Worlds apart

Worlds apart

A bucolic vineyard on the Niagara Escarpment overlooking Lake Ontario and Toronto in the far distance. This is where we had our wedding ceremony, you could not wish for a more spectacular view (at least in these parts). Extreme focal length (450mm) flattens the picture and makes background objects appear much larger, producing a rare perspective on Toronto.

Just before departure

Just before departure

A monarch butterfly outside of Cambridge, Ontario, getting ready for its long journey to its wintering grounds in Mexico. Southern Ontario is almost the northern limit of monarchs. Our family went to the Butterfly Conservatory for the day to help tag monarchs before their long migration so scientists can track how many make the journey. The monarch population is in decline.

Pastel sunset

Pastel sunset

I’d call this a 6.1/10 – nothing spectacular as sunsets go, but pretty nonetheless. Overlooking Port Dalhousie and Lake Ontario. The picture is an HDR composite of three pictures, helping to bring in a bit more details in the shadowy areas and increasing the definition of the clouds.

Bald eagles (new album)

Bald Eagles

Bald eagles living on and just off the campus of Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. I was in Appleton to hold a community lecture on the ethical and political challenges of geoengineering and as a bonus I got to see bald eagles. Apparently they have several pairs of nesting eagles along this this stretch of the Fox River, the watercourse that runs through Appleton and fuels much of its industry.

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Niagara Falls rainbow

Niagara Falls rainbow

Once again the American Falls, this time in rainbow fashion. The lights illuminating the falls were constantly shifting into different colours and patterns. It was quite spectactular – but also a little annoying, as I missed some pretty constallations while fiddling with the camera. Since I was experimenting with different settings (exposure, ISO, framing), I didn’t necessarily get to do the same shot twice. This one I took with 1.3 sec exposure and 200 ISO. Seeing that they came out a little dark I intended to do it again with a longer exposure, but I didn’t get the opportunity before the lights changed. I had to brighten this picture with about 1.5 stops. More still to follow.

Niagara Falls, polar vortex edition

Niagara Falls, polar vortex edition

After an Arctic blast with temperatures dipping to -20°C, Niagara Falls became the Niagara Icicle. I seen a lot of ice there in the past, but this was probably the most. I’ve seen it dozens of times, but never this spectactular. This is the Horseshoe Falls, from a fairly long distance (48mm) with a 2.5 sec exposure. I brightened the photo a bit in Lightroom. I was there on the last night of the cold period (the day after it rained). More pictures to follow.