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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

 

Camp Food Day 3: Bon Echo

Mazinaw Rock - Bon Echo

Mazinaw Rock – Bon Echo

Day three was leftover day! We made some serious breakfast burritos using up the leftover roasted sausage, pico de gallo and guacamole.  For lunch added the leftover smoked pork along with some kelp and celery to some Ichiban instant noodles. Instant noodles are perfect camping comfort food and throwing in some leftover meat is a great way to make a quick, gourmet ramen dish.

Maple pork sausage breakfast burrito - Bon Echo

Maple pork sausage breakfast burrito – Bon Echo

Smoked pork ramen - Bon Echo

Smoked pork ramen – Bon Echo

After a relaxing, pork-filled morning we decided to work it off on one of the many hiking trails in the park.

Bon Echo

Bon Echo

We hiked the 1.7km moderate High Pines trail where we passed numerous ponds, groves of hemlock and these beautiful tall pines.

Bon Echo

Bon Echo

The sun was starting to set as we walked through the pines right at magic hour, casting a gorgeous orange glow on the trees.

Bon Echo

Bon Echo

We walked to the end of the narrows, taking a break to watch the sun set over the lake and wishing we could just stay a few more days, weeks…months…

Bon Echo

Bon Echo

Moments like these are when I feel such a strong connection with nature.  The peace fills my soul and I know that eventually I’ll spend the rest of my days among trees and near water.

Bon Echo

Bon Echo

We cooked over the fire for dinner, roasting eggplant, tomato, hot yellow peppers and red onion over the fire, adding the onion and peppers to some quinoa and mixing the tomato in with the eggplant for a creamy, smoky sidedish.  We marinated a rack of lamb from The Healthy Butcher  in some lemon juice, olive oil, rosemary and oregano and roasted the rack over the fire for a few hours.  The lamb came out nice and smoky, juicy, full of flavour and paired nicely with the smoky eggplant and quinoa.

Bon Echo

Bon Echo

Killbear 2012

For our annual camping trip, we returned to Killbear Provincial Park.  I felt there was more to discover here, I felt the need to go back.  I find it can be challenging to shoot new and interesting photos when returning to the same place, and although the adventure is always different, it’s so easy to fall back into the habitual shots of trees, sky and water.  So I took a closer look, I took a step back and breathed in the fresh air, and really thought about how to capture the beauty of Ontario.

"Fractured Unity"

“Fractured Unity”

"Nook"

“Nook”

"Emerald Possibilities"

“Emerald Possibilities”

"Himalayan Ice"

“Himalayan Ice”

"Stance" - Georgian Bay

“Stance” – Georgian Bay

"Innocent Flickers"

“Innocent Flickers”

"The Warmth"

“The Warmth”

"Cherry Bomb"

“Cherry Bomb”

Georgian Bay

Georgian Bay

"Crystal Shadows"

“Crystal Shadows”

"Golden Stitches"

“Golden Stitches”