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Caught Between a Bad Plan and a Hard Place

Updated: Feb 2, 2022

With the lure of photography there's inspiration, and a whole bunch of curiosity, One can find oneself in some unusual  outdoor places, and this region of Ontario has its share of some uniquely sculptured landscapes which stirred my newly found passion. For me it was moon lite waterfalls, and setting suns. I wanted to share his little tale that involves "planning" because photography is so inherently spontaneous. Rockwood was one of my favourite to photograph at 1am in the morning, chasing after moonlit waterfalls. I was there so often that when park officials would just drive by and wave. I became a fixture along along with my camera. After discovering Websters Falls in the Halton region, there was another one nearby, a much higher one. One hundred and eighty feet high I knew this would be big challenge. There are lots of great pictures of these falls but mostly from the top. My bold plan was to descend into the gorge for an amazing perspective, but there was no access. The plan was to go in on a balmy April night, with clear sky, and a full moon, that would make this breath taking waterfall come alive with fast flowing melt water and the terrestrial light show, this would be the best time to capture it. It was a challenging descent. The first fifty feet was a series of rocky outcrop, then there was a very steep section that seemed to go on forever. It was a slippery slope with just a bunch of seedlings to hold on to when I got to the bottom I was met with some almost impenetrable brush, logs and rocks. I had at least another one fifty yards to get around the point to the falls. I must have gotten half way when a shocking revelation hit, I didn't plan on how I was going to get out! It was now dusk with only minutes of light left. I had to make the heartbreaking decision to get out. I also realized there was no moonlight on the side up, so it was get out or be fished out by the fire department, called by a very worried wife. It was a race with the darkness. It was the most physically challenging climb I ever made. I was so dehydrated when I made it out I must have drank a gallon of water after. No matter what kind of photo project I take on it will always include...the planning.

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