Blue & Orange

Gorgeous autumn colours, Arrowhead Provincial Park, Ontario, October 2012

Gorgeous autumn colours, Arrowhead Provincial Park, Ontario, October 2012


An Autumn Past

The gold and orange leaves are vivid in the ravines and streets of Toronto right now. They led me to these photos I took in 2012 at Arrowhead Provincial Park near Huntsville, Ontario.  It’s a small park, but that didn’t dim its beauty when we were there a few Octobers ago.

At Arrowhead Provincial Park, Ontario, 2012

At Arrowhead Provincial Park, Ontario, 2012

Autumn at Arrowhead Provincial Park, 2012

Autumn at Arrowhead Provincial Park, 2012


October!

A glorious autumn day from 2011 at Kortright Conservation Centre, Ontario

A glorious autumn day from 2011 at Kortright Conservation Centre, Ontario


A Surprise Visit from a Cormorant

Image courtesy of Michael Elliott at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Cormorant–Image courtesy of Michael Elliott at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

We had a surprising and humorous encounter with a cormorant on a recent visit to the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario. Shortly after pulling out of a parking spot in the town of Lion’s Head, we heard a loud sound coming from the back of the car. We couldn’t figure out what this was and thought that perhaps something was rolling around in the trunk.  However, when the sound returned 2 or 3 more times, I turned around in the passenger seat to see if the trunk was unlatched. There, looking back at me from the rear of the car, was a cormorant.  We quickly pulled over to the side of the street and got out, hoping the bird wasn’t injured in some way. S/he seemed fine–no wings held at odd angles or other obvious problems that might explain why s/he had landed on the car. So this remains a mystery to us. After looking at us for a few seconds, the cormorant hopped onto the side of the road. A man heading the other way stopped to tell us he’d been amazed to see the bird land on our car. Thankfully, Lion’s Head is a small place where other vehicles had a chance to slow down or stop to make sure they didn’t hit the bird.


Trees around McMichael Gallery

At the McMichael Gallery, March 2014We went to the McMichael Gallery this weekend to see an exhibit of Mary Pratt’s work . The gallery, which is surrounded by trees, is 45 minutes to an hour north and west of Toronto, near the town of Kleinburg. We walked around a bit at the end of  the day and saw that many branches were down. I wondered if this was part of the aftermath of December’s ice storm and the harsh winter we had. Despite that, the melt is on and spring is gradually arriving.

Pine boughs on the ground at the McMichael Gallery, March 2014

Spring melt at McMichael Gallery, March 2014


Fresh Snow at Kortright–2013

Last year, in February, I photographed the fresh snow on this walkway at the Kortright Centre for Conservation, around an hour north of Toronto.

Kortright snow 2013

Kortright Centre for Conservation, February 2013.


Todmorden Mills in Winter

Last week we had some warmer days and on a sunny afternoon, Wednesday the 19th, I walked to Todmorden Mills Heritage Site just off the Don Valley Parkway in Toronto. I knew it was my chance to see the wooded wildflower preserve while the snow was still on the ground, ahead of predicted above-freezing temperatures and rain. As always, my mood improved greatly walking in this beautiful setting. I heard chickadees and, I believe, a cardinal above the traffic. And I loved seeing the late sunlight on the snow, trees and rail fences. Here’s some photos from that day.

Todmorden Mills Feb. 2014

Todmorden Mills Feb. 2014

Todmorden Mills Feb. 2014

Todmorden Mills Feb. 2014

Todmorden Mills Feb. 2014