The waterfall capitol of the world

If you do a Google search on the Internet with the words “Waterfall Capital of the World”, it will come up with “Hamilton - the Waterfall Capital of the World”.

Why is this area considered the “Waterfall Capitol of the World”?

The Niagara Escarpment is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and runs through the entire length of Hamilton and the surrounding area. Every creek, stream, drainage swale, and storm sewer system that flow into Lake Ontario over the Niagara Escarpment, can result in one or more waterfalls.

Over 100 waterfalls and cascades have been found (131 at last count as of February 2010), documented and photographed in Hamilton. It is believed that Hamilton has the most number of waterfalls and cascades of any urban center of its size (500,000 people) in the world and thus is referred to as “The Waterfall Capital of the World”.

We are lucky that this area is right in our own backyard… it is just 30 minutes down the road from me, and would like to share this gorgeous area with you.

Every fall we run a fall colors workshop to capture the maple trees as they change color, and these waterfalls carve right through many of these forests.

But its not the waterfalls that you will visit the Raptor Conservancy and you will spend the morning photographing a variety of local birds in flight and posing in natural settings. Species list can include any of the following birds. A Harris’ Hawk, Red Tailed Hawk, Broad-winged hawk, Great Horned Owl, Barn Owl and Bald Eagle. Static birds could include an Eagle Owl, Swainson’s Hawk, Peregrine, Aplomado Falcon.

Our falconer is excellent with his birds and really understands the needs of wildlife photographers and natural looking images are what we always try to achieve

Also, we will visit a 100acre junk yard that spans the property of a farm. Over 3000 vehicles in various states of decay line the cedar forests, the rolling fields of this photographers paradise. Imagine vehicles as old as Edsels all the way to 1990 era vehicles and heavy equipment entangled in fall color, vines and even some with trees growing out of the engine compartment.

But the highlight will be in the Algonquin area. An area that sees people coming from as far away as China every year to see the colorful canopy of this pristine area of Canada.

If you want to photograph some of the largest treed forests of fall color, right in the waterfall capitol of the world, then here is the photography workshop for you…