The Eroded Red Worms

Name of photographer: Karanveer Banga
Date and time the photograph was taken: April 15,2011 12:39 p.m.
Title: Eroded Red Worms
Weather at time photograph was taken: sunny, cold
Camera settings: SR Auto
Did you use Handheld or Tripod mounted: Handheld
Place where you took the photograph: Cheltenham Badlands


When I was taking this photograph I just wanted the perfect shot because the shape of the cracks looked like the body of a worm. I had to position myself to make sure that the eroded hillside was the main part of the shot.

The picture was interesting because the eroded hill has so much history and attractive colours. The red colours are the focal point of the photo and it represents the theme of extinction.

The Niagara Escarpment resulted from the ice ages. The Cheltenham Badlands are a part of the Niagara Escarpment. They were exposed by poor farming in the 1930s which led to soil erosion and it also exposed the under laying shale which was called the Queenstown shale. The precipitation has destroyed a little bit of the Badlands. As well the Badlands supplies clay for pottery, so more of it gets destroyed and less clay is available. Besides learning from Wikipedia that the Badlands are part of the Niagara Escarpment, I also learned that the site is part of the local UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and the Bruce Trail Association.

The photograph contributes to science because you see in this Mixed Wood Plains Ecozone (Terrestrial Ecozone of Canada classification system) that grass and other plants are growing out of the eroded ground. It is really great how the environment can change. You do not see the Badlands in an urban area. Science has made this happen alongside nature.

This photo can surely be improved by changing the angle from which I took the photo. Also I could move back to get more of the shot. Thirdly I should have adjusted the lighting.

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