Coulonge Falls at Night

JohnEvans

Waltham, Canada

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The Coulonge River, one of the main tributaries to the Ottawa was also one of the main rivers of the area for log drives. Every spring, all the White Pine logs cut during the winter were sent down the river in what was called the log drive. It was an annual event for over 100 years, only terminated about 30 years ago for environmental reasons. It was a dangerous occupation and only for those who were fleet of foot. Les draveurs had to follow the logs, often riding them and breaking up log jams as they occurred. Big log jams often had to be broken up with dynamite and in the early years there was considerable loss of life, both on the river and off.

The actual log chute is just beside the falls. Logs were separated at the dam just above these falls and sent down the chute one at a time to minimize the risk of having a pile up of logs when passing through a kilometer long gorge before reaching the sawmill a few kilometers further down river.

This shot was taken tonight after dark in what is called the Festival of Lights. This was my first attempt at waterfalls and my first night shot with the new camera.
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Canon Rebel 18-55 lens, F 5.6, ISO 800, Shutter speed 0.6 secs, 55mm.

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