Tail Up | Photograph by Leigh Ayres (@leighayres69)
Just the tail feathers of a long-tailed duck are visible as it dives for food on a gray autumn morning in Toronto. While they can usually find enough to eat near the surface of the water, they are capable of diving as deep as 200 feet.
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After a little cross country trek involving some bushwacking, we arrived at this spot. At times I questioned if the trouble was worth it and if we should just backtrack to our original destination. But curiosity kills the cat and we kept climbing. Eventually, we found ourselves in this spot and it completely blew away all of my expectations. We decided to camp here instead of heading to our original destination, with the hope of shooting something completely new to us. The beautiful afternoon soon turned dark and moody, threatening to ruin any hope that we’d have a good sunset. Feeling almost deflated, we were walking around trying to find something interesting to shoot when all of a sudden the clouds parted just enough, the color creeped in and a flash of light shot across the high country. It truly is hard to put into words what we experienced in the next 30 minutes. Euphoria is probably the best way to summarize this afternoon.