A Trip to Terra Cotta

My friend Nigel and I headed out to Terra Cotta Conservation Area for a late fall hike. Our plan was to hike the Terra Cotta Loop (found in the Loops & Lattes – Caledon Hikes book) a 6-kilometre trail that follows the perimeter of the park. We did have some snow recently as well so we were hiking on some slushy paths.

Snowy Terra Cotta CA

Snowy Terra Cotta CA

The photo above is the only one I really liked from this hike. For most of the hike we were concentrating on figuring out where the heck we were. After a wrong turn and a back track we did finally find our way back to the start but I have a feeling that we may not have followed the path from the book exactly. Either way we had a good time even with our little adventure..

Elora Gorge

At work we are given our birthday day off as an added bonus to our regular vacation days. For my day off this year I decided to take a drive out to the town of Elora to do some hiking. Running through Elora is the Grand River which has carved out a magnificent gorge. To get to the bottom the gorge I had to do a short hike along a trail to a staircase.

Elora Trail

Elora Trail

It was the perfect fall day out with nice warm temperatures and sun making the leaves glow as I walked along the trail. It didn’t take long before I found the staircase to get down to the bottom of the gorge.

The Staircase

The Staircase

It was going to be a bit of a bitch to get back up this staircase. Luckily I didn’t have to worry about that just yet – I still had some exploring to do in the gorge before I was going to need to climb back up these crazy steps.

David Street Bridge

David Street Bridge

Down in the gorge I had a great view of the David Street bridge. Thinking back I wish I had checked out the view from the top of the bridge too. I guess I’ll have to save that for my next visit here.

Elora

Elora

Before I left Elora, after some much needed shopping therapy, I decided to get one last shot of the city from across the river. Elora has always been one of my favourite places to visit and I love coming back here in the different seasons. I hope to be back here again soon.

A Squirrel with Attitude

Today I was feeling on the lazy side so I decided to take my camera out for a walk in my neighbourhood. There is a creek near my home that I like to explore when I don’t have the time or energy to drive somewhere else. Even in such a small area I can find many things to photograph if I take the time to look them.

Autumn Path

Autumn Path

In the above photograph I wanted to only have a small area in focus – the yellow leaves of the tree. To get this effect I shot this at ƒ2.8 to get the shallow depth of field.

Crossing over to the other side of the creek I heard a very upset resident. Looking around I found a black squirrel high up in a tree scolding me for disturbing whatever it may have been up to.

Getting the Eye

Getting the Eye

It was not too impressed that I had entered its territory. I’m sure it was happy when I moved on. Just down from the squirrel I found a bush with these pretty pink buds. It’s late in the season but there is still life ready to burst open. I have no idea what kind of plant this is but its nice to find different colours than the normal fall colours one expects to see.

Pink Bud

Pink Bud

As I reached the turn off to head home I spotted some red maple leaves. I liked that they were not the perfect specimens but rather had some character to them.

Red Leaves

Red Leaves

Wandering around my neighbourhood reminds me that you can do photography just about anywhere if you open your mind to be creative. Sometimes focusing in on a small area that you can revisit over and over again allows you to find more things to photograph.

Falling Leaves

On my way home from my friend Brad’s place up north I decided to drive back to that country road from the previous post to do more of a lifestyle-type shoot with me as the model. It always feels a little weird to photograph yourself and then add in the walking back and forth to the camera in the hopes that a) you got yourself in focus and b) that the angle/position was what I truly wanted. 

Autumn Walk

Autumn Walk

Let’s just say that the above photo took many, many tries before I decided I had enough photos of myself and that one had to be good.

After all that “fun” running back and forth to camera I decided to take some detail shots of the area before I ventured home. One of the things that caught my attention was this leaf sitting on the fence and with a little tweaking I took the photo. It’s one of my favourites from the day.

Fallen Leaf

Fallen Leaf

After leaving this particular back road I continued my drive along some other back roads when found this old shed that had me pulling over and reversing to get a better view.

Autumn Light on Shack

That late day light looked so good I could not resist stopping for this shot. Today’s backroad adventure has been one of my favourites of the year. There are so many photo opportunities driving along country backroads. I need to do these drives more often.

A Walk in the Park

I had a lot more time this evening to explore Claireville for a good autumn shot. As I was chatting with my friend Nigel and angling my camera to take a photo of this wooden bridge with the sun shining through the trees this man and his dog came by. I happily snapped away as they walked by. 

A Walk in the Park

A Walk in the Park

It was the perfect opportunity to photograph them as they walked away into the sunset.

