Posts Tagged ‘hike’


Walking in a winterland is what dog walkers do best. We had already met Sophie on the trail and I had the camera loaded with black and white film. It occurred to me at the time to ask her to be in my project especially with her dogs being black and white. But then my goofy puppy was being a bit obnoxious with her dogs and the moment was gone. Luckily, we met up again at the end of the loop. I like this portrait in colour. Sophie was kind enough to pose with her Bostons. She has been hiking this area for about seven years. Turns out she knows my partner from working at the Hillside Festival in the summer. This city is sometimes like living in a small village….Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers from around the world, in the Flickr group 100 Strangers.

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If you have been following the bouncing Bunny since I have started this blog, then you will recall my favourite place to take the boys and the dogs.  Starkeys is a lovely location to get some exercise and to take photos using a vintage camera or two.  The above photograph was taken with a new to me Agfa Isoly 120 camera.  I thought I would put the camera through its paces while I paced around the hiking loop.  I still can’t resist pointing the lens into the sun for those sun flares.  But now I know this isn’t a camera that takes too kindly to that sort of treatment.  It will give my retinas a break….
FYI, there are still a gnome and owl hiding up in Starkeys to be found by an adventurous spirit or two.  There aren’t hard to find, you just need to think outside of the box.  By the way, I would love to know who found the red gnome, as he was taken within a week in the autumn sometime.


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In the Sticks, originally uploaded by claygrl.

A photographer friend described this as having a dreamy quality. I agree. Another bonus of the Holga camera, you just never know what you will get.

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Knotty, originally uploaded by claygrl.

Over the years, at least ten, I have walked on this trail on the outskirts of Guelph always admiring the textures of the trees. In the mixed forest are cedar, maple, beech and others. I have fondled many of these trees as I walk by, and some I have even hugged, just cause I can. Since I now walk along Starky’s at a slower pace, (one reason is for my young son and also because our faithful dog is slowing down at eleven) this has given me the opportunity to observe the forest more. The visual delights are endless.

Last week we went out on a beautiful, sunny day and I took my toy camera, a Holga (which is known for taking crap photographs). Knowing that most of the photos were just going to be a test strip to enable me to practice my darkroom developing skills, I didn’t spend a lot of time on composure or setting up the shots. Imagine my surprise when I discovered after emerging from the dark and scary basement that I actually had some nice photographs that turned out better than expected! I love when that happens. I’ll post some more images to share. You heard me say it here, that I think FILM IS NOT DEAD!

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