All the colours of fall reflect off the pond in Saint John’s Conservation Area in the Short Hills area of Niagara.
Green pastures in fall in the Short Hills area of Niagara.
Are you dizzy yet? Effect achieved by zooming in from 18mm to approx 100mm and pressing the shutter simultaneously. The shutter speed was 1/50s, at f/3.5 ISO 100.
Scattered clouds add interest to this sunset over Lake Ontario, seen from St Catharines.
An HDR composite of the sun setting over the marina in Port Dalhousie, St Catharines, Ontario.
This conservation area is a hidden gem located on top of the Niagara Escarpment in Grimsby. It’s very poorly advertised, so despite the fact that I knew that it existed — along with a hundred other conservation areas — I had no idea it was so nice. Mostly I was impressed by the spectacular views of Lake Ontario and the coast. But it was also a really nice Carolinian forest to walk through, on ambling paths on the edge of the escarpment and a deep gorge. In this particular area, the escarpment is very articulated, with jutting cliffs, high drops and two waterfalls. If you bring binoculars or a powerful camera lens (at least 300mm – one of the pictures in this album is cropped to approx. 800mm), you can see Toronto well on a clear day.
Birds roosting on the roof of a derelict church in Barranco, Lima.
I won’t deny that one of my favourite things to do is throw myself in the car and race down to Port Dalhousie to take pictures of the sunset when I see signs that it will be a good one.
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.
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.
This is the skyline of Montreal as seen from Cité du Havre, right in front of the characteristic Habitat 67 apartment buildings. I’ve been wanting to take a classic big city skyline for a while. It’s neither particularly spectacular nor original, but I’m very happy with the look and the crispness of the picture.