We decided to go to a local park for some fresh air and on the off chance that we would be able to spot some autumn foliage. I brought my camera just in case even though I honestly thought I wasn’t going to see anything noteworthy. Wow, was I ever wrong. Many of the trees had already shed their leaves but that meant that the ground was covered in beautiful shades of reds and oranges while the remaining leaves and branches were bathed in warm, golden hour light.
Getting closer to the trees was a bit of a challenge as the ground was very slippery. The mud and wet leaves made walking a bit of a difficulty and my running shoes were not made for terrain like that. This is also a bike path so when trekking out here, it’s best to keep an eye out for bikers approaching as they can be going quite fast and the hill is quite steep.
All in all, I didn’t take a tumble like I thought I would, and I got some beautiful photographs. I also took some videos on my phone that I’ll be posting to my Instagram Reels.
We visited Jack Darling Memorial Park for the first time back in the summer and I remember thinking to myself at that time that we needed to come back in the fall. I just knew that all those green trees but in shades of reds and oranges would be the most beautiful sight and boy, was I right! Sometimes, you really need to be at the right place at the right time and that couldn’t be more true with these photos. We were here closer to golden hour and the way the trees were lit up with that golden light was just absolutely stunning. At times, it looked as if the trees were on fire because they were so gold. I’ve never seen anything like it and I couldn’t help but be thankful that my love of photography has brought me to so many wonderful scenes.
Evergreen Brickworks is hands down one of my favourite places to visit during autumn. Our first visit of the autumn season was on Halloween day. We were here on Halloween of last year as well. While I was able to capture some gorgeous scenes both times, it was interesting to see the difference. The leaves were a lot farther along in their transformations last year, for sure. We only visited on Halloween this year since any time before then, the leaves were still green. Last year, Halloween was our second visit of the season and many of the trees were looking a little bare by that point.
We climbed up the steep hill here for the first time and the view from up top was so beautiful. I’ve never gotten photos like that before and I’m so happy I was able to see that view with my own eyes. As much as I love the other seasons, autumn is my favourite to photograph. Which is ironic as I despise the shorter days and the sunsets that occur earlier and earlier during this time.
The green leaves in Toronto may have been lagging but the ones in Caledon got a head start. I can now see why so many people venture to Caledon, Ontario to do some foliage sightseeing. Something about being surrounded by fall foliage feels so grounding. My favourite views were the winding roads with red and orange trees on either side. If you’re able to visit Caledon during autumn, I highly recommend it!
Hello Niagara-on-the-Lake, it’s been a while! This small town is one of my favourite places due to how quiet and quaint it is. It had been a while since we last visited so we decided to head down one weekend. It’s hard to believe these photos were taken in late October. In previous years, red and orange leaves were already in full swing everywhere. This year, it has been unseasonably warm which has prolonged the green leaves of summer. The nature lover in me is ecstatic she could finally capture a people-less photo of the gazebo but the fall foliage lover in me is disappointed she couldn’t take autumn versions of these photos. I thought back to the reds and oranges filling up my phone’s camera roll during October of last year and couldn’t help but feel disappointed. I knew eventually that the weather would cool down and that we would get red leaves but it’s very concerning that it had taken so long.
The last lilac blooms of the season! Aren’t they gorgeous? I’m so glad I got to photograph them in the late afternoon/early evening light. I was really happy with the way the soft warm lighting illuminated the blooms. The last photo especially is one of my all time favourites.
I’ll never forget photographing this series for a very specific reason. While I was shooting these, I kept hearing footsteps in the grass across from me. I wasn’t able to see what it was since the lilac tree was pretty tall and there was a tombstone blocking my way. I thought nothing of it and automatically assumed it was my mom, playing a joke and coming to sneak up on me. I told myself not to jump when she inevitably would shout “boo!” Except… it never came.
I finished taking my photos and walked back to where my dad and brother were standing a little ways away. I asked my dad where mom was because I kept hearing those footsteps. While asking, I turned around and there she was, behind me, a few metres away. My dad joked that maybe it was a ghost, curious, and wanting to see my photos. I laughed it off and grabbed my mom, wanting to show her the pretty lilac tree. Only… to be greeted by a coyote!
Yeah, that’s right!
He was a few feet away from us (thanks for social distancing!) and turned around to look at us before trotting off. At first we thought he was someone’s pet but there was no leash and no other human around and he did not look like a domesticated dog. We’ve seen another coyote in the area but that one was very malnourished looking with a damaged tail. This animal was big and clearly capable.
I wanted to take my phone out to record everything but I was rooted to the ground. My brain shut down, total deer in headlights mode, until my brother yelled at us to get to the car and to go now. So that’s what we did, being careful that we weren’t in eyeshot of the coyote. We’ve visited a few times since then and we haven’t seen the coyote since. It’s funny to think that while I was taking photos and thinking it was my mom playing a joke on me, it was actually a coyote very close by.
I recently fell back in love with infrared photography. While these are edits made in Photoshop and don’t quite look like the real thing, I had a blast going through old photos and picking out which ones I thought would look best with this particular edit. I’m in the market for a new camera but now, I definitely want to venture out and do some research on infrared modified cameras!
These photos were taken on the same day as my previous post but I felt that they didn’t belong in that group and instead deserved their own post. These colours act like a placeholder for what winter may bring!
I can officially call these the last photos of autumn 2020! I shot these during golden hour and despite there being many bare branches, the trees were aglow with orange light. Fall is always a beautiful season, and if you ask me, it is the most beautiful, so I am a little sad to see it go. One thing I’m thankful for this year is that I had the time and opportunity to be able to go and take many, many photos of the foliage. I wasn’t so lucky last year. Looking into my Autumn 2019 folder was a little disappointing, seeing as I only had photos from one day and they weren’t what I’d call quintessential “autumn photography.” Compared to almost 200 photos from this year, I feel very blessed being able to look back and recall memories from those days and to have the visuals to go along with them. I feel proud of myself for being able to take photos that are some of my favourites ever and what I feel is some of my best work.
Feelings like these are what drive and motivate me to keep going and they give me something to look forward to. It’s been a very miserable year, and a tough few weeks for me personally. It may sound cheesy but sometimes it’s the little things that ground us and bring us some spark of joy.
I can’t wait to see what the second most beautiful season of the year, and by that I mean winter, has up its sleeve for us photographers.