Vine Covered Homes & Waterfalls

Today I headed with my friend Nigel up to Lion’s Head for a weekend adventure on the trails. This three and a half hour drive can be tedious but there are some goodies to photograph along the way.

Abandoned House

Abandoned House

An old abandoned house, on the west side of the highway, has caught my eye a few times but with the fall colours it was hard not to pull over and get some shots. And then I had to try it out in infrared.

Abandoned House IR

Abandoned House IR

Back on the road after getting some shots of the house we decided to stop at Jones Falls in Owen Sound and make our way along the trail to the bottom of the waterfall. Someone had decided to build a little waterfall guardian at its base.

Guardian

Guardian

I couldn’t leave you without a photo of the falls so here is a view just off to the side.

Jones Falls

Jones Falls

From here we got back onto the trail and headed back to the car for the final leg of the trip.

Darkness over Cyprus Lake

I caught a nasty cold towards the end of this week which I thought would put a wrench in my camping weekend in Tobermory, Ontario. Luckily they were calling for a heat wave so I decided to go up and just relax by the lake. I did get out for a short hike on the second day I was there which might have been a little too much for the cold. In the end it was worth the walk and I ended up feeling better by the Sunday drive home.

Cyprus Lake Hiker

Cyprus Lake Hiker

Beautiful views are always to be enjoyed here – and there are many of them to see. The above photograph is on the west end of the lake as I approached the main trail from my campsite. Escarpment WallEscarpment Wall

From here I headed to the Bruce Trail portion of the trail system, hiking along the Horse Lake Trail straight to the waters of Georgian Bay. Along here the Bruce Trail hugs the coast until Loon Lake, 4km further north and south to High Dump campground 11km away. After my 4.5 km hike which took me in a circle past the Grotto and back to the campsite I was ready for a snooze. I may have pushed myself a little too much on that hike but how could I not check out the trails when I made the trip here? It’s one of my favourite campgrounds and I especially love visiting in September when most of the crowds are gone.

I had to rest up because the stars were going to light up the night and I was looking forward to seeing the milky way. I was not disappointed.

Milky Way on Cyprus Lake

Milky Way on Cyprus Lake

Milky Way over Cypress lake

Milky Way over Cypress lake

Unfortunately there was quite a lot of light pollution from those around me so I had to wait it out longer than usual. I think the warm temps were a huge factor in the crowds that decided to camp this year. At least that’s what I’m hoping, which will mean next year there won’t be as many out if the temps stay to the cooler, normal temps of late September.

Beauty in Destruction

With fall colours pretty much done for this year it was time to think of somewhere interesting to go. With Roy Ramsay of Outdoor Photography Canada as my cohort for the day we headed north to an abandoned old house. 

Difficult to Stand

Difficult to Stand

There were some interesting colours happening in the house and as we explored I decided to focus on that aspect. With blues, pinks and beiges a common theme not he first floor I decided to play on that later in post processing.

All things Pink and Blue

All things Pink and Blue

It was fun exploring this old home and its grounds but please, if you decide to investigate ruins be careful as things are not always structurally sound and you can get hurt if you don’t take precautions. Be safe!

Eye Sockets and Outhouses

Waking up to drizzly weather we packed up our gear and headed north to Arches Provincial Park. Although the drizzle disappeared a fog had settled in but that didn’t stop us spending quite a bit of time exploring the arches. Arches Provincial Park is a small park but on a sunny day could very well be a great place to picnic. Since the sky was so bland I added in my own cloudy sky to create the composite below.

Arches Provincial Park

Arches Provincial Park

Venturing into one of the arches I discovered these “eyes” looking back at me. It gave me flashbacks to the Goonies movie. I decided to try out my wide angle lens to see if I could capture the effect. 

Eyes to the Soul

Eyes to the Soul

Yup, it’s still got that “Goonies” feel.

Back in the car we decided to stop at Broom Point where a fishing exhibit and rocky beach waited to be photographed. The fishing exhibit isn’t the only building on the property. A lone outhouse stands on a hill held up by large timber beams in what I assume is supposed to keep the outhouse upright in the winds. It’s very windy here on the coast and I can only assume that it usually is.

Outhouse

Outhouse

On the way back to our hotel room we decided to do one more stop at Southeast Brook Falls located inside Gros Morne National Park. A short hike through the forest takes you up to these small falls.

Southeast Brook Falls

Southeast Brook Falls

We saw quite a few spots today, some I didn’t share with you just yet, so we were pretty beat by the time we got back for dinner. So many things to see and so little time. We have one more day of exploring the west coast before we make the journey back to Ontario. 

Cape Breton Island

Leaving the comfort of our hotel after breakfast we followed the coast going clockwise around the island from Auld’s Cove before ending in Ingonish. A full day on the island of exploring and photographing – what more could you ask for? 

After making a quick pitstop to visit a friend of Nigel’s we drove to Cheticamp, a small island on the north-west side of Cape Breton. Cheitcamp is small enough to drive from end to end in about 20 minutes at very slow speeds. The gravel roads and the road blocks – aka a herd of cows, were the reason for the slow speed. We stumbled across a fishing area with sheds, boats, lobster traps,etc.

Fishing Sheds

Fishing Sheds

Leaving Cheticamp we discovered a small parking area along the rocky shoreline. Everywhere you looked along this strip of beach were piles of rocks deliberately built into small cairns and even a few inukshuks.

Stacked

Stacked

The best part of the drive were the windy roads.

Cheticamp

Cheticamp

Cabot Trail

Cabot Trail

I’m in love with Cape Breton and will be back again to explore her for longer. Tomorrow however, its time to leave on the ferry for Newfoundland. My other favourite province here on the eastern shores.