Red-headed woodpecker

Hiked the Hickory Trail at Pinery Provincial Park near Grand Bend, ON, Canada late April 2019. Lucky to snap this shot of a red-headed woodpecker, yay! Happy trails to you, and safe journeys.

Red-headed woodpecker

Red-headed woodpecker

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Pileated Woodpecker

Hiked the Hickory Trail at Pinery Provincial Park near Grand Bend, ON, Canada late April 2019. Lucky to snap this shot of a pileated woodpecker, yay! Happy trails to you, and safe journeys.

Pileated woodpecker

Pileated woodpecker

Yellow-bellied sapsucker

Hiked the Hickory Trail at Pinery Provincial Park near Grand Bend, ON, Canada late April 2019. Lucky to snap this shot of a yellow-bellied sapsucker, yay! Happy trails to you, and safe journeys.

Yellow-bellied sapsucker

Yellow-bellied sapsucker

Rondeau Provincial Park: March in January

Big thank you to those that keep Canadian highways clear of snow and ice. Sure a big storm will shut southwestern Ontario roads down at times, but there you are, clearing the way for me to get to enjoy March in January at Rondeau Provincial Park, ON, Canada.

It’s just over an hour drive from home along on the 401 freeway and with my Ontario Parks pass, I enjoy this spot south of Chatham, ON, on the north shore of Lake Erie because Rondeau is open year round.

The park is a peninsula jutting south on Lake Erie. It’s official address is Morpeth, ON.¬†There’s a bay side, frozen over this January. And a lake side, with so much fun ice photography choices.

The park is open year round. There’s a charge to get in, but not for me, I paid for a winter pass and it’s good for free day use entry at all Ontario Provincial Parks, yay!. The campground is closed to campers, but walkable; the many trails range from being snowy to clear; the main roadways are dry and walkable. Not many birds on this Sunday, but the Carolinian forest trees make me happy. I so enjoy walking among them.

On Sunday, January 28 the weather was a balmy 8 degrees celsius for my drive to Rondeau. It had been a very snowy and freezing cold month, but recent warmer weather and rain melted most of the snow and broke up shore ice.

Thanks, nature, for creating the perfect day for the perfect hike on the beach at Rondeau in January. It was like a March afternoon. Here are the pictures, there are many because each is so beautiful to me that I couldn’t edit well.


Get to Rondeau Provincial Park if you can. It’s great for walking and loving the outdoors.

Thank you for having a look. Please comment or ask questions, I love to talk about my wonderful part of southwestern Ontario and fun places like Rondeau.

Yesterday, Rondeau Provincial Park

Had a road trip to Rondeau Provincial Park, open year round on Lake Erie’s north shore, south of Chatham, Ontario, Canada. It was a chilly day, lots of leaves left on the trails. Here’s a few pics.

Rondeau Provincial Park bay view at sunset

Rondeau Provincial Park bay view at sunset


Rondeau leaf

Rondeau leaf


Rondeau Provincial Park closed road

Rondeau Provincial Park closed road


I love Rondeau, great all year for hikes and trees, especially wonderful during the spring migration; only 6 months to wait!
Happy journeys and safe travels.

Dragonfly Encounter

I love the natural world, and my blog is dedicated to my photos and info about the wonderful outdoors where I live in sw Ontario, Canada.

I had a super camp out in early September at Long Point Provincial Park, near Port Rowan, on the north shore of Lake Erie. Great beach, sandy campsites, I love it.

And, I love that this happened. First one, then a second dragonfly decided that my legs were a place to hang out for a while. Lucky me!

I plan to get to Long Point to camp once more before it closes for the season.

Safe travels and happy journeys.

February Heat Wave

In southwestern Ontario, Canada, yesterday the temps hit 15 degrees celsius. Wowzer warm day. So I drove to one of my favourite Ontario parks, Pinery Provincial Park, for a hike. Here’s my fav pic from my walk there.

Oak leaf in the snow

Oak leaf in the snow

Wishing you safe travels and happy journeys.

One pic: summer storm

I love my summer visits to Pinery Provincial Park, just one hour drive from home. When a storm arrives, the sky and water are awesome. This pic-a-day shot reminds me of the warm, summer days.

Stormy August Lake Huron

Stormy August Lake Huron

Thank you for checking out my blog featuring my pics of fav outdoors in southwestern Ontario.

Wishing you safe travels and happy journeys.

Happy Solstice!

On this first day of winter, here’s a pic-a-day¬†look at winter on Lake Huron at Pinery Provincial Park. The hundreds of small ice floes (the white in the water) was an amazing sight.

Lake Huron at Pinery Provincial Park ice floes

Lake Huron at Pinery Provincial Park ice floes

I love to post about the outdoors where I live in southwestern Ontario, Canada. If you have any questions or comments, I love to hear from people.

Wishing all a happy solstice, safe travels and happy journeys.

Pic-a-week?

I know you are all so sad that I haven’t been maintaining my pic-a-day project. Sorry! Catching up with one today, though. Downtown Toronto fun with night shooting.

Near downtown Toronto

Near downtown Toronto

Until next time, wishing you safe travels and happy journeys.

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