March 31, 2012 – I visited the Jock River Race official site (http://www.jockriverrace.ca/) again today. I knew that they have decided that the lack of snow cover and no ensuing rainfall to speak of had forced them to move the date for the race ahead to today’s date. No indication this morning that the race might have been canceled so I’m off with my camera to see what interesting action I might be able to capture again this year.
The unseasonably warm weather of the past week or so is beginning to have an effect on lots of things. X-C skiing is certainly tough with no snow but another local event, the Upper Jock River Canoe and Kayak Race is also affected by the warm weather. The race organizers rely on the Spring snow melt to provide sufficient water flow in the Jock River to allow them to stage a race without too many boats scraping bottom along the route.
I was visiting their official site (http://www.jockriverrace.ca/) today and see that they have decided that the lack of snow cover has forced them to move the date for the race ahead again. It is now tentatively scheduled for March 31, 2012 but it is strongly advised to keep going back to their site in case they have to change the date again. At the moment, Graeme and I might be along the shoreline at some point with our cameras as we have been in two of the past three years. With any luck it won’t start snowing :-).
This blog entry relates to some experimenting with the GoPro camera while out on a leisurely tour of the Jock River with some of the Friends of the Jock River group. For images of our other Jock River outings or shots of some of the competitors in the Upper Jock River Canoe/Kayak Race which is held each Spring, check out our Jock River and related postings list.
GoPro Canoe Test – Jock River Fen
On Sunday, my Dad and I went out on the Jock River to go canoeing and I got to test out my new GoPro camera. I first mounted it on the front of the canoe (picture above). Another couple had theirs mounted on a cross beam closer to the centre of the boat. Continue reading →
Today was the first of two leisurely excursions back into the Richmond fen with the Friends of the Jock River organization. The second excursion will be on Thursday May 5th (see the end of this blog for more details regarding timing, location and contact information). The weather today was fine and the excursion leader was certainly happy to see the turnout for today’s excursion.
The photos in this post are for the 2011 Upper Jock River Canoe/Kayak Race. March 31, 2012 UPDATE: – The 2012 race is now over. I have uploaded my photos from the 2012 race here: 2012 Upper Jock River Canoe and Kayak Race
The Upper Jock River Canoe/Kayak Race race is over for another year. I had a great time photographing the many different boat configurations as they went past my location near the last set of rapids. Weather conditions were perfect (+15C or so, sunny, no wind) and the water was high enough that hitting rocks was a challenge this year. The organizers were very happy that it rained last week and raised the water levels that extra bit!
The Jock River flows from farmlands near Munster, Ontario, passes through Richmond, Ontario and continues downstream to where it empties into the Rideau River below Hearts Desire weir. I had previously photographed other parts of the Jock River but not the portion immediately downstream of Richmond, Ontario. Since Graeme and I were in that area trying out his new telescope as a potential digiscoping system, we decided to see what the lower Jock River had in store for us. Continue reading →
Graeme had a new buddy scope to attach to his larger telescope. One of the reasons for purchasing this particular model was the ability to be able to attach his camera to it and use it as a 545mm lens as well as use it for its normal telescope purpose.
I had seen some wild turkeys in one of the fields along Eagleson Road so off we went to try out the arrangement. Continue reading →
The White Trillium (Trilliium grandiflorum) has been the provincial flower of the province of Ontario since 1937 and the parkland along the Lower Jock River in the vicinity of the Hearts Desire Weir is an excellent location to find them when the woods are full of their blooms. Continue reading →