Category Archives: TRAVEL

A collection of the best photos I’ve taken on my travels…I love looking through other fellow traveler’s pictures and hope my photographs inspire others as well.

Bondi Village Resort

 

I’ve never been one of those lucky people that had someone in her life who owned a cottage.  Not that I’m complaining – I loved going camping, and have gone every year since I can remember.  But, there is something nice about being able to throw the bare necessities in your car and take off for a relaxing few days away from the city.

This summer my friend booked a cottage at Bondi Village Resort for a week.  Growing up, she would come every summer with her family, and though it had been years since her last visit, the owners still recognized her.

I fell in love with the pretty grounds immediately.  Rustic and peaceful, we had a cozy little cottage right near the lake.  Clean, but not too modern, this was the kind of place I would want for myself, a humble getaway from the exhausting efficiencies of our every day grind.

Bondi Village Resort, Lake Of Bays, Ontario

Bondi Village Resort, Lake Of Bays, Ontario

Bondi Village Resort, Lake Of Bays, Ontario

Bondi Village Resort, Lake Of Bays, Ontario

Wildlife roam freely here, and I was impressed with the variety.  Deer, horses, dogs and cats wandered around; dozens of cute, fearless chipmunks ran over my hands and feet while blue jays flew above my head, I literally felt like I was in a Disney movie – all I needed was a song to start playing.

Bondi Village Resort, Lake Of Bays, Ontario

“View from the boathouse” Bondi Village Resort, Lake Of Bays, Ontario

Bondi Village Resort, Lake Of Bays, Ontario

“Doti” Bondi Village Resort, Lake Of Bays, Ontario

Here is a photo I snapped of the owner’s poodle, a loveable, camera-ready pooch named Doti.  Look at that pose!  She’s a natural.

Bondi Village Resort, Lake Of Bays, Ontario

The playroom, Bondi Village Resort, Lake Of Bays, Ontario

The grounds were complete with a playroom, gardens, beach, canoes and chicken that provide fresh eggs you can later purchase.  Love it!

Bondi Village Resort, Lake Of Bays, Ontario

“Sumflower Sets” Bondi Village Resort, Lake Of Bays, Ontario

Bondi Village Resort, Lake Of Bays, Ontario

Bondi Village Resort, Lake Of Bays, Ontario

Bondi Village is near Huntsville, and a 30 minute drive to Algonquin Provincial Park.  On a particularly beautiful summer day, we decided to go for a short “lookout” hike.  The view did not disappoint.  This is why I love Ontario!

Bondi Village Resort, Lake Of Bays, Ontario

“The sunshine of our love” – Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario

Bondi Village Resort, Lake Of Bays, Ontario

Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario

Bondi Village is also right down the street from Henrietta’s – the country’s best bakery.  After our hike we decided to treat ourselves to one of her famous blueberrry pies, perfection.

This place truly is – a little slice of heaven.

Bondi Village Resort, Lake Of Bays, Ontario

Bondi Village Resort, Lake Of Bays, 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