Brickworks on October 31st, 2020.

Digital, 2020.

Our second visit to Brickworks this year, and on Halloween to boot! As you may remember, the 31st was also the last day before daylight savings ended. I really wanted to venture out and take advantage of that hour of sunlight we’d be losing. Under normal circumstances, we would be giving out chocolate to the kids, but this year we decided that it would be for the best if we skipped out.

Instead we decided to head out for some fresh air and beautiful nature. On a normal weekend, there would definitely be a lot more people out and about so bring a mask just in case. But on Halloween, I had a feeling that many people would be at home and that Brickworks would be more or less deserted. Last weekend, there were larger crowds out but as I had hoped, not so much on Halloween. We were able to head off on a longer trail and I was able to get some photos I was really happy with. This time, the whole family was out with no time constrictions so we were able to stay for a lot longer compared to the week before.

I really enjoy coming here and it’s so peaceful to be just surrounded by nature. The trees are definitely emptier now so this might have been our last autumn visit, sadly.

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Brickworks on October 25th, 2020.

Digital, 2020.

In Toronto, Evergreen Brickworks is the place to be during fall. No matter where you go, you’re surrounded by vivid, autumn leaves. If you decide to venture up higher, there are many trails you can lose yourself in. If not, there are places to explore down below. Either way, this is definitely a place where you do not want to rush your way through. If you let yourself absorb the views surrounding you, you won’t regret it!

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Rouge River on October 10th, 2020.

Digital, 2020.

This was my second time visiting Rouge River. It’s hard to believe that the first was back in 2014 for my university thesis. To me, this is one of those places that I feel like I have visited multiple times. I had always wanted to come back but never found the time. For many of us, all we have right now is time so we made an afternoon of it.

Rouge River in autumn is stunning. If you’re lucky to be here during golden hour, you’re in for a treat! For the majority of our stay, the sky was cloudy and it even started to rain at one point. This didn’t bother me as I love shooting under overcast lighting and the rain made for some lovely gloomy shots of the lake. Cue everyone running for shelter and me with the biggest smile, camera aimed at the lake.

Not too long after, the sun came out and bathed everything in a warm, orange glow. You can see which photos were taken during this short lived golden hour and which were not. The foliage glows yellow and orange and the whole scene transforms into something more ethereal.

When we visited again a week later, the leaves didn’t look much different. I’d like to visit one more time to get the leaves at their peak but as I write this, it is late October, and it just might be a tad too late. I would love to go back during winter or right after a snow storm to capture winter shots for the first time. Fingers crossed!

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Sunset on September 19th, 2020.

Digital, 2020.

The last intense sunset of summer. It was such a joy watching the sky go from a light wash of orange to just something totally brilliant. And even then, the clouds changed from a vivid orange to a stunning red/purple/pink.

It won’t be the last sunset of the year but I honestly can’t believe summer is already over. With the world’s current state of affairs, the year is moving by so quick. Pretty soon, 2021 will be upon us.

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Cemetery on September 13th, 2020.

Digital, 2020.

The last cemetery visit of summer 2020. Whenever we visit family, I always like to walk around with my camera and take photos of whatever catches my eye, even if I’ve captured it before. Recently, I’ve been drawn to those lantern decorations. Soon, it’ll be the foliage. One thing I found particularly interesting was in the 9th image. I have no explanation for it. Solar flares I would understand if there was more daylight but it almost looks like teal smoke. I wonder if something of the supernatural variety was dying (pun not intended) to be the subject of a photo. A few steps further and it was a steep drop. Perhaps it was a warning to be careful.

Either way, I’m excited for the photos I’ll be able to take during autumn! Hopefully, I’ll be able to get more moody forest photos but with a lot more orange and a lot less green!

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