Hidden Valley Park - J. K. Ribout Photography

March 14th, 2018

Hiya! It has been a while since I last posted on here - and I will get to that in a bit. But first, I think it’s safe to say that spring has sprung! And though I literally missed more than half of the winter wonderland scenery (WAH!), I will be making up for it in the next coming seasons.


As of a couple weeks ago, I am an Oakvillian! Yup, I have moved from Mississauga to Oakville; and with the busy schedule that comes with sorting out the move, getting a car, wrapping up some projects, trips, filing taxes and BREATHING - I have been seriously (and sadly) slacking when it comes to enjoying early morning weekend hikes. But now that the dust has settled, I am starting the routine a new and kicking it off with our first stop: Hidden Valley Park.

Now, we have been to pretty much all the major parks in the Caledon/Mississauga/Milton/Hamilton area, but now that we are in Oakville, we’re closer to places around Burlington and even the Niagara region - which means, I will have new spots to explore! This makes me excited. Another thing that makes me excited is that even though the scenery can still be beautiful in its awkward stage of seasonal transition, I still crave the beautiful greens; and we are almost there! Hidden Valley Park was chosen as a new stepping stone of places we haven’t yet been to. It was a really nice morning and though there still wasn’t any green, you could see the little buds starting to come out on the branches. Couldn’t have asked for better weather that morning.


When the scenery is quite dull with lack of colour, I always turn to black and white photography. When there aren’t any leaves or flowers in bloom, branches make for amazing dynamic lines within your scene, and they become specially prominent when captured in black and white. Most of the time, I envision the end product of the images I capture; this includes deciding whether or not the end product will be with or without colour. Then, more times than not, I will adjust the lighting accordingly in camera.


Once again we met up with some bird friends and even ran into a beautiful cardinal! The chickadees were a bit weary as we had no food, but one did take a bit of wool from my glove and they all seemed to love Alex (they kept landing on his head and on his finger anytime he pointed at something).

All in all, this first adventure of the season was great. Getting out in nature is one of my favourite things to do - so therapeutic and freeing. I can’t wait to go on more adventures and share them with you.

Happy Wednesday!


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