This weekend Todd and I took the kids on a hike that wound through grasslands, aspen, oak and cedar trees and down into the cool bog. We ended up having to abandon the trail half way through, looping back along an adjoining bike path because the rains of the past few days had made the trail far too muddy for Eve's little legs to handle. It was a beautiful hike that I hadn't done before but will definitely return to do again this season once we've had a few dry days in a row.
Here are a few photos I took along the way, admiring the flora and fauna of the forest. I spotted a red and brown wood frog in the underbrush but didn't get my camera out in time. I really need to be quicker but I'm improving. I caught a butterfly perched on Eve's bright yellow boot! Sometimes I get an unexpected surprise. I didn't notice the cute bee gathering nectar from a wildflower until after I was editing photos at home. What a lucky shot. I continue to feel challenged and very excited about nature photography as a hobby, particularly macro images. The orange toadstool and large yellow orchid (lady slipper) are my favourites of the bunch but even drops of dew can create a magical image. Natures art in all its forms is the most beautiful of all. We appreciate these things in our own way. For me, it's through the lens.