How nice to throw open windows and doors late Sunday evening to let an abundance of humidity free cool and fresh overnight air in. Reminded me a bit of Arizona's cool night air during our winter months there. Sunshine tickling the tops of our pine trees first thing this morning and with cooler days ahead that of course had this gruff old face of mine actually cracking a rare smile. Energized by refreshing humidity free air I wasn't long in tumbling myself outside.
Pheebs and I were off again for Goderich and after grabbing a McDonald's coffee we took ourselves for a quick spin down around the harbor and snapped a few photos. A beautiful morning with big blue skies and calm deep blue lake waters. Couple cars at the dog walking area so we didn't stop. With lower temperatures upon us I figured it would be a good time for us to head on down south of Goderich to the NAFTEL'S CREEK CONSERVATION AREA for a wee hike. Well as long as there wasn’t anybody there that is.
KNOWING THE FURRY GNOME SOMEWHERE UP THERE IN THE WILDS NEAR MEAFORD ONTARIO WOULD BE INTERESTED IN THIS COAST GUARD VESSEL I SNAGGED A FEW PHOTOS THROUGH A CHAIN LINK FENCE
NOTICE ANYTHING DIFFERENT ABOUT THIS WORK CREW DOWN AT THE GODERICH HARBOR?? THERE’S NOT A GUY AMONG THEM….'GIRL POWER -YAY TEAM’
AND IT WAS ALL LADIES ON THE BOARDWALK THIS MORNING TOO
DRIVE-BY SHOOTING OF A FLOWERBED COMING UP FROM THE HARBOR
Didn’t take us long to reach the Conservation area and having done the 1.9km Yellow Trail last week I figured we'd try the 2.7km Blue Trail this morning. So that is what we did. My short quarter horse legs were definitely needing some exercise.
WE ENTER THE DEEP DARK FOREST
LOOKS LIKE A NEWLY CONSTRUCTED BRIDGE
AND I THINK IT WOULD BE SAFE TO SAY THAT IS NAFTEL’S CREEK RIGHT THERE
AN ENCHANTED FOREST INDEED AND I’M SURE THERE MUST BE AN OLD TROLL LIVING UNER THIS BRIDGE
IN FACT I THINK I JUST SAW HIM OVER THERE BY THE WATER’S EDGE
DEEP DARK FORESTS DO THAT YOU KNOW…..THEY CAN MAKE YOU SEE WISPY MYSTICAL CREATURES
NAFTEL’S CREEK IS A POPULAR CROSS COUNTRY SKI AREA IN THE WINTER MONTHS
WHEN WE REACHED THIS POINT I WAS CONFUSED WHEN THE SIGN INDICATED THE BLUE TRAIL LED INTO THE GROUND AND THE BLUE LOOP TRAIL LED INTO THE SKY….ONLY WAY TO UN-CONFUSE MYSELF WAS TO PROP THE SIGN UP WITH A STICK…AHHHHH YES NOW I KNOW WHICH WAY TO GO
Nice hike through a dark forest complete with swampy areas traversed by winding wooden walkways through lush vegetation and black looking brackish water. A newly constructed wooden bridge spanned what I assumed to be Naftels Creek itself. Fast flowing shallow water appeared to be crystal clear suggesting it's head waters may be a spring upstream somewhere.
SPOTTING THAT LOG ON THE LEFT FALLEN ACROSS A CREEK BELOW I KNEW EXACTLY WHERE I WAS…..’SHERWOOD FOREST’ AND THAT LOG ABOVE AND BELOW I’M SURE IS WHERE ‘ROBIN HOOD AND LITTLE JOHN’ HAD THEIR FIRST ENCOUNTER
AND BY GOLLY I THOUGHT I SAW SOME OF ROBIN’S MERRY MEN RUNNING ALONG THIS VERY FOREST PATH
<<< I’M SURE THIS MUST BE NAFTEL’S CREEK
Any forest on a bright sunny day presents a particularly difficult challenge to anyone with a camera and I had quite a time this morning with my exposure settings. The human eye is able to see detail in deep shadow as well as bright sunlight all at the same time but a camera not being anywhere near as capable of judging correct light exposure as the human eye as a rule either ends up over or under exposing the photos. In other words too light or too dark and as is often the case in a dark forest with bright shafts of sunlight piercing through the trees a combination of both. And that is where a photo editing program can come to the rescue. Even a free lower end one like Google’s Picasa although not perfect can be a big help in getting photos back to looking closer to what the human eye saw in the first place. I have been using Picasa ever since I started blogging many years ago.
With stops along the way the forest walk took us about and hour and a half. An hour and a half well spent I might add. I always enjoy meandering through places I have never been before. For me seeing new things for the first time is often the best. First impressions can make or break an area for me. And it is that first time anywhere that lays down a firm foundation of memories on which one can build many future memories to last a lifetime. With a couple more trails to check out we will return to Naftel’s Creek Conservation Area one day again soon.
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- George Burns
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- Victor Borge
By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you'll become happy; if you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher.
My wife has a slight impediment in her speech. Every now and then she stops to breathe.
- Jimmy Durante
I have never hated a man enough to give his diamonds back.
- Zsa Zsa Gabor
I don't feel old. I don't feel anything until noon. Then it's time for my nap.
- Bob Hope
I never drink water because of the disgusting things that fish do in it.
- W. C. Fields
We could certainly slow the aging process down if it had to work its way through Congress.
- Will Rogers
Don't worry about avoiding temptation. As you grow older, it will avoid you.
- Winston Churchill
Maybe it's true that life begins at fifty, but everything else starts to wear out, fall out, or spread out.
- Phyllis Diller
By the time a man is wise enough to watch his step, he's too old to go anywhere.
- Billy Crystal
And the cardiologist's diet:
If it tastes good spit it out.
Mischa a lot!