Niagara Escarpment nature.

The new Lens-Artists Photo Challenge is Nature.

The first thing I did was Google the definition of nature which reminded me that nature includes geology. So I thought of a local geological feature, the Niagara Escarpment, to write a post about.

First, a brief description of the Niagara Escarpment. It runs through several U.S. states and loops up through Ontario, Canada. It’s most well-known feature is the cliff over which the Niagara River flows at Niagara Falls. It form the eastern side of the Bruce Peninsula before disappearing into Lake Huron at the tip of the peninsula.

To the photos.

A large ledge of stone overhangs the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline. There are caves of various sizes in the face of the Escarpment. A pair of Common Raven bred in a small cave in this section in 2018.

Rock overhang.

A larger section of the Escarpment covered in autumn colour. You can see small sections of the rock face through the trees.

A section of autumn colour on the Niagara Escarpment.

A female Common Merganser with a youngster on her back. Taken on Colpoy’s Bay at the base of the Escarpment. Common Merganser nest in holes in trees so the female could have nested in one of the trees along the Escarpment.

Hitching a ride.

A group of White Trilliums and a solitary Dandelion growing on top of the Escarpment. The White Trillium is the provincial flower of Ontario.

Ontario's Provincial Flower.

The spirit of distant rain.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is “The Spirit of Rain” which gave me rather a lot of options to pick from. Especially if you regard snow as white, winter rain.

So many options in fact that this photo was the third or fourth that I considered for this challenge. It was actually taken the day before the photo that had been my previous consideration.

The photo shows storm clouds over Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise. There’s rain falling over the mouth of the bay and White Cloud Island beyond with some interesting clouds over the bay.

Distant rain over Colpoy's Bay at sunrise.

Colpoy’s Bay sunrise, week 51.

Thursday morning of week 51 saw me down at Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise. I headed to the Government Dock in Colpoy’s Bay. There had been no access during part of the autumn while the end of the dock was repaired so I hadn’t been down there much since the summer.

Access can be difficult in the winter if there’s too much snow on the ground but we’d had a thaw earlier in the week. I had been down there the previous afternoon for the sunset so I knew the access would be no problem in the dark.

This shot was taken from the path to the dock rather than out on the dock just before the sun rose over the Niagara Escarpment on the east side of Colpoy’s Bay.

Sunrise over Colpoy's Bay and the Niagara Escarpment.

 

Layers of cloud just before sunrise.

Last Tuesday morning saw me down at Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise. This shot was taken a couple of minutes before the sun appeared over the Niagara Escarpment. I was considering it as my pick for week 51.

One week of my 52 week photo project to go. I’m surprised that I made it this far given the weather at various times throughout the year and some of the personal issues that cropped up shortly after starting the project.

Colpoy's Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise.

Colpoy’s Bay at sunset.

Still no internet access so I’m writing this in a Tim Hortons coffee shop using their Wi-Fi.

Sunday afternoon of week 50 saw me sitting in the library using their Wi-Fi to post my week 50 pick. As the library is only a few minutes from the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline I headed down there for the sunset after posting.

Autumn sunset.