Over the summer months I have been treated to images from one of my photographer friends, Russ Higgins
. His captures of the Kawartha region are always inspiring. One area in particular is a conservation area known as The Gut, named after a 230-metre long, 30-metre deep gorge on the Crowe River
. It's about an hour from the cottage to the turn off that leads to the Gut, which is somewhat near Apsley, Ontario.
From the turn off to the Gut parking lot, it's at least a 15-minute white-knuckle, 8kmh drive over a road that has not seen maintenance in at least a few years. Mother Nature has not been kind to this road; it's full of deep potholes and jagged washouts and would be unforgiving to any vehicle with low ground clearance. I would have taken photos, but the road is too narrow, and - with the exception of a few wider turn-outs - if you stop, everyone else stops, too.
From the parking lot, it's a fairly short but deep descent down to the Crowe River. On a dry day (as it was for our excursion), it's not a bad walk, albeit a bit steep in places (rough stairs have been built into the steepest parts). On a wet day, you would want to be cautious in your footing.
There were a fair number of people already at the gorge (It was a holiday weekend) but I was able to find angles that kept the tourists of of the frame in most cases. This first image below, was my first view of the cascade.