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Daybreak in the Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Reserve, Ontario

On Wednesday October 9 the 2nd Annual Muskoka Autumn Colour Spectacular Photographic Workshop wrapped up. We had a fantastic group of participants and were blessed with some wonderful conditions to photograph in.

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Brooks Falls on the Magnetawan River, Almaguin Highlands, Ontario

Our first stop was at Brooks Falls on the Magnetawan River in Ontario’s Almaguin Highlands. We were blessed with beautiful autumn foliage and a good amount of flow in the river inspite of the dry conditions we have experienced this past summer.

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Hogs Trough on the Oxtongue River, Ontario

Next on our list of locations was the Oxtongue River. Upon arrival bright sunny conditions plagued us, but a quick rain shower approached to create the best conditions possible for us, both above Hogs Trough and below.

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Oxtongue River, Ontario

A quick stop at Ragged Falls further upstream was a little less than desired as this section of the river was running quite low, but autumn color reflecting in the river’s details provided some very nice opportunities, which can be seen below.

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Oxtongue River Details, Ragged Falls Provincial Park, Ontario

The second day of the workshop was spent exploring the opportunities around the Bracebridge area, which were plentiful and saw us discovering some really amazing reflections along Potts Creek.

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Potts Creek, Bracebridge, Ontario

On our final morning we may our way to the Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Reserve and were greeted by a stunning morning. The cool night air provided the temperatures for mist to rise from Highland Pond and as the first rays of the sun broke over the tree tops the photographic possibilities were endless. What a way to end the workshop 🙂

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Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Reserve, Ontario

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Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Reserve, Ontario

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Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Reserve, Ontario

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Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Reserve, Ontario

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Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Reserve, Ontario

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Today’s post takes us back to the Magnetawan River, to Brooks Falls, in Ontario’s Almaguin Highlands near Emsdale. This waterfall is definitely on my list of locations to photograph in the coming days. There is a lovely red maple near the top of the falls, but it had lost its leaves by the time I shot this image a couple of years ago. Brooks Falls can be reached by driving north on Highway #11, past Huntsville, watch for Deer Lake Road. Take this road and drive East to Brooks Falls Park. There is a big sign – can’t miss it. This is one of the most picturesque waterfalls I have encountered.

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Here is a recent capture from the Magnetewan River in Ontario’s Almaguin Highlands near the town of Emsdale. This is just above Brooks Falls. Brooks Falls is a little know, but amazing waterfall, particularly in spring. I have always liked the jumble of large boulders at this location. It ranks up there as one of my favorite waterfalls in Ontario. I’ll post an autumn image next week as we will be getting closer to peak colour in Central Ontario. Next week I will commence with fall colour posts and there locations, so if you are out and about you can check-out this seasons colour palette.

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