“Water is the most perfect traveller because when it travels it becomes the path itself!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan
This image is another of High Falls, near Bancroft, Ontario. I really could spend a day photographing various parts of the waterfall, as light shifts and different elements of the flowing water reveal themselves.
The ancient rock structures in this area add so much character to the waterfalls through their deep textures and colours. These are ancient Canadian Shield structures, known for their age and diverse mineral content. I provide more information on the falls themselves on a previous post.
Nikon D800 Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm 1/13 sec, f/32.0, ISO 200
High Falls, pictured above, is the result of a dam built at the terminus of Baptiste Lake to control the flow of the York River, which begins at this point. The river, while very useful for logging, used to cause catastrophic flooding in the town of Bancroft a few miles below. The dam sits atop a large mass of rugged rock above a valley with steep banks. I would love to have seen this area before the dam was built. It must have been quite a sight to see all that water rushing through this valley. While I imagine the lake was lower too, it would still have seen a significant flow, especially in spring.
The nature of the rock below the dam creates some pretty unique flow patterns, especially on long exposure, and it changes with the flow of the water. In spring, when there is a higher flow of water most of the central rocks are obscured. As summer progresses, the flow is reduced and small rivulets of water create intricate patterns between the rocks.
I spent an afternoon shooting a series of photos that cover many aspects of this cascade that I will share from time to time, each offering a different vantage point and conveying the varied nature of this wonderful place.
Nikon D300 Tamron 70-200 mm, f/2.8 @ 165 mm 1/8 sec, f/32.0, ISO 250
This is a shot of the rapids below High Falls. It is the source of the York River as it flows from Baptiste Lake, north-west of Bancroft. I was taken by the speed of the water (thus the name) and the way the bright sunlight played through the water.