Category Archives: Lake Pictures

My Icy Photos – What’s the Story?

Question – What do you get when you cross 100kph wind, -25C and water?

Answer – A perfect photo opportunity!


Over the last couple of weeks I have been posting a few icy shots and had several comments asking where they were taken and how cold it was so I thought I would take the opportunity during Charly’s What’s the Story link to explain.


The harsh winter that I wrote about the other week continues and temperatures persist well below seasonal norms.  This has been accompanied by extremely strong winds, at times gusting above 100kph and causing the already freezing temperatures to feel much, much colder.  As the waves crash on the lakeshore they freeze instantly on the plants and trees lining the lake creating scenes like this:





Also the frigid winds, often below -25C, blowing across the relatively warm water of Lake Ontario creates this beautiful affect that makes the water look like it’s steaming.






I took these photos about a week ago when, in my wisdom (!), I decided to stop off at a local park to take a brief walk before returning home after a quick trip out to get Youngest Son’s birthday present.  The wind chill was about -28 and despite being dressed in snow boots to my calves and a down coat to my knees, gloves and a scarf I could only bare it for a few minutes.  Soon after leaving the car my knees, through my jeans, began to tingle and I had to wrap my scarf around my face as a barrier from the wind.  I lasted about 10 minutes before retreating to the warmth of the truck.  This is the reality of this winter in Canada, time outside is brief whilst being bundled up in multiple layers with every square inch of flesh covered.

So while this extreme winter continues I shall continue to photograph it and document it and next time you see an icy shot from me spare a thought for the physical pain I went through to take it and please send some warm vibes this way, it will be much appreciated! 😀


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The Gallery – World Photography Day

As it was world Photography Day on Monday Tara at Sticky Fingers has set us that as our theme this week.  Our task was to take our photo on Monday of where we were and what we were doing. I had a few pics that would all be reminders of my day today so as usual I am stretching the rules for my advantage to include a few photos of significance

Monday was a day of preparation, preparing for the start of the new school year and our camping trip on Saturday.  We have acquired a taste of camping ‘off the beaten track’ and as sister-in-law, Mama Syder said last week “I know what’s coming next Lou…Your hubbie will be giving up town living heading out to the wilderness & building a cabin” So in an attempt to head off this potential problem I’m happy to indulge in a bit of wilderness camping with the strict understanding that we return to civilization afterwards!  The trouble with ‘off the beaten track’ in Canada is that it can lead to close encounters of the bear kind, hence the need to purchase bear spray for our latest camping adventure.


We headed out to collect eldest Sons Student ID. The tuition fees are paid and he has his timetable, orientation is Friday and then he is all set for the next very exciting phase in his life, I’m excited for him, nervous for him and proud of his achievements.






Lastly, marking a day wouldn’t be right without Lou’s lake view. So here is my rather hazy view of the lake on Monday where I took five minutes to reflect, relax and just breathe.

The Gallery- Sun

Before you roll your eyes or nod off in boredom at even more lake pictures please bare with me, I have a point to make!

When I read that this weeks Gallery theme was Sun I thought it was the ideal opportunity to show what a sunny country I live in.

My first picture was taken in early February 2013 after an intense snowstorm when the temperature was somewhere around -20C.

The second picture was about three weeks ago in mid of June when it was about +30C

As you can see the common factor, despite a massive 50 degree difference in the temperature, is of course the sunshine.

Here in Canada we are lucky enough to get a lot of sun regardless of the season, bright sunshine in winter however can often mean plummeting temperatures but our sunny summers mean plenty of opportunity for enjoying the great outdoors.




My Favourite Canadian Photos #TGCBB

It’s The Great Canadian Blog Bash and Canada Day Weekend, which means it’s the time of year to celebrate and share all the things we love about this awesome country we call home.


So to all of you who are popping by for the first time from TGCBB here’s a brief introduction.

Hi *waves* my name is Lou.  I am a British Expat now living in Toronto. Hubbie, Eldest Son (18), Youngest Son (12) and I immigrated almost 2 years ago. Many of my blog posts celebrate our new life here in Canada, my experience of  people, animals, the things we do and the places we go

So as we prepare to celebrate our two year ‘Canniversary’ I thought I would share some of my favourite photos I have taken since we arrived that show why we chose to live here and why we love this stunningly beautiful country so much.

The Toronto Skyline from Toronto Island









Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls


Peck Lake, Algonquin Provincial Park











Cannisbay Lake, Algonquin Provincial Park





 Happy Canada day Everyone!

Also linking up with #PoCoLo this week hosted by Jaime at Olivers Madhouse

The Gallery – Two

Tara at Sticky Fingers has set us the theme of two for this weeks gallery post.

I was a bit undecided on which photo to use, maybe one of my two sons or something to represent our two years in Canada…hmmm

Then while I was out for a bike ride on Tuesday morning I stopped to catch my breath and admire the view. This was what I saw as I looked out along the shoreline, two Canada geese swimming in the lake.

The day was just glorious not a cloud in the sky, the lake was as calm as a mill pond and it was not too hot for my long ride.  In fact I rode for over  two hours until my legs ached and my backside was saddlesore. I watched a family of geese and was buzzed by swallows. Not a bad way to spend tuesday morning . 😀