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.

Bongo’s Place

A couple of friends and I rented a room at Bongo’s place in Whitney, Ontario, just outside of Algonquin Provincial Park for a winter’s snowshoeing and photography adventure. With my friend Nigel down with a cold and not up to much this evening I set out on some late day snowshoeing with my other friend Paul to capture some photographs before the sun went down. 

From Bongo’s place there is a trail that takes you straight into Algonquin park so we decided to give that a go before the day left us. We strapped on the snowshoes and walked over to the path where we found some pretty epic views.

A Path to Algonquin
A Path to Algonquin

It turns out that we left a little later then we thought and the sun was heading down pretty quickly. Since we didn’t bring our lights we decided to turn around and head back to Bongo’s. By the time we got back the sun was gone and Bongo’s place looked very iniviting.

Bongo's Place
Bongo’s Place

Tomorrow the plan is to get in another snowshoe and see what forest critters we can find.

When My Obsession Began

Although I have dabbled in the occasional InfraRed photo I finally bit the bullet and got myself a converted camera to play with. Needless to say this is my new obsession. I blame Nigel Banks.

Home in Ruins Infrared

Home in Ruins Infrared

I headed north with Nigel to an abandoned home outside of Markdale. Summer is an amazing time to get your InfraRed on. The leaves turn white and those bright blue skies turns  beautiful black. Course this only comes with a lot of post processing to ensure you have that beautiful contrast in your photos.

Ivy Covered Barn Infrared

Ivy Covered Barn Infrared

But aren’t these just lovely? The barn above I happened to spot as we headed from Walter’s Falls to a lunch spot just up the street. 

Shack in Infrared

Shack in Infrared

I think this little converted camera will have a spot in my camera bag going forward. I just can’t get enough of InfraRed.  

Haunted

Today was the perfect day to head out to Rob Roy and photograph the old haunted house. Here is a quick look at the scene I found when I passed by.

Haunted Farmhouse

Haunted Farmhouse

Beautifully dark and stormy, don’t you think?

 

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!