A quick escape

A quick escape

I had the need and desire to escape everyday life. I needed some nature therapy. So I did what any self respecting nature enthusiast would do. I packed up some gear and headed north to the beautiful Bruce Peninsula National Park, where I hiked out to Stormhaven backcountry camping area. With camera in tow my aim was to relax, and create some landscape photographs to share.

2014 Fall Season

Niagara River: Niagara Falls, Ontario

The fall is perhaps my favourite season of all. The trees make their final effort to absorb all the nutrients they can in preparation of the cold winter season to come. Doing so creates a beautiful array of hues in golds and auburns for us to enjoy. The fall is the magic season for us nature photographers living in temperate climates. Flocking to the short lived spectrum that nature bestowed on us, like the birds preparing for their southern migration.

However it's not just this colourful sight that has me going nuts. It's a wonderful experience which stimulates all of the senses. The sound of the dried leaves crunching beneath my feet is satisfying. Concurrently the smell of the same leaves decomposing is a refreshing scent, masking the oh so common odours of pollution that us city dwelling individuals are too familiar with.

Boardwalk in Westminister Ponds: London, Ontario

Hiking Through the woods: Mt. Nemo, Burlington, Ontario

Meanwhile the taste of the seasonal delights such as apple pie, and cider leave my mouth watering. I have been known to be a glutton during this time of year, consuming entire pies in a single sitting. Perhaps a primitive instinct of building fat stores to help me survive the winter months ahead.

Sport climbing: Red River Gorge, Kentucky

Bouldering: Niagara Glen, Ontario

The arrival of the cooler temperatures also indicates the final push for us rock climbers to finish up all our projects of the year. The lower humidity, and improved friction is perfect timing to showcase the new found strengths forged during the spring and summer. Giving it our all before slumping back into the confines of the climbing gyms, or transitioning to the ice climbing season.

Looking up at a trio of nut  trees: London, Ontario

And so with the colour spectacle coming to an end. The joyous frolicking will cease for some, but rest assured this hearty Canadian boy will be out in full force attempting to capture the beautiful variety that Mother Earth has to show us.

Come back soon for more updates.

The Bruce Peninsula

If there is one place in Ontario that everyone needs to visit at least once this is it. Arguably the most beautiful piece of land that Ontario has to offer. From it's towering limestone cliffs, to it's crystal clear turquoise waters the "Bruce" will leave your jaw dragging on the ground in awe. I spent a weekend hiking, camping, and creating pictures with a dear friend.

I had some pretty special moments out there. Probably the one that had the biggest impact on me came during our hike to the Grotto at sunrise. We were rewarded for our expeditiousness with the normally popular area to ourselves. The mist coming off the bay created a foggy haze that blocked out the horizon and made the view surreal. It was like we hopped off the Bruce Trail and entered a dreamland. There was an enchanted stillness that morning, no words were spoken, just a blissful smile of acknowledgement to one another was all that was needed. We were witnessing something special and it was just for us. I cannot put into words how I felt, but I did manage to capture the moment with a few images. One of my favourites can be seen here.

Indian Head Cove at sunrise.

After that wonderful morning we made our way to our camping destination at Stormhaven which lies along the Bruce Trail. We covered various terrain on route, and made many stops to take in some spectacular views along the way. That evening the serendipity didn't stop I was blessed with a splendid sunset along the beach near our camp.

Stormhaven shore at sunset.

The next morning I once again woke up early in hopes of another wonderful light show, but the sunrise was less than mediocre, so back to sleep I went for another hour or so.  I woke again with the sun still low in the sky kissing the cliffs with it's golden goodness. I managed to snap this shot below.

Early morning sun creates beautiful contrast.

The trip ended with great memories, some wonderful images, a strengthened friendship, and some sore joints. The power of being in beautiful pristine wilderness is something I have been advocating for years. It can heal the body and soul, and awaken a primitive part of the Human experience that realizes there is a strong need for the natural places on earth. I will be back again soon with camera in hand and eager to see what will be in store for me.