Got a hot photo tip from a good friend of mine (thanks, Mel!) that at Sandbar Lake Provincial Park the marsh marigolds were out and the bugs were not! So I grabbed my gear and rubber boots to check it out.
I was surprised to see how abundantly they grew in this swampy area just adjacent to the picnic pavilion. The sun was setting and I tried unsuccessfully to catch some of the yellow blooms in the glow of evening sun. The colours were actually captured more truly in the shaded areas. I played around a little with the polarizing filter which helped to reduce some of the glare of the wet forest floor and gloss of the leaves.
Although I didn’t notice a particular fragrance to the area (apart from damp dirt) there were some distinctive sounds. While I stood to shoot, I could hear the drumming of grouse in courtship nearby. When I decided to move, the earth seemed determined to hold me fast. It took significant effort to release my boots from the suction of the muck.
Sights and sounds of spring!
As I post the calendar for the upcoming months, the ice is breaking up on our lake. Within a week we should be treated to the sights and sounds of the float planes in the air again. The Cessna 206 featured in this shot taken last year, was called on quite a bit while our Otter was off line for extended periods of time. It will be nice to have our whole fleet up and running for the 2015 fishing season.
It was worth getting up early this morning to catch the lunar eclipse.
A quick glance out the window confirmed the event was actually visible and under way. I had set up the camera and tripod the previous night so I wouldn’t have to fumble with gear at the sleepy hour of 5:30 am. I stepped out on to the landing, pointed the camera at the moon and set about getting a shot. The air was a fresh -10C but reasonably calm; still chilly for one in a fuzzy robe and winter boots. After snapping a couple test shots, I headed back indoors, dressed more warmly and returned for more of the show.
A system was moving in and just as the moon was half gone, it was all gone!
I snuck back inside and curled up on the couch to watch for the cloud cover to break. After about a half hour, I gave up and climbed back into my toasty warm bed.
Agimak Creek is my ‘go to’ place when I need a pretty shot. The birches that line the trail along the flowing water never fail to look good. It is one of my favourite places and thankfully, only a short walk away from my home.
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February desktop calendar image was taken along a ski trail at Sandbar Provincial Park just north of Ignace.
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A faithful follower of my blog brought to my attention that my desktop calendar for January included a February with a couple of extra days!! Perhaps it was an unconscious attempt to add days to the year – Lord knows I could use them!
The corrected image has been uploaded to the Free Calendar page. Sorry for any inconvenience. Thank you, Scott, for letting me know so I could make the correction.