GoPro Canoe Test – Jock River Fen

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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

Upper Jock River Canoe/Kayak Race – April 2011

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!

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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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Cycling in Florida – Flamingo, Florida and Crocodiles

We woke up this morning with frost on the picnic table but with a nice blue sky overhead so we decided that cycling to Flamingo to see the crocodiles would be a good way to spend the day. We decided that peddling the 65 mile round-trip distance might be a bit too optimistic so drove part way by truck.

One nice thing about cycling in the Everglades is that there are no hills to climb although we did have to navigate through one ‘pass’ where the elevation above sea level was 4 feet and through another location where the elevation was five feet.
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Friends of the Jock River Outing, Richmond, Ontario

Friends of the Jock River Outing, Richmond, Ontario

The Jock River is a beautiful bit of water flowing through the village of Richmond, Ontario and then past many new and older homes of the southern edges of Ottawa, Ontario before emptying into the Rideau River. Each Spring, it is the site of the Jock River Canoe/Kayak Race. On this occasion, I was joining up with some “Friends of the Jock River” for a little canoe outing a few weeks after the canoe race when the Spring meltwaters had passed and the river was far more tranquil than on race day.

A short distance upstream from Richmond, Ontario, the Jock River passes first through a bit of farm land