Your own backyard.

When you have moved as much as I have in the past 3 1/2 years, settling down and liking where you live is close to impossible. It took me over a year to appreciate living in the sparse and flat¬†province of Manitoba, but I learned to love it’s differences from the East coast where I am from. There was no ocean in sight, hills and trees were far and few between, and the population is spread out like butter on toast. But I loved it and I will always have an appreciation for Brandon, MB, the city we lived near.

Now, I find myself trying so hard to like my life in Southern Ontario. There is water, there are trees, there are hills, and yet, I am having a hard time liking it. We bought our very first house here, I have a job here, but still, full happiness with this place seems out of reach most days. But there are some days, like the Sunday we went to Zwick’s park for a walk with our pups that made me see the beauty and potential for a place that I could appreciate! The lake was frozen solid which allowed for the ice fishers of the area to gather and enjoy a Sunday afternoon on the frozen water. There were families walking and skating along the white tundra of ice. And the best part about this park: the swans. We were lucky enough to capture some shots of these beautiful birds enjoying one of the few spots of flowing water. I always wondered when I would have the perfect photography moment, as if it was made just for me! This was that moment.

I am taking this moment as a sign to get out more, to see what is in my own backyard that I can capture, see, appreciate. It may not be Nova Scotia or Newfoundland or the east coast, but all of Canada is home to me.

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Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge.

Just North of where we live in Ontario is just full of spots to venture to.¬†The little town of Campbellford lies along the Trent river and is the location of Ferris Provincial Park. Along with it’s beautiful scenery, this place is also home to the Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge.

The bridge itself is a masterpiece but the view over the river, of the cliffside, the trees… wow! And on top of all of that, the bridge leads to multiple trails for running, walking, snow shoeing, etc. This may be a little spot but it has a lot of beautiful things to discover!

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