2015 SHORTHILLS AND NIAGARA ESCARPMENT WEEKLY FALL PHOTO WALKS
(Updated 3 October 2015)
Shorthills and the surrounding Niagara Escarpment are beautiful to photograph this time of the year! I am once again going to be running a twice-weekly photo meet-up and walk in the various scenic areas around Shorthills Provincial Park and the Niagara Escarpment during the Fall 2015 photography season. We will be offering a wide range of tours this year, from easy to challenging, tailored to the group's wide range of abilities and fitness. We will be shooting beautiful fall landscapes, wildlife and, hopefully, lots of colour. I guarantee that you will discover many interesting spots and subjects that you would never otherwise find on your own. This year, we have some special mid-October waterfall shoots planned in and around Hamilton on the two most likely colour weekends. Hopefully, we will see some members up from the South Towns Club for some friendly, competitive shooting.
Come and join in on the fun! Tentatively, rain-or-shine hikes will be held on each Tuesday evening commencing at 6:00pm sharp (slightly earlier as we approach Oct 31st) as long as the light is good and it is not pouring rain, and each Saturday morning (until Nov 28th) commencing at 9:00 am sharp as long as it is not pouring rain. Don't let cloudy or stormy weather be a deterrent. Those are often the best days to shoot fall colours and waterfalls.
Here is my tentative calendar of events (be sure to check the Welland Camera Club Events Blog each week as dates draw near, since weather conditions and last minute changes are inevitable:
Date Time Activity Rating Meeting Spot
Sep 12 9:00am First of fall moderate Mewburn Road Railway Bridge, Niagara Falls (dead end at Laura Secord Trailhead),
Sep 15 6:00pm Woodend ponds moderate Woodend Conservation Area (outer entrance)
Sep 19 9:00am Canal colours moderate Welland Canal access road and Holland Road, north of Allanburg bridge on Hwy20
Sep 22 6:00pm Big Bucks easy Shorthills, Wiley Road entrance
Sep 26 9:00am Rockway Falls Gorge moderate Rockway Community Centre Lot, 8th Avenue, Jordan
Sep 29 5:45pm Secret Sunset & Falls moderate Shorthills, Wiley Road Entrance
Oct 03 9:00am Old locks & reservoir moderate Old Lakeview Cemetery, Townline Road, Thorold (west of the Walker Bros quarry yard)
Oct 06 5:45pm Big Bucks II easy St. John's Outdoor Centre, Holland Road
Oct 10 9:00am Hamilton Waterfalls I moderate Devil's Punchbowl Lot, Ridge Road at Centennial Parkway, Stoney Creek
Oct 13 5:45pm Secret stream moderate Daboll farm, 1991 Hansler Street, Pelham
Oct 17 9:00am Hamilton Waterfalls II moderate Smoky Hollow Falls Parking Lot, Mill St, Waterdown
Oct 20 5:30pm Canal Sunset easy Welland Canal access road and Holland Road, north of Allanburg bridge on Hwy20
Oct 24 9:00am Secret Fall Waterfalls strenuous Shorthills, Wiley Road Entrance
Oct 27 5:30pm Lake Gibson Sunset easy Morningstar Mill parking lot, Decew Road
Oct 31 9:00am Final Fall Colours moderate St. John's Outdoor Centre, Holland Road
Nov 07 9:00am Decew Falls challenge strenuous Morningstar Mill parking lot, Decew Road
Nov 14 9:00am Woodend Cliffs moderate Woodend Conservation Area,
Nov 21 9:00am The Pipeline strenuous Lions Club Parking Lot, Hwy 20, Fonthill
Nov 28 9:00am Niagara Glen trails moderate Glen trails parking lot, (Niagara Parkway lot by spiral staircase)
As always (especially for the moderate and strenuous hikes) good water-resistant hiking boots are a must. It is always advisable to carry a small backpack with a drink, a snack, spare socks/gloves, and a few first aid items.
Feel free to email me anytime at email@example.com to receive any updated information and intel.
I hope to see everyone out to at least a few sessions!