Over the past number of months, there have been no uploads to the MegapixelTravel blog. That doesn’t mean that Graeme and I (and our cameras) haven’t been busy. In addition to his day job, Graeme has continued his interest introducing short films and movies and on October 23rd, his indie movie “Ragnarock’s Cabin” was released for it’s first public showing at the the Mayfair Theatre in Ottawa. It is now available on-line or for purchase at Vimeo On Demand: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/ragnarockscabin/96318650. For my part, buying property in Greater Napanee, Ontario and attending to all of the details of such activity has kept me busy. We both intend to add more entries to the MegapixelTravel blog during the dark days of winter. – Ron
Kanata Badminton Club 2014 AGM
Traditionally, the Kanata Badminton Club’s Annual General Meeting has been held in Tommy’s restaurant at the old town center. This year, the meeting had to be delayed a couple of months while renovations at the restaurant were underway. Happily, the renovations were finally completed and we could have our meeting.
As a club with about 140 members, the club operates during the winter months utilizing the facilities of two local schools in Kanata, Ontario. Since the City of Kanata amalgamated into the City of Ottawa a few things changed but the Kanata Badminton Club still operates much the same as it did many years ago when I first became a member. Over the years, my ability to see the bird has diminished somewhat and, with each passing year, the entry players seem to be a bit younger :-). It’s a community based recreational club and it’s still a fun way to survive the winter months.
Kanata Badminton Club Executive 2014 – 2015
This year’s executive should have an easy year as usual even though it will once again be a year with some changes :-). Maybe, my play will improve and I’ll be moved back to the competitive red level again!
Canada Day 2014 – Kanata, Ontario
Graeme and I took a short walk around the Kanata Canada Day 2014 activities, met some people whom we have known from past events and activities and met some new people. Lots of things happening during the day and, if the threat of blustery weather passes by (appears to be heading off north of the city), it should be a great night for the fireworks. (Kanata weather)
When we arrived at the base of the toboggan hill, the Holy Trinity Catholic High School Rhythm and Blues Band were setting up on stage under the direction of Neil Bateman, so, while waiting for their performance, we just wandered around.
Of course, our cameras were busy when the band did arrive on stage.
We did consider stopping at the Lemonade stand but Dan Robidoux and his group had a better offer. It was pretty tough to walk past a free draw for a bike and also get a free bottle of cold water and a free carabiner, all from the same booth. So, of course, we stopped; filled in a ballot; got some water; and ended up with a green carabiner and a red carabiner. Now, I’ll have something green for next St. Patrick’s Day (LOL)
Although I would love to win a bike, it would have been even nicer if the vehicles on the other side of the pathway had been up for grabs. Each Spring, for the past few years, I have traveled hundreds of kilometers of rather rough gravel forestry roads in Northern Ontario while conducting breeding bird surveys and other surveys. For that, a big, high clearance muscle truck would have been awesome (gas economy notwithstanding).
When the temperature outside is above 30C who could possibly be thinking about curling but, there, right in the middle of the heat, was the Huntley Curling Club of Carp, Ontario tent complete with brooms and a bit of black ice to show the next generation how to sweep -:).
I wanted to see how the USA would do in the World Cup match on television today so had to head home pretty quickly but not before stopping at the large soccer ball that marked the display promoting the FIFA World Cup Soccer Event which will be coming to Canada (and Ottawa) in June/July 2015. (FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP website)
EVA should be ready to compete after another year of practice !!!
For those reading this blog on Canada Day who might still have time to get to Kanata for the evening activities, there is plenty scheduled
If attending fireworks, take a moment to review our on-line fireworks photography tutorial before heading out with camera in hand.
HAPPY CANADA DAY EVERYBODY
Ron & Graeme Hay.
Returned late in the evening to listen to the stage group “Amos the Transparent” which is a Canadian rock band from Ottawa, Ontario, featuring Jon Chandler, Chris Wilson, Dan Hay, James Nicol, and Olenka Reshitnyk.
Westfest 2014, Westboro, Ottawa, Ontario – Today was the first of three days of Westfest entertainment in the Westboro area of Ottawa. (Official Westfest festival site: http://www.westfest.ca/) All of the Mainstage performances are FREE! thanks to the generous sponsorship support that the event receives.
Tonight, I was able to enjoy the performance of George Leach whose album “Surrender” won the 2014 Juno Award for Aboriginal Album of the Year sponsored by APTN. (George Leach offic1al site)
I do enjoy photographing performers doing things other than playing music
Two more days of entertainment. Click on schedule image to enlarge.
