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The day got off to a good start with a nice breakfast in the main café in the hotel. The skies looked good and I was feeling good about the day and our chances of finding some colour to shoot. Mike arrived around 9:30 and we were off for our adventure. Yesterday we found colour along powerline road north of Brantford but it had gotten too dull to see much so we decided to return the next day. So it being the next day, we made for powerline road in as direct a route as we could find and soon we were leaving the highways and turning on to the eastern end of the road. Just a short distance along it we spotted the first of the lovely colour off to the north and we stopped to capture it.
Well, as can be expected on a mixed weather day, just as we got ready the clouds obscured the sun and our brilliantly coloured trees turned dull and boring. We studied the clouds and could see a clearing coming so we sat there and endured a short shower as the clouds moved to open a hole for the sun. After a 10 minute wait we got our hole and the trees were once again glowing in full colour. They were really very lovely. Finishing our fill of the spot we continued along the road a short ways and found some more trees to shoot. Again we had to wait for openings in the clouds but it was always worth the wait as the trees were quite spectacular when bathed in the bright sunshine.
We enjoyed some close-up views of the trees and others where we were shooting across fields. Both situations offered some amazing sights of the colours and tree textures and we were enjoying the time so much that when I pointed out that it was after 12 Mike was quite surprised. We had worked our way west and were now on the outskirts of Brantford. Mike's relative Steve lives in Brantford and Mike called him up to join us for lunch. He suggested a nice restaurant called Gus & Guidos. The food was very good and we all enjoyed a nice chat over an extended lunch.
Leaving the restaurant we were faced with some rain and angry skies but we could see a bit of blue off to the north so we back-tracked along powerline a bit and headed for Harrisburg. As we got near the town the time reached 2:30 and I had a scheduled radio call to Ralph in Vancouver. We stopped next to a harvested field and there I set up my ham radio gear and called through a repeater in Hamilton to Vancouver. Unlike yesterday, today Ralph was quick to answer and we had a nice chat for 15 minutes before we both had to move on.
As we drove through Harrisburg we had short breaks in the clouds where we could capture small vignettes of colour before the gaps closed up. This continued as we drove east and north over the next hour. Eventually we reached highway 6 and turned south towards Hamilton and the route home. The gaps had progressively gotten shorter and farther between and we were out of time waiting for them. We will try again tomorrow. But for today we now needed to get back as we had dinner plans and needed a bit of time to get ready. It was another good day enjoying the roads and trees of the area. We have one more day to find some nice spots before I need to say my goodbyes and head out for Port Stanley.