Week 45. Trapped.

There wasn’t many photos to pick from for week 45. I didn’t have much time to get out with a camera due to a variety of issues.

I managed to get for a walk on Saturday afternoon after the snow had stopped. I wasn’t many yards into the walk when I spotted a leaf trapped in the snow that was trapped in Pine needles. I couldn’t tell if the leaf had been caught in the Pine needles before the snow settled or if it was caught in the snow.

I tried a few different compositions and initially used a different version in this post before changing it for this one.

Trapped in Pine needles.

Week 43. Brown and green.

Week 43 saw me in a retro mood. I packed my smallest camera bag with a decade old digital camera and four manual focus prime lenses with an age range of 35 years.

Most of the week was grey skies with rain or wet snow a lot of the time so my plan was to shoot with the intention of converting the shots to monochrome adding to the retro mood. On Sunday afternoon I went for a walk and ended up leaving the shots in colour.

I often pass this patch of Ivy on my walks but don’t remember it covering as much ground as it does now. I also don’t remember seeing drifts of fallen leaves amongst the Ivy before.

Ivy leaves and autumn leaves.

 

Week 42. Breaking wave.

Saturday morning of week 42 saw me on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario. After several days of strong winds there was some serious waves hitting the shoreline.

They were breaking over rocks surrounding the flagpole at the bottom of High Street in Southampton, the spray hit me a couple of times. I was quite surprised how rough Lake Huron was, I had been down at Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise a few hours earlier and the bay was calmer than I expected given the wind.

In the photo you can see Chantry Island and it’s lighthouse on the horizon left of center.

Lake Huron shoreline.

Week 41. 29 minutes before sunrise.

Sunday morning of week 41 saw me down at Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise. I was hoping for some sun and blue skies after the sunrise to get some shots of the autumn colour. It clouded over more after this shot was taken. I didn’t realise that the sun had risen until I checked the time.

This shot was taken 29 minutes before sunrise and is a 60 second exposure to soften the water. I used a neutral density filter to lengthen the exposure and a graduated neutral density filter to balance the exposure for the sky and water.

Colpoy's Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at dawn.

Week 40. White-crowned Sparrows.

Autumn migration is well underway on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario.

We had an influx of Sparrow species on the Friday of week 40 so I set up in the yard on Saturday morning despite there being thick cloud with light rain at times.

Here is an adult White-crowned Sparrow with an immature in the background. In the spring the adult migrated to the far north to breed in brushy areas of the taiga and tundra. It’s now heading south for the winter and could travel as far south as central Mexico. The immature bird in the background will have hatched from an egg a few months ago and is heading south for the first time.

White-crowned Sparrows on autumn migration.

Week 39. Clouds over the mouth of the bay.

Saturday morning of week 39 saw me down at Colpoy’s Bay well before sunrise. This shot of layers of cloud over the mouth of Colpoy’s Bay was taken 27 minutes before sunrise.

This is looking north north east so the sun is due to come up quite a way to the east. It shows the Niagara Escarpment on both sides of the bay with White Cloud Island on the horizon right of centre. I used a short exposure as I didn’t want to blur the clouds.

Clouds over Colpoy's Bay and the Niagara Escarpment.