2 for 1

Project pic-a-day hit a snag the first week, I missed yesterday. So today here are 2 pics in celebration of my love for the outdoors where I live in southwestern Ontario.

Road trip shots – Thanksgiving weekend (in Canada that’s in early October) in the Muskoka region – glorious sunshine for a visit to Arrowhead Provincial Park near Huntsville, Ontario.

Autumn colour Arrowhead Provincial Park

Autumn colour Arrowhead Provincial Park

The lake was calm and the trees were colourful; I love autumn.

Arrowhead Provincial Park

Arrowhead Provincial Park Thanksgiving Weekend

If you have any comments or questions about travels in Ontario, I’d love to hear from you.

Safe travels and happy journeys.


Lake View

For today’s ‘1 pic a day’ project segment:

Thanksgiving road trip to North Bay, ON – hiked to this lookout in Restoule Provincial Park. Lots of other lake viewers there, beautiful warm day.

Autumn hike

Lookout at Restoule Provincial Park, Ontario

It’s a beautiful world, I love the outdoors.

Happy travels and safe journeys.


Where have I been?

Blogiverse, sorry, I’ve neglected you. New project, aiming for 1 a day photo of this natural world in which I reside, southwestern Ontario, per day. So, here is today.


November 2016 moonrise, Port Bruce, ON

See you soon, any comments or questions welcome.

Safe travels and happy journeys.

Happy 2016!

Wishing you all the best for a happy and prosperous 2016.

As I move through the last of autumn and into early winter photos, it is clear that there was very little snow this past few months. I prefer my southwestern Ontario with no snow, thank you, nature.

No matter the season, I love to get outdoors and always am on the lookout for photograph material. As I write, the temps are moving down from 6 degrees celsius, the wind is picking up, and a winter storm is moving in from the southwest.

Only 50 days ’til March!

Now for some shots of my outdoors fun the past few weeks.

That catches me up – watch for more as the weeks go by.

Until then, happy journeys and safe travels.

Outdoors – I love it!

Not much gives me more pleasure than walking on forest paths and sandy beaches in my home region of southwestern Ontario. Our autumn was wonderfully non-snowy this year, so I had lots of opportunities to get out there and enjoy. Now, to the photos of my adventures.

Thank you for checking out my travels. Please comment or ask questions, I love to hear from you.
Safe travels and happy journeys.

Happy New Year – 2016

Wishing you all a happy and prosperous 2016. My 2015 had ups and downs (who’s didn’t?), but as per my usual m.o., it had many hikes in southwestern Ontario. I’m an hour’s drive from Lakes Erie and Huron, so getting to them is a priority. Here’s a few pics from my recent outings.

That takes us into November – more to come another day.
Please feel free to comment or ask questions about my part of the world.
Safe travels and happy journeys.

More of the Same

I can’t believe the time gone by since my last post – sorry to neglect this, but the rest of my life got in the way. I promised more winter shots, but that’s not going to happen. I’ll get some recent outdoor fun place pics up today and try to get back for more another time.

All set? Thanksgiving in Toronto, road trips around southwestern Ontario and yes, some fall colour.

As you can see, I have been around a few blocks! It’s been a fun fall.

If you have any comments or questions, I’d love to hear from you.

Wishing you safe travels and happy journeys.

One Pic

Camp out at Long Point Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, May 2015 – storm on the way!

Long Point Storm May 2015

Crazy clouds, tornado watch in place; followed by big swoosh wind, rain and no lightning.

1 Day to Spring

In my recent 2 Days to Spring post, I took you back to late fall and early winter 2014. I spoke too soon and missed putting up some earlier travels to catch you up with my southwestern Ontario fav places blog.

So, though you may be hungering for the previously promised ‘up next’ January and February 2015 pics, ha! You are denied. It’s October and early November 2014 here instead.

True winter is over soon, will get to my virtual winter later.

Photos are a Lake Erie north shore road trip and a jaunt to Pinery Provincial Park.

Travel in southwestern Ontario during the fall offers many great picture taking gems. There are decent trails to hike and small town restaurants to discover.

In summer, the beaches are excellent for swimming and sun-worship at both Long Point and Port Burwell on Lake Erie and Pinery on Lake Huron.

In the fall, all of these parks, plus many more Great Lakes outdoors spots, provide birders with many viewing opportunities as the regions are on flyways for birds heading south for the winter.

Here are the pictures, there are many. I hope you get even one tiny part of the happiness viewing them that I get from being in these wonderful outdoor places.

Thank you for being here, I appreciate any comments or questions about southwestern Ontario.

Next up: really, January and February. Wishing you safe travels and happy journeys

2 Days to Spring 2015

It’s almost spring here in southwestern Ontario. I love this time of year as the snow melts, birds return from their winter in the south, trails mud up (wear boots hiking!) and the longer days of sunshine warms. Still enough chill in the air to wear my hat and gloves, it’s not quite mild yet. But spring is imminent.

However, only recently have I had great access to my photos for posting and as my blog’s purpose is to share my shots, I am taking you back to fall and early winter 2014 for this entry. Playing photo catch up. Watch for January to March posts coming up soon.

Glad to be back at it and I hope you enjoy these pics of late fall and early winter in southwestern Ontario. It’s beautiful here in the winter, especially when snow is on the ground. This past season, except for a few snows in November and December that melted fast, true lasting snow didn’t start until the last week of December, after Christmas.

Late fall, I had a few trips to enjoy the changing colours of the deciduous trees in this part of Canada. The orangey yellow-greens of the beeches, the bright red, yellow and orange of the sugar maple, the oak’s late changing red, all these and more light up the landscape with pic-friendly colours. This yearly show is best in the sunshine – my pics don’t do it justice, when taken on a cloudy day.

I had fun hikes at Pinery Provincial Park on Lake Huron near Grand Bend for fall views of oak, cedar, pine and the lake.

A few other road trips include:

Springwater Conservation Area, a lovely trail to hike at this small park near Aylmer, ON. Managed by the Catfish Creek Conservation Authority, the park is open from Mother’s Day (early May) until Thanksgiving Day (early October). You can camp there, too! Depending on the weather. you can walk the trails any time.

– Only one picture of my journey to Turkey Point, ON, a small town on Lake Erie’s north shore, southwest of Simcoe and even further southwest from Toronto. It was a warmish late fall day and a friend was driving, thanks, friend! Turkey Point is a popular beach spot in the summer, famous for the water event billed: “Pottahawk Pissup – Canada’s Biggest Boat Party!” If you are the boat party type, you might put this on your travel plans; it happens on the second Sunday of July and is an annual event. In December, when I was at Turkey Point, it was very quiet, except for hunters shooting ducks.

– A little bit of my current home territory, Elora, ON, where it’s been a cold and long winter. The pic shows snow on cedars at the Elora Gorge Quarry park.
Finally, I enjoyed a visit to my son’s Toronto home for Christmas. From his balcony, there’s a great view of the downtown skyline and Lake Ontario. Lots of great walking in the neighbourhood and in High Park.

Thanks for reading this blog and seeing the pictures of my corner of the world.

Next up: January and February in chilly southwestern Ontario. Until then, happy travels and safe journeys.

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