New England Trip 2012 – Day 8 – Chatham, Cape Cod MA

New England Trip 2012 – Chatham, Cape Cod MA

After visiting Newport RI the day before, we had driven into Hyannis, Cape Cod MA in the dark. Nothing more exciting that driving around a place like Hyannis when you have never been there before.  Lots of traffic on the streets and intersections all seemed to be at angles and roads all seemed to be curved :-). Continue reading

New England Trip 2012 – Day 6 – New London, Connecticut

New England Trip 2012 – Day 6 – New London, Connecticut

We had started out the morning with a visit to Essex, CT, followed that with a quick visit back to Old Saybrook where we had stayed the night before and then we headed back out on the road again heading toward the Connecticut/Rhode Island border. Most the time when I am traveling, I try to stick to the less traveled country roads and avoid the interstates so that I can more easily pull off to the side of the road when I see something that I want to photograph. The only drawback to that approach is the lower speed limits and the potential of getting caught up in local traffic.

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New England Trip 2012 – Day 3 – Saratoga National Historical Park

New England Trip 2012 – Day 3 – Saratoga National Historical Park

Although it had been raining quite heavily when I stopped in Schuylerville to photograph that village’s decorative horse statues and bicycle racks, conditions had improved a bit by the time that we reached the Saratoga National Historic Park and drove through the winding road on our way to the park headquarters and interpretive center. Continue reading

The Rock Sculptures of Remic Rapids


The Rock Sculptures of Remic Rapids
Our last post of the Remic Rapids sculptures was Graeme’s video of the drummers and fire dancers who were performing there during his last visit to the rapids. Today, I had a business meeting in downtown Ottawa and decided to stop at Remic Rapids on the way home. I hadn’t really thought about the temperature when I left home so found the 4C temperatures with wind gusts of about 30kph coming at me from across the water a rather invigorating experience since I was only wearing a light summer weight coat with no sweater or suit jacket underneath. Not bad when the sun was out but certainly approaching cool when the sun went behind the clouds. Continue reading

Autumn Colours – Kanata, Ontario

Autumn Colours, Kanata, Ontario

The colours overall don’t appear to be as vibrant as in some past years but that doesn’t stop some individual specimens form putting on a pretty good show. The following images are a small sampling of some of the more interesting colours in the neighbourhood this year. Soon all the leaves will have fallen and we will be preparing for the first snowfall. Have to enjoy the last of the nice weather whenever possible. Continue reading

Another Snow-free Fall day – Kanata/Nepean, Ontario

Another Snow-free Fall day – Kanata/Nepean, Ontario

It was a nice day (-3C) to be outside in the fresh air as long as you found a bit of shelter from the wind. Unlike other parts of North America, the area around Ottawa has escaped any serious snowfall (so far!). Had a good rainfall this week though, so lots of puddles with coatings of ice and interesting ice patterns.

As I was driving along one of my unmaintained trails, I came to a spot where the rain had flooded a bit of the rutted road and decided to turn back. Couldn’t trust that the frost had firmed up the spot enough and certainly didn’t want to walk a mile to the nearest farmhouse!
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Hog’s Back Falls, Rideau River, Ottawa, Ontario

Hog’s Back Falls, Rideau River, Ottawa, Ontario

Still lots of water flowing over Hog’s Back Falls on the Rideau River thanks to the near record rainfall levels in September.The Autumn colours of the leaves along the Rideau Valley are changing daily as cool evenings signal a change in season.
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A little walk – theme Autumn colours, Kanata, Ontario

A little walk – theme Autumn colours, Kanata, Ontario

Four days of photographing tropical butterflies in the Carleton University Butterfly Show has been fun but for a change in pace I took my father (92 y.o.) out for a little walk to see the Autumn colours around his residence. Macrodegeneration has stolen his sight and age had reduced the power of his legs but he can still see enough to know that change is once again in the air and all is not as green as it was only a few weeks earlier.
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Got the visas – Almost ready to go.

Got the visas – Almost ready to go.

I picked up our visas from the Kenya High Commission today. Yeah! That completes the visa process for our two country safari in East Africa.

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Ottawa Flickr Group Outing, Chelsea, Quebec

Ottawa Flickr Group Outing, Chelsea, Quebec

It was another wonderful day for an outing with some of the folks from the Ottawa Flickr group. Autumn colours were everywhere and the weather was beautiful.

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