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One Day Drive Parks’s Waterfall’s Conservation Area’s

Dundas Conservation Websters Falls Gourge

Wednesday June 22 2011

Dundas Conservation area


Welcome to the Dundas Valley Conservation Area – a favourite destination of any outdoor enthusiast.

Current Trail Conditions: Trails are now open to all users. For up-to-the-minute trail updates, please call 905-627-1233.

The valley’s 1,200 hectares of Carolinian forests, fields, cold-water streams and stunning geological formations are home to an array of rare plants, birds and wildlife.

The Dundas Valley is part of the Niagara Escarpment which has been designated a World Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Share the Path

Evasive morning deer

The Dundas Valley’s 40-kilometre trail system is open to hikers, dog-walkers, cyclists and equestrians. Enjoyment and safety among such a diverse group begins with every individual. Visitors are kindly encouraged to visit the Trail Centre for important tips on trail etiquette. Being cautious and courteous helps ensure a great trail experience for everyone.

The Speed of Deer


Webster’s Falls

Websters Falls

is a curtain waterfall 22 metres in height. Located at the Spencer Gorge / Webster’s Falls Conservation area in Greensville, its source is Spencer Creek. It is one of two falls within the Spencer Gorge, and with a crest of 24 metres, it is the largest in the region. It is also probably the most popular and widely known fall in Hamilton, and has the biggest park associated with a waterfall. According to Joe Hollick, Webster’s Falls has the highest number of vintage postcards bearing its image, suggesting that it was also the most frequently visited waterfall a century ago as well

Websters Park area


This waterfall was originally known as Dr. Hamilton’s falls, after Dr. James Hamilton purchased the land in 1818. (He was also the first president of the Canada Life Insurance Company as well as medical officer for the Great Western Railway.) The waterfalls and 78 acres of the surrounding land were purchased  by Joseph Webster after his family arrived from England in 1820. According to the Hamilton Conservation Authority (the current owner), the Webster family manor still stands on Webster’s Falls Road, and their gravestones have been preserved in a small section just off the Bruce Trail, on the way to Tews Falls.

According to romantic legend, an Indian maiden named Na-Go-She-Onong (Evening Star in the Ojibway language), fell in love with a white man. Her lover was killed by a jealous Indian suitor, and rather than live without him, she pressed his dead body to hers and plunged into the roaring waters of Webster’s Falls. A poem about the ill-fated couple was printed in a souvenir booklet put out by the Women’s Wentworth Historical Society.

In 1856, Webster’s son built a large stone flour mill, the Ashbourne Mills, along the creek above the falls. Until an 1898 fire destroyed them, the mills buildings ranked among the largest of their type in the district. In the wake of the blaze, the owner, George Harper, joined a partnership to organize the Dundas Electric Company. One of the first hydro-electric generators of Ontario was installed at the base of the falls. In 1917, the Public Utilities Commission of Dundas bought Webster’s Falls and the surrounding lands for the town’s waterworks department.

When the will of former Dundas Mayor Colonel W.E.S. Knowles was read, it was learned that he had made a bequest to the town so that the area around Webster’s Falls be made into a public park. A foundation was established to channel revenue into park improvements. In 1933, the grounds were landscaped, a stone bridge constructed across the creek above the falls, and an iron fence installed to make the viewing at the ledge much safer.

Websters Gourge

According to the “Great Lakes Waterfall’s and beyond site, Webster’s Falls shows up in the Sci-Fi movie “Descent”, playing the role of an anonymous waterfall in the Pacific Northwest. A river of lava pours over the falls, nearly killing the star, Luke Perry.

Sam Lawrence Park

Sam Lawrence look out

255 Concession Street.

Hamilton Harbour with Toronto in background

Sam Lawrence Park, situated on the Mountain brow at the top of the Jolley Cut, is one of the jewels in Hamilton’s park system. Its features include a rock garden with perennial flowers, ornamental benches and lighting, walkways (most of which are accessible), wildflowers and prairie grasses, and an extensive system of interpretive signs. The park also offers spectacular, panoramic views of the lower city and the harbour.

