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Hamilton-The City Of Waterfalls And Nature

Hamilton-The City Of Waterfalls And Nature

Wednesday November 30 2011

Webster falls

Also around the Niagara Escarpment there are plenty of opportunity’s  for the shutter-bug to get many wonderful  shots of Nature. Enjoy all the images

Everything uses water in these pictures

 

Doug Worrall

Waterfall in November

There are a number of spectacular waterfalls at the cliff edge of the Niagara Escarpment, the most well known being Niagara Falls. Erosion through the millennia has created a magnificent gorge such that these falls on the Niagara River are now located 12 km upstream from the main Escarpment brow.  

Waterfalls in the Niagara Escarpment area range from small cascades like “Anthea’s Falls” (2 metres in height) in Grey County to dramatic ribbon falls like Tews Falls (41 metres) in the City of Hamilton’s Spencer Gorge.

One has only to look at the abundance and variety of Escarpment waterfalls to gain a sense of how the Escarpment was formed over 400 million years ago. Layers of rock (strata) are openly visible at most of the falls, showing a living timeline of the processes of erosion and weathering that have shaped the Escarpment over time.

Lake Morning glories
Taking a advantage of the abundant pollen
Wildflowers July 2011

Types of waterfalls

Cascade: The vertical drop is broken into a series of steps which causes the water to cascade down the incline.

Classical: The height and crest width are nearly equal.

Curtain: The height is notably smaller than the crest width resembling a wide “curtain”.

Ribbon: The height is notably greater than the crest width and the stream forms a thin ribbon of water.

The City of Hamilton is perhaps best known for the number and variety of waterfalls in its municipal boundaries; it is known as the “City of Waterfalls” with 65 identified waterfalls.

Devils punchbowl

 

Devil’s Punchbowl is a ribbon waterfall 37 metres (121 feet) in height and a crest width of 3 metres (10 feet). Located at the Devil’s Punchbowl Conservation Area in Stoney Creek, the area actually contains two separate falls: the Upper Falls is the classical shape, while the Lower is the ribbon type. Known at one time as Horseshoe Falls, it is the third highest waterfall in Hamilton.

 

The Devil’s Punchbowl does dry up often and has water flowing after rainfalls and during the winter snow melt. Often when water is flowing, it is a trickle- however, this is still an impressive sight, as this thin ribbon waterfall falls 37 metres before making contact with anything.

Mute Swans

History

Widely hailed as one of the Niagara Escarpment’s most unforgettable sights, it consists of colorful layers of stratified rock. The Devil’s Punchbowl was formed at the end of the last Ice Age by the melted ice, which rushed in torrents over the Stoney Creek Escarpment.

An insects life

A number of stories circulate as to how the Devil’s Punch Bowl got its name. There is the possibility that it was named for the pails of home brew which, at one time, was bootlegged in the surrounding woods. Another story suggests that people who saw the beautiful sight as God’s work, knew that God would not want something named after himself, thus decided to name it after the devil instead. The punchbowl itself reflects the bowl-like shape of the rock formation.

Homemade canoe
Fishing the docks July 1st 2011
Catching the Freak breeze

A ten meter high steel cross also stands in the conservation area. It was erected on Dec. 18, 1966 by a man named William Sinclair (1925-1994). He felt he could bring a little light to the world by building the huge steel cross which is lighted by 106 light bulbs. Originally planned to celebrate Christmas and Easter, the cross has shone every night of the year since 1991 thanks to donations made by a Stoney Creek Branch of the Knights of Columbus.

July Beauty

There is a platform which provides visitors with a stunning view of Hamilton. From there, a trail descends down into the gorge. The first half is quite steep, but the second half is a stairway. The trail then progesses up the creek to the base of the falls.

Juvenile waterfowl

 

The Punch Bowl has been the location of several film and TV shoots. In 1989 Super Dave Osborne performed a yo-yo stunt there that fans of his show talked about for weeks.

