Upper Canada Village near Morrisburg, Ontario

Upper Canada Village near Morrisburg, Ontario (Location)

We had some visitors from the U.S earlier this week so spent some time visiting the Upper Canada Village located between Cornwall, Ontario and Morrisburg, Ontario. I have been there a few times in recent years photographing the seasonal lights but this was the first time in quite a while that I had visited the village in daylight hours without snow on the ground. (Previous Upper Canada Village posts)

In the past year, the new entrance has been completed and provides access to the Village properties as well as to a new museum-style group of displays. This year, the displays focus heavily on the events of the war of 1812-14 which impacted this area directly when the Americans crossed the St. Lawrence River and battled with the locals, the natives and the British at Crysler Farm. The village itself reflects a period of time closer to the mid 1800’s but with this being the bicentennial of the War of 1812-14  Canada and with the Fall of 1813 marking the bicentennial of the actual battles at Crysler Farm, there is more than a normal emphasis on the events of the 1812-14 period. Continue reading

Springtime flowers of Ottawa, Ontario

Springtime flowers of Ottawa, Ontario

Ottawa is famous for its annual Tulip Festival but once the tulips begin to fade, there are plenty of flowers just waiting for their moment in the sun. For today’s blog, here are a few images taken yesterday when the sun was out and it wasn’t raining.

My first stop was Andrew Haydon Park on the Ottawa River. I expected to find a few young Canada Geese to photograph and I wasn’t disappointed.

The Spirea bushes were in full bloom at the park and a number of people were using these flowers as a backdrop for some family photos so I almost had to stand in line :-).

After taking care of buying myself a new pair of hiking shoes, I headed over to the walled Maplelawn Garden where a large assortment of Spring flowers were in bloom. (Previous visits to Maplelawn Gardens).  The irises are opening right on time for the Vincent Van Gogh exhibit which opens Friday May 25th at The National Gallery of Canada.

At home, all three colours of my Azaleas were putting on a good show.

Photographing all of those flowers can make a person hungry so we headed over to visit my father and took along a treat.

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2011 Ottawa-Gatineau Christmas Bird Survey, Gatineau, Quebec

2011 Ottawa-Gatineau Christmas Bird Count, Gatineau, Quebec

The sun is now up and I am out on a Christmas Bird Count with my birder friends, Ralph and Gerhard. Continue reading

Apple Bossom Blizzard

Today we decided to take our bikes and wander through the bike and walking paths of Kanata’s Beaverbrook and Kanata Lakes subdivisions and then checked out the progress of the construction work on the Terry Fox extension and then arrived home just as the first drops of rain began to fall. We started out by leaving the roadway and heading along the creek in Lytle Park in the Beaverbrook subdivision.


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Andrew Haydon Park and the Brant, Nepean, Ontario

After visiting Shirley’s Bay, I drove along to Andrew Haydon Park on the Ottawa River. When I go out with my camera, I sometimes have a specific theme in mind. On other days,such a this one, I just photograph what happens to come along.
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Lower Jock River by Richmond, Ontario

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.
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Ottawa Greenbelt Trails – Sarsaparilla Trail

After dropping off my father following our earlier outing to Ashton, Ontario, I decided that a stop at nearby Sarsaparilla Trail might yield some photo opportunities. I rather hoped that I might get some nice shots of the white-breasted nuthatches and the red-breasted nuthatches that are frequently in the same area as the Chickadees. Instead, I found a female Hairy Woodpecker hammering away on an old paper birch.
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Constance Lake, Ontario

Constance Lake, Ontario

Our plan was a simple one. Put our canoes into Constance Creek at Thomas A. Dolan Parkway and paddle/pole our way along Constance Creek until we reached Constance Lake. Not a long distance but an interesting trip as the waterway is next to impassable during the summer but manageable when the water is higher in the Spring. Our interest was int he bird life not speed so neither distance nor speed were an issue. There is no clear cut channel for part of the distance as the water meanders through thick marshland and patches of floating vegetation. There were plenty of Canada Geese nesting in the floating islands of vegetation along the way as well as many ducks and other creatures. Our first nesting goose that we encountered was nesting atop a beaver house and tried very hard to become invisible as we passed by.
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