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Sunday 17 June 2012

Pent-up Energy

Lately we have been doing a lot of reorganizing of old images to consolidate our database and spending far too much time indoors for my taste. I felt like I had my creative edge back and yet here I was sitting at a computer. But last week we finally decided to get out of town for a few days. We risked the bugs and the weather and headed to Killarney Provincial Park. Georgian Bay Islands
Georgian Bay Islands - Click for larger
Our friend James Toth joined us for a few days of paddling and photography. It's difficult for us to travel with non-photographers. Most people do not want to get up before the sun and risk extreme blood loss from all the biting insects. But James being the fine photographer that he is was up for the adventure. James Kayaking in Killarney
James Kayaking in Killarney - Click for larger
We did a bit of hiking and paddling. There was a lot to see: orchids in bloom, bears, loons, frogs, and some wonderful scenery. Pink Lady's Slippers
Pink Lady's Slippers - Click for larger
Female Black Bear
Female Black Bear - Click for larger
Bullfrog - Click for larger
 Cranberry Bog, Killarney
Cranberry Bog, Killarney - Click for larger
I tried to use my 500mm f4 lens in the canoe. It is so difficult to do. Great when it works but it is so big that using it on a tripod really limits the angle of view. Sometimes it is worth the aggravation and sometimes it is not. I used my 70-200 quite a bit as well. Common Loon on Nest
Common Loon on Nest - Click for larger
Our intention was to get some new loon images. James spotted the one above sitting on a nest on top of a beaver lodge. We saw several and they would swim quite close. We could even watch them swim under the canoe! I didn’t get a photo of the loons underwater but I will never forget the sight. Common Loon
Common Loon - Click for larger
There was so much going on, it was difficult to leave. Lori and I extended our stay for a few days. We had an event to attend in Toronto on Friday so eventually we had to head back. All in all, we had a great week and have many new images to prep. This was a nice warm up for the summer shoot. Female Common Merganser
Female Common Merganser - Click for larger
When we arrived home, the cardinal nest in my backyard had 2 hatchlings. The parents were busy feeding the young. I set up my camera in my dining room and spent most of the day photographing their activity out through the back window. Northern Cardinals at Nest
Northern Cardinals at Nest - Click for larger
I have so much pent up energy. I’m really looking forward to getting on the road!

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Anonymous Marta said...

Beautiful photos! I don't want to join you on your outings, but I do love to see the results of your work! Hope you have a great summer and am looking forward to seeing the next photos!!

18 June 2012 at 09:58  
Anonymous James said...

Amazing images, and an amazing time... one I will not soon forget - thank you both!!! I still want to settle our three-way tie at Cribbage however :)

19 June 2012 at 21:22  

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