Landscape Photography is best done far away.  Or is it?

Often, Nature Photography opportunities are right around the corner.  There is no need to go far away to find out peace.  Most of the time, only minutes away from heavy traffic congestion, peace is there, waiting for you.Charron Island

Do you know a peaceful place, to do Landscape Photography, near your home town?

We, passionate landscape photographer, are so lucky. We are always looking to get into these peaceful and amazing places where the sky, land and water blend together in magnificent panorama. When looking at pictures online on 500px.com, Pixoto.com, photoshelter.com or smugmug.com, we are usually dreaming of faraway scene while there is such beauty in our own home city.

This picture is from a site only 1 mile from the very congested tunnel leading into Montreal under the St-Laurence River.  Before entering this tunnel, heading into Montreal, you go through Charron Island which is part of the 5 small islands in the “National Park of Iles de Boucherville”.

15 minutes away from downtown Montreal this is a little paradise.  Even if the highway is just minutes away, we hear nothing but the sound of nature.  There is 7 miles of trails on the 5 islands of the park.  These trails offers good viewpoint on the St-Lawrence River, the Montreal Island and the South shore.  All kinds of wildlife and birds wander in or near these trails.

In the summer time, when weather forecast is great for picture-taking, I leave earlier with my backpack and office clothes in the trunk and head to Boucherville’s Islands.  Getting there by 04:30 gives me time for Sunrise (05:00) and the golden hour before heading to the office.

There are dozens of locations near and in Montreal where peace can greet you in the early morning.

So the day before this picture, I looked at the weather forecast.  Forecast was partly cloudy which, in my opinion, is perfect for taking picture.  Clouds do bring something special and different that is worth it.  They often take nice colors before sunrise and can create some drama in the sky after the sunrise.

So, on this early morning I was hunting the Sunrise on Boucherville’s Islands, and the Sunrise I caught!

What are your favorite’s places near your hometown to do Nature Photography?