Fall is my favourite time of year! The beautiful colours captivate me, especially while driving through the back roads where there’s lots of changing scenery. I’ve had the pleasure of exploring in a few different places near home recently and strongly suggest that you get outdoors too before these vivid colours get wiped out by Old Man Winter arrives.
As a follow-up from last week’s post capturing the Birds of Prey at Mountsberg Conservation Area, I also spent time outdoors after the photo session. Mountsberg was definitely my highlight of the month – the photo session I had there with the raptors was awesome, and exploring the grounds and trails was also exhilarating. They have horses and bison (though the bison were nowhere to be seen), and the Mountsberg Reservoir boasts several species of birds and has an array of transforming trees lining the perimeter of the water. The property is well maintained and currently features a ‘family area’ with a park and a barn for kids to explore, plus a tractor ride on the trails. I was pleasantly surprised with our visit, and the drive there was lovely too with all the fall colours.
We also ventured to a few other areas near(ish) home over the last month. We took a short picnic and photo practice session at the Ellacott Lookout (at Queen Street East and Renwick Drive in Cambridge). Hespeler Mill Pond is quite beautiful and apparently is an excellent spot for bird watching – we saw seagulls, Canadian geese, heron, ducks and even chipmunks There were even a few people that were kayaking and canoeing, and we saw another photographer set up with a view of the pond too. A nice little stop off for anyone in the area.
Last week, my fiancé also surprised me with a trip to Burlington to enter Hane’s Corn Maze. While this clearly wasn’t a day trip with photography opportunities, it certainly was fun! The maze is 25 acres and has marked and hidden clues throughout to collect codes to decipher the message at home base. They did provide a map, though I was thrown off several times as the numbered markers cover the paths close to the marker (plus I am directionally challenged on a regular day, but luckily, I had DP with me). There is also food (fries) on-site for when you walked off all your steps. For $12 a head and all the people who trekked through the maze, these guys must be making a Halloween killing (pun intended 😉 – in all seriousness, this is quite affordable). We found 11 of the 17 markers in about 1.5 hours and although we didn’t decipher the message, we got to spin the wheel and got an aerial photo of the maze and some candy (woot!).
So get outside this weekend and enjoy the fall weather and colours around you – it won’t last long!
A millennial woman with 'old school' values, working my way through life in Canada and traveling when I can afford to. Seeking out my passions one day at a time.