Hastings to Roseneath in Fall
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If you take a second backroad route from Hastings to Roseneath you will find a valley backing off the hillside farm fields. When it rains in the Fall, this valley can be as grand a forest canyon to be found in Ontario.
This a climax forest with a preponderance of deciduous stock but with a smattering of old massive master trees missed in the logging.
The valley has its share of creeks and rivulets - sluicing full in the rain this Fall.
The topography is a wooded sleigh ride downhill South by East of a steady 100 feet headed for more farmfields and then another drop to the valley floor and creek headed due East.
The harvesting of the forest is difficult at best so Nature is on the job most of the time.
A natural painterly beauty permeastes the valley, like Ste Anne's Country Spa in nearby Grafton.
A sun playing hide and seek all day long coated the wet leaves and branches with a glistening sheen when it shone.
On a walk this way one could find strange friends.
This is a path not always taken; much like the innovative photography of Mary Weilandt
The bend of the hillside hints of boundary between the forest and farm field.
Like snakes fallen black timber, trunks and limbs writhe among the covering leaves.
One hears murmured whisperings - but the closer one gets the quiet-to-a-hush and a singular breeze is all that is left behind to be heard.
A small waterfall leads into a vale of hillside birch and maple.
Of course the drizzle adds a sense of vibrant colours.
Seen in fine form in Larry Burnett's photos
And then in a moment the creek splashes down the hillside on a wending way too wet and boggy to pursue.