Did you see?? The sun came out AND it was above minus 20 today. It was practically summer!! We celebrated with a walk on one of our favourite Ottawa trails, and were delighted by the number of animals who came out to say hello: pileated woodpeckers, nuthatches and chickadees, a merlin, a few playful red squirrels and then, to our delight, a big fat porcupine came sauntering up the trail beside us.
(I did not zoom in for this – in fact, I had to back up to get him in the frame as the porcupine sauntered past us!)
It was a gorgeous afternoon out, made even more delicious by the recent spate of miserable cold.
If you’re interested, I’d love to do a few sessions of winter portraits out there before the snow melts and the trails get muddy. For any weekend in March, I’ll offer a spring thaw discount if you’d like to do a “feed the chickadees” family portrait hike at the Jack Pine Trail – $150 for the session fee, and you only buy whatever prints or files you want. Prices are listed on my photo site.
I’ll even bring the bird seed!
I got tired of waiting for spring to make even the faintest hint of an intimation that it was going to show up this year, so I took matters into my own hands.
I am pretty sure I am the LAST person you expected to be celebrating Hockey Day in Canada. The boys wanted to go out and play for a while on our local rink though, and while an hour outside in the -15C plus windchill was not high on my list of favourite ways to spend a Saturday afternoon – we had a blast. Well, they had a blast and I took pictures, and everybody was happy. And when it started to snow but the sun was still shining through a bit? Well that was downright magical.
See? (Yes, we have a spare. Always good to have an extra kid around, especially one as sweet natured as this one.)
Hope your Valentine’s Day was also filled with sunshine, smiles and love!
Simon’s turn for a portrait in the snow!
Don’t you love his sweet smile and creamy skin?
I was making dinner when I looked over and saw Lucas caught in the late afternoon light streaming in the window. I loved how the shadows made a geometric frame around him, but the contrast between the light and dark was so stark that the light areas were blowing out – it was so bright all detail in the light areas like his cheek were being lost. The black and white version was much more forgiving, and I think it shows off the framing shapes more, too.
I love the way the late afternoon light comes into the house this time of year, not least because it means that spring is coming – eventually!
Leftovers from our little ice storm last week:
Pretty, but oh so cold!
(I’ve sent my main camera off for service. It’s been a week. I’m starting to twitch!!)