Hiking : One Step At A Time

Posted by
Rick (Toronto, Canada) on 19 December 2017 in Plant & Nature.

Due to muddy conditions, we cheated our way up from the river by making use of this somewhat wobbly staircase.

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS 1/30 second F/3.8 ISO 200 5 mm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

. . yes, best not to hurry there . .

19 Dec 2017 9:57am

@Ronnie 2¢: I am alive as a testament to my cautious and leisurely pace :-)

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Best not to lean on the rail! I like the glimpse of the river through the fir trees.

19 Dec 2017 10:28am

@Stephen: We stepped lightly. Thanks, Stephen.

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Interestingly I just read in the morning paper that 70% of people here won't do hill-walking or biking due to fear of getting muddy :) That's a great staircase (shot) and I'm with you every step of the way

19 Dec 2017 10:47am

@grouser: Ha ha... I don't mind the mud, just the hundred foot free fall down a steep slope because of it ;=) Thanks, mister g.

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Nice composition !!!

19 Dec 2017 11:43am

@Hiro: Thanks a lot, Hiro.

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A fine perspective highlighting the distance climbed from the water's edge!!

19 Dec 2017 12:59pm

@Steven: Some of these in the series are "sharing the moment" rather than "artistic" shots, and as such I appreciate your comment. Thanks!

Devi from Chennai, India

Wonderful image...but I'd rather put up with the mud than risk this dangerous stairway !!!!

19 Dec 2017 1:18pm

@Devi: It was sort of "pick your poison"... as one slip on a muddy slope this steep and OH OH ! Thanks, Devi.

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Une belle descente ! J'aime

19 Dec 2017 1:51pm

@Martine Libouton: Merci !

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

You have chosen a very intimidating viewpoint!

19 Dec 2017 3:27pm

@Ruthiebear: Kind of the bookend to the earlier one where I leaned out over the falls.

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

bien cette passerelle

19 Dec 2017 4:00pm

@Existence Artistique: Merci.

Anna Cherer from LA ROCHELLE, France

A beautiful vertiginous viewpoint ! Be careful not to be slip if steps are wet ! I have to say that your hiking trails are very well fitted out, footbridge or wooden staircases, rope or scale for the delicate passages ! I had a lot of pleasure to travel them.

19 Dec 2017 4:39pm

@Anna Cherer: I'm so glad you enjoyed your travels in Ontario, Anna. The parklands and trails vary from province to province. Out West and in particular on beautiful-rugged Vancouver Island, people are left a little more to use their common sense and there is less "assistance" from authorities. Warning signs are posted, of course, but it is a given that anyone hiking in medium to difficult terrain is going to be careful. Thanks!

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A well thought out image! I love the POV

19 Dec 2017 5:03pm

@Adela Fonts: Thanks a lot, Adela. I normally prefer my Nikon DSLR but on a new trail in unfamiliar territory, I went with the little Canon Powershot. Those point and shoot cameras are amazingly convenient and high performance, but framing without a viewfinder takes more consideration. It's a nice problem!

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

I don't call that cheating. The staircase could use a little work though. ;-)

19 Dec 2017 5:46pm

@Steve Rice: Just typical Canadian self-effacing commentary on my part. It was pure common sense. The few pieces of manmade "assistance" that we encountered in this forest valley seemed in need of updating. Money must be scarce or something. Cheers !

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful composition, perspective, DOF & colors!
Amazing!

19 Dec 2017 6:52pm

@omid: Thank you !

Denny Jump from Bellevue, WA, United States

With crapped out knees, lousy equilibrium, Tinnitus, bad back, ... N would be living on that staircase

19 Dec 2017 7:22pm

@Denny Jump: I'd pour you a coffee from a thermos and hang out with ya.

Irene from San Francisco, United States

Don't blame you for cheating.
Great image.

20 Dec 2017 1:53am

@Irene: One fine day I will return, when the ground there is dry, and climb all over this place! Thanks, Irene.

Denny Jump from Bellevue, WA, United States

The tinnitus is thanks to Army days so I can’t hear when someone says "Mind the stairs!"

20 Dec 2017 4:29am

@Denny Jump: My "rock band days" should have given me the same "gift", but somehow I avoided it. Mind the stairs, Denny, we need you around here for a long time yet ;-)