So I took a weekday off work, drove around and captured the first day of fall in the Ottawa National Forest. I had high hopes of driving around in the truck for a couple hours and then jumping on the 4-wheeler and hitting a few camps nearby for some fall color exteriors and river shots. The colors were so breathtaking everywhere I drove, I kept stopping and before I knew it 4+ hours had flown by.
I started on the bottom of Himanka Hill in South Paynesville and worked my way to Robbins Pond, just south of Paulding. Tomorrow on my drive home I will get the view from the top of Himanka Hill overlooking the east. I spent a lot of time along CC Road, one of my favorite roads. Trees form a canopy over portions of the road and it’s so peaceful out there. I stopped and let my camera run under a tree with a pile of leaves underneath hoping to catch the leaves falling. While I waited I could hear a woodpecker. I spotted him and with the long zoom lens on my camera I was able to catch him pecking on a nearby tree.
I wore Justin’s hunter orange cap while out in the woods filming so I would be noticeable. I really wasn’t worried about getting shot accidentally. There were plenty of bear and bird hunters on the back roads though. They probably just thought I was another bird hunter as I drove past. In my camp ventures the next couple weeks I would like to get out with some of the guys bird hunting. Grouse hunting (aka bird hunting) through deer season are the busiest times out at camp.
I probably shot more fall video than I need and I will probably shoot more. You can never have enough video. I would like it to show the seasons transition throughout the film. And showcase the beauty of the forest that is not diminished by these hunting camps.