My last day in Ontario (Oct. 30th) turned out to be a bit overcast, but it didn’t prevent us from immersing ourselves in nature with cameras in hand. Mer Bleue was the destination, just south and a little west of Orleans where I was staying.
Mer Bleue is one of several Peatlands that can be found across Canada from Coast to Coast. Peatlands cover more than 12% of Canad’s land surface, an area equivalent to the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan combined. Peatlands are in part a result of the last ice age which buried Canada 15.000 years ago.
To find out more about Mer Bleue click here. Enjoy the images captured during my relaxing excursion through this impressive natural area on a Sunday afternoon.
Cormorants scanning Buffalo Pound Lake
I am proud to announce that I will be hosting this year’s World Wide Photo Walk. If you find yourself in the Moose Jaw area and want to participate, visit the registration page for the walk and join the group. Here is the link to register. I have scouted the location yesterday and was pleased to see cormorants, a Kingfisher and bison. Fall colors are in full force and will provide wonderful opportunities for landscape images.
Please note: the address on the map on the Kelby site is a Moose Jaw address. We will meet at 3:30 pm at the entrance to Buffalo Pound Provincial Park. To reach the entrance use Hwy 202 from Tuxford or Hwy 301 from the Weyburn junction. We will then proceed to the the Bison Corral. Watch for the road signs in case you miss the group leaving at 3:30 pm.
Once the walk concludes we have the option to gather informally at Carol’s Catering and Cafe on the north service road. This gathering is optional. It will provide us with an opportunity to share experiences and enjoy some refreshments.
I look forward to seeing you Saturday, October 3rd, 2015.
I live “at the lake”, Buffalo Pound Lake, Saskatchewan that is. And this year the lake has not been the most inviting to swimmers.
Yesterday my friend Jean stopped by. She is an artist who incorporates natural materials into her sculptures, and this time of the year is her busy time. A sense of urgency sets in and propels her out the door on a daily basis to look for roots, dried grasses and other useful things. We decided to head to Loney’s Beach first to see what we could find in the sand. While Jean was ecstatic about sun bleached craw fish heads and claws, tiny snails and various roots I decided to give my macro lens a good workout.
After my initial shock about the green sludge lining the shore almost lending it a neon-like glow I made a couple of images of the slow moving slime. I have never been very fond of green and this phenomena didn’t make me change my mind…
Time to turn my attention to the sandy part of the beach and there a brilliant green flash captured my attention. This jewel tone was more to my liking!
Two lady birds on a green leaf, at first passive, became quite animated. While watching their sluggish movements in the bright sun the top lady bird suddenly pushed forward and reached out with its front legs to give the other lady bird a definite push. A power struggle? There was plenty of space for two on the leaf!
A Painted Lady was also enjoying some time at the beach. It was more difficult to capture but with some patience I was finally able to get a few good, non blurry images. This image was cropped to showcase the bright colors.
Even burrs are beautiful as long as they don’t somehow fasten themselves to my dog’s fur, my shoe laces or other clothing…
…and leaves turning colors. Autumn is definitely on its way! Thank you, Jean for the excursion yesterday! Nature is such a wonderful harbinger of peace.
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Images captured with Nikon D610, Sigma 24-70mm lens (top 2 images), all macro images made with Sigma Macro 150 mm.
Is it you, Jonathan Livingston Seagull?
Nikon D610, Nikor 28 – 300 mm@300mm, ISO 250, f/16, 1/200s, hand-held.
Image was captured while listening to waves at Chatham Beach on Cape Cod.
Image captured with iPhone 5s, distance approximately 50 cm. Staying cool at 30 C – this is a friendly little creature!