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
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..
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!