On Home Turf

I’ve been back home for over a week, my jet lag is gone and I’m ready to get my hike on. Today that hike is at Bognor Marsh.

Bognor Marsh Sign Bognor Marsh Sign

It was a bright day and not really that great for photography but hey, there is always something you can find to photograph, just not this sign in the middle of the bright marsh. So deeper into the woods we go to find something a little less glaring.

Bognor Marsh Boardwalk Bognor Marsh Boardwalk

This boardwalk had some beautiful light coming through the trees so I gave that a go. And you know what? It’s one of my favourites from the day.

Bolete Bolete

And then there were the mushrooms. It was, after all, the season to find mushrooms. Although they appear all year autumn is when you find so many different kinds no matter where you look.

Is this Spring?

Things are looking a little on the brown side with all the snow gone and spring not sprouting yet. And the walk on the trails at Claireville are on the squishy side in spots.

Dreary Trail Hike

Dreary Trail Hike

So dreary. But….warmer weather is on its way!!

The Melt

All that beautiful snow is gone again as temps go up. This means that well-travelled paths are now more on the icy side with muddy patches. It doesn’t make for the best hiking conditions.

Slip and Side

Slip and Side

But that didn’t stop me from heading over to Claireville for a quick hike and for some reason I decided to take the forest trail. This trail was a path of ice with a layer of water on top. Now, I do own a pair of Yaktrax which give some grip on the ice, which although helpful at times, didn’t always give me the traction I hoped for. I tended to choose the muddy terrain over the ice if it was possible. Otherwise it was a slow slip and slide type of situation down the path.

Trail only ice

Trail only ice

I arrived at the park later in the day and the light was amazing. The glow coming through the trees was a beautiful golden colour. I think I stopped way too many times and photographed similar shots as the one above. This always makes for problems in post processing as I can’t always decided which one to edit.

Safer ground

Safer ground

Some areas didn’t have much ice at all. Which was surprising as usually on forest trails the snow and ice are the last to melt.

Autumn Light

I spent another day exploring Claireville’s autumn colours looking to find some beautiful light.

Though the trees

Though the trees

After coming home and viewing the photos I decided that they needed a vintage feel.

Light on the Reeds

Light on the Reeds

Autumn brings with it a very special light and I love getting out to capture it. I could spend many days enjoying this but sadly the season doesn’t last as long as I would want it to.

Autumn Light

Autumn Light

When is your favourite time of year?

Autumn Yellow

I was walking in Claireville today to photograph the Autumn colours and I can across this interesting tree. It is as though it is reaching out to you and showing you the way to the trail.

The Reaching Tree

The Reaching Tree

There seems to be abundance of yellow and orange in the park this season. Either it’s because I don’t typically explore these areas in fall or something’s up.

Fallen Log

Fallen Log

Well, whatever it is, its still looking darn good out there.

Leaves on the River

Leaves on the River