We were away for the holidays like pretty much every year. I brought my camera and my three good lenses. Or so I thought. I always have my camera in my carry on but I didn’t have enough space in my bag for more than the camera and the attached lens. I put the other two in the second carry on. The one that got left on the sidewalk when we left for the airport. Long story short, some people on our street saw it, picked it up, and took it home. They emailed other people on our block and one of those email recipients was our neighbor. The same neighbor we’d called to say we’d lost our bag and could she please have a quick look around. Long story short, we got our bag back, all contents accounted for and in good condition. I will have some choice words for anyone who ever dares to tell me that New Yorkers aren’t good people.
With all that said, I was stuck with only my 50mm lens for the trip. Thankfully, it didn’t go on the fritz. It went with me on three walks. I didn’t take a whole lot of pictures each time but somehow still ended up with enough for two weeks.
These were taken in Gatineau park. A long walk through the snowy woods. (Side note: the news kept talking about a green Christmas because there were only a couple inches of snow on the ground. The girls were perfectly content with that. Enough snow for the countryside to be white but not so much that they keep sinking into it.)
The birch trees were at BIL’s place in the Laurentides. I’ve loved these trees and their beautiful bark for as long as I can remember. I used to peel it off the trunks (only the bits that were already peeling off). I know better now.
I could spend hours just looking over every square inch of one birch. Speaking of which, I don’t remember how I came to find this artist last year – I probably fell down one of those internet rabbit holes – but I loved her work so much that I had to buy myself some this year. Her name is Tashina Lee Emery, she does wonderful work with natural elements like birch bark and porcupine quills, and well, check out her website to learn more. I got the circle drop birch earrings and they’re beautiful, big but super light. I adore them and, someday, I’ll be able to take a good selfie to them off. Wearing these earrings brings me back to the woods back home and makes me feel more connected to nature. I’ll be buying more of her work.