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Photo Adventure : Sunrise Canoe Trip in Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario

Photo Adventure : Sunrise Canoe Trip in Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario

Getting up before the sunrise during an Ontario summer means rising before 5 am. I lumber out of bed, get dressed and make my way to the dock where the canoe is tied.

As I shove off, I notice the lack of visibility. I can’t see anything beyond the canoe, because the drop in temperature has made the lake foggy. I hear nothing but the swishing of my oar in the water as I paddle around looking for a break in the fog.

The sun slowly rises, and I can see it weakly through the mist. It is so obscured and weak, I briefly mistake it as the moon.

Something must have upset the Canadian geese. I hear the flock way before I can see them. They honk and flap in unison, and almost immediately after they appear they disappear over the nearby treetops.

I paddle on, in awe of the beauty that surrounds me.

flying geese at algonquin park

foggy lake at algonquin park at sunrise

sunrise at algonquin park

sunrise at algonquin park ontario

sunrise at algonquin park ontario over the trees

Disclosure  – I woke up crazy early in Algonquin as a guest of G Adventures’ on their Quebec and Ontario Explorer trip.

  1. noel 11 July, 2013

    It’s always tough but a real treat to wake up early to see the sun rise in a new place and discover the beauty of morning and how it really looks and feels, quite special

    • Amy Moore 11 July, 2013

      Even though it is earlier, it is easier for me to get up for sunrise during the summer. It is really hard to roll out of bed when it is cold! 🙂

  2. Sophie 11 July, 2013

    Love that deliciously spooky first photo. And Algonquin National Park looks a bit like home (Norway.) 🙂

  3. Dick Jordan 11 July, 2013

    Nice “atmospheric” shots!

  4. budget jan 11 July, 2013

    At first I thought you were paddling alone, and thought I would not like to be there at that hour, alone in the fog. So I was relieved to find you were with G Adventures 🙂 Your third photo is my fav.

    • Amy Moore 11 July, 2013

      Yeah – it is not smart to ever hit the water alone. Although, if I got lost in the fog, I guess could just wait a while till the fog lifted 🙂

  5. Jess 11 July, 2013

    I don’t usually think much of waking up before sunrise, but the view there seems worth it.

  6. Marcia 11 July, 2013

    Glad you got up early. You got some great shots, very ethereal.

    • Amy Moore 11 July, 2013

      This was a hard one to get up for, but it was worth it! It was my favorite set of photos from the month long trip.

  7. Marisol@TravelingSolemates 11 July, 2013

    Oh wow, these are stunning and dramatic photos. Great capture of those birds over treetops/

  8. Mary {The World Is A Book} 11 July, 2013

    These are beautiful, Amy! I’m not much of a morning person which explains why I don’t have any sunrise photos but scenic shots like these are totally worth it. Love the silhouettes of the trees with the fog.

    • Amy Moore 11 July, 2013

      That’s why I love staying out in the middle of nowhere! No one to see you if you roll out of bed at sunrise and go shoot pictures in your pajamas. I’ve never regretted getting out of bed for sunrise in the summer (although there are a couple of winter cold mornings I don’t remember fondly). I don’t do it that often, but I’ve gotten some very striking images at sunrise.

  9. Michele {Malaysian Meanders} 12 July, 2013

    Beautiful photos and a wonderful description. Sounds like it was worth the early wakeup.

  10. Cathy Sweeney 15 July, 2013

    I felt like I was in the canoe with you listening to those geese. Beautiful words and pics. I’m not much of an early morning person, but experiences like that are worth it.

  11. noel 22 July, 2013

    Dreamy, I love the misty shots and morning views.

  12. Ruth 22 July, 2013

    The misty photo is my favorite – something about it that is dreamy.

    • Amy Moore 23 July, 2013

      Thanks, Ruth! It was pretty foggy during the entire canoe trip!

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