The Avon and Health Valley trails follow the Grand River east of St. Jacobs, Ontario. It passes under the main highway, crosses private land (with permission), and is well traversed. I broke this into two photo sessions with the hopes of trying different lighting. In hindsight, the lighting isn’t that different between 1:00 and 3:00 pm, even in the winter.
The trail starts at a parking lot and immediately, you are at the river’s edge.
Sections of river bank were frozen, but it was mostly wide open, much to the appreciation of the ducks.
Old farming equipment is left near the trail head as a reminder to visitors of the farming origins of the surrounding community.
Stands of trees line the trail, with one area predominantly consisting of spruce and pine trees. The low sun provided great contrast of shadows and light.
As you pass under the highway, a large farmstead is visible on the far shore of the river.
Large farm fields to the south of the river often contain one tree as a focal point, reminding us of the forest that once stood here.
A chance encounter with a horse drawn sled sent us running for a clear shot across one such field. Out of 32 pictures, one made the cut.
Even on beautiful trails, such as this, the evidence of human interference in natural environments is ever prevalent.
To see these images and many more, check out the session page and view the slideshow of the whole gallery.