October Hike

One of my favourite times of the year to hike is in the fall. The colours, the weather, the sounds, and the smells all are part of the magic. This particular hike was in October 2016 in the Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area and the Mount Nemo Conservation area. I had take a mid week day off work so the trails were almost empty. This was fabulous as it gave me the freedom to take my time wandering through the forest and provided trails where I slow down and really spend the time setting up the camera and finding the perfect spots.
The day was a cloudy, gloomy day. Once in the forest there wasn’t very much light to work with. This gave me the opportunity to do some slow shutter experimentation. This first photo is a simple vertical pan with he shutter open. It gives a surreal view the trees and leaves on the ground.

As the day progressed and the sun started to burn off some of the fog and peek through the clouds the forest colours really started to come alive. The following is your cliche forest trail picture. Cliche as it may be I still love it.

Towards the end of the day as I was walking along the ridge trail at Mount Nemo I came across the following scene.

It was one of those serendipitous moments that you can hardly believe was a natural occurrence and not one that was man made. The leaves had sorted themselves out in a beautiful progression of colour. It was the perfect end to a perfect day.

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