Year in Photos – Week 3

With the impending Polar Vortex expected to hit southern Ontario in late-January, I’m hoping to use the time before then to get outside more, which means more outdoor photography. I realized, after I finished editing the pictures, that I used the same lens all week. The Canon EFS 18-135mm lens is a nice all-around lens that can provide both a wide field of view for landscapes, and a zoomed in shot of a specific subject. It’s also really nice when I’m out hiking and may not have time to switch lenses.

January 11

I headed out after work with the dog and walked over to the GeoTime Trails. This four kilometre trail has several placards setup that describe the geological history of the area.

Canon 80D – EFS 18-135mm – 42mm – f4.5 – 1/40 sec – ISO 200

Like the Forested Hills ESPA to the north, the Geotime Trails are also criss-crossed with other trails. If you want to walk in the right order, be sure to follow the signs.

January 12

January might be the bleakest month to take photos. It’s been overcast for the past several days and with the recent provincial lockdown, there aren’t many places we can go. I started looking for something ‘different’ for today’s subject.

Canon 80D – EFS18-135mm – 135mm – f5.6 – 1/50 sec – ISO 200

We have this young white pine, which is my favourite kind of tree, in our backyard. Every fall, the base of the tree is covered in needles and cones, and every spring, there are several inches of new growth on every branch. The tree reminds me of summers spent at the family cottage, up on the Canadian Shield.

January 13

I found a new (to me) trail for the dog walk, which helps keep things a bit more interesting and means less time on the overly salted sidewalks. I came upon a really well done snow fort, backing on a backyard.

Canon 80D – EFS 18-135mm – 124mm – f5.6 – 1/200 sec – ISO 200

This igloo shaped snow fort reminded me of my own childhood. I used to really enjoy building these, if for no other reason then to spend more time outside. It was also a big step up from the Lego structures I would make.

January 14

I set out to look for a new perspective on a familiar subject. I see a lot of the same thing when walking the local trails, and it can get kind of monotonous.

Canon 80D – EFS 18-135mm – 18mm – f3.5 – 1/1600 sec – ISO 800

This particular angle of a hydro transmission tower is taken from directly beneath.

January 15

January is a quiet month for wildlife around the city, so I take what shots I can when the opportunity presents itself. The Grey Squirrel is a common sight around here, and the dog can usually find them long before I see them.

Canon 80D – EFS 18-135mm – 135mm – f5.6 – 1/400 sec – ISO 800

This little guy was sitting on the fence when the dog pulled towards him and he took off down the fence. Trying to track a running squirrel in low light means there was a bit of blur in the shot.

January 16

One of our favourite trails is in the Laurel Creek Conservation Area. This loop takes you through pine and spruce stands, grasslands, and along a large reservoir.

Canon 80D – EFS 18-135mm – 35mm – f4.5 – 1/2000 sec – ISO 800

This reservoir is drained every fall, with only a narrow creek flowing all year. The stumps on the far side are the only evidence remaining of the woodlands that existed before it was flooded and used for water management.

January 17

Another new trail this year. This one is part of the Laurel Creek Nature Centre. Accessible to the public only on weekends and after 4:30pm on weekdays, this space is used during weekdays for educational opportunities. We’ve skied these trails in the past, but I don’t think we ever got near this area.

Canon 80D – EFS 18-135mm – 42mm – f4.5 – 1/100 sec – ISO 200

This is a shot of an old pedestrian bridge that has long since collapsed. There are a couple others that I crossed that were recently rebuilt. This is the first time I’ve worked with monochrome and I really like how the lack of colour meshes with the dilapidated nature of the bridge.

That’s all for this week. Be sure to share this post in whatever way you are communicating with others during the lockdown.


  1. Rob

    One of those stumps in the resevoir took a nice sized bite out of the boottom of a cedar/canvas canoe I used to have.

  2. ML Kattides

    Liked your photo of the squirrel in flight. Looking forward to next week’s posting.

  3. Evange

    I like the hydro tower this week Joel.

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