Friday Lens Affair #156

Mount Albion Falls

This week I’m hosting a superb picture of Mount Albion Falls taken by Cynthia Lee from Every Footstep an Adventure Blog.

Cynthia says: I love going on adventures, all things nature, and the French language. Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve always had these crazy ideas and really big dreams for “the future”, both travel and non-travel related. However, up until recently, I was always too afraid to step outside my comfort zone and truly pursue them.

I’m not really sure what was the catalyst was, but somehow I changed that. I realised I wasn’t happy and I just couldn’t stand it anymore — something needed to change. So I changed my way of thinking and doing things. It was, and still is, quite a gradual process. I am consciously working to incorporate new activities outside my comfort zone into my daily routine. What I can say is that it’s all been so worth it and I’m so much happier now!

It was, and still is, quite a gradual process. I am consciously working to incorporate new activities outside my comfort zone into my daily routine. What I can say is that it’s all been so worth it and I’m so much happier now!

It was, and still is, quite a gradual process. I am consciously working to incorporate new activities outside my comfort zone into my daily routine. What I can say is that it’s all been so worth it and I’m so much happier now!

I’m currently about to graduate university and will be setting off on a backpacking trip across Europe. I have a few rough plans that include working and living abroad after that, so we shall see what happens!

I started Every Footstep an Adventure as a way to document my future travels as well as to inspire others to step outside their comfort zone and go on new adventures in this beautiful world!

You should follow her on Instagram and Facebook for more inspiring stories.

Photo Story: Mount Albion Falls

I’m a nature lover through and through, and perhaps unlike many people, I love exploring in the winter time surrounded by nature.

I feel this sense of joy and peace when I’m walking through a fresh blanket of snow, hearing the muffled sounds of squirrels scampering about or birds chirping from their high perches. It’s like the slate is wiped clean and the world is ready for new stories to unfold.

Nature in the winter is a place for me to escape to, my little place to relax away from the everyday stress and hustle and bustle of city life.

I love how a place that may be brimming with people in the summer can be completely mined in the winter, my own oasis. The few people I do bump into will almost certainly be lovers of nature and winter. What better way to connect could there be!

This particular picture I took on a cold, winter’s day this past year. I recall I had woken up early that day to a fresh layer of fluffy snow covering everything. It was a weekend, and in keeping with my goal to explore more locally, I set out to explore a new area: Mount Albion Falls, Hamilton.

This area took a total of 3 buses and 2 hours of winter hiking to finally get to because, typical Cynthia, I headed in the opposite direction after getting off the last bus.

But as T. S. Eliot famously said, it’s “the journey, not the arrival [that] matters”. I had such a lovely time hiking through new trails. Admiring the sun bright in the sky, surrounded by a cocoon of silence periodically broken by the sounds of animals. The coldness upon my face was refreshing, the tranquil and pristine conditions reminding me of all the beauty in the world.

I found Mount Albion Falls almost as an afterthought. It was stunning of course — a waterfall still flowing strongly in the heart of winter. I descended into the gorge and approached it. At the very edges of the waterfall, where the flow was not as strong, water had frozen to form dozens upon dozens of icicles lining the gorge rim. I snapped this photo completely content with how the day had turned out.

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4 thoughts on “Friday Lens Affair #156

  1. Thanks for the feature in the Friday Lens Affair Series, Marysia! :)
    Cynthia recently posted…I Just Bought a Plane Ticket Out of Canada + My Upcoming Travel PlansMy Profile

  2. What a coincidence! I follow Cynthia on Instagram and love her adventures (and photos).
    Ruth recently posted…Sequoia National Park: Tokopah FallsMy Profile

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