East Hamilton and Toronto

After having the Car for the Day, I was able to get down to Harbourfront Park in Hamilton and take Images of the Swan family that have lost two more signet’s.

Crispy cute
So Cute
Beautiful Signet

Also a Turkey Vulture flew into my sight of view. To rent a car from Enterprise rent a car only cost me  75$ for more than 24 hours and 20$ for gas. The Hamilton Area is rich in it’s History and has many opportunities for sightseeing.

Turkey Vulture

As Site Coordinator I thank the city of Hamilton for there ongoing support.

Turkey Vulture

Doug Worrall




Doug Worrall Photographer

Elements Photo-blog Celebrates One Year Anniversary

Elements Photo-blog Celebrates One Year Anniversary






The Water






Friday May 17 2011

Recording a Year Hamilton Waterfront and surrounding area / Hyper-local-Journalism . “Picture’s really do tell a better story than the written word.”

Pen and signets


Doug Worrall Photography One Year Young






Yeh One Year Old






Last Year, after a ten year absence from Film photography, I made the leap into the digital age. The learng curve for myself, has been just that, A curve all the way through my grey matter,

down my skinny arms to my finger that releases the shutter to record a little piece of time. Owning a Computer for only four years also made this process  more demanding,  add more “Memory”,Hmmm, to me PC or the Brain.

Sunrise on the docks

The collection below is mostly from October of last year, after I began shooting in Camera Raw,  to the present.

Sharp Releif





deep from within

I counted the days I was able to travel around Harbourfront trail and park, Cootes Paradise, Grindstone Creek, The Royal Botanical Gardens, and the surrounding area.

Traveling approximately 95% was riding my ebike heading out the door at 5AM, hiking, biking, busing-it to each area. If I miss a day due to weather, image processing is the job that has to be done,

I have the whole year to divide into sections for people, boats, wildlife, Scenery, events etc……………………………………..

For a grand  total of Two Hundred and Ninety five days out of 365. . Having four seasons sure does help in the range of photography techniques available to use.

” If you wish to make an impact for ONE YEAR, plant corn; if you wish to make an impact for a Generation, plant a tree; if you wish to make an impact for Eternity, educate a child” Einstein


Happy One Year Pics4twitts and DW Photography





Great Blue Heron





Simply look with perceptive eyes at the world about you, and trust to your own reactions and convictions, Ask Yourself.

“Does this subject move me to feel, think and dream? Can I visualize a print-my own personal statment of what I feel and want to convey-from the subject before me.?





Misty morning





Quote by

Ansel Adams

angel eyes

Site Coordinator and Photographer Doug Worrall

Mute Swan Flexing Wings Hamilton

Mute Swan Flexing Wings Hamilton
Saturday June 11 2011

Swan in Cootes Pardise


While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see.  ~Dorothea Lange


This Spring Three clutches were born within the Harboufront Trail area.Clutch number one were first to bare there brood, but sadly enough the hatching happened over the may 24th weekend with plenty of fireworks directly round the nest. Sadly enough there are individuals in this world that believe the world is there oyster and whatever gets in there way of a fun time suffers the consequences. The whole clutch went missing Pen and cob also. Last year I followed this pair around until they flew-off in Winter.I miss them very much this year, but, with the two other clutches one of which actually travels many miles a day into cootes paradise, then, back to there nest on the rock piles along the Harbourfront Trail.

Mute Swan: Aggressive bird, entirely white, orange bill with large black basal knob and naked black lores. Curved neck is often stained with pigments from iron or algae. Today in the first set of images below there is plenty of algae spotting the swans with stains.The Legs and feet are black. Feeds on aquatic plants collected from bottom. Direct flight with strong steady wing beats.

Flexing wings cootes paradise family three
Flexing wings cootes paradise family two


Mute swans and people: Mute swans have been known to knock down jet-skiiers, and they can be dangerous to small children. They will attack people who get too close to their nests. These birds were saved from extinction due to hunting in Britain when people began domesticating them. The mute swan is the most common swan and is often seen in parks. It is a symbol of love and purity.