Category Archives: ONTARIO

Grundy Provincial Park – Swan Lake Trail

On our last day, we returned back to our base camp and decided to go on an afternoon hike.  Grundy has many hiking trails or different levels and distances, and we decided on the 1.5 km Swan Lake Trail.  The hike goes through some wetlands, has a few nice lookouts and rocky ridges and includes a walk across a boardwalk.  We took our time enjoying this relaxing, interesting and diverse trail, pausing for many breaks to take photos and draw.

Swan Lake Trail, Grundy Provincial Park

Swan Lake Trail, Grundy Provincial Park

Along with my love for cloud photography is my love for tree photography – alive and dead.  I love trying to capture a new angle, either to express the grandeur of a living tree or the creepiness of a dead tree.  I like to pause and appreciate how magnificent they are, and explore even the smallest details found in their bark, branches and leaves.

Swan Lake Trail, Grundy Provincial Park

Swan Lake Trail, Grundy Provincial Park

Swan Lake Trail, Grundy Provincial Park

Swan Lake Trail, Grundy Provincial Park

Swan Lake Trail, Grundy Provincial Park

Swan Lake Trail, Grundy Provincial Park

Swan Lake Trail, Grundy Provincial Park

Swan Lake Trail, Grundy Provincial Park

Swan Lake Trail, Grundy Provincial Park

Swan Lake Trail, Grundy Provincial Park

Swan Lake Trail, Grundy Provincial Park

Swan Lake Trail, Grundy Provincial Park

Taking a moment to  draw some trees.  I like to imagine this is how the Group of Seven must have felt painting and becoming one with nature.

Swan Lake Trail, Grundy Provincial Park

Swan Lake Trail, Grundy Provincial Park

Swan Lake Trail, Grundy Provincial Park

Swan Lake Trail, Grundy Provincial Park

Swan Lake Trail, Grundy Provincial Park

Swan Lake Trail, Grundy Provincial Park

 

Grundy Provincial Park – Beaver Lake

Over the long weekend, we went camping in Grundy Provincial Park.  Located 80 km north of Parry Sound, Grundy is a a beautiful Ontario Park.  A hidden gem that we discovered a few years ago, and there were so many lakes and hiking trails left to explore I wanted to return this year for our annual camping adventure.

We decided to have base camp for five days, and off shoot on a canoe trip for two of them.  We dropped off our gear on Beaver Lake, then canoed across Pakeshkag Lake portaging 195 metres back into Beaver Lake, picking up our gear on the way to our site.  This wasn’t a big portage trip so we brought along luxuries like a cooler and chairs – the best of both worlds!

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

The first night my boyfriend and I went fishing and the lake was so calm and still.  We were the only ones out on the water and I relished the peace and quiet.  I even caught a fish!

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

As the sun set over the glassy waters, a curtain of ominous clouds rolled over us. I never tire of taking photos of clouds, they’re always shifting and evolving, and you’ll never shoot the same clouds twice.

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

I love playing around with light, saturation and contrast in post and exploring the many ways to process the same scene to emote a different feeling or emotion.

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

I think the photo above is my favourite from this set.  I like how the clouds frame the sunset in a slanted perspective, allowing just a sliver of golden light to highlight the canoe and my boyfriend in the foreground.

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

The ultimate Canadian experience: sitting in a canoe listening to the call of loons.  A perfect moment.

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

Marmora Mines

Over the Victoria long weekend, we decided to visit my boyfriend’s grandmother out in Marmora. I’ve been to Marmora in the summer, fall and winter, but this was the first time I would see Marmora in the spring.  I was really looking forward to a relaxing weekend out of the city, and was also curious about the Marmora Mines that my boyfriend said we were going to check out.

On the way, we stopped by Pitcher’s Place, a restaurant just north of Cobourg in Gores Landing that had received rave reviews for their brunch.  Pitcher’s Place did not disappoint and we were treated to an incredible, home-style, totally indulgent, utterly comforting breakfast.  I had the poached eggs on homemade toast, with a potato and squash hash (brilliant!), plus some charsiu (new word! It’s pork belly…) and a side of house braut (spiced pork sausage, oh my!) and house made pickled cauliflower, brussel sprouts and beets.  Everything was exceptional and the owner was also super friendly and helpful.  I wish they were in Toronto, I would go here every weekend!  Although…the good thing about brunch in Gores Landing is that you don’t have to wait an hour in line.

Pitcher's Place breakfast

Pitcher’s Place breakfast

The highlight of our day trip to Marmora was a visit to the Marmora Mine, an abandoned open pit iron mine just on the outskirts of town.  From the years 1955 to 1979 the mine supplied iron ore pellets to the steel mills of Buffalo, New York and the size of the mine is truly impressive.  Underground streams have since filled the enormous pit with water, turning it into a peaceful lake more than 656 feet deep and covering 85 acres across.

Marmora Mine

Marmora Mine

Marmora Mine

Marmora Mine

We spent over an hour walking along the edge of the mine and exploring down below.  A really cool site and exceptionally scenic on this gorgeous spring day!

Marmora Mine

Marmora Mine