I spent a pleasant couple of hours today exploring the LaSalle Park Marina area, and walking along the shoreline pathway.
Even though I’ve lived in the general area for quite a few decades I had never ventured to LaSalle Park in Burlington Ontario. I’ll certainly be returning in the future. I imagine that this area will be quite beautiful in the Autumn when the trees will be in colour. During my visit today I spent all of my time in the marina area and strolling down the shoreline path.
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The LaSalle Park marina is fairly small with a private mooring area. There are also a few park benches and some paths that follow the shoreline of Hamilton harbour.
For those interested there are some distant views of the steel mills in the industrial section of Hamilton as well as the Burlington Bay Skyway Bridge.
A lot of folks visit LaSalle Park to hike the shoreline trail, or simply take in some sun.
Recently I’ve been testing out my camera ‘travel kit’ and captured a selection of images with it during my LaSalle Park visit.
Once on the shoreline trail at LaSalle Park various lookouts are found along it, some of which have some good views across Burlington Bay.
As you stroll down the path, much of which is boardwalk, the views of the water are obstructed much of the time.
If you keep an eye for details you may find a few subjects along the walkway that may be of interest to you from a photography standpoint.
I’m quite partial to old stumps, fallen trees and similar types of subjects.
As a result I found a few items along the way that seemed to deserve a shutter click or two.
The texture of tree bark often intrigues me, especially with fallen trees.
Towards the end of the trail there is a small footpath that will lead you out to the water, giving you some views of Hamilton and the Skyway Bridge.
Those particular views didn’t interest me from an image perspective. I did find the lookout platform with its partial state of disrepair unusual and captured the somewhat abstract image above.
Chipmunks and squirrels abound along the walkway. Some photographers are drawn to the area to capture images of some of the wildlife, including various birds.
If you stop along the path the chipmunks seem to assume that you will feed them, and they will run up to great you. The little fellow above grabbed a whole peanut in-the-shell from a hiker. After shoving it into his cheek, he then scooped up another peanut and began to devour it.
Mute Swans and Trumpeter Swans frequent the shoreline. I was able to get quite close to them and captured a few images.
There were no young cygnets in the immediate area. This may be one of the reasons why the adult swans appeared quite calm in our presence.
Almost all of the ducks in the area appeared to be Mallards. I did spot what I guessed to be a Hooded Merganser. Readers who are more familiar with birds can provide some insights.
I’m not sure if the mottled chest indicates a juvenile bird or not.
The spring migration is over in Southern Ontario. I imagine that a visit to LaSalle Park during the spring and fall migrations would likely result in a wider variety of birds.
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