Huron Lookout, Gatineau Park - KAP 2011-12
It was time to try the autumn colours of the famous Gatineau Park. However, the colours were not up to their standards this year, or perhaps I'm still too early. I'm wondering if the current warm spell and lack of cold nights has prolonged autumn and fooled the trees into abnormal behaviour. It seems the same thing happened last year and the Gatineau colours were not up to par. Hopefully they will still come on strong but just a bit late.
I went early to try to beat the swarms of tourists that usually appear. I had kite in the air but not the camera gear when two busloads arrived. I decided to wait and hope for a quieter time to finish putting the gear into action and instead concentrated on answering questions. Eventually the time came and these are the results. It wasn't as rewarding a session as I had anticipated.
I suspect that Champlain Lookout just down the road and the favourite outlook in the park would have more visual appeal when viewed from the air. However the crowds there are generally worse plus it faces a bit more to the west and morning light is not quite as favourable. Maybe another day I'll try at Champlain.
One of the close-up aerial shots (#25) shows me talking with Dr. Klaus Siemsen who I had not previously met but we share friends in common it turns out. He is generously letting me use several of his images (at the end of this series) that he took of KAP in action.
Note: the kite line is visible in a number of these images.