My first event wasn’t a roaring success, but it was a nice short walk on a perfect winter day. We started at Lake Louise Blvd and spent about 45 minutes walking the perimeter of the woodlot.

Canon 80D – EF-S 10-22mm – 10mm – f3.5 – 1/1250 – ISO 250

The dogs were happy just to be out in the forest, as were we.

Canon 80D – EF-S 18-135 – 18mm – f3.5 – 1/1600 – ISO 250

The woodlot is full of maple trees to the point of being homogenous.

Canon 80D – EF-S 10-22mm – 10mm – f3.5 – 1/1250 – ISO 250

What I didn’t realize before today is that the woodlot is used for maple syrup harvesting (since 1860) by a local business.

Canon 80D – EF-S 18-135mm – 50mm – f5.0 – 1/500 – ISO 250

Either it is private land and open to the public, or they have an agreement to use the property from the city. Either way, there was a complicated series of tubing woven between the trees, with some ducking or high-stepping needed to follow the trails.

Canon 80D – EF-S 10-22mm – 10mm – f3.5 – 1/1250 – ISO 250

There were small, hand-written signs advertising maple syrup and other products at a nearby farm. It’s about as locally-sourced as you can get!

Wildlife was sparse today, as can be expected in such a small woodlot in the dead of winter.

Canon 80D – EF-S 18-135mm – 135mm – f5.6 – 1/1600 – ISO 250

While I enjoyed the walk and it was nice to get out to a new trail, I might wait to revisit the area during the height of the fall colours. The potential for colour is high in this heavily deciduous forest.