Beamer Memorial Conservation Area

Beamer Memorial Conservation Area

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This conservation area is a hidden gem located on top of the Niagara Escarpment in Grimsby. It\'s very poorly advertised, so despite the fact that I knew that it existed -- along with a hundred other conservation areas -- I had no idea it was so nice. Mostly I was impressed by the spectacular views of Lake Ontario and the coast. But it was also a really nice Carolinian forest to walk through, on ambling paths on the edge of the escarpment and a deep gorge. In this particular area, the escarpment is very articulated, with jutting cliffs, high drops and two waterfalls. If you bring binoculars or a powerful camera lens (at least 300mm - one of the pictures in this album is cropped to approx. 800mm), you can see Toronto well on a clear day.

Worlds apart

Worlds apart

A bucolic vineyard on the Niagara Escarpment overlooking Lake Ontario and Toronto in the far distance. This is where we had our wedding ceremony, you could not wish for a more spectacular view (at least in these parts). Extreme focal length (450mm) flattens the picture and makes background objects appear much larger, producing a rare perspective on Toronto.

Just before departure

Just before departure

A monarch butterfly outside of Cambridge, Ontario, getting ready for its long journey to its wintering grounds in Mexico. Southern Ontario is almost the northern limit of monarchs. Our family went to the Butterfly Conservatory for the day to help tag monarchs before their long migration so scientists can track how many make the journey. The monarch population is in decline.

Pastel sunset

Pastel sunset

I’d call this a 6.1/10 – nothing spectacular as sunsets go, but pretty nonetheless. Overlooking Port Dalhousie and Lake Ontario. The picture is an HDR composite of three pictures, helping to bring in a bit more details in the shadowy areas and increasing the definition of the clouds.

Bald eagles (new album)

Bald Eagles

Bald eagles living on and just off the campus of Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. I was in Appleton to hold a community lecture on the ethical and political challenges of geoengineering and as a bonus I got to see bald eagles. Apparently they have several pairs of nesting eagles along this this stretch of the Fox River, the watercourse that runs through Appleton and fuels much of its industry.

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Niagara Falls rainbow

Niagara Falls rainbow

Once again the American Falls, this time in rainbow fashion. The lights illuminating the falls were constantly shifting into different colours and patterns. It was quite spectactular – but also a little annoying, as I missed some pretty constallations while fiddling with the camera. Since I was experimenting with different settings (exposure, ISO, framing), I didn’t necessarily get to do the same shot twice. This one I took with 1.3 sec exposure and 200 ISO. Seeing that they came out a little dark I intended to do it again with a longer exposure, but I didn’t get the opportunity before the lights changed. I had to brighten this picture with about 1.5 stops. More still to follow.