Mute swan 2010 November 28

 

Doug Worrall Photographer

 

Boating-Fishing-Nature Backdrop Summer In Hamilton

Boating-Fishing-Nature Backdrop Summer In Hamilton

Tuesday November 2011

Hamilton Harbourfront Park-HDR2

The City of Hamilton and its partners officially opened the Hamilton Harbour Waterfront Trail and fish and wildlife habitat enhancements on July 1, 2000. The 3.4 kilometer long multi-use trail makes its way along the shore from Bayfront Park to Princess Point, and through the Desjardins Canal with a floating walkway paralleling the boat channel.

Blue Heron Fishing Harbourfront Park
Harbourfront trail

The trail connects to the Trans Canada Trail, the Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail in Burlington, and the Desjardins Canal bordering Cootes Paradise. Special attention has been given to ensure universal accessibility, and to provide residents and tourists with focal points to observe natural, historic, and cultural features such as Cootes Paradise, Dundurn Castle, and the Royal Botanical Gardens.

my transportation five thirty AM June 13 2011
Boating a large activity in Hamilton

 

Canoeing Cootes Paradise

The Hamilton Waterfront Trust is a charitable organization with a mandate to make it possible for everyone to use and enjoy Hamilton’s waterfront.

“FACT” Mute Swan eggs are now oiled by the city of Hamilton, so there will not be as many Swans around the Harbour next year, sadly enough

Signets stay close to Cob, a short life ahead

 

Suinrise Harbour Hamilton

Our organization is leading the way with various developments designed to enhance the waterfront experience and promote easy access to the water’s edge.

Turkey Vulture
Redwinged black bird
Gosling feeding on grass

Recent developments include the construction of an integrated, environmentally-conscious waterfront trail and the introduction of two 37 passenger trackless Hamilton Waterfront Trolleys.

Aboard a Hamilton Harbour Queen Cruise, passengers have the opportunity to view the waterfront from the water while dining or dancing. The Hamiltonian Sightseeing Tour Boat provides a narrated tour highlighting the history of one of North America’s most noteworthy harbours.

Below are Images from the Month of June 2011 this year.Each day I ebiked and travelled the trail for all the wonderful surroundings, Wildlife, Sunrises and would come back in the evening for Sunsets.

Work Ethic is very important and I am drawn to the lake evryday when possible. Enjoy the images

Brave signets were fed bread for months and died
Turtles June 27 2011

 

Doug Worrall Photographer

Warm Weather Attracts People Outdoors Hamilton

Warm Weather Attracts People Outdoors Hamilton

Wednesday November 9 2011

A face you got to adore

 The mid-day of the week is named for the Norse God, Odin. He was also known as Woden or Wotan. Unlike many of the other days of the week, this day did not correspond roughly with the Roman designation for the day. (The Roman’s named Wednesday for the Messenger God – Mercury – In Romanian, the day is still known as miercuri). The early Scandanavians and Germans believed that Odin was the chief god of Asgard and as such deserved to have a day of the week named for him. The Anglo-Saxons used the word, Wodnesdaeg.

Wednesday is often referred to as “hump day” because of its position as the middle day of the work week. If the work week were a hill, then Wednesday would be the crest. It is all down hill from there. (Whether the down hill ride is a coast or a descent into a swamp is left to the individual.)

Great weather, mild and sun have made the beginning of November a wonderful treat for many. Myself included, now the shoulder is nearly healed have been ebiking the Harbourfront Trail, Burlington Harbour into Cootes Pardise

and Grindstone Creek while this weather attracts many others also. As site coordinator at pics4twitts I am pleased to share the images with you.

Doug Worrall

Always aware
Great blue heron hanging around for the Winter

Grindstone is a wonderful hike, there are many trails to choose from.

Grindstone paths

Cootes Paradise offers photographers a backdrop that any artist would enjoy viewing and recording what the heart feels

Above as is below

 

 

Fisherman are taking advantage of this great Weather

Getting the shot

 

Rainbow trout

 

Kayaking is wonderful this time of year also

Kayaking Cootes Paradise in November
Kayaking Cootes Paradise

 

Trumpeter Swans Grace the Burlington Harbour

Trumpeter swans Burlington

 

Trumpeter swan

 

Trumpeter

 

People on bikes rest to enjoy the scenery of Cootes Paradise

Enjoying the sun and surroundings

 

Obstacles modes of transportation

 

 

The Turtles are ready to hibernate, not too soon though …………………………

Turtle November 7

 

 

Doug Worrall Photographer