Tag Archives: Lynde Shores

“Balancing on a Log”

“Balanced on a Log”

“There are moments when I wish I could roll back the clock and take all the sadness away, but I have a feeling that if I did, the joy would be gone as well. So I take the memories as they come, accepting them all, letting them guide me whenever I can.” 

― Nicholas Sparks

While on a recent excursion to Lynde Shores, a conservation area on the shores of Lake Ontario, for some bird photos, I took a few minutes to walk the lake shore and enjoy the gently rolling waves. The stone ‘beach’ is made up of water polished rocks of varying sizes. I used some of these rocks, stacked on a piece of driftwood, to make this balanced stone sculpture. Just a bit of whimsey to share with you today.

As to the photo itself: I narrowed the aperture just enough to keep the stones in focus, while allowing the background to blur

Nikon D800
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom @ 270mm

1/200 sec, f/7.1, ISO 200

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“Wetland Grazing” – Lynde Shores Conservation Area

“Wetland Grazing” - Lynde Shores Conservation Area

“The world is a beautiful place, you just don’t see it all the time.”
― Phil Mitchell

I generally go to Lynde Shores to photograph birds or make lakeshore images. When I approached the viewing platform, I saw a bunch of ducks taking off and surveyed several trees filled with noisy, smelly, cormorants. As I stood there, movement from the corner of my eye attracted my attention. Here’s what I saw: a yearling fawn, winter colours just coming out, wading and grazing along the shore. If you look closer, you will see where it has eaten the tops off of the cat-tails behind it.

I made several images of this one, as well as three other deer that were lurking in the weeds. Of all the images, this one was the best, since it shows almost the entire deer. At no point did it offer me an unobstructed side shot but this one is quite nice, given the circumstances offered. Nature generally does not offer poses.

Nikon D800
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom @300mm

1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200

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“Cardinal & Red Berries” – Lynde Shores Conservation Area

Cardinal and Red Berries

Two years ago, southern Ontario, Quebec, and much of the north-eastern United States was hit hard with an exceptional ice storm. In its wake, the storm left hundreds of thousands without power and a literal wonderland of ice and sub-zero temperatures that lasted for days.

This storm was an exception in many ways. One of these was that the ice, which normally melts off shortly after the storm remained intact and stayed for many days. The wonderland I mentioned earlier was everywhere. I thick coat of beautiful, clear ice clung to everything. Large branches broke off under the weight, as well as power lines. People could not get into their cars and walking was treacherous because the ice would not break, it simply sat atop the snow and made everything into an ice rink. In fact, we witnessed people skating down our street. Not in their shoes, but wearing skates!

It was so beautiful, in fact, that it was hard to find any one thing that stood out from others. Since the ice remained for several days, it gave me time to pick my subjects for the bounty the ice offered.

The cardinal above was photographed at Lynde Shores, a local conservation area, known for it multitude of birds. The female cardinal pictured is not as bright as her male counterpart but she looked wonderful surrounded by the ice and red berries. You can get a sense of how thick the ice was by looking at the small branches. It’s a far cry from this year with fog, showers and temperatures more suited to light sweaters and running shoes than winter coats and boots.

Nikon D300
Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm
1/160 sec, f/5.0, ISO 200

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