Tag Archives: weekend

“Into the North” – Youngs Point

"Into the North" - Youngs Point

“The most beautiful things happen, along the way. Stop and enjoy them.”
– Ed Lehming

Today, I’m doing a quick post and starting to get myself back into the discipline of posting and writing about my photos more frequently. I realized just how much I had dropped from my routine.

I had a significantly disruptive life event in March, which pulled the rug out from under me, creatively. I may talk about that at some point, as I continue to process it. Needless to say, the event caused me to stop doing the thing I love. Namely, photography.

It’s a strange thing that I fell away from the very thing that has always been my outlet and refuge through all the stresses life throws at us.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve done the very thing that I encourage others to do. Simply stop and enjoy all the beautiful things along the way.

The image above was taken from the side of the highway on our way north to our camper. I’d been admiring the thunderstorms on the horizon for some time, but there was never a good view from places where it was safe to stop. Finally, I found a short opening that offered this view of the clouds, lit up bright pink by the setting sun.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 70 mm
1/80 sec, f/4.5, ISO 1250

For more images like this, please visit my website (images are available for purchase)

“Trillium Crest” – Uxbridge, Ontario

“Trillium Crest” - Uxbridge, Ontario

“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”
― Mark Twain

Spring fever, that must be it. I spent this past Sunday, hiking some 14 miles,  visiting all my favourite trails, seeking out the diversity of fresh wildflowers and foliage. It’s like the whole world around me suddenly bursting forth with life.

Each area is slightly varied, some low areas abound with life, ferns quite advanced in their growth, yet others, a bit higher in elevation, or in the shade, are delayed, with modest growth, still tucked under their blanket of dull brown leaves.

It was one of the warmer patches, along a hillside, bathed in sun, that produced this wonderful Ontario spring scene. A vast patch of mature trilliums, with their bright white faces and golden centres, shing to greet me. It felt like a wave of spring, flowing towards me. Thus the title, “Trillium Crest”.

Nikon D800
Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 170 mm
1/320 sec, f/9.0, ISO 200

For more images like this, please visit my Facebook page:
or my website (some images available for purchase)

“Out of the Storm” – Sauble Beach, Ontario

“Out of the Storm” - Sauble Beach, Ontario

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of spending the weekend with family and friends at Ontario’s Sauble Beach, on Lake Huron. It began as a wonderful hot summer day splashing in the surf and playing hours of volleyball. The forecast was for thunderstorms late in the day. We watched across the water as the sky gradually darkened. The storm approached over the lake like a black wall, slowly creeping our way.

I took this as a wonderful opportunity to get some powerful storm photographs. As I stood on the shore making photos of the storm, I was struck by just how bright the circling seagulls were, in strong contrast to the dark skies.

This one kept circling me at just the right distance to make some good images. I’m really pleased at how it turned out. The biggest challenge was trying to keep him focused and framed properly.

Nikon D300
Nikor 70-300 mm @ 210 mm
1/60 sec @ f/10.0, ISO 450