Autumn in Awenda

I woke up this morning with inspiration┬áto get my butt in my car and head north to Awenda Provinical Park to get another Autumn fix. It was overcast and pretty much stayed that way for my entire trip which was great. I was even hoping for a little rain. Yup I’m funny that way. You see, rain on the leaves makes them all bright and shiny for picture taking. Which is what you want – no really, it is – trust me.

On the drive up I stopped by the roadside to get a photograph of a little red barn. I’ve driven past here a number of times but this time the yellows of the ivy with the red barn needed a second look. Do you see how vibrant everything looks? It’s what happens when things get wet. See? This is what I mean, rain rocks!

The Red Barn

The Red Barn

Awenda Provincial Park is closed at this time of year but its trails are still open for those adventurous enough to come in. I decided to check out the Kettle Lake Trail on the far side of the park and I was glad I did. It’s a fairly easy trail that circles Kettle Lake for a 5 kilometre loop. At this time of year it was full of colour. You have everything – green, yellow, orange and red. Who could ask for more?

Kettle Lake Boardwalk

Kettle Lake Boardwalk

On my hike I came across the funniest thing – a checkerboard leaf of yellow and red lying on the mossy green of a tree trunk. It’s interesting what you can find in nature sometimes. This, however, is more on the bizarre side but who am I to question nature, especially when it gives one unique things to photograph.

Checkerboard

Checkerboard

As I neared the end of the trail the clouds finally let go and the deluge began. There I was sprawled out on the ground trying to get a good photo of a mushroom on a log (yes, I really do these things just to get a photograph) and the rain decided to start then, of course. *sigh* I guess I better get a move on and finish the trail.

Awenda's Autumn Road

Awenda’s Autumn Road

It was an amazing day on the trails today and to see so much yellow and orange – Wow! I love days like this.

 

Okay – so I’m guessing you want to see this mushroom photo, am I right? Well here it is.

Gem-Studded Puffball

Gem-Studded Puffball

 

What do you think? Was it worth getting drenched for?