Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Quick Weekend Getaway

Well it was a getaway for me, even if it was only a partial getaway for Sue, who had some things to attend to. The weather was spring-like getting into the mid to high teens, which is something like 60 - 65°F.

It was so pleasant to get out and take a few photos without worrying about numb fingers: just take my time setting up this and that angle. It's the little things, eh?

There were touches of snow in the woods and in shaded spots, which, I think, added a nice touch to photos that can be a bit drab at this time of year.

This is a bend in the Crowe River near Glen Alda, just a few miles up the road from the cottage.
And this is a stand of beech trees that provided a spot of colour on the Glen Alda Road.
After taking the above photos, I stopped at the little bridge over the Crowe and chanced upon this Northern River Otter, who was almost as taken with me as I was of him. But not quite, for he soon had enough of me and went under for good.

Brian and I took a leisurely drive on Saturday afternoon and stopped to take quite a few pictures, including the next three.

The Lower Faraday Community Centre: likely once a school house and quite possibly not used as a community centre for quite some time.

A little island in the little lake off highway 62, south of Bancroft. The lake was still ice-covered.
Just a shed by the side of the road with Brian doing what it takes to get the shot.
Aside from the one above, I took a few others of Brian taking his shots.

We found a very interesting piece of equipment.

Brian in the reeds: this is where I took the photo of the island, earlier in this post.
This was the final stop on our little photographic jaunt at Robinson Lake.

Both this and the previous shot were primarily processed in Snapseed on my iPad. I did darken this one a little bit more when I saw it on the computer, just to enhance the silhouette effect.

Coming home, yesterday, we stopped at a gas station in Madoc, which is ~45mins from the cottage. I was quite impressed (for want of a better word) with this signage. I have a niggling feeling that this guy isn't happy with the local politicians. Of course I could be wrong. lol I see the property is for sale. Any takers?


Tabor said...

A wonderful montage of photos. I particularly like the ones with Brian!

Mary Gilmour said...

These are great! I particularly like the second last one of your photographer friend.
The last bit of the grandkid's snowman melted in the rain last night and we have a turkey displaying for his harem. It must be spring.

ADRIAN said...

Great light in all these. I like processing towards warm.

TexWisGirl said...

oh, my. that signage! :) love the birch tree shot.

Linda Kay said...

A great group of photos for your blog today, John. Did you get an interview with the guy with all the signs?

Ruth said...

I echo the comment about superb light and finishing of this set of photos. I have never seen an otter in the wild.

Shammickite said...

I love that last photo, the Madoc resident is clearly dissatisfied with local government.... and shows it! I suggest he runs for office at the next election, as he obviously has a lot to say. Quite a collection of hub caps too.

Donna said...

Hahaa...love all the posters! My kindred spirit!!
Love the shots but it still looks cold up there...Happy Spring!

Lorna Cunningham-Rushton said...

"drab"? you never take or at least never post drabness. Even though I am not an animal person, that sleek otter fascinated me and I envied you the experience.