It was time to try the autumn colours of the famous Gatineau Park. However, the colours were not up to their standards this year, or perhaps I was still too early. I'm wondering if the current warm spell and lack of cold nights has prolonged autumn and fooled the trees into abnormal behaviour. It seems the same thing happened last year and the Gatineau colours were not up to par. Hopefully they will still come on strong but just a bit late. I went early to try to beat the swarms of tourists that usually appear. I had kite in the air but not the camera gear when two busloads arrived. I decided to wait and hope for a quieter time to finish putting the gear into action and instead concentrated on answering questions. Eventually the time came and these are the results. It wasn't as rewarding a session as I had anticipated. I suspect that Champlain Lookout just down the road and the favourite outlook in the park would have more visual appeal when viewed from the air. However the crowds there are generally worse plus it faces a bit more to the west and morning light is not quite as favourable. Maybe another day I'll try at Champlain.
These low-level aerial images were taken from a camera suspended below a kite line (Kite Aerial Photography - KAP).
Aerial photograph of the Gatineau Hills and the Gatineau Parkway going from Huron Lookout to Champlain Lookout. The Ottawa River and the Ottawa River Valley are in the distance. This is in Quebec and Ontario is on the far side of the river.
Can you read the sign? It has a map of the great lakes that can be seen. Straight down. Aerial photograph of Huron Lookout parking area - Gatineau Park.
Aerial photograph of Huron Lookout - Gatineau Park.
You can see additional pictures in the Kite Aerial Photography Gallery - Huron Lookout, Gatineau Park - October 5, 2011.© Rob Huntley