts with he pathways and bare trees.

April 18, 2021

To round off the weekend, I took Lilo for a 5km walk through the Laurel Creek Conservation Area. It had just rained less than an hour ago, so the trails weren’t too busy.

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

I don’t know my butterflies, so I am only guessing, but I think this is known as a question mark butterfly.


  1. Evange

    This week it’s April 17 which shows spring is almost here. Bright green floor coming up in a dreary forest.

  2. Mary Louise Kattides

    I don’t know many butterfly species either. Surprised it is out so early. Like your closeup of the frog.

  3. Rob

    Did some digging and believe it’s a Compton Tortoiseshell, one of the early spring butterflies in Ontario.

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