“Stems” – Whitevale Dam Trail

“Stems” - Whitevale Dam

I thought I’d go for a hike today to check out the waterfall at the Whitevale dam. It’s always a nice location and the walk in along the river (Duffins Creek) is quite scenic. I found the trail surprisingly icy for the time of year. There was still lots of snow in the bush and chunks of ice floating in the creek. The problem with this time of year, aside from the treacherous trails, is there is an almost complete absence of colour. The trails are a dirty gray, the creek is muddy brown, and the forest is a muted brown with dull green for the cedars. I was happy to see this little splash of golden brown when the sun lit the stems of some weeds along the path. I also liked the strong vertical lines and the hint of blue sky in the background. I think I’ll wait a few weeks before venturing back. Who knows, by then a few wildflowers may be poking through.

Nikon D300
Tamron 70-200mm @175mm
1/3200s, @ f/2.8, ISO 250

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