That time I met Woody Woodpecker

Not all those who wander are lost.

– J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings


As I was wandering on Sunday afternoon at the Guelph Arboretum, I met a bird…


But not just any bird. I named this little guy is named Woody, the Pileated Woodpecker. He was being noisy enough that I had to stop and take notice.  I’m glad I did.  Read more about Woody and his kind here: Pursuit of pileated: Search for shy woodpecker ends in Lower Meadow – Discover Mill Creek

I have to say that one of the coolest things about my wander around was enjoying that sense of true wonder that comes with exploring something for the very first time and having *no* clue what is coming next.  Even though the trails are all tucked in closely between some major roads and near one of Canada’s finest universities, I often forgot completely where I was.


I also turned this wander into a winter photo walk.  Not only am I trying to learn this manual mode thing on my Nikon D90, I find I also have sooo much to learn about winter photography.  My time began with sunlight but it became overcast before too long.  So, there was a lot of grey and white all around.  And I don’t have oodles knowledge to draw from yet.  Hopefully, a year from now the story (and results) will be different.


This last one is my favourite, despite my novice abilities.  Right at the end of my outing, there were these crazy bushes with red flowers of some sort all around the parking lot.  No idea what this is, other than colourful and a semi-decent shot.