Thursday, December 01, 2016

Return to Billie Bear Part Two

Waiting to go back to Billie Bear will be an eternity, but that's ok, it just makes each visit more special.

Camera: Asahi Pentax KX, SMC Pentax lenses.
Film: Lomo 400 C-41 and Kodak Portra 400

Boats for Anglers_

Private Viewing Deck on the Helipad

Yellow Paddle Boats

Empty Deck

Billie Bear Cottage 1

Billie Bear Cottages 2

Chilling in front of the Explorer Lodge

Priorty Seating by the Big Lodge

Billie Bear Staff Cottage_

Billie Bear Social Hall_

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Return to Billie Bear Resort Part One

Billie Bear Resort up in Northern Muskoka is my happy place, while the trip up north was two months ago I'm not quite done with it yet. We didn't have the full group this year due to schedule conflicts, for those who didn't make it, I hope this will be a quick fix for them until next year.

What I love about this place is the fact it has changed little since opening up a century ago, save for running water and electricity. I'm glad we're headed up four days instead of three because just a long weekend, isn't enough.  This year the resort itself became a photography project on the spot, I have taken photos around Billie Bear in previous years, I regret not shooting the water tower before it was taken down for safety reasons, it was a long time fixture. Billie Bear will be a long term project and I hope the resort is still around for another century.

Camera: Rolleicord Vb, 75 f3.5 Schneider Xenar lens.
Film: Kodak Tri-X 400, HC110 B.

Explorer's Lodge at Billie Bear

Fire Pit and Hut_

Sunday Morning Tranquilty on Bella Lake

Priority Seating on the Dock_

A Quiet Spot to Think_

Ready to Go_


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Boyne River Fall 2016 Part Two

What I love about Boyne River is how it is just a bit further than other "day hike" parks and conservation areas in Southern Ontario. There are times you need some quiet time in nature and this place fills the bill nicely. Hiking later in the fall can be hit  or miss, so it's always wise to layer. You have a the main loop in the park and the side loop on the west side or Prince of Wales Road. If you are in amazing shape, knock yourself out and do both. Even the main loop for someone in decent shape is a strenuous hike. I would not recommend this to anyone with mobility issues, you'll get into trouble pretty quick. There's no climbing up or down really, just a lot of up and down and uneven terrain.

After tackling the park we went down to the Mono Cliffs Inn for a late lunch, by then the rain squalls returned and it was time to pack it in.


Cameras: Olympus OM-1n, OM-1md, Zuiko Lenses.
Films: Kodak Ultramax 400 (Colour) and Rollei RPX 400 processed in HC110 B (black and white).

Out for a Walk on the Lookout

The View From Murphy's Lookout_

The Edge of the Meadow


Still Greeny Yellow in the Valley

In the Valley Under Yellow II

Through the Valley

EHS Route 1

Foot Bridges in the Southern Valley

Wooden Path over the Mud

Parked on Prince of Wales Road _




Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Boyne River Provincial Park

Boyne River is a beautiful if strenuous hike, I went up for a nice walk in the woods back in late October for the day. Here's the thing about weather forecasts this time of year, even the day of, things can change. I was smart to have both a fleece jacket and a Goretex shell because the weather got very, Scottish.

What made for brisk borderline uncomfortable hiking out in the open made for some beautiful photos. Once you are in a sheltered area under a tree canopy, it was fine.  Boyne Valley is far enough from Greater Toronto it deters the fair weather hikers while fall colours peaked a week or two before, there was still plenty to shoot.

Camera: Olympus OM-1n, Zuiko MC 50 f1.8 lens, Zuiko 28 f3.5 lens.
Film: Kodak Ultramax 400


On the Curve on Highway 19

Fallen Leaves_

Leaning Wooden Fence Post

Cloud over the Meadow

Hikers on top of Murphy's Lookout

Hikers Leaving the top of Murphy's Lookout

Taking the View at the Top of the Lookout




Thursday, November 17, 2016

German Woollen Mill Ruins in Glen Morris

After lunch we left Elora for an hour's drive south through Cambridge down to Glen Morris to visit the German Woollen Mill Ruins on the shores of the Grand River. Rumour has it the ruins are haunted, I didn't see any ghosts while I was there, only a couple and their wedding photographer showing up to do an engagement shoot. The mill has a bit of an interesting history, started out processing, became an inn and later a private residence. It sits between the river and the Paris to Cambridge Rail Trail. Ben, Svetlana and I walked in from the south by about 2 km, being a rail trail it was an easy walk.

Camera: Asahi Pentax KX, SMC Pentax K 28 f3.5 lens, SMC Pentax M 50 f1.7 lens.
Film: Rollei RPX 400, HC110 B.

Afternoon on the Cambridge-Brantford Rail Trail_

Glen Morris Ruins Four

Glen Morris Ruins One_

Open Window_

Water Channel_

The Outside Glen Morris Ruins_

Grand River Looking North

Grand River Looking South


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

November Trip to Elora Part II

Elora won't be the same in a few short years, best to enjoy it while we got it before the change happens.


Camera: Asahi Pentax KX, SMC Pentax M 50 f1.7 lens.
Film: Rollei RPX 400 processed in HC110 B.

Elora Village Side Street_

The Elora Flatiron

Looking South and Metcalfe St

The Meremaid_

Quiet Saturday in Elora II

The Iron Metcalfe St. Bridge_




Thursday, November 10, 2016

Elora on a November Day

I went on a day trip up to Elora last weekend with friends, it was a nice escape for a little while. Elora is going to change over the next few years when "The Mill" reopens as a boutique hotel and the old furniture factory ruins become a new hotel, conference centre and wedding chapel. They already began construction on the south side of the Grand River. The end result will change the town but hopefully not wrecking its character.

Camera: Asahi Pentax KX, SMC Pentax M 50 f1.7 lens.
Film: Rollei RPX 400, HC110 B.

Elora Mill on a Grey Day_

Gloomy Morning on the Grand River

Dodgy Fire Escape

Elora Ruins