Hiking Mer Bleue Bog

 

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These images were taken last fall during a hike in Mer Bleue Bog in Ottawa. The toad in the first image is very tiny. In fact I didn’t see him at all with my bad eye sight. My husband had to point him out and even then I had such trouble locating him but then he jumped and I saw the movement. The light was very bad so I had to shoot at a very high ISO and use my flash for fill light.

 

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The wildflowers were lining the path and across the field and behind the pond the reeds and trees were ablaze with autumn colour.

 

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The light was very challenging. I was either shooting where it was too dark or into the sun. This bit of boardwalk and grass was illuminated for a very short time. I turned back to see this light and take this picture. On the way back sun had shifted and everything was in shade.

 

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It seems like I took this picture of maple leaves a few times last autumn. But I liked the bokeh background and colour of the leaves this time.

 

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This image of the milkweed seeds bursting at the seams was taken on the way back in fading light. So again I shot it at a high ISO and used my flash for fill light. I don’t do that often but my shutter speed was too low to shoot handheld and I think it worked out very well.

 

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12 thoughts on “Hiking Mer Bleue Bog

  1. Love the bokeh and light behind those Maple leaves.
    I can’t spot small things either, but I can spot the smallest movement on a still background.
    My left ear is doing deaf, but I can hear the faintest rustle in the undergrowth of a bird moving around.

    Fascinating how our senses adapt (when one of them deteriorates).

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