This week I’m hosting a superb picture of Mount Albion Falls taken by Cynthia Lee from Every Footstep an Adventure Blog.
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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 in 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.
Mount Albion Falls is a 19 m cascade waterfall flowing down the Niagara Escarpment in Red Hill Valley, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
With cascade falls the downpour is staggered into a series of steps causing water to “cascade”.
The top of the falls are located on Mountain Brow Blvd.
The lower-end of the falls can be found at the south-end of King’s Forest Park in lower Hamilton by following the Red Hill Creek south towards the Niagara Escarpment.
Albion Falls Trek is a moderate 6km trek. Start at Buttermilk Falls. Take the Mountain Brow Side Trail towards Albion Falls.
Continue on Mud St. to the Mud St. parking lot. Here, the Bruce Trail enters the Red Hill Valley and enjoy the waterfalls.
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