Joel’s Journal – November 5, 2016

Remember, remember the fifth of November.

Yeah, I don’t think I’ll have much trouble with that this year.

With Daniel’s last day in town the two of us made a killer breakfast then headed down to Lake Ontario for another photo mission.

I’ve been to, and written about, Lakeview Park many times, (I’ll include some links down at the bottom 👇) and walked the coastline many times, but I don’t think I’ve ever taken the same route through the park twice. The concrete paths twist through the entire place like snakes, many of them now lined with leaves stuck up in the long grass along their edges.

However, there aren’t as many yellowed leaves on the ground as there probably should be at this time of year, making the old trees standing in the park even more beautiful to go along with their size.

After walking to the end of the mostly empty pier, save for a guy at the very end fishing, we headed away from the more developed portion and along the coastline.

A sliver of beach abuts the parking lot, but the further you walk the more rocky the walk becomes.

Piles of stone rise from the water as erosion measures to keep Lakeview Park from corroding away into the water. As you get further and further from the beach and away from the area filled with kids playing in the park, moms with strollers and people walking their dogs, the more unsightly measures used to keep the coast from falling apart expose themselves.

The ground of the park rises up into a coastal ridge on our right as we head toward a curving point sticking out into Lake Ontario.

Square slabs of concrete lay stacked against the shore, peppered with yellow leaves and dried pieces of driftwood.

Daniel and I climb across the rocks, careful to avoid those close to the water that have grown a green fur, slick with algae. Also being sure to sidestep the carcasses of a few giant dead fish, rotting and stinking away in the cracks surrounding by buzzing black flies. 

Around the point, a towering dirt cliffside rises up before us, topped with a small tree glowing orange. The second I saw it, I immediately knew that was going to be the shot of the day. I was able to get a bunch of good ones through the trek, but looking at them now, that ridge was the best one.

On our way back, we found a particularly nice patch of concrete among the pile and sat to have a cigar and catch up a bit. Daniel had plans to leave that afternoon.

Once he did, I was able to edit a few of the photos and do some other work, before getting a nap in before M came over.

We had a mission of our own to solve as earlier in the day, during that killer breakfast I mentioned, Daniel managed to knock over my french press and in the process destroy the only coffee making device I own.

No big deal, nothing a trip to Wal-Mart can’t solve. Now, I’m the proud owner of a coffee maker, like an actual coffee maker you plug in. Crazy right?

I’m really looking forward to the timer, my morning writing sessions are going to be off the hook.

I hope you’ve all had a great weekend so far! Be sure to grab some relaxation on your Sunday.

Thanks for reading,

J.J.W.

As promised, here’s more on Lakeview Park, my favorite place in Oshawa. An eerie coincidence here. Looking up posts about the park, I found one, it’s from November 5 of LAST year. 

Enjoy!

Joel’s Journal – November 5, 2016
Joel’s Journal – November 5, 2016

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