Humber River Valley Photowalk

Old Mill StationOn Sunday morning, I set out to explore part of the Humber River Valley. I took the Line Two subway over to Old Mill station and found my way down to the river.

One vision in my mind’s eye was to photograph Old Mill station from the river’s edge. However, geography worked against me. The station is built-in to the bridge crossing the Humber River, but it is above a parking lot instead of the water. I could not make the angles work to my favour.

After crossing a small bridge into Etienne Brulé Park, I began walking northward on the trails or beside the river.

It was a beautiful, sunny morning. Not too hot. It just felt good to be outdoors.

The First WaterfallThe Humber River has many engineered waterfalls. The photos of the first one that I encountered did not adequately capture my feelings of the moment. So I turned it into a painting using Topaz Labs Impression.

Much of the trails and paths were littered with branches and other debris. The recent rainfalls must have made the river burst its banks. This didn’t dampen my enthusiasm.

Long Exposure GullI used my Platypod and a variable neutral density filter for a 2.5 second exposure shot to smooth out the flowing water. The seagull mostly stayed still for the shot. Winking smile

After passing several more waterfalls and many fellow Torontonians enjoying the day themselves, I found myself near Dundas Street. It was lunchtime and my tummy made certain to remind me.

If you want to see the rest of the photos, you can scroll to the bottom of my Toronto, Ontario Flickr Album. Flick uses chronological order in the Albums but switches to reverse chrono order on the Photostream page.

I am looking forward to more exploration in the future.

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