This is the 5th month in the Changing Seasons Photo Challenge initiated by Cardinal Guzman. Once a month we return to a location we have chosen to take new photographs of the area to capture the changing seasons. The location I chose for this challenge is Bluffer’s Park on the east end of Toronto.
Last Sunday I returned to Bluffer’s Park late in the morning. I live only 12 km north of the lake and it was a beautiful 19C when I left. You can imagine my surprise when I got to the park and discovered it was only 11C by the water. I was definitely under-dressed for poking around taking photos in the chill.
Although all the trees in my neighbourhood were exploding with new life, I was disappointed to discover that spring was behind schedule here at the waterfront with only hints of green starting to show on some trees.
It was strangely quiet for such a beautiful morning … even most of the ducks and geese were absent. I was surprised however to find 2 little ones huddled alone on the shore with no mom nearby to shoo me away.
Meanwhile, at the Marina and Yacht Club there were more signs of activity. Many boats were in the water and occasionally people could be seen scurrying around. On one boat in particular, there was music blaring as 2 guys were obviously getting ready for a season on the water.
I was captivated by the stillness of the water and the reflection of the clouds on it. With this set of piers still empty and buds on the nearby tree, the contrast with the same scene in January is significant (click on images to enlarge).
In the springtime as the world seems to come back from the dead, I’m reminded of how tenacious nature is … finding a foothold anywhere for new life to grow.
… but as much as I love birch trees, they are my current source of allergy hell.
For previous posts in this challenge: