"Depression is connected with the past, anxiety latches on to the future, but holding a camera — being alert to the world around us — is the antidote to all that. Photography helps keep one in the present." (Quote by Karen Molson)
Mud Lake is one of the most ecologically important natural habitats in the urban part of Canada’s Capital Region. It is identified as a Provincially Significant Wetland and an Area of Natural and Scientific Interest by the government of Ontario and is classified a Protected Area management Category IV (habitat and species management area).
This 60-hectare natural environment is a complex of wetlands along the Ottawa River, the majority of which is made up of deciduous swamp forest. The driest part, to the west, contains a mature forest stand which is made up predominantly of white, red and burr oak, as well as white pine.
Mud Lake is a habitat for a wide diversity of animal species. Located within the Lac Deschênes area and in a major migratory corridor, it specifically serves as an important environment for bird conservation and is recognized as one of the most popular urban sites for birdwatching in Canada. 269 species of birds have been recorded, as well as numerous species of amphibians, reptiles and fish that are not commonly found either regionally or nationally. It also hosts diverse plant life, with 44 rare and 15 uncommon plant species as well as several fauna species-at-risk.
Several species of invasive non-native plants threaten the biodiversity of the Mud Lake habitat. Eleven of these species have been recorded, covering about 29 percent of the total area of this natural habitat.
I own a fur hat and when it is sunny, I also wear sunglasses. About a month ago, I was visiting someone and when I went into this person’s office building, I took the sunglasses off and stuck them on the top of the hat. When I took the hat off and put it on the coffee table of the person I was visiting, he looked at the hat wearing the glasses and told me it looked creepy.
So that comment has been rambling around in my head for about a month, and yesterday a photo idea popped into my head. This is the result …
So, my fur hat with glasses, feet and a beak. If you think the eyes are creepy, they were lifted from another photo I took years ago of a very young girl who had the most beautiful big, round eyes.
Well it snowed here in Ottawa during this past week. Not much, just a few centimetres (that’s less than an inch for the Imperial measuring folks). It was enough to make a hike through the local forests pleasant and different from past hikes through bare trees and dry leaves. I headed off to one of the local National Capital Commission hiking trails just west of Ottawa and tramped around for about 90 minutes with my camera. It was a bright sunny day, not too cold, and the trees provide an excellent shelter from the wind gusts.
During my hike I came across this wee critter hanging out in a tree. If it could talk, it would probably be cursing me as one of those annoying paparazzi who wouldn’t leave people, or in this case, an animal, alone.
Do you remember returning to school every September and one of your first assignments was to write an essay on what you did during the summer? If only they had digital cameras back then – I could have shown my teacher what I did during the summer!
I typically carry my camera around with me and during this past summer I have captured some photos that I felt were worth keeping. These were photos taken while visiting friends, boating, riding my motorbike around the countryside, going kayaking, visiting nature areas, going for walks … in other words, many of the things I did this summer. I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoyed visiting these places and taking the photos.
My first visit to Tiraislin Fold was on May 9, and I fell in love with this place. (You can read about my first visit at https://jay-dee-photo.com/2014/05/15/tiraislin-farm/.) I have since learned that “Tiraislin Fold” is a Gaelic phrase for “earth of my dreams”, and it fits! Recently, I had another opportunity to visit Rosemary and her wonderful farm with its menagerie of animals. Here is some of what I saw on my last visit …
On Friday, May 9, I travelled with my friends Kathy and Vaughan to visit the farm of one of their friends. We had planned to spend a few hours there taking photos of some of the animals. Many hours later we were still there taking photos, touring the property and talking with the owner, Rosemary. What started off as a few hours in the country, turned into a delightful day on a farm. I was enthralled with the animals – Tibetan yaks, horses, dogs, cats, sheep, chickens and geese, as well as a goat, donkey and a llama.
But best of all was meeting Rosemary, a farmer and an artist, and most important, an absolutely wonderful and fascinating person. Check out these web pages to read more about the Tiraislin Farm and Rosemary …