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Tews Falls in Hamilton, Ontario

Published September 29th, 2013

Even though I have lived in Mississauga and Toronto for my entire life, I have actually never personally visited any of the waterfalls in Hamilton, just an hour's drive away. Hamilton is known in Ontario as the city of waterfalls, because there are over a hundred waterfalls of all sizes throughout the region. I met a gentleman at a photo walk in Toronto that let me know about a hike to Tews Falls that he would be leading the next week. I'm so glad I attended!

I brought both my Nikon D700 and my Fujifilm X100s along with me, but I only brought a GorillaPod SLR Zoom, which doesn't quite have the stability to hold the larger Nikon with a lens mounted - yes, I've tried. So I ended up using the X100s for pretty much all of the shots, and I'm glad I did. Here's the results.

Oh, and funny story about the last photo in this set... See all those angled rocks on the left hand side? Shortly after taking that image, I went across there to get a closer shot, and ended up slipping on a slippery part of the rock, and submerging half my body in the water. Somehow, I managed to keep both my iPhone (which was in my left front pocket) and my X100s (in my hand) out of the water completely. I suffered a nice gash on my right hand from reaching over and grabbing onto the jagged rock edges, and a couple of scrapes on my knees, left shin, and left elbow... I would have continued to take the shot, but the blood pouring out of my hand was enough to get me to turn back.

Swimming Hole

Long before we reached the falls, we came across the lower system of falls, or Lower Tews Falls. There were plenty of opportunities here to get into the middle of the stream, drop the tripod legs in the water, and get some beautiful long exposure shots for that silky water effect.

Short Waterfall

Even though the features were not incredibly large, there were plenty of places to find some unique compositions and capture the beauty of nature.

Foliage and Waterfall

The autumn leaves are just starting to come in, so there was plenty of green mixed in with the fallen yellows, reds, and oranges.

Through the Log

A large fallen tree blocks the stream, but the flowing water doesn't stop for anyone.

Silky Smooth

Flowing water in nature.

Lower Tews Falls

Lower Tews Falls


Chaotic flowing water. But somehow, calming.

Tews Falls Basin

Just downstream from the Tews Falls basin in Hamilton, Ontario.

Getting the Shot

The photographer, Melanie Geroche, does anything to get the shot.

Tews Falls

Tews Falls in Hamilton, Ontario.

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Andrey Tochilin  about 4 years ago


Awesome Account
Laurens Kaldeway  about 4 years ago

A beautiful location, Mark. Thanks for sharing your story. Brings back memories (my wife and I went to university in Ancaster and would visit these falls on occasion). My favourite image is the last one, even though it resulted in some bodily harm!