Plus 2. Or 36 Fahrenheit for my American friends. That was the temperature when we woke up this Thanksgiving weekend. Canadian Thanksgiving. A different date than American Thanksgiving. And why is that? Apparently the farther north you go, the earlier the harvest.

We are definitely farther north. Much colder now.

Turned out to be a beautiful day. My youngest son joined us for the Thanksgiving weekend and the two of us decided to take a photowalk through Copeland Forest.

Copeland Forest is roughly 4,400 acres. The forest is just a bit north from where our coach is located.

Huge area and we barely covered a small portion of the northeast part of the forest.

My son and I both shoot with Nikon cameras although I also carry Leica and Olympus gear. But for this photowalk, I grabbed my Nikon D800, my 14-24mm F2.8 lens and a tripod. My son had his Nikon D600 and his 24-120mm F4 VR lens. We both left with some great frames.

Wonderful afternoon in a beautiful setting.

Fall colours were out in force. The trees easily reach 40 feet or higher. Look up. Way up.

As we started down one of the trails, it was easy to follow the path.

A little farther along and the leaves began to hide parts of the trail.

Until finally all of the trail was covered.

We came across this memorial for someone’s son. He was only 22 years old when his life ended in 2013. The inscription below the cross reads: Forever in our hearts.

I do not know the story behind this memorial. It did cause me to reflect on the many blessings in my life. It caused me to be thankful.

A final shot to share from Copeland Forest. Being out in nature, enjoying the fall weather, makes life a wonderful thing.

Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving.

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