“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” ― Anne Bradstreet
After what started off as a gorgeous March, with above normal temperatures and bright sunshine, things changed mid-month, and we got into a cycle of cold days, snow flurries, and some freezing rain. This turned the nice dry trails back to a mix of mud and frozen puddles.
I’m happy to say, I think that phase is done, temperatures are returning to normal and the ice covered puddles are beginning to thaw and break up.
The photo above is of one such puddle, which caught my attention by how the angular ice pieces floated on the surface, while the water reflected the canopy of pine trees above. It seemed like a final goodbye to the winter of 2015 and a hello to the possibility of a nice summer of hiking these trails and enjoying the sights with dry feet.
Nikon D300 Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 180 mm 1/30 sec, f/2.8, ISO 250
This photo was made within a few minutes of my previous post, “Golden Hour”. The same cloud fragments remain in the sky, the remnants of an earlier storm.
I had finished photographing the lone maple and was driving home and was amazed at the colour and textures of the sky as it transitioned from gold to a ruddy orange. Not wanting to miss the sunset, I parked my car at the top of a hill just south of town and watched the drama unfold in the west. My goal was to capture the last sliver of sun before it dropped below horizon. The photo above is the result.
On the horizon, you can see the silhouette of the Cathedral of the Transfiguration, in Markham, Ontario. This cathedral was blessed by Pope John Paul in 1984. Interestingly, the church lost it’s “Cathedral” designation back in 2006 as the result of a dispute and last service was held June 25, 2006. It now sits abandoned, unused, and deteriorating.
This final moment of sunlight lasted only a few seconds and then it was gone, turning the sky a deep red filled with wispy dark clouds and bright orange streaks.