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?