Year in Photos – Week 6

February gives a bit of hope to winter. The daylight hours are getting longer, the sun seems to be out more, and you know if you just get through these four weeks, things will start to warm up.

February 1, 2021

If, like us, you have tried to keep up with the latest recommendations by public health, you probably also have a stockpile of cloth face masks. Ours are hung on a coat rack near the front door and include all sorts of designs.

Canon 80D EF 50mm – 50mm – f1.8 – 1/25 sec – ISO 200

I’m partial to the design that has an adjustable bead at the back for tightness. My favourites include a cloth print of fish and red/black buffalo plaid. While I look forward to the day that we don’t need to wear them whenever we go out, they do work well in the cold; no more frozen nose hairs!

February 2, 2021

I can’t think of Groundhog Day without thinking of Bill Murray in the movie of the same name. It’s ironic, as the past 9 months has been a repeat of the same day over and over, while in lockdown. Canadian groundhogs seemed to be nearly unanimous in their predictions of an early spring.

Canon 80D – EF 50mm – 50mm – f1.8 – 1/200 sec – ISO 200

I’ve always loved the look of icicles. So simple in their formation; and as a kid, so tasty!

February 3, 2021

We’re finally seeing more sunny days. February often brings cold and clear days, giving hope for spring.

Canon 80D – EFS 10-22mm – 10mm – f3.5 – 1/500 sec – ISO 200

My two hour walk through the forest today was a welcome reprieve of the cabin fever I’ve been feeling these past few weeks.

February 4, 2021

We ventured to the local conservation area again, where the trails have been groomed for skiing. The nice change for this year is that they are allowing people to walk the trails, as long as they stay off the groomed tracks. Aside from the odd person, most people followed the rules.

Canon 80D – EFS 18-135mm – f3.5 – 20mm – 1/80 sec – ISO 200

This particular spot has a stand of birch trees that will turn bright green in the spring and a vibrant yellow in the fall. It’s also a good spot to see birds, with people leaving seed on the railing of the bridge.

February 5, 2021

While taking pictures of icicles the other day, I noticed that there were icicles forming on the Christmas lights that I have yet to take down. I took the opportunity to capture some light refraction from the ice.

Canon 80D – EF 50mm – 50mm – f1.8 – 1/13 sec – ISO 3200

If I’m lucky, the lights will come down on a warm day in April or May. If they don’t come down then, they will probably just stay up until the next season.

February 6, 2021

I’ve been trying to find new perspectives and inspirations. Many of my shots are still life and I haven’t done much in the way of motion or staged shots.

Canon 80D – EF 50mm – 50mm – f1.8 – 1/320 sec – ISO 800

This particular shot of fruit being dropped in a vase of water is a bit of a photography cliche, but it gave me to a chance to use the rapid shot setting on the camera, and the remote shutter control. What I like about this shot is the kiwi shaped bubble directly above the fruit.

February 7, 2021

Today was a bit of whirlwind. I had planned to make sourdough pizza and had looked up a few recipes. Unfortunately, I made the amount of starter for a different recipe and ended up with way too much leftover. This meant making two pizza crusts, two loaves of sourdough, and a batch of cinnamon raisin scones (so good and so unhealthy!)

Canon 80D – EF 50mm – 50mm – f4.0 – 1/60 sec – ISO 1600

Normally, on Super Bowl Sunday, I am treated to the best chilli ever and the company of a few good guys. This year was a solo party, but at least the food was still good.


  1. ML

    I am enjoying your photojournalism!

  2. Evange

    My favourite this week is the ‘icicle’.
    Good stuff Joel.

  3. Rob

    Do they still have fistfights at Laurel Creek between skiers and dog walkers?

    • joelarthurs

      I haven’t seen anything like that this year.

  4. Wayne

    The kiwi sinking in the vase was intriguing. Usually it is the surface disruption – rippling or waves- that get captured.

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