The view at the edge of the Scarborough Bluffs Park

I frequent this place every so often when someone I meet wants to see something unique in Toronto. It’s a little far away from where I am, but I don’t mind going here because I find something new and interesting to shoot here whenever I come.

The last time I went, I decided to do something different myself by walking as far as I could on to the narrow ledge. While this may not seem as daunting as it looks, it’s quite the opposite—especially on the way back!

Nikon D800, 1/1250 sec., f/4.5, ISO 100, 145mm

Nikon D800, 1/1250 sec., f/4.5, ISO 100, 145mm

With a mind of an explorer, I often like to go places to get that best shot. Clearly in this case, I wasn’t thinking as I went on to the ledge with my full gear in my backpack, and I was carrying my Nikon D800 with a 70-200mm f/2.8 in my hand! I didn’t go all the way to the edge like this adventurous person here, but I did go just about 2-3m away from the edge. That was far enough for me to be able to take the photo I was after. It wasn’t until I finished taking my photo and realized, I couldn’t easily turn around standing up because my backpack kept shifting its weight on me.

I found myself to be in an awkward position where I couldn’t blindly walk backwards because it was too narrow, and I couldn’t easily turn around in a safe way. The only way to go about it was to get on my hands and bent knees and slowly crawl back to the point where I felt safe enough to stand up and turn around. That’s exactly what this fellow above did before me.

Nikon D800, 1/1250 sec., f/4.5, ISO 100, 135mm

Nikon D800, 1/1250 sec., f/4.5, ISO 100, 135mm

With my Nikon in one hand, I had to slowly shimmy my way back to safety. My lens and camera got a little sandy being dragged on the ground, but hey, anything for safety, right?!

Nikon D800, 1/1250 sec., f/4.5, ISO 100, 130mm

Nikon D800, 1/1250 sec., f/4.5, ISO 100, 130mm

These girls were waiting for me to come back so that they could in turn take their selfies. They walked as far as they are in this photo, and walked back without any problems. She is standing at the point where I felt it was comfortable enough to stand up, turn around and walk back.

Needless to say, do this at your own risk. It’s not the best thing to do if you’re afraid of heights or if you easily get vertigo. This park offers great photo opportunities no matter when you go so make this a definite place to visit the next time you’re in the area.

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