Winter has been something that has been a bit elusive for us in Southern Ontario. Notable the lack of snow the second week into the new year and the new project. So the title of the week isn’t really fitting, but I kept it anyways because if I used “Muddy Fort” people would think I was talking about Fort York in Toronto, not Old Fort Erie in Fort Erie, Ontario.
Fort Erie is unique among the War of 1812 era forts in Canada as it’s the only one built of stone rather than mostly earth work walls and wooden structures. But that’s because Fort Erie wasn’t given up according to the Jay Treaty of 1798. But it never really was completed by the British but rather when the Americans captured the for in 1814 they were the ones who completed it, then blew it up when they retreated back to the USA. Today the fort stands as it would have in 1814.
But even without the snow the fort is still a wonderful building to wander around, sure this time of year you can’t go inside the fort but if you know your way around you can still get a good picture of the massive fortification. But in the winter with a good layer of snow on the ground the place is magical and oddly peaceful. Despite being by a border crossing and across the river from Buffalo, New York, it’s quiet.
But in the summer the place lights up, with one of the biggest reenactments in North America for the War of 1812, the fort becomes home for a weekend with hundreds of reenactors setting up camp and blasting away at each other with cannon and musket. Then in the evening singing, laughing, and drinking. On a more technical note, for some reason my ability to remember how to meter for “Shadows in Zone IV” flew out of my head on this trip, not sure why so there’s lots of over exposure. But I was still really happy with the results.
Hasselblad 500c – Carl Zeiss Distagon 50mm 1:4 – Rollei RPX 25 @ ASA-25
Blazinal (1+50) 11:00 @ 20C
Meter: Pentax Spotmeter V
Scanner: Epson V700
Editor: Adobe Photoshop CC (2015)