Along the Shoreline

Eastern Canada, like many other parts of the world, just went through some difficult weather conditions with record amounts of rain falling. The rain caused massive flooding throughout Eastern Canada and caused Lake Ontario water levels to rise to levels not seen in over 40 years. This article features some images captured along the shoreline of Lake Ontario in the Niagara Region.

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Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @10mm, efov 27mm, f/5.6, 1/640, ISO-160

With the water levels so high even semi-sheltered areas experienced quite a bit of shore erosion.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @11mm, efov 30mm, f/8, 1/640, ISO-400

I spent quite a bit of time hiking at Charles Daley Park and capturing some images along the way. Even 5 days after the last of the rains departed the area, the water in Lake Ontario has continued to rise flooding many lower lying areas.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @10mm, efov 27mm, f/8, 1/640, ISO-400

Parts of the boardwalk at the park were still semi-submerged.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @12mm, efov 32mm, f/8, 1/500, ISO-400

A number of trees along the shoreline had been uprooted by the strong waves and currents that hit during the worst of the high winds that accompanied the storm.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @10mm, efov 27mm, f/8, 1/1000, ISO-400

Capturing images after this kind of natural event helps to preserve memories associated with it.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @10mm, efov 27mm, f/8, 1/250, ISO-400

Some clean-up efforts have already started which helped create a feeling of renewal.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @10mm, efov 27mm, f/8, 1/320, ISO-400

From a photographic standpoint I found visiting the park under these conditions sparked some creativity. I suppose seeing something well-known in a different context does that to us all.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @12mm, efov 32mm, f/8, 1/640, ISO-400

As I walked the shoreline I came upon all kinds of driftwood, forming jumbled masses as well as some simple leading lines.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @10mm, efov 27mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO-160

My eye was attracted to contrasting colours and the radiating forms of exposed roots and toppled trees.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 37mm, efov 99mm, f/8, 1/800, ISO-400

I looked north across Lake Ontario and could see the Toronto skyline, framing it with some windswept tree branches.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 26m, efov 69mm, f/8, 1/160, ISO-400

Sometimes there is simple beauty at our feet, like the coloured sands exposed by waves that had crashed on the shore days earlier.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @11mm, efov 29mm, f/8, 1/400, ISO-400

Defiant rocks along the shore remind us of the power of the human spirit to stand fast, and our determination to grow through adversity.

Technical Note:
All images in this article were captured hand-held using Nikon 1 gear as per the EXIF data. All photographs are displayed as 100% captures without any cropping and were produced from RAW files using my standard process of DxO OpticsPro 11, CS6 and the Nik Collection.

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2 thoughts on “Along the Shoreline”

  1. I read in the news that there was widespread flooding. Sad news. Have witnessed flooding 2 years back. Hope no major casualties were reported. Nicely composed photos…the contrasting sands was a good shot. Keep up the work and study safe.

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