Westwood Park In Autumn, Ottawa, Ontario

Westwood Park in Autumn.

Westwood Park in Autumn.

Westwood Park is in the Carlingwood area in the west end of Ottawa, Ontario. It is at the intersection of Saville Row and Sherbourne Avenue. For a number of years I have remarked to myself on the beautiful fall colours and compositions that are available at the back end of the park. Finally this year I chose to ‘not’ drive past as I have done many times in previous years. These images were shot on November 1, 2011. This is late in the year for fall colour in our area. For the past few years autumn has seemed to last relatively long. No complaints. Nice weather, great colour and less winter.

Westwood Park is in the Carlingwood area in the west end of Ottawa, Ontario. It is at the intersection of Saville Row and Sherbourne Avenue.

Westwood Park is in the Carlingwood area in the west end of Ottawa, Ontario. It is at the intersection of Saville Row and Sherbourne Avenue.

Autumn colour in Westwood Park, Ottawa.

Autumn colour in Westwood Park, Ottawa.

Reds and yellows. Fall colours in Westwood Park.

Reds and yellows. Fall colours in Westwood Park.

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You can see additional pictures from this session included as part of my Trees and Leaves Nature Gallery.

© Rob Huntley

Beaver Pond Reflections, Gatineau Park

Beaver Pond Reflections, Gatineau Park, Quebec.

Beaver Pond Reflections, Gatineau Park, Quebec.

There are a number of beaver ponds and swamps in Gatineau Park and interesting images abound if you are prepared for a hike and often some bushwhacking. The place I visited during this session I had discovered while hiking with a friend a few years ago. With the goal then being the hike, not the photography, I made a mental note of the location. Finally I returned this fall and the scenery was as rewarding as I had expected.

At this site there is a series of three ponds; however the top pond is more of a drained swamp. It seems this pond is not being maintained by the beavers unless park officials are directing/interfering with their developments. The bottom two ponds are smaller, relatively free of deadwood standing out of the ponds and closely lined with trees. The reflections as you can see are amazing.

WARNING: Beaver habitat can be dangerous. Do not be guilty of admiring the landscape and scenery without paying attention to your footwork. This is not to be taken lightly. Why? Although the typical image of beaver activity is large tree stumps and fallen tree trunks, for every large tree felled there are dozens of 1″ to 2″ diameter saplings chopped at about 18″ in length and chiseled to a fine point. The rest of the sapling has been hauled away and only the spike remains. Even in open terrain they are well enough camouflaged, but in typical beaver terrain where new trees, grasses and shrubs have grown over, these spikes are frequently hidden from view. You are likely to trip on one and impale your body or your face on the next. Why so morbid? Well I had a close call myself a couple of years ago. I now try to practice a policy of taking 30 or so steps with my eyes glued to the ground, stopping, and then looking around for appealing shots or where to go next.

Beaver Pond Reflections, Gatineau Park, Quebec.

The image has been inverted to give it an abstract feeling. Beaver Pond Reflections, Gatineau Park, Quebec.

Beaver Pond Reflections, Gatineau Park, Quebec.

Original image has been turned upside-down. Beaver Pond Reflections, Gatineau Park, Quebec.

Beaver Pond Reflections, Gatineau Park, Quebec.

Beaver Pond Reflections, Gatineau Park, Quebec.

Beaver Pond Reflections, Gatineau Park, Quebec.

Beaver Pond Reflections, Gatineau Park, Quebec.

Beaver Pond Reflections, Gatineau Park, Quebec.

Beaver Pond Reflections, Gatineau Park, Quebec.

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You can see additional pictures from this session included as part of my Trees and Leaves Nature Gallery.

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reflection art / reflection photos / reflection greeting cards
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KAP 2011-12 – Huron Lookout, Gatineau Park

It was time to try the autumn colours of the famous Gatineau Park. However, the colours were not up to their standards this year, or perhaps I was still too early. I’m wondering if the current warm spell and lack of cold nights has prolonged autumn and fooled the trees into abnormal behaviour. It seems the same thing happened last year and the Gatineau colours were not up to par. Hopefully they will still come on strong but just a bit late.

I went early to try to beat the swarms of tourists that usually appear. I had kite in the air but not the camera gear when two busloads arrived. I decided to wait and hope for a quieter time to finish putting the gear into action and instead concentrated on answering questions. Eventually the time came and these are the results. It wasn’t as rewarding a session as I had anticipated.

I suspect that Champlain Lookout just down the road and the favourite outlook in the park would have more visual appeal when viewed from the air. However the crowds there are generally worse plus it faces a bit more to the west and morning light is not quite as favourable. Maybe another day I’ll try at Champlain.

These low-level aerial images were taken from a camera suspended below a kite line (Kite Aerial Photography – KAP).

Aerial photograph of Huron Lookout - Gatineau Park.

Aerial photograph of the Gatineau Hills and the Gatineau Parkway going from Huron Lookout to Champlain Lookout. The Ottawa River and the Ottawa River Valley are in the distance. This is in Quebec and Ontario is on the far side of the river.

Aerial photograph of the Gatineau Hills and the Gatineau Parkway going from Huron Lookout to Champlain Lookout. The Ottawa River and the Ottawa River Valley are in the distance. This is in Quebec and Ontario is on the far side of the river.

Can you read the sign? It has a map of the great lakes that can be seen. Straight down. Aerial photograph of Huron Lookout parking area - Gatineau Park.

Can you read the sign? It has a map of the great lakes that can be seen. Straight down. Aerial photograph of Huron Lookout parking area - Gatineau Park.

Aerial photograph of Huron Lookout - Gatineau Park.

Aerial photograph of Huron Lookout - Gatineau Park.

You can see additional pictures in the Kite Aerial Photography Gallery – Huron Lookout, Gatineau Park – October 5, 2011.

© Rob Huntley

Autumn Colours Postcard – Quebec

Here’s my new postcard design of coloured leaves in the forest in the Gatineau Park, Quebec. “The Gats” in the fall – a view from a rock outcrop on Wolf Trail.
The postcard is offered for sale in my Zazzle store with or without border and/or text. Click on the postcard to go straight to page.

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