Back when I was in high school, I took photography for a few years and really enjoyed it, but it has been years since I touched a camera.
However a couple of weeks ago when the weather started to get nicer, I started to think about it again and wondered why I had given it up.
So last week, when the weather finally got semi-warm, I grabbed Boy and our little point and shoot digital and hit the park.
Not all of my pictures turned out and I haven’t edited any of them, but I figured I would post them here since I plan to continue snapping throughout the summer and it might be kind of fun to log my progress.
Take a gander!
A picture of the park’s big pond. Way back when there used to be a rumour that the pond was “bottomless,” but that was just because the bottom was so muddy.
The view to the west of the last picture. You can’t see in this picture but if you look upward, there are a bunch of beautiful houses and apartment buildings that back onto the lake.
Some happy little geese. A flock has actually taken up permanent residence in the park so they are pretty used to humans. On our last walk by the pond, we spotted some nests, so we’re looking forward to some babies in a couple of weeks!
A couple of regular ducks just swimming around. This shot was actually hard to get because the ducks in question were zooming around in circles while I was trying to take it as you can see from the water ripples.
A little cherry blossom tree in a sea of green. Little did I know there were several of these trees coming up!
Ta-da! There was a huge grove just up the path from where we were and they made the whole walk seem strangely dreamy since everywhere we went petals were sprinkling down.
A closer look at one of the trees. For our wedding last year, I was hoping that one of these puppies would be in bloom to capture on our invitation, but it was a bit too cold and the trees didn’t bloom until after we got back from our honeymoon.
A close-up of the blossoms.
I was not the only person who had the photography trip idea as the park was filled with people wielding cameras.
Another shot of the branches. I always love the shapes and patterns branches make.
Some little yellow daffodils. These always signal spring in my book!
More daffodils! I love the buttery yellow of them.
Tulips and daffodils. I forgot to take a picture but the front of the park is absolutely packed with these red orange tulips.
Boy walking up a hill to a big tree. We had brought some snacks with us on the walk and thought it would be nice to have a sit towards the top of the hill and watch everyone enjoying the nice spring day.
Boy sitting with our snacks while I made my way up the hill to join him. But on my way, I made a friend . . .
Hey squirrely! He only lingered for a minute because he thought I might have food on my person but when I didn’t, he took off.
But then another squirrel showed up to take his place. In the winter, Boy and I had come to the same area of the park and seen another similarly friendly grey squirrel which we at the time had named Steve, so we chose to believe this was the same squirrel. To celebrate the reunion, Boy gave the squirrel a small piece of his oat bar.
Steve and Boy having a snack break.
Steve loves his Starbucks treat. Don’t get addicted, Steve! It’s an expensive habit!
Another group of snacky tree sitters.
After Steve took off, we went farther up the hill into the staggered gardens which, when they are fully operational, have a waterfall that runs down the many levels. There wasn’t too much in bloom yet because it is still early, but I managed to score a few shots . . .
I have no idea what kind of tree this is but I was fascinated by its leaves.
Some pretty pink blooms. I don’t know what kind these are either but their colour made them pop and reminded me of an impressionist painting.
A closer look. I couldn’t believe how intense the colour was!
A little sapling that was growing close to the water.
(The leaves looked similar to a Japanese maple tree, but I am no botanist, so if I am wrong, please excuse my ignorance.)
Some other little flowers in bloom. They were surrounded by dead fall leaves so I didn’t see them at first, but when I did catch a glimpse of them popping out, I grabbed a quick shot.
Then it was up the hill to some more flowering trees . . .
As far as I can tell from Google image search, these are called “Saucer Magnolias” and try as I might, I never full managed to get the picture I was hoping for of them.
My lackluster attempt at a closeup.
Finally, we made it to the top of the hill (which is surprisingly steep), so I took a picture of it.
Some other hill walkers.
When we got to the top of the hill, we were facing this crazy tree here. I thought it was really interesting to see the vines wrapping around the trunk of the tree like they were so desperate to grow.
Another closeup of blossoms. I took this one near the park’s cafe parking lot so if you look into the background you can actually see the grill of someone’s car, but I was so invested in taking the picture, I didn’t really notice it.
A deserted bench by some birch trees. Growing up, birch trees were always my favourite since I loved the contrast of their white bark against the green leaves.
Some brand new cherry blossoms just starting to bud.
Boy loves old relics so when he spotted an old street sign in the middle of the park, we went to investigate. The best we could figure is that perhaps at one point, the park tram had gone past there or it has been some sort of trail marker.
While we were looking at the sign, I snapped a pic of this nearby tree. I dug how low and thick the branches were.
A quick shot as we left the park. I have no idea who these people are but I liked the way the trees framed them in the shot.
Anyway, that’s all I’ve taken so far. Hopefully when things are a little more in bloom, I’ll get a chance to go back and improve on my shots!