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Fall Colours in Gatineau Park.

It’s autumn, and that means lots of photos of trees in their glorious transitions. I particularly love this one that I took last week. I used the colour filter feature on my camera and highlighted the orange leaves. Then on my computer I increased the contrast and saturation levels to maximum.

I’m still not used to fall colours being so vibrant, as being from British Columbia means that I see more evergreens than anything else. There’s beauty in both views, but I am really enjoying autumn in Ontario (and Quebec). On Thanksgiving Monday, Corey and I went for a walk in the woods at Parc de la Gatineau just over the river. It was incredibly busy and all the parking lots were completely full, so we didn’t get to do a tranquil hike, but we did walk two trails and admire the view from some lookout points.

I have some more photos on my Flickr:

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Bruce Peninsula & Flowerpot Island 2010.

Corey and I spent two nights camping on the Bruce Peninsula earlier this week, specifically at the Cyprus Lake campground within Bruce Peninsula National Park. I picked a site at random when I made the reservation online, and it ended up being perfect: a stone’s throw away from Cyprus Lake, quiet, and the site that was closest to an observation deck on the lake. It was gorgeous!

A large portion of the Cyprus Lake trail was right beside the water.

We arrived in the middle of the thunderstorm, which dampened our spirits (heehee), but the rain stopped, the clouds parted, and we had beautiful (although sometimes windy) weather for the rest of our trip.

We did a 5.2km hike around Cyprus Lake on the first day and visited Tobermory, the teensy lakesade town at the tip of the peninsula. On the second day we visited the Grotto, even though we (and several other people) couldn’t find it at first. Finally, a local brought us into the Grotto, and we had to do a tricky, perilous descent into the cave. There was a different route to exit, and we had to squeeze through a hole in the middle of the rock. Before we left the area on the third day, we took a boat ride to Flowerpot Island in the Fathom Five National Marine Park where we hiked all the trails, visited the lighthouse, and had lunch by the shore.

Admiring Georgian Bay on the Bruce Trail.

View from the Loop Trail on Flowerpot Island. Look at that colour!

I truly miss the beauty of British Columbia’s rugged coast, so this trip was really good for the soul. Being a West Coaster, I never realized that the Great Lakes are enormous. Bruce Peninsula is bordered by Lake Huron to the west and Georgian Bay to the east. I had to continually remind myself that I wasn’t looking at the ocean. It was strange to think that all that water was fresh and not salty. Hiking over rocks and dirt, taking photos, and admiring the waves and the turquoise colour of the water… Amazing!

If you’re interested, you can find the rest of my photos on Flickr.