Ochre Hill Trail, Terra Nova National Park
There is something exhilarating about dragging your kids, kicking and screaming and whining, on a hike. Okay, so they weren’t that bad, and by the end of the hike I was pretty glad to see that parking lot. In fact, I knew we were at the end before I even saw it, when my older daughter pointed through the trees and ran out of sight. LOL This trail, by the way, is less than a half hour away from where we camp in our travel trailer. Our trailer isn’t actually in Terra Nova National Park (just outside), but luckily I had ordered the free park pass that Parks Canada has offered this year for Canada’s 150th Birthday so we didn’t need to purchase one to hike Ochre Hill Trail.
I have come to the realization…yes this did take me a while to figure out…that if I am on a “hike” with my family, then I can’t expect to be able to take the time to get those “exceptional” quality type photos that I think I need to capture. What I can expect, is to enjoy and share the amazing nature and landscape of our province. I can take candid photos of my family engaging in the beauty around us. I can’t stop every few minutes and take out my dslr camera and compose and shoot perfect photos. I just get left behind and find that I am missing out on all of that family together time. Which is my whole point of going on a hike with my family!
I realized that I am not going on a hike to capture newsworthy photos, but photos that mean something to me. I can stop and take a photo with my phone and it takes just a few seconds. I can either have my dslr hanging around my neck, which gets a bit annoying after a while, or I have to get it out of my camera bag and make sure my settings are good for the environment I am in, which takes a bit longer.
I realized that I have to choose. I can choose to leave my camera home and use only my iPhone or to carry both. I have to decide which is more important that day. Admittedly, my camera with its wide angle lens, took in a vastly “larger” view than my iPhone when we stopped at the lookout on the trail and took in the most…..well just when I think I have seen the most breathtaking views, I find more! In reality, I think my problem is that I spend too much time taking in the views through my camera lens and not enough time just enjoying it through my actual eyeballs (and glasses. Because I can’t see a thing without my glasses!)! LOL
All of the photos in this blog post were taken with my iPhone. I will share, in a later post, some photos I took with my dslr camera. I know I am way behind on my blog posts and things I want to share. Photos taken with my 10-20mm lens, my mini vacay to St. John’s in May (will be in two parts at least), more photos of our hike to Ochre Hill Trail, my short hike to Heart’s Ease Beach and my second one that included my oldest daughter, etc., etc. In the meantime you can check out some of my photos on Instagram by clicking on the Instagram button at the bottom of the page. If you haven’t already; I hope you someday get to enjoy the view from where I am…
View from the red chairs not far from where Ochre Hill Trail starts.