Sunday, January 19, 2014

Spruce Bog Sun

 Sunlight on young black spruce tree

During the morning of a recent trip to Algonquin Provincial Park (two hours north of where I live), the sun shone for several hours, lighting up a popular trail through the Spruce Bog.

 Packed to go camping

Would you believe we met two campers? Yep, they were about to spend a couple of nights deeper inside the park. Brrr.

 Near entrance to trail

Clearly a few people had already ventured down this path to enjoy the fresh air and view northern wildlife such as the Spruce Grouse. I confess that I have walked this trail a few times and NEVER seen a Spruce Grouse though!

Light in field beyond trees

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63 comments:

Andy said...

You are very adventurous. It got you some neat winter photos.

Cath H.C Photographie said...

Des campeurs courageux n'ayant pas peur du froid! Belles images,j'adore!

Cath H.C Photographie said...

Des campeurs courageux n'ayant pas peur du froid! Belles images,j'adore!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Merci beaucoup EG, I love this shot of cool on a 39C day, appreciate :)

Cezar and Léia said...

There's something really special about the first image!
God bless you!
Cezar

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful images! I can not imagine camping in the cold weather.. I hope you get to see your Spruce Grouse.

Bengts fotoblogg said...

Beautiful shots, love the winter.

Carole M. said...

a very beautiful scene but gosh you'd have to been keen to want to sleep there overnight in those conditions??? Would you possibly be able to stay warm and actually 'sleep'?

Kate said...

The snow images are lovely but belie the fact that winter can sometimes be unpleasant! Winter camping? I admire the brave souls but it's not for me. I had to participate in similar outdoor programs when I was still teaching, but it certainly did NOT make a convert out of me.

Sandra said...

did you ask the camper when was the last time he had his head examined?? yowsa.. but it makes a great photo and that tree in the first one is amazing. decorated by God... so pretty

Revrunner said...

Having camped many times in the dead of winter, I can with utmost sincerity say that it is something I NEVER wish to do again. :-)

Catherine said...

What gorgeous snow shots

cieldequimper said...

Much as I love winter, I don't think I'd go camping. Love how your photo has a timeless quality to it. Imagine if he had been wearing buckskin!

This is a delightful post!

Abraham Lincoln said...

It is a winter wonderland.

Birdman said...

My X-country skies would love this trail.

William Kendall said...

I have done some winter camping. It just requires a different attitude.

Beautiful shots. I know that trail very well and have walked it in winter. The rest of the year it can even be managed with a wheelchair.

Small City Scenes said...

These images are so beautiful. You captured the snow perfectly.
I don't think I would want to go camping in the snow. I wouldn't want to wake up in the middle of the night to go out and well you know.......
Very nice shots though. MB

TexWisGirl said...

hardy folks, those outdoorsy types. :)

Ruth Kelly said...

Camping in the snow is not my idea of fun. Your photos are delightful.

Penelope Puddlisms said...

Snow is so lovely to look at but I cannot understand why someone would want to go camping in it. I am sure it can be wondrous though if done properly and with care.

Kerri Farley said...

What a lovely place! and I can imagine the solitude of camping in the snow....that would appeal to me....but NOT the coldness!

Lisa Gordon said...

It's a beautiful place, but you would not catch me camping there in the winter!! :-)

Halcyon said...

Those campers are brave. Or crazy. Or both!

Our photos said...

You have make beautiful snow photos!

JM said...

The top shot is so beautiful! But I can't imagine how cold is that...

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I'd not survive the night camping in the snow. Wonderful photos though.

Giga said...

Myślę, że z przyjemnością bym poszła tam na spacer. Pozdrawiam.
I think that I would love to go there for a walk. Yours.

Lowell said...

Your photos present a visual delight ... sunshine in the forest creates a lot of interesting subjects. This is the way I like snow...and this is the distance I like to view snow.

People actually camping out in the snow, though, have to be a little nuts! Camping, to me, involves a room in a Marriott with a mini-bar!

Pamela Gordon said...

