I went for a short hike on the RARE lands in Cambridge on halloween. It didn't take me long to stumble upon these deer bones sitting bleached by the sun on a grassy flood plain. I thought it was an appropriate picture for Oct 31.
I was walking along the Grand near Old Zeller Dr in Kitchener below the Grand River trail. It was very peaceful with only the sounds of an active squirrel climbing a nearby tree and the constant gurgle of water as it flowed by breaking the silence. I noticed a fern, that I think is bracken surrounded by a fresh carpet of maple leaves that had been steadily falling from the autumn canopy. I decided to photograph it using a slow shutter speed to add a little motion to the picture. One frond with a leaf on it remained sharp.
There wasn't much happening on the river today, on this grey afternoon at the end of Old Zeller drive. I'd spent some time looking for something other than the ubiquitous geese and ducks and was about to call it quits when I found a bush full of fruit. The water droplet that was suspended between these two berries caught my eye.
I was out looking for deer again. I am convinced they have a special sense that let them know whenever I am out trying to photograph one. Lots of people have written me to tell me how it is quite common to see large groups of deer along the Grand. I have seen them in the past myself, just not very often during this project. This evening was the same story... I will keep trying. I did see this plant which has been turned brown and brittle by the change of season. I decided to take a picture of it with the setting sun on the river as a background. After five frames the sun burst through the clouds and the reflection became so intense I had to look away. I stopped the lens down and took several more frames before the brightness was too much.
David and I will be presenting some of our photographs and talking a bit about the project at Artworks, at Bingemans, this weekend. We'll be starting at 11am on Saturday and will talk for about 45 minutes.
This picture of sumac tree berries was taken from a steep bank near Breslau. I liked the contrast between the berries and the blaze of yellow provided by a sugar maple. I really wish autumn was a longer season.
Another rainy fall day. This time with a good dose of wind. I had an assignment in the Hespeler area of Cambridge and on the way back to Kitchener stopped by Riverbank Drive near Breslau. I walked down the abandoned road that has been barricaded for years. It is really interesting to see how fast nature reclaims what was once hers. The asphalt that once scalded the earth as it was laid is now cracked and disintegrating. Weeds and vines have infiltrated the black top and erosion has claimed a large chunk of the right lane. I stopped in front of this white oak and admired the variety of colours on display. I chose to use a slow shutter speed to give the feeling of motion and help represent the wind tossing the leaves about.