Inspired by the report that the autumn foliage was a it’s ‘peak’ in Algonquin Park, my husband and I set off for the Barron Canyon at the east end of the park. Unfortunately the ‘peak’ area for reds and oranges was along the highway 60 corridor, and we had to instead settle for the spectacular views along the edge of the cliff overlooking the canyon 300 ft below.
I wasn’t the least bit interested in geography in high school and much like my son who is now in grade 9, I thought that colouring maps was the most boring activity imaginable. Now, older and wiser, I can honestly appreciate the beauty of ‘geography’ whether local or distant.
According to Wikipedia:
Geography is the study of the Earth and its lands, features, inhabitants, and phenomena. …modern geography is an all-encompassing discipline that foremost seeks to understand the Earth and all of its human and natural complexities—not merely where objects are, but how they have changed and come to be. Geography has been called ‘the world discipline’. As “the bridge between the human and physical sciences,” geography is divided into two main branches—human geography and physical geography.
Geography shaped 10,000 years ago and more, the natural beauty of our parks in Canada is both humbling and awe inspiring. It is an experience worth passing on to our children.
Returning home we decided to take a detour through a small ‘ghost town’, an example of human geography. Balaclava is a small town with a number of abandoned buildings from it’s former heyday as a lumber town. Short on time, we didn’t stop to take any photos, instead opting for the gravel road leading through the fields and surrounding forest. Different trees mean different colours and we did finally get some shots of those beautiful fall colours.
Autumn leaves, canyons, country roads, ghost towns, dark clouds above…the atmosphere was just right to fuel my imagination…a big old barn and an abandoned car nearby…very creepy!
With Halloween just around the corner, we approached this ‘feral car’ with caution. Had we stumbled upon a possible crime scene aka the ‘twilight zone’? What was in that barn? Who lived in this seemingly empty farmhouse?
Awe! Location, location, location! The first rule of real estate and great movies! Making a hasty retreat to the highway, we narrowly escaped the fate of the doomed ‘feral car’.
Maybe geography isn’t so boring after all.