Autumn in Huronia
by Karl Berdan
October 25, 2011
MIdland Town Dock early morning
Autumn is usually one of the best time to photograph around Huronia, but this year the colours were not as good as they usually are. In part this was because we had a lot of rain or so it seemed. On Sunday, October 16 the weather forecast was promising so I got up early photographed the sunrise and then headed over to Midland town dock (above). Afterward I drove toward St. Marie Among the hurons a few kilometers east of town. The Wye river flows out of the Wye Marsh and runs past the old French Mission and I captured some fall colours while there was still fog rising (below).
Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons - on the Wye river outside of Midland, Ontario
Train Trestle over the Wye River
Marsh along Highway 400 north toward Parry Sound
For all of these photos, I used a Nikon D300 digital camera and my favorite 18-200 mm lens which I keep beside me on the front seat of my car. I used a tripod for most of the photos and captured the images in .jpg mode, though in after thought I should have used RAW. I wasn't sure what I might see but I know that most days I am able to capture at least a few good photographs. The important thing I have to remind myself is to simply get out there.
Marsh off Highway 400
Pond and Forest off Highway 400 north of Port Severn
Turkey Polypore fungus growing on dead birch tree
Off highway 518 heading toward Orillia
Marsh off highway 518 toward Orillia
Even on what seemed to me to be an unspectacular Autumn with respect to colour I still came a way with a few shots I was happy with. The Nikon 18-200 mm Zoom lens allows me to capture wide scenes for landscapes like the picture above, closeups of fungi and even wildlife if I should encounter any. It's the perfect travel lens for me even though I own several other lenses. I always enjoy getting out and spending time in nature - some days are better then others. KB
Karl Berdan is a retired engineer with 9 patents in plastic injection molding. In his spare time he photographs around the Midland area. He has also photographed in Mexico, the West Coast, Europe, Alaska and the North West Territories. Karl shoots with a Nikon D300 Digital camera. His favorite lens is Nikon's 18-200 mm zoom lens.
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