The Urban Group of the RA Photo Club organized an outing to Almonte, Ontario for some late winter shooting in a picturesque small town. Of particular interest to me was the river which flows around the town, and drops through several natural and artificial waterfalls, and which was still partially ice covered. The paths along the river and walkways above presented many vantage points from which the river could be photographed, and I took full advantage of this. When not looking at the river, there were many aspects of the town itself which called out for photographs. While the temperature was just below freezing, the wind was quite strong, so it was COLD! Thankfully it warmed up a bit as the morning progressed and I was dressed appropriately, so I wasn’t uncomfortable. The other factor was that the walkways, in particular, were quite icy, and it would be quite easy to fall. Here again, I was well prepared with cleats that slip over the soles of my boots and provide excellent traction. Without those cleats, my mobility would have been severely limited. In all, there were about 20 club members that attended this outing and most of us met for an early afternoon lunch at the Barley Mow restaurant, that is in downtown Almonte right beside the river. Socializing with fellow photographers like that is one of the things that make group outings so much fun.