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Fall at Luskville Falls, Gatineau Hills, Quebec

Ron doing his photography thing (photo by Graeme).

Fall at Luskville Falls, Gatineau Hills, Quebec

After completing my retroactive blog relating to my September visit to Mer Bleue Bog, I picked up Graeme and off we went to Luskville Falls on the other side of the Ottawa River (Location).  The last time that I had been to Luskville Falls was April 2008 on a group outing with a local Flickr photo group. Then was Springtime, now was Fall.  The bare branches of Spring were now adorned with the colorful splashes of Fall colours.

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MACKENZIE KING ESTATE in GATINEAU PARK

In was getting somewhat late in the day when we decided to take a trip up into the Gatineau Hills to see what we could see.  The original plan was to go to the lookout but the main roads in the Gatineau Park are still closed so, instead, we decided to take a trip up to the Mackenzie King Estate which is situated south of Kingsmere Lake. Kingsmere Lake still has a coating of ice. (Location)

It had been a strange day all day weather-wise. One minute there would be blue sky above, the next it was clouded over and raining so we weren’t sure what to expect. When we got to Kingsmere Lake, the sky was clouded over and the roads were a bit wet but otherwise quite easily driveable. That would soon change!

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Pink Lake, Gatineau Hills, Gatineau, Quebec

Pink Lake, Gatineau Hills, Gatineau, Quebec

Once I had had enough of the heat and humidity of the Butterfly show at the Carleton University Greenhouses Carleton butterflies Day one , I got a bit of fresh air in the Gatineau Hills. At this time of the year. the roads through the Gatineau Hills are packed with traffic as everyone enjoys the Fall colours and the last bit of warm weather before beginning to hunker down for the first days of winter. Today was no exception. Roads were packed. Parking was at a premium.

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Wakefield, Quebec – Flickr Ottawa outing

Spring's A'Comin'

Wakefield, Quebec – Flickr Ottawa Outing

Nice day today. Great day actually. Early Spring. Sun shining. Snow melting. +15C. Can’t think of any good reason not to join up with a group of photographers and wander around the back roads near Wakefield, Quebec with cameras in hand and no one in a rush to go anywhere in particular.

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Ottawa Flickr Group Outing, Chelsea, Quebec

Ottawa Flickr Group Outing, Chelsea, Quebec

It was another wonderful day for an outing with some of the folks from the Ottawa Flickr group. Autumn colours were everywhere and the weather was beautiful.

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Luskville Falls, Quebec – a Flickr Ottawa group outing

Flickr Outing Luskville Falls

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Wakefield, Quebec and the Gatineau Hills

Every so often, when the sky is blue and the clouds are passing quickly overhead, I get an urge to hop in the car, travel across the Ottawa River, and spend some time wandering around the Gatineau Hills and along the shores of the Gatineau River. I usually end up at the Covered Bridge a bit upstream form Wakefield town center. This day was one such day.

Lac St. Pierre

Tent Caterpillars

Ruisseau St-Denis

One of the beaches at Meech Lake

Hay Rake

Wakefield Covered Bridge across the Gatineau River

Bridge Information: The Wakefield Covered Bridge was built in 1998 after a fire had destroyed the original Gendron Covered Bridge which had been at this site since 1915.  The construction of the replacement bridge was a community project utilizing 600 Douglas Fir boom logs salvaged from the Gatineau River when the logging practice of floating logs down the Gatineau River was discontinued. The bridge itself is 288 ft (87.8 m) long and 18 ft. (5.5m) wide and is 16 ft. (4.9m) above the normal river level.

I react to Poison Ivy so when I’m traveling on trails I have to always be watching that I don’t step in the stuff as I’m backing up to get the perfect shot. In a different language, the words might be different but the allergic reaction that I get is the same. This noxious weed knows no boundaries!

Another good day with no complications. Great to have nice weather.

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