Gorgeous snowy shots! I love the last one. I can't imagine camping in the snow like that. Brave people!!!

My Little Home and Garden said...

Winter in all its glory is found in your photos of Algonquin Park. I can't imagine camping at this time of year, but I remember a friend used to take his school's Adventurous Club out for a couple of nights.

I think I'd prefer your way of appreciating nature's beauty, during a nice hike. The snow on the trees and a bridge is gorgeous.

Thanks for sharing the woods at Sunlit Sunday.

-Karen

Ela said...

Wow! A lot of snow, how wonderful ! Fantastic place for winter walks.
Greetings

Stuart said...

Tough place to go camping... but I'm thinking of the photo ops !

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Winter beauty at its best. The first and the last are my favourites here.Love the light on that small snow covered tree.

Bill Nicholls said...

Love you sunlit snow photos but not sure I'd be going camping in it. Too cold

Kathy said...

I'm too much of a sissy to think that camping in weather like this would be fun.

Lorrie said...

Camping in the snow? NO! But kudos to those hearty souls.
Love the light on the little spruce tree. Snow is so beautiful.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Love the trails through the trees! I admire those hardy souls. Camping in the snow is not for me.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Beautiful shots! Did you walk or snowshoe or..?
(ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

Stephanie said...

I don't know how people can camp in snowy conditions let alone the cold temperatures. They are very adventurous. Not my cup of tea. Beautiful shots!

Linda W. said...

Ohhh....I love your photos of the snowy scenes. I wish our mountains would get some of that.

Pondside said...

Those campers are brave! I don't think I'd be venturing into the park overnight, as beautiful as it is.

catskillblogger said...

You'll never find me doing that!

Jack said...

I would never do that kind of camping, though my daughter has done it. Maybe that is why living on the other side of the planet doesn't seem like an unusual adventure to her.

Rose said...

Some really beautiful shots, but as far as the campers--better them than me!

Faye said...

Love the way you embrace winter! Never thought to check out the Ohio River for "ice sculpture" but will do that after seeing your photos. Your nature shots remind me that I need to get out of my yard for photo ops in the snow storm. Wonderful variety of locations and shots.

Carver said...

I love seeing your snowy world. I'd like to get some of it here.

Marcia said...

I like that I can enjoy your lovely snowy scenes from the warmth of my house.

NatureFootstep said...

great shots. But...camping? I hope they were well dressed. I´m glad you had some sun though.

Carol L McKenna said...

Great wintry shots ~ Brave souls ~ carol, xxx

www.acreativeharbor.com

Photo Cache said...

soooo beautiful. i cannot get enough of these winter scenes.

Sue said...

Can't believe people were actually camping in all that coldness!

=)

Fun60 said...

I can understand the desire to camp amidst such beauty but you wouldn't get me doing it!

Stewart M said...

Nice pictures - what a great place and weather to do for a walk.

I have done a little snow camping - and with bit of care and knowledge it can be great.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

ladyfi said...

Lots of winter fun and beauty!

Indrani said...

Nice soft white captures.

Karen said...

Excellent shots of the park! Maybe they rented a Yurt. Those are pretty cosy in the winter.

Barb said...

Are you sure you weren't in CO? That last photo could be my Spooky Woods! Winter camping - brrrr! I love the winter sunlight in the photos.

Pat Tillett said...

You are pretty adventurous to be out there yourself. Those campers though, I don't know what to say about them. They are made of stronger stock than I

Lew said...

Exquisite shot of the snow-covered spruce! Not my idea of the time for camping though.

Huldra said...

Just gotta love those sunny winterwonderland days :)
Lovelly pictures :)

Beyond the Dog Dish said...

I can see the attraction to wanting to camp in that gorgeous scenery but the cold might scare me away. At least eith our cold weather this winter I find we have more sun days to balance.

edenhills said...

It might be a pretty place to walk, but I really don't think I'd want to camp there. At least right now.

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Love that first photo, but I don't know... there's just something wrong about camping in snow. LOL

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