Close to home

Crooked path, originally uploaded by ken.udle.

This shot was taken early one morning just 25 mins drive from home. I live in a suburb of Ottawa, cookie-cutter homes, green spaces that tend to look the same, buses and traffic. This doesn’t mean we can’t find interesting places for landscape photography. During the past year my brothers and I have explored the parks and protected green spaces around our city, recently we have expanded our search to include Gatineau, a Quebec city a short drive over the river. The photo at the top was taken at the Deschenes Rapids. There used to be a dam at this site, now it’s part of a bike path for residents.

We arrived just before sunrise and took some twilight shots of the rapids. I wandered down the path and found this spot while the sun was still low on the horizon. I love the golden side light and the textures in the rock and tree.

In a way, travel photography doesn’t always mean traveling a long distance. Sometimes a drive of 30 mins or less is all it takes.

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