Rattray Marsh - J. K. Ribout Photography

February 22nd, 2017

For the most part, 2017 has been very gloomy so far. There has been very little sunlight in Mississauga. I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels this way, but it's gotten me a bit down. Lately though,  there have been a few breaks of sunlight which have been wonderful, so I'm hoping it makes more of an appearance. Last weekend, I really wanted to go out and do some photography during the sunrise. And though the sun never did come out, I was still able to get some amazing shots.

As my boyfriend and I woke up, we saw that despite the weather saying that it would be "partly cloudy", it was full on overcast. But, I was really craving some landscape photography so we headed out to Rattray Marsh for a little walk with nature and some rock skipping as we had our morning tea and coffee.

This was one of the best splashes from the rock skipping. The rocks on this beach were so flat and some were so huge. I loved the look of it and the beach would look so great in the summer.

The Toronto skyline was a bit visible through the haze of the morning and we were (as per usual) accompanied by many many birds.

Here's an interesting story for you.

As I was photographing the waves and splashes from the rock throwing, I noticed that there was a little dead fish that had washed up to the shore and that was frozen onto the rocks on the ground. As I noticed it and pointed it out to my boyfriend, there was a swarm of seagulls that just magically appeared. My only thought was "Oh please don't poop on me or my camera!". It was like they heard the word "fish" and had to get some. So these seagulls were swarming this thing like a bunch of vultures and took there turns trying to get at it and fight each other off. None managed to get to it as it was rock solid, but I felt like a National Geographic photographer documenting these birds and their quest for frozen fish. I know that seagulls aren't the most majestic birds on the planet, but I was really satisfied with the action shots that I was able to get through this scenario.

At the end of all that, the swans came floating by and I was able to get pretty close to them. Like I've mentioned before, I love swans; and I will take every opportunity I have to photograph them.

To finish our little walk about/amateur National Geographic documenting, there were 3 deer roaming about. It was a bit difficult to get close to them, especially since the bridge we were walking on kept cracking. But I managed to capture this beauty before they all ran off.


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