Hiking a little further in the park Nigel and I got up close and personal with some very tall grass.

Autumn Painting

Autumn Painting

When I loaded this photo into the computer it looked more of a painting rather than a photograph. There’s just something about it. When I photographed it I felt much the same way about the shot but I didn’t think it would come across the same way. Luckily it did!

Autumn in Claireville

Just a quick photograph to share from a short walk I took in Claireville today.

Claireville Autumn Colours

Claireville Autumn Colours

I only wish that tree stump was gone or had something spectacular sitting on it – like a hawk. And I definitely have to explore those trees in the background a little closer, if possible.

Country Roads in Autumn

Just driving along the back roads close to home you can find some great things to photograph, especially when the most photogenic season is here – Autumn!. Today I headed up to Caledon, near the Forks of the Credit Provinical Park, with my friend Nigel to photograph a twisty road lined with trees displaying their fall foliage.

Autumn Drive

Autumn Drive

Some think it’s a great road to ride their motorcycles on. I tend to agree although I’m stuck with just using a car. 😉

It’s not just the road that’s fun to photograph. Looking up towards the treetops is another fun angle to capture the fall colours.

Tress Above

Tress Above

My favourite spot of the day we found while driving home on a side road. There were these gorgeous orange-leaved trees lined up along an old fence making the perfect pathway.

Absolute Autumn

Absolute Autumn

I sometimes wish autumn would last longer. These gorgeous colours go away too fast and there’s never enough time to enjoy this great season.

Glen Cross Side Trail

The day started on the gloomy side as I drove with my friend Nigel to Hockley Valley Provincial Park. On the way up we stopped on the side of the road to photograph this barn. 

Barn

Barn

There are times when I try to stop for photos, if its safe to do so, while I’m driving to and from my destinations. Occasionally, I’ll get something I really like or and sometimes not. If you don’t stop to take these photos (as I sometimes don’t) there’s a chance you might regret it. So, if you can, stop and take that roadside photo when it catches your eye,

Nigel and I decided to hike the Glen Cross Side Trail, a 4 kilometre hike inside Hockley Valley Provincial Park. Our hike was mostly though forest but we did find a large opening overlooking the valley below. It was here that we came across some purple flowers just about to bloom. I guess it’s not too late in the season to find little pops of colour.

Late Bloomers

Late Bloomers

This late bloomer is the New England Aster.

I also found some mushrooms. ‘Tis the season as they say…lol  One of my favourite mushrooms is the crown-tipped coral mushroom. It is one of the more uniquely shaped mushrooms since it looks like something that came from the ocean.

Crown-Tipped Coral

Crown-Tipped Coral

And then there is the yellow-orange fly agaric mushroom. Or as I like to call it the fairy mushroom, 

Yellow-Orange Fly Agaric

Yellow-Orange Fly Agaric

This reddish-orange mushroom reminds me of the mushrooms you see in stories about fairies or even something from Alice in Wonderland. It was the perfect mushroom to end our hike with. From here it was back to the car to head home.

Back on the Bruce

I’m back in Tobermory for my annual fall solo trip. I’m here a little later than usual (Because of my trip to Lisbon) and it looks to be a really nice weekend for some hikes along the Bruce. I’m only here for two nights so I’m limited to only one major hike and that’s today. So off I go to cover a little bit more ground on the Bruce Trail.

Leaves and Trees

Leaves and Trees

Hiking out to the Bruce Trail from the campsite I had a choice to make. Right or Left? I’ve hiked the trail to the left so I today I’m heading to the right to head south toward Stormhaven. Such an ominous name for a backcountry camping area. At least that’s all I think it is. 😉

Which way

Which way

The plan was to hike past Stormhaven and take a break at Halfway Dump Side trail before heading back to the campsite. That would put my hike at just over 11km. 

View From the Bruce Trail Cliffs

View From the Bruce Trail Cliffs

The Bruce Peninsula always has epic views that go on for miles and this section has so many opportunities to appreciate those views, over and over again. Of course we can’t forget the little things that reside here in the forest – the mighty mushroom! 😀

Forest floor

Forest floor

After my hike and filled up on a hearty dinner I started thinking that I needed to get some night shots before I left for the weekend. With my campsite so close to the lake I got my photo gear together and hiked out to a spot that gave me the best view of the Milky Way.

Reflections of the NIght Sky

Reflections of the Night Sky

It was a beautiful clear night and the Milky Way shone with all her glory. It’s so crazy that we have such amazing views from the earth out into the Universe and so many people don’t get a chance to experience it because they live in a light polluting city. I could stay here forever just looking up into the night sky.