With 2020 behind me, I feel like it is a good opportunity to start a new photography project. I want to be sure that I’m taking time everyday to snap at least one picture. While I will endeavour to use my Canon 80D for most shots, every now and then an opportunity comes up when I only have an iPhone. The idea behind this project is to document the day-to-day, including the mundane. I’ll be posting once a week with the previous week’s photos.

January 1, 2021

On the first day of the year we took our #FirstDayHike through the Laurel Creek Conservation Area. After a week of daytime rain and sub-zero temperatures overnight, the trails were slick with ice.

Canon 80D – EFS 18-135mm – 18mm – f3.5 – 1/1250 sec – ISO 200

We spent most of the walk either on the edge of the trail, where we could get traction, or on the roadways. Hopefully this isn’t an omen for the rest of 2021!

January 2, 2021

We had about 10 cm of wet snow the night before, coating everything in sight with a layer of pure white crystals. I ventured to a trail on crown land, nestled between a highway and farmland. This 5km out-and-back trail is popular with off-leash dog walkers, but the trail was relatively quite, once I covered the first kilometre.

Canon 80D – EFS 10-22mm – 10mm – f3.5 – 1/125 sec – ISO 200

The trails meander through both deciduous and coniferous tree stands, with small creeks throughout that can be easily crossed. There were many animal tracks, including a set of either coyote or fox tracks along one section of trail. Seeing as there were no human prints but my own, then it likely wasn’t a dog. This particular trail offers lots of photo opportunities, and I may even do a post on the four seasons throughout this tract.

January 3, 2021

On the final day of our holidays, we had another 5 cm of snow overnight, further weighing the boughs and branches of trees. Due to slippery road conditions, we opted to walk through our neighbourhood, including some tree-lined trails.

iPhone XR – 4.25mm – f1.8 – 1/1800 sec – ISO 25

This section was particularly quiet and you could almost forget that you were in the middle of a city. I didn’t think to bring my camera on this dog walk so I only had my iPhone, but I couldn’t pass up this suburban trail picture.