Thursday, October 27, 2016

Fall Colours at Mono Cliffs Part One

I got the timing right this year at Mono Cliffs for fall colours, ok, if I waited a few more days it would have been perfect. This has to be one of my favourite hikes in Southern Ontario, I never tire photographing the park and the surrounding landscape.

Parts of the park itself used to be farmland over 100 years ago and you can see the remnants of stone fences on the main upper trail.

Camera: Nikon F3HP, Nikkor Ais 50 f1.8 lens. Ais 28 f2.8 lens.
Film: Kodak Portra 400

Carsten Lake Side Trail_

Fall Colours in the Park_

The Observation Deck View

Stone Fence_

South End of  Karsten Lake_

Bright Orange over Karsten Lake_

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Wandering Around Toronto's Harbourfront

I had a chance to wander around Harbourfront Thanksgiving Weekend before the temperatures dropped. I pulled my Nikon FM2n out for a workout and rolled with a two lens set up, a 50mm and 28mm lens. Partly to keep the weight down as I was carrying a bottle of wine for a dinner party I was attending later on in my camera bag and to keep the decision making simple.

Bergger BRF 400 is a great black and white film and I hope B&H is restocking it soon because I need to buy another 10-pack of this film.

Camera: Nikon FM2n, Nikkor Ais 50 f1.8 and 28 f2.8 lenses.
Film: Bergger BRF 400, D76 1+1.

Explore on Lower York

Condo Reflections_

Harbour Taxies and Tour Boats_

Pair of Old Timey Tour Boats_

Exclusive Docking Spaces

Waiting for Treats Patiently

Harbourfront Beach Seats_

Harbourfront LRT

Late Afternoon Return

Moored Caledonia_

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Heading back Home

Sadly all vacations both weeks long or a long weekend come to an end. The drive home along Highway 35 was beautiful even if the lighting was a bit of a challenge with low cloud and misty skies. That said there was no wind that day and I got some great shots with reflections, I'll take what I can get.

Asahi Pentax MX, SMC Pentax M 50 f1.7 lens. Rollei RPX 400 processed in HC110 and Kodak Portra 400

Misty Muskoka Highlands._

Dorset Museum_

Dorset General Store

The Historic One Lane Bridge Needs some Work

Just Passing Through

Some Sheltered Take Out

Another Look at the South end of Dorset

Muted Fall Colours on Highway 35

Reflected Haliburton Two

Reflected Haliburton

Reflected Pines

Haliburton Colours_

The Miner's Bay Cut_

The Miner's Bay Resort

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Jackson Lake Part Two

Sometimes you don't have to wander far from where you are staying to get some great shots.....

Camera: Asahi Pentax KX, SMC Pentax M 50 f1.4 lens.
Film:  Kodak Portra 400 for colour film.

Asahi Pentax MX, SMC Pentax M 50 f1.7 lens.
Film: Rollei RPX 400, HC110 B. for black and white.

Ferns copy

Mushroom on Wood_

Southern Marsh at Jackson Lake

Dead Pines in the Marsh

Muskoka Fall Colours_

Saturday Morning on Jackson Lake_

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Jackson Lake Part One

We had the best of intentions of going exploring, months ago doing some research I came across Limberlost Nature Preserve which is like a 10-15 minute drive away from us at Bella Lake. While the trip has historically has been built around Algonquin Park, these days Highway 60 has started to resemble the Toronto Eaton Centre Mall in downtown Toronto at Christmas time and we wanted to avoid the chaos. That was the plan,  hike Limberlost Nature Preserve, well that's where that phrase "Famous last words" comes into play.

First off the weather forecast went from a nice weekend to a miserable one. I kept tabs on the Weather Network site with an eagle eye for a week before the trip. It was a miserable forecast for Greater Toronto/Southern Ontario, rain from Thursday to Monday. Cottage country was going to be dry until Saturday. It was dry from the Kawarthas northward. Combine the threat of rain with the fact it felt like "Summer Camp" for middle aged adults, we didn't want to stray too far from Billie Bear Resort because being on a 8km+ hike in pissing rain, that's just not fun. Hence checking out Jackson Lake from across the road. The land is owned by Billie Bear and is a nice escape and great photographic material, not too far from the Explorer Lodge. We took the Blue and Red trails both Friday and Saturday respectively and got some interesting shots.

So, for now here's Friday

Camera: Asahi Pentax KX, SMC Pentax M 50 f1.4 lens.
Film: Kodak Ultramax 400,

The Map_

Fall Canopy

Overcast Jackson Lake II_

Cedar Over the Water

Crossed Trunks II

North end of Jackson Lake Marsh

Hanging over Jackson Lake


Southern End of Jackson Lake

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Dorset Ontario

I never get tired of photographing Dorset Ontario to the point of being almost obsessive about it. The Lake of Bays is my favourite side of Muskoka and I have a family connection with relatives working at the Bigwin Resort back in the 1940s as summer jobs for university.

If you ask me where paradise is, I'm going to point to the Lake of Bays part of Muskoka and points north towards the other side of Bella Lake between Huntsville and Algonquin Park. Love beaches and all but give me the woods and lakes any day of the week.

Black and White shots:
Camera: Asahi Pentax MX, SMC Pentax M 50 f1.7 lens. Film: Rollei RPX 400, HC110 B.

Colour Shots:
Camera: Asahi Pentax KX, SMC Pentax M 50 f1.4 lens, Film: Kodak Ultramax 400.

Robinson's General Store_

The Dorset Foodland

The Escalade Barely Made It

Moored Bigwin_

Moored Bigwin II

Dorset Marina_

Making the way to Trader's Bay

Gliding under the Bridge_

The Bigwin Historical Society

Rafters and Galley

Only one Front Row Seat in Front of Rafters

Not Open Thursday

Takes you Toward 117

Postal Minions_

Church Mouse

Looking Toward 35

Looking North Through Dorset