Waking Dream

October 6

Terra Cotta Conservation Area

Heavy Fog, Wind & Rain

What elements contribute to an excellent fall photograph? I've struggled with this and landscape photography in general as of late. As a father of two including a new daughter, it has become a struggle to spend time immersing myself in my hobby. At a time where sleep is my most precious commodity, the prospect of waking up far before the sun breaks the horizon to hike to an interesting viewpoint is not worth the effort at the moment. Especially when compounded by the fact that in landscape photography, the light does not always cooperate. So with optimal light generally out of the equation (Winter evenings and late mornings may make it interesting again) the goal is to try to incorporate landscape photography into every day adventures with a toddler and pooch. Now that is a challenge. If I had a You Tube channel, it would be called how not to take a shot. Using a tripod? You gotta be kidding. Thoughtful composition? Out of the question. Only the promises of treats and Paw Patrol allow me a few instances, to frame and click - oh and absolutely everything is shot on burst.  As a result when it comes to landscape photography, I am relegated to the seat of my arm chair enjoying the likes of Youtubers Thomas Heaton, etc. and envying their freedom.

Adaptable - that’s how I’d describe my philosophy to landscape photography with a toddler and Berner in tow. I simply need to adapt to the reality of the situation, accept the fact that I will rarely have spectacular light. But there is one element that I can take advantage of - that acts as an equalizer of sorts and as an incentive to get outside.

Weather. 

Canadian Thanksgiving Monday was a spectacular day. No it wasn’t a balmy 20 degrees C (68 F for my American friends) with a spectacular sunset, no. There was dense fog, punctuated by moments of thunderous rain that saturated the forests of Terra Cotta and turned the nature walkways into a waking dream. Shortly after we set off on the main path around Wolf pond (Terra Cotta Lane) the fog began to roll in creating a dynamic scene. I pleaded for a few moments of patience with both my dog and daughter and quickly found a leaf sitting on a rock to photograph as a foreground subject to complete the photo.

Fog on the pond

Fog on the pond

As we continued the adventure, patches of fog continued to follow us in and out along the path. Shortly after the main circular bend we came upon on a golden scene. Ferns bright and saturated yellow looking like pure gold in this light. I normally don’t care for plant photography but I could not ignore the colour.

Golden Fern

Golden Fern

Continuing along with the adventure we descending the hill and towards the north side of the pond. The forest became encapsulated in a dense sheet of fog creating a dreamlike walk that I have only seen on one or two of rare occasions. The conditions transported our little party from the world of the mortals into another plane. The light and mood was spectacular, and easily made became one of my best landscape photos of the year. It certainly made this Thanksgiving one to remember, and one to be thankful fo

In a dream

In a dream