I pass Kitchener’s Stanley Park Natural Area every day as I head into work. Its trail follows the Grand River all the way to Bingemans and dotted with plenty of fishing spots – although I’ve never come across anyone actually catching fish. I hang out here every few months to observe the changing seasons and Autumn is a bit of a magical time of a peaceful time in this natural oasis.
It’s eerily quiet just before the rain and nature is waiting patiently for the upcoming storm. This spot is my favorite as it’s tucked away off the main trail. During the summer huge grasses block the entrance giving you some seclusion from other hikers. I found this by happenstance when my father-in-law wanted to come with me on a little photo walk. We caught a glimpse of a dog and his master playing in the river. We hung out and I practiced my craft tracking the animal enjoying his time in the water.
Below are a few shots of Monroe the dog from a few years ago. It’s one of the defining moments that made me want to learn more about photography.