Year in Photos – Week 4

This week was a bit quieter and I didn’t get out as much as I would have liked. The dead of winter certainly didn’t help. Some new trails, new perspectives, and some very unimpressed pets.

January 18, 2021

I often start and end the day with reading a novel. It’s a great way to ease into the day before I have to get moving for work.

Canon 80D – EF 50mm – 50mm – f3.5 – 1/60 sec – ISO 200

Likewise, at the end of the day, when I want to wind down so that I can sleep, even a few pages of a book is all it takes.

January 19, 2021

Finally, after almost three weeks of flurries and melt/thaw patterns, we actually had a decent snowfall. I was on the ski trails right after work, since these days seem to be few and far between.

Canon 80D – EFS 10-22mm – 10mm – f3.5 – 1/1000 sec – ISO 200

The ground was a little too warm and the skis were sticking more than I’d like, but it was great to get out there. The nice thing about skiing is that it uses the same back and shoulder muscles as paddling. If I get lots of ski time in this winter, I should be in good shape for canoe season!

January 20, 2021

The dog and I ventured to a new-to-us trail after work. The Petersburg Regional Forest is a hot spot for mountain and fat biking. Over 50 kilometres of trails, with lots of offshoots from the main trail. just be sure to follow the signs, as some trails are one-way or bikes only. It’s for your safety, as well as everyone else’s.

Canon 80D – EFS 10-22mm – 22mm – f4.5 – 1/1000 sec – ISO 200

This shot overlooks the sandpit quarry to the west. The recent snow fall this week makes it look a lot less industrial. We had to move a bit quicker after this since Lilo was starting to exhibit symptoms of chilly paw. I guess it was a bit too cold for her today.

January 21, 2021

While you’ve already seen Lilo, this is the first shot of Koka, our brown tabby. She’s an elusive little creature and is usually found in the darkest and dustiest corner of the house.

Canon 80D – EFS 10-22mm – 22mm – f4.5 – 1/250 sec – ISO 200

Don’t expect to see much more of her in the daily shots.

January 22, 2021

January really is the blandest month of the year, grey-white skies and grey-white landscapes make for a lot of very similar and bleak pictures.

Canon 80D – EFS 18-135mm – 18mm – f3.5 – 1/1000 sec – ISO 200

However, the days have been getting longer and soon we’ll be looking forward to spring days.

January 23, 2021

Speaking of Lilo, after the chilly paw incident, we ordered her some new footwear! If looks could kill…

Canon 80D – EFS 50mm – 50mm – f3.5 – 1/80 sec – ISO 1600

The tap dancing, as she got used to them, was almost worth the boots. She started to get more comfortable with them as she walked, but she’s not a fan of having them put on.

January 24, 2021

We rounded off the week with a hike to a familiar forest. As with many shots this month, there aren’t a lot of wildlife opportunities, unless you count the off-leash dogs. However, there is evidence of wildlife, if you keep your eyes open.

Canon 80D – EFS 50mm – 50mm – f3.5 – 1/250 sec – ISO 200

This hollow on a dead tree was likely from a pileated woodpecker. A large and loud bird, it can usually be identified by the red crest of feathers on its head and its sheer size.

1 Comment

  1. ML Kattides

    I love the colours in the quarry photo.

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