Bruce Peninsula National ParkPosted: June 26, 2013 Filed under: Mineral World, Ontario | Tags: Bruce Peninsula, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Canada, cedar trees, cliffs, Georgian Bay, nature, Niagara Escarpment, photography, Rocks, The Grotto, unesco world biosphere, UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve 4 Comments
The Niagara Escarpment in Ontario, Canada is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. The Escarpment runs from Lake Ontario in the south over 700 kilometres to the most northerly part of the Bruce Peninsula. On the Bruce Peninsula, where we were last week, we went to the National Park that’s part of that reserve. We took a short walk up the Georgian Bay hiking trail on our first day. These photos are of the rock cliffs overlooking Georgian Bay with a view across Indian Head Cove of The Grotto, a very popular site with visitors. On the deeply engraved rocks are very old small cedar trees and other plants hardy enough to live in this environment of wind, rock and cold winters.
The water here looks tropical in its lovely pale turquoise near the shore, but it was only around 9 or 10 degrees Celsius when we were there.
Back from the Bruce PeninsulaPosted: June 23, 2013 Filed under: Mineral World, Ontario | Tags: beauty, Bruce Peninsula, Canada, Georgian Bay, nature, Ontario, rock Leave a comment
I’ve just returned from a week on the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario. A very beautiful part of the province that I’ll be telling you about in posts to come. Here’s a photo of rocks overlooking Georgian Bay near the Grotto in the National Park.
Black LocustPosted: June 12, 2013 Filed under: Ontario, Plant Life, Toronto | Tags: black and white photography, black locust tree, black locust trees, bloom, blossoms, flowers, June, nature, nature photography, Ontario, spring, Todmorden Mills, Toronto, trees Leave a comment
Last week, black locust trees were in bloom in Toronto. Their sweet perfume filled the air at Todmorden Mills where I’d walked. I love their profuse, cascading blossoms.
Ferns in the Wildflower PreservePosted: June 10, 2013 Filed under: Ontario, Plant Life, Toronto | Tags: black and white photography, don valley, ferns, fiddlehead, forest, nature, nature photography, Ontario, ostrich ferns, spring, Todmorden Mills, Toronto, wildflower preserve 2 Comments
I saw what I believe are ostrich ferns on a recent walk in the Wildflower Preserve at Todmorden Mills. If I’ve misidentified the ferns, do let me know. The day was moderate–around 18 degrees Celsius, with a mixture of sun and cloud. The ferns seem very much at home in this moist forested area in the Don Valley in Toronto. I find their shapes very beautiful.
It’s Not in the Wilderness, But……Posted: June 8, 2013 Filed under: Plant Life | Tags: flower, houseplant, nature, nature photography, plants, Sansevieria, sansevieria in flower, snake plant, succulent Leave a comment
The sansevieria, snake plant, that I’ve grown indoors for years has flowered for the first time. I hadn’t known what its flowers looked like and each night took many photos as the petals opened and the intense perfume filled the air. I love the contrast of delicate flowers with bold thick succulent leaves.
Todmorden Mills on a Cool June EveningPosted: June 6, 2013 Filed under: Animal Life, Ontario, Plant Life, Toronto, Water | Tags: birds, Canada, flowers, irises, June, mood, natural world, nature, Ontario, plants, Todmorden Mills, Toronto, trees, wild phlox, wildflower preserve, woods 2 Comments
I went to Todmorden Mills in Toronto in the early evening yesterday. It was cool and sunny and my preoccupations of the day left me as I got closer to the trees, freshly mown grass, birds and flowers in this bit of preserved nature. The irony of its being so close to the Don Valley Expressway is never far from consciousness.
There’s a wildflower preserve at the site—a short trail through forest by ponds. There I saw yellow and violet irises growing by the water, plus many wild phlox. I came upon a man and his beloved dog having a walk as well as a jogger. Many robins, sparrows, red winged blackbirds and cardinals were with me.
In that short hour my mood went from preoccupied and low to extremely peaceful.
Kortright Centre in SpringPosted: June 1, 2013 Filed under: Ontario, Plant Life, Water | Tags: black and white photography, Canada, ferns, green, hike, Kortright Centre for Conservation, natural world, nature, nature photography, Ontario, peacefulness, spring, Stream, trees, walk in the woods, wildflowers, woods Leave a comment
Last weekend I went to Kortright Centre for Conservation for a walk in the woods. The day was cool and sunny—perfect weather for hiking in comfort. The woods were a vibrant green, a little deeper in hue than the first yellow green of spring.
I photographed the woods and stream in colour and when I wanted to emphasize patterns, I moved to black and white.
As always, when I am at Kortright, I felt a great sense of peacefulness to be in those welcoming woods, so close to Toronto and yet in a world so different.