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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

What Has Killed The Last Swan Hamilton

What Has Killed The Last Swan

Sunday July 10 2011

Pen Cob and now a dead Signet

 

 

“Where the swans nest, due to the higher water this year, there are many, maybe over populated by snapping turtles and Large Pike. There is always the likely-hood of a Snake-head fish, Raccoon’s and people being capable of killing a small Signet.The first two Signets to go missing was on Fathers Day, and the last one over this Weekend, Coincidence, No such thing.”

Signets ready to swim-only one survives
Bleak Future for the nesting swans in Hamilton

 

As a photographer that specializes in Mute Swans I feel like there is a Silent Spring ” Rachel Louise Carson (May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964)” happening Constantly. The lack of wildlife, plants has left many people with many questions including myself. This Weekend due to health Issues I  rented a car and have been travelling around parking lot too parking Lot. Today I hiked down the Harbourfront Trail and am not shocked to see the Gazebo Signets that were born in Harbourfront Park this Year only have one outta six Signets left, I did a Post “we are the last two Sister” on my other Blog http://betterphotos4you.com. The Last Signet to go Missing was very small compared to his Sister :See image below.

Signet Still alive much larger than other

 

Where the swans nest, due to the higher water this year, there are many, maybe over populated by snapping turtles and Large Pike. There is always the likely-hood of a Snake-head fish, Raccoon’s, people and there dog’s being capable of killing a small Signet.The first two Signets to go missing was on Fathers Day, and the last one over this Weekend, Coincidence, No such thing. One whole clutch born over by Macassa Yacht Club the  signets and pen and cob disappeared on the May 24th Weekend. A good source has told me that he has seen young parents allow there children to take turtles and signet’s home with them after spending a day in the Park, or, Harbourfront Trail, I have many images of these people, but legal issues does not give me the  authority to publish them.The Parents were in there early 20,s, both of which were fishing all day and not watching there children, I did, and have images of the children throwing rocks at the nesting swan, ripping flowers out of ground etc…., children without parents. I am not going to get into the whole social aspect of today’s society and dysfunctional families or the lack of a suitable “respect nature” mindset educational System. People please respect what Mother Nature has given you ……………………………………….

Cob busks every hour

By Doug Worrall

Easy To Be Hard

This Image taken June 10 2011

How can people be so heartless
How can people be so cruel
Easy to be hard, easy to be cold

Beautiful Mute Swan

How can people have no feelings
How can they ignore their friends
Easy to be proud, easy to say no

Beautiful Pen

Especially people who care about strangers
Who care about evil and social injustice
Do you only care about bleeding crowd
How about a needing friend, I need a friend

I NEED A FRIEND

How can people be so heartless
You know I’m hung up on you
Easy to be proud, easy to say no

The Lone Mute swan

 

Especially people who care about strangers
Who care about evil and social injustice
Do you only care about bleeding crowd
How about a needing friend, we all need a friend

We all need a friend

How can people be so heartless
How can people be so cruel
Easy to be proud, easy to say no
Easy to be cold, easy to say no
Come, on, easy to give in, easy to say no
Easy to be cold, easy to say no
Much too easy to say no

Much too easy for some to say "No"

Lyrics by Three Dog Night

The Mute Swan is in Danger of being removed from the protected species act, why? “E coli bacteria on the beach in Harbourfront Park”<<No one use’s>> Have they forgotten about the raw sewage,poison from industry they allow to drain into Cootes Paradise Marsh, and Hamilton Harbour.?

 

 

Doug Worrall Photographer