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Devoid of Vegetation

The other day I posted a shot that I took at the Cheltenham Badlands and I’ve had so many friends comment to me that they couldn’t believe this was located here in Ontario. Well I have a little confession to make….I’ve lived in Toronto for 20 years and this is the first time I’ve been there…I know I should get out more often.

The question came up as to how and why the Badlands were formed.  Here’s what I found…“Badlands” is a geologic term for an area of soft rock devoid of vegetation and soil cover that has become molded into a rolling landscape of rounded hills and gullies. Such areas are rare in Ontario and this is one of the best examples. They exhibit the reddish hue of the Queenston Shale that forms them; the iron oxide in the shale produces this colour. The narrow greenish bands that can be seen throughout the shale are due to the change of red iron oxide to green iron oxide brought on by the circulating groundwater.” Their website said it better than I could. You can click here to get more information.

Here are a couple of more shots from The Badlands…

 

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19 responses

  1. Rick

    Love the fall colors! Such interesting landscape!

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    October 14, 2011 at 9:20 am

  2. Nice set of images Edith. Really like the pov in the second one.

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    October 14, 2011 at 9:24 am

  3. Wonderful set, Edith. So colorful.
    Thanks for researching the Badlands background. I always related the term to some lawless area. :-) Always nice to learn something new.

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    October 14, 2011 at 9:58 am

  4. What a strange combination of landscapes! Great captures Edith.

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    October 14, 2011 at 10:21 am

  5. What a great spot! I got friends in Caledon, so I’ll definitively go check this place out next time Im down there. Thanks Edith.

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    October 14, 2011 at 10:24 am

  6. I like the soft look to these. The stone and dirt looks smooth and contrasts well with the trees.

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    October 14, 2011 at 11:46 am

  7. This is such a strange landscape and the colors suit Fall exactly – particularly in the first one. The splashes of sunlight really lifts it.

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    October 14, 2011 at 12:51 pm

  8. Really interesting!

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    October 14, 2011 at 1:01 pm

  9. Beautiful series Edith! Nice colors and comps.

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    October 14, 2011 at 2:29 pm

  10. Great Fall colors Edith. I like the soft feel to these images, nice job.

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    October 14, 2011 at 4:40 pm

  11. I’ll echo everyone else. This is a really nice set!

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    October 15, 2011 at 10:44 am

  12. This place looks wonderful. I especially like the third picture. Those colors are astounding!!

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    October 15, 2011 at 2:09 pm

  13. What a cool spot! It looks like you picked the perfect time to visit it for the first time, with all those gorgeous fall colors everywhere.

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    October 15, 2011 at 6:38 pm

  14. That’s really cool. Such a unique lanscape.

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    October 19, 2011 at 10:28 am

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