Late Spring Fling

I know, I’ve missed a couple of deadlines! The first one (May 20th) was my birthday and I got so busy that it got put off, and then June 6th rolled around and I realized I wasn’t ready yet. So here we are, a little late, in the late spring and I finally have some photos ready to share with you! They range from before May 20th to June 7th, so I think they can be fittingly called “Late Spring Fling,” photos. Hope you like them!

Vernal Transition

Everyone, shall we count to three and breathe a collective sigh of relief? 1… 2… 3… aaaaaaaahhhhhh. GoodBYE Winter! I think we can officially take off the snow tires and pack away the thermal underwear.  We don’t have to look for signs of Spring anymore because you can’t miss them now!  You best believe I’ve been out vigilantly documenting it with the Canon!

Signs of Spring

Spring is a fickle mistress in Ontario. One day it’s 21°C, the next it’s 2°C. It could snow at any moment. For this reason we don’t rely on the temperatures to tell us summer is coming. It’s better to watch for the first of the Red-Winged Blackbirds, the return of the Turkey Vultures, the Warblers and the Killdear; To listen for the Spring Peepers chirping their chorus and best of all to watch the spring flowers burst from the ground. Crocus and snow drops are usually the first garden flowers. Skunk cabbage, wild ginger, blue cohosh, sharp-lobed hepatica, blood root, early meadow-rue and trout lily are the first of the wild-flowers around here (Carolinian Forest Area).

Here are a few signs of spring I’ve seen in the last week!

Night Skies

Getting a good photo at night is challenging. Finding the correct exposure takes a while and before you now it the clouds of blown in and your chance at the perfect shot is gone. I’m lucky enough to have a guy who doesn’t mind keeping me company (and juggling the lenses and lens caps and tripod and bags that I’m constantly asking him to hold for me) every time there’s a Super Moon or a really starry sky. I think I take the romance right out of a walk under the stars when I say “shut up for a second and don’t move,” so that nothing shakes during a 30 second exposure, haha!

So, this one is dedicated to my partner in crime. Thanks for putting up with me!

Summers Past

A small selection of images from summers past. I’m particularly proud of the shot of the fork lightning bolt striking Lake Ontario near the Burlington Skyway Bridge! What are you looking forward to this summer? Flowers? Thunder storms? Sunsets on quiet lakes? Walking the dog without having to put on long underwear? What are you favourite memories of summers past?


It’s always exciting to get a great shot of a bird of prey, and it can be difficult because they are very shy of people in the wild and don’t like to be approached. Some of these are lucky shots of wild birds and some are shots of captive birds at the Raptor Centre at Mountsberg Conservation area. Either way, they are such beautiful animals and a joy to photograph.