Mill Creek Ravine

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Friday morning, and there has been an over night frost.  The Photo Club decided that the Mill Creek Ravine deserved being a photographic destination for the club.  Getting there, because not everyone grew up in Edmonton, was a bit of a task.  However, Google Maps came to the rescue again.  We were all to gather at the parking lot for the outdoor pool in the ravine.  I actually had to go to satellite view, to see where the road down to the pool was.  It was not well marked, and the local neighbourhood didn’t lend well to its discovery.

Arriving at the parking lot, speaking to the others, they too had the same difficulty finding the site.  With the bulk of the members on site, off we went in all directions to photograph things that were in the ravine.  Following the outing, five photo’s from each member, who wishes to, will post their photos to the clubs FLICKR site.  The best part about the excursion was the lunch.  Tasty Tom’s on Whyte Avenue was the destination.

Walking south through the base of the ravine, the sun was getting higher in the sky, contrasting the dark trees in the ravine against some of the bright coloured apartment blocks above.  The large crystal frost was present on the foliage making walking “off trail” slippery.  The Mill Creek itself wound its way through the area.  The homeless people who live in the ravine were starting to emerge.  (One such person kept trying to associate our presence with the Edmonton Police who patrol the ravine.)  This person had issues!

Some stolen property was evident, but in todays Policing environment, no one would be coming to recover any of it.  Being a retired police officer, I did have to check to see if that coat lying in the brush (and there were a few) was just a coat and the person who owned it wasn’t there too!

Along the trail, there was a group of preschoolers, with a few parents accompanying, were being taught things about the nature around them.  Other people were either riding bikes or walking their dogs through the ravine.  There were paved trails and gravel trails in the ravine.  I guessed that we had only walked a quarter mile at best by the time my stomach said it was near lunch time.  You could spend the entire day here just looking at everything and trying to get that next best shot.

Everyone in the club was working hard to capture something unique.  Seeing this environment “in person” is one thing.  Your eyes see a wide perspective when you look at the world, but you only really focus or are cognizant of a simple five degrees of your view in all that you think you see.  So seen through the camera, the picture obtained allows you too to focus on the person, place or thing the photographer wanted you to see.  Like gazing at a single point.  Move from that point and the previous image now becomes extraneous, and so on.  The challenge to the photographer is to capture something unique each time and at the same time, tell a story to the viewer.

I hope you enjoy the photo’s.

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