The Maple Leaf
Continuing our search for the perfect Fall colours in Central Ontario lead us again to Highway 13. It had a bit of elevation, so the nights were colder and colours turned quicker. This is a serpentine road, narrow and not for the feeble hearted driver. Often, even pulling off to the side was a challenge…because there was no side! This shot was executed using a Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 lens mounted on a Monopod. This is an amazing piece of glass – it allows one to have these wonderful out of focus backgrounds and is sharp as a tack! Now a bit of Canadiana!
The National Flag of Canada, also known as the Maple Leaf, is a red flag with a white square in its centre, featuring a stylized 11-pointed red Maple Leaf. Its adoption in 1965 marked the first time a national flag had been officially adopted in Canada to replace the Union Flag. The Canadian Red Ensign had been unofficially used since the 1890s and was approved by a 1945 Order of Council for use “wherever place or occasion may make it desirable to fly a distinctive Canadian flag”.
In 1964, Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson appointed a committee to resolve the issue, sparking a serious debate about a flag change. Out of three choices, the maple leaf design by George Stanley and John Matheson based on the flag of the Royal Military College of Canada was selected. The flag made its first appearance on February 15, 1965; the date is now celebrated annually as National Flag of Canada.
I still do not understand why one of the National Hockey Leagues original six teams, The Toronto Maple Leafs, sport a blue leaf on their jerseys. Perhaps they needed to be in contrast to their arch rivals, the Montreal Canadiens who proudly wear the red, white and blue?