Sideways Glances

With sunlight in short supply in southern Ontario for the past month and spring greenery still at least six weeks away, it’s been a challenge to capture much colour in outdoor photos. But that makes every brief break in the clouds all the more precious.

These panoramas were composed in the old-school, 1990s way (pieced together in Photoshop from several shots) rather than the new-fashioned way (waving a smart-phone camera at the landscape and choosing the “create panorama” function).

 

Waterway, Saturday afternoon, February 4 (click here for large version)

 

Breakwater/Snowshower, Monday morning, February 6 (click here for large version)

 

Seating is limited, Monday afternoon, February 6 (click here for large version)

 

Top photo: Winter’s Dawn on Bowmanville Marsh, Saturday morning, February 4 (click here for large version)

the edge of cool

On a breezy Sunday morning in the marsh, the line between open water and thin ice sometimes disappears.

Ripple (click image for larger view)

 

Neon (click image for larger view)

 

Foot (click image for larger view)

 

Flight

Top photo: Reed (click here for larger image)

Down to the waterline

Water levels in Bowmanville Marsh were low in the fall and the water has dropped lower with each freeze/thaw cycle. That means there are new sights to see, and as long as the mud is frozen the whole marsh is easily accessible.

These photos are from Sunday morning, January 15.

 

Stripe (click for larger version)

 

All that glisters (click for larger version)

 

Shroom (click for larger version)

 

Raccoon Road (click for larger version)

 

Rift (click for larger version)


Top photo: Peaks (click here for larger version)

Etchings at a winter sunrise

Six photos, taken on Bowmanville Marsh and the Lake Ontario shoreline. Saturday morning, January 7.

 

Goose Ghost (click for full-size image)

 

Zebra mussel (click for full-size image)

 

Zebra mussel (click for full-size image)

 

Surface Composition (click for full-size image)

 

Luminated feather (click for full-size image)

 

Top photo: Feather, at dawn (click here for full-size image)

fluid as the light

These five photos were taken at sunset on December 19 and sunrise on December 20 at Port Darlington on the north shore of Lake Ontario.

December 19, 4:25 pm (click image for larger view)

 

December 19, 4:30 pm (click image for larger view)

 

December 20, 8:09 am (click image for larger view)

 

December 20, 8:19 am (click image for larger view)

Top photo: December 19, 4:30 pm. (click here for larger view)

Hens and Chicks - flowering

High Noon

Outdoor photography is generally most successful in early morning or late evening, but some macro images seem to work well in very intense sunshine.

For the last couple of days I’ve gone out in early afternoon, taking a close look at the bright lights in the garden and along the roadside.

These creatures can take the heat.

Common Chicory flower

Common Chicory

Balloon Flower

Balloon Flower

Convolvulus flower

Convolvulus

Canada Thistle

Canada Thistle

Canada Thistle

Canada Thistle

Stella de Oro Daylilly

Stella de Oro Daylilly

Hens and Chicks flower bud

Hens and Chicks

Hens and Chicks - flowering

Hens and Chicks

at the end of the day

As the sun sinks low the nighttime feeders are venturing out for breakfast, daytime feeders are grabbing a few more bites, and they can all be seen in the best light. Here are some recent photos from Bowmanville Marsh, in Port Darlington on Lake Ontario.

Common Tern on paddle board

Surf culture at Port Darlington

Before I moved to Port Darlington I was told that yoga-on-stand-up-paddle-board was popular here, but I had no idea how varied this behaviour might be.

Herewith are just a few of the remarkable characters I have had the privilege of meeting out on the waves.

I will leave it to the ornithologists to explain the evolutionary advantages of these practices.

Canada Geese and Night Heron on paddle board.

Branta canadensis and young Nycticorax nycticorax

Mute Swan on paddle board.

Cygnus olor

Double crested cormorant and juvenile night heron on paddle board.

Phalacrocorax auritus and juvenile Nycticorax nycticorax

Great Blue Heron on paddle board.

Ardea herodias

Common Tern on paddle board

Sterna hirundo

All components of these photos were shot on location in Port Darlington, Lake Ontario. No birds or paddle boards were harmed during filming. All models were paid union scale. You can go out and ask them yourselves, some other day, but they all take a paid holiday on April Fool’s Day.

Long waves

In honour of the discovery of gravitational waves and of the reappearance of winter today, a few images celebrating the echoings of patterns.

Rhyme. From a photo taken on Bowmanville Marsh, January 4, 2016.

Rhyme. From a photo taken on Bowmanville Marsh, January 4, 2016.

Fracture. From a photo of surface ice breaking on Lake Ontario, February 10, 2013.

Fracture. From a photo of surface ice breaking on Lake Ontario, February 10, 2013.

Volcanism. From a photo taken on the Lake Ontario shoreline near Gages Creek, January 10, 2015.

Volcanism. From a photo taken on the Lake Ontario shoreline near Gages Creek, January 10, 2015.

Sastrugi. From a photo of snow drifts on the beach in Port Hope, Ontario on February 9, 2013.

Sastrugi. From a photo of snow drifts on the beach in Port Hope, Ontario on February 9, 2013.

How’s fishing?