A Blue Lake Ontario on March 20th, 2022.

Digital, 2022.

A calm view of a blue Lake Ontario during the first day of spring. Taken on a sunny day in Toronto’s Tommy Thompson Park, I was drawn to the way the rocks underwater were a deep shade of green, and the way that colour contrasted with the colours of the lake.

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A Summer Landscape at Rouge River on August 8th, 2021.

Digital, 2021.

Rouge River has quickly become one of my favourite places for photography. This was my first visit during summer and I was interested to see what I would be able to photograph. All my previous visits have been during the fall to capture the leaves changing colour so I was glad to be getting a different perspective to the area.

Right from the get-go, what captivated me were all the lily pads! It was so surreal seeing that many all at once. When I first saw them at a distance, I wasn’t quite sure what I was looking at. I thought maybe they were overgrown plants that had somehow managed to grow above the water. Judging by the reactions of other people there, I wasn’t alone in my captivation and wonder.

These were also taken when the skies were particularly hazy. In my opinion, this contributed to the landscape looking even more ethereal. The lighting was so soft and there was light layer of fog by the horizon in the distance. Even with a cloudy sky, the sunlight still shone through and bathed everything in a beautiful golden light at times.

I’m very pleased I got to experience a scene like this with my own two eyes and I’m thankful I was able to take photos of it as well. I hope to eventually visit during winter, too.

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Chairs in the Sun on August 3rd, 2021.

Digital, 2021.

I really liked how sunlight was bouncing off the green grass and leaves in this scene. It was such a quintessential summer landscape that I had to take a photo. I framed the two empty chairs in the distance between the two trees as I thought it was visually appealing. I love using scenes in nature to frame my subject whenever I have the opportunity to do so.

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Summer Trees on June 21st, 2021.

Digital, 2021.

First official day of summer, here we are! After what felt like forever, it has arrived! I’m not quite sure what kind of flowers these are, but they are so pretty! The tree pictured in the first two photos was a lot bigger than it looks. I felt so calm and at peace standing underneath it. It almost felt like a whole different world where sound was muted and the sunlight peeking through the leaves was warm and bright.

And like most floral related things this year, when we came back a week later, most of the flowers had sadly already dried up.

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City Skylines and a Twilight Sky on May 15th, 2021.

Digital, 2021.

The Toronto skyline during late spring and the skyline during twilight. The sunset wasn’t as intense as I was hoping but I’m really happy with the skyline shot. I looked over and saw all the pretty white flowers and I knew I had to snap a photo. It was such a spring scene and it made me so happy seeing it in person. We came back around a week later and the hill was completely grassy, no white flowers. Just goes to show how anything in spring disappears so quick if you aren’t fast enough.

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Cemetery on September 13th, 2020.

Digital, 2020.

The last cemetery visit of summer 2020. Whenever we visit family, I always like to walk around with my camera and take photos of whatever catches my eye, even if I’ve captured it before. Recently, I’ve been drawn to those lantern decorations. Soon, it’ll be the foliage. One thing I found particularly interesting was in the 9th image. I have no explanation for it. Solar flares I would understand if there was more daylight but it almost looks like teal smoke. I wonder if something of the supernatural variety was dying (pun not intended) to be the subject of a photo. A few steps further and it was a steep drop. Perhaps it was a warning to be careful.

Either way, I’m excited for the photos I’ll be able to take during autumn! Hopefully, I’ll be able to get more moody forest photos but with a lot more orange and a lot less green!

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Cemetery on August 30th, 2020.

Digital, 2020.

After visiting grandparents at the cemetery, I really enjoy walking around and taking photos whenever I can. My favourite lighting is either golden hour or overcast skies. In the later afternoons, it’s usually quiet and it’s very grounding being surrounded by nature.

The flowers belonged to a woman who passed away a few years ago. It was her birthday on that very day and friends or family left her flowers with well wishes. I don’t know this woman but it moved me knowing that years later, she has people that still drop by to give her a present. After snapping the photos, thanked her for letting me, wished her happy birthday, and continued on my walk.

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