While I was out taking pictures the other day I noticed this beautiful bird out of the corner of my eye. I literally hiked over a dune (highly frowned upon….), through the snow-covered beach, and up a cliff to get a good shot! As much as I wanted to get closer, I was quite nervous to be attacked (lol).
Hiking is by far one of my favourite things! Unfortunately, this winter seems to be either absolutely freezing cold (I don’t like hiking that much) or a blizzard. This is a throwback to a hike Shaugn and I did earlier this year. Fingers crossed there are some nice days coming!
That’s right, it’s December, which means Christmas is just right around the corner! Now, this is something that I don’t normally partake in (Christmas decorating, that is) until after exams. I’m very much so bah-hum-bug until the semester is officially over. This year, however, I decided to celebrate early. Shaugn and I decorated his apartment this past Saturday, and even went up to my parent’s home on Sunday to decorate their tree (Mom insisted that it was to be decorated by us as she drank red wine on the couch – “managing”). All in all it was a great weekend to separate the end of classes and the beginning of stu(dying) for exams!
The big difference between Shaugn and myself when it comes to decorating is that I love simplicity, white crisp lights, and a more modern look, whereas Shaugn loves the different colours and more traditional decorations. Last year, I surprised him by going out and buying lights to wrap around his deck, as well as some bows to tie to the posts (which have since blown away in the wind, RIP).
According to both Shaugn and my mother, my tree “floofing” skills are sub-par.
If this smile(?) doesn’t say holiday spirit, I don’t know what does…
Already planning on how is going to tear the tree down before we even finish putting it up.
Side Note: the tree lasted roughly 48 hours before ornaments started becoming toys.
One of my favourite things of spending the holidays with someone else is learning about their traditions and how Christmas was for them and their family. This summer, Shaugn and his folks went on vacation to Cape Breton, and along the way his mom picked this up. She intended on hiding it for him to find when it came time to decorate, but she ended up showing him where it was hidden before leaving (probably for fear that we would break it lol). I’m so glad that Shaugn gets to go home to spend the holidays with his family, even if I will miss him like crazy until I head to Montreal for New Years.
Finally, we tried to get a “family” photo. As potentially unsuccessful as this was, I am not surprised that the cat took this opportunity to show his love and affection for us (well, me.. Shaugn feeds him the most so he’s in the clear).
Hope everyone has as much fun as we did decorating and getting ready for the holidays!
I hope everyone was able to take a moment out of their day to be thankful for all of the men and women who gave up everything to serve our country and our freedom, and those who still do today. Thank you.
This week’s picture is a throwback to a session I had with Meaghan in the summer of 2014. Meaghan is one of my favourite people to photograph because she is a natural in front the lens, and makes my job so much easier. Although there were many pictures from this day, this is one of my absolute favourites!
One of the best parts of Mooney’s Pond is the trail that surrounds it. It only takes about twenty minutes to complete, if you’re a speed walking demon like me, but it is so beautiful with many benches and lookouts. If you wanted to take your walk a little further, an extension around the pond leads you right to the confederation trail!
I also wanted to give a shoutout to all the people who shared my last picture from Mooney’s Pond. CBC Prince Edward Island, Views PEI, Tourism PEI, Canon Canada, and everyone else who liked, commented, or shared my picture on Facebook and Instagram. It’s things like this that motivate me to keep taking pictures (other than the desire to procrastinate studying!).
See you all next week!
What a beautiful hidden gem this was! I’ve been trying to find all these little place on the Island to take pictures of while the leaves are changing colour (and still on the trees..), and this was top of the list. The trip wasn’t even all that planned. I looked out my window one day, saw it was sunny, packed up my gear, and left. One RCMP check stop and two wrong turns later, I found myself at the foot of a trail leading down to this beautiful pond.
This picture has inspired me to challenge myself to post a new picture every week. That’s right, you’ll have to deal with me every. single. week. Whether it be a picture from a hike I recently took, or a throwback (Thursday-style), I want to commit to delivering content every week for the rest of the year. Let me know your thoughts, and if it goes well, maybe I’ll continue it into the new year!
I really need to plan more study breaks like this. Can’t wait to share the rest of the pictures from this gorgeous trail!
This trail posed to be the perfect spot to have a little study break, so Shaugn and I took off and went for a little hike! The trail is absolutely beautiful, and has many different terrains, as well as benches (which were stopped at frequently) perched on the edge of the water. Another cool thing about this trail (and most trails I have been on) is that they contain many geocaches. We ended up finding two without any hints or directions, just a general idea of where they were located.
Unfortunately, due to time constraints (damn work..), we were unable to complete the full trail, but will definitely be going back before the snow falls to finish it, and may even head back out with our snow shoes in the winter time!
At the trailhead, the Winter River Trail heads off northerly, through the white spruce thicket, emerging shortly onto a woods road. There is a family of rabbits just north of the parking lot, dining on the colorful mushrooms in the vicinity. The road soon plunges again into white spruce over gently rolling terrain, except where it approaches the Winter River ravine via spurs, to catch the view. Small feeder streams are bridged and wet spots have boardwalks. A few mature white pine are found, including one patriarch 70 feet to 80 feet tall and 24 inches diameter at shoulder height. (kudos to Island Trails for providing this awesome description on their website :P)