Ivanhoe Lake Provincial Park, Foleyet, Ontario
Well, we made it from Ottawa to Ivanhoe Lake Provincial Park without incident. Leaving Ottawa before sunrise made for a pretty early wake-up call but would also allow us time to stop a long the way more often and also allowed us time to get the tents set up before dark. The new lake side boardwalk and docking area in Temagami was nice to see and as good as any a reason to stop and stretch our legs. After a short leg-stretch stop, we were on our way again soon to reach Timmins in time for a short lunch break.
Quite a bit of road construction along the way but, for the most part, the skies were blue and the winds were light – no fog, no rain, no snow! Along the way we saw moose at two different locations along the highway and black bears at two other locations. When I see moose and bear grazing along the ditches in broad daylight I usually assume that the bugs are plentiful in the woods. Such was the case. When we stopped at the campsite to set up our tents, the mosquitoes and black flies were quick to find our bare skin – out came the DEET before we went for a short walk along the shoreline. The Bonaparte’s Gulls were along the shoreline again and park staff indicated that they had seen some birds picking up sticks along the roadway so that it would appear that these gulls are in fact breeding in the area. Other wildlife spotted during our short walk included Tiger Swallowtail Butterflies, Red Squirrels, Cedar Waxwings, a Yellow-Rumped Warbler (a.k.a. Myrtle Warbler), many fast flying Dragonflies and a small blue butterfly.
Since it was Friday night, the restaurant at Ivanhoe Air was open, so, with tents set up, it was off for supper before getting into the sleeping bags for a few winks before the 4AM alarm would go off.
Last minute packing is underway as I prepare to join Gerhard Bruins once again for our foray into the northwoods of Ontario. I’ve joined Gerhard for a number of Breeding Bird Surveys, Christmas Bird Counts, and other birding activities. He carries the binoculars while I carry the camera (s). During any given outing, he might view 30 – 100 species while I am happy to get decent photos of 5 – 10% of total sightings.
While he is counting and recording numbers, I provide some of the location information, GPS info, descriptive prose and maybe work in time for a photo of a passing butterfly or moth or bear or moose or … and then off we go to our next scheduled stop.
Our normal BBS day starts at about 4AM with the expectation that we’ll be back near civilization around noon. Then, it’s back to the campground to pack tents and head to the next campground location (if available) or motel nearest to the start of the next day’s route. Rarely in tent or bed before 10PM or 11PM, it makes for a pretty long day!
To see the blog entries for some of our previous birding outings start here: Birding Surveys.
Most of our BBS routes are outside of normal telecommunications tower coverage and I can’t get WiFi in most tenting locations so blog entries for our 2014 Breeding Bird Survey blogs will be entered later in June or ….
Visiting Gettysburg – A Step Back In American History
We were on our way home after visiting St. Augustine, Florida and points in-between. The weather was below seasonal and rain was falling intermittently all day long. That meant that the decision to veer away from out straight through route was rather difficult to consider but in the end we decided to make the detour and head east to Gettysburg. Well worth the detour.
Gettysburg info and images to follow.
The temperature dropped continuously throughout the day and eventually the rain turned first to sleet and then to snow. With conditions like that, we decided to stop driving and find shelter in a Fairfield Inn ans Suites in Hazleton, PA. After a nice supper meal at nearby Damon’s Sports Bar and Grill we headed back to our room and looked out our window. Fresh falling snow always looks nicer when one is inside a warm hotel and looking out through a window.
Will post images later.
After the warm sunshine of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, it was time to head back north to our home in Kanata. Driving conditions were fine although the amount of traffic was surprisingly high in some sections of our route. When we got to the Blue Ridge Mountain Parkway it was close to dusk but we decided to drive a portion of it anyway. Beautiful vistas along the parkway. In some locations large rhododendron bushes tower above both sides of the narrow roadway. We were a couple of weeks too early to see these beautiful plants covered in their pink blossoms but I imagine that it would be quite the sight to see if one’s timing was right in the middle of the blossom period.
Some Photos and more details to follow when we reach home.
We arrived on Hilton Head Island after a short drive from Savannah, Georgia. Looking forward to a couple of days of blue skies and warm weather, a bit of golf, a bit of cycling, and perhaps a bit of sand between the toes. Of course, my camera will accompany me most of the time. Photos and more stories to follow (eventually)
Today we visited the historic section of Savannah, Georgia. Although the historic section is not large, we decided that it would be a better use of our time to enjoy riding around in one of the many tour services that are offered at the information center rather than spending the time walking.
Very interesting city to visit and lots of history to be seen and stories to be told in this Georgia city.
More blog entries and photos to follow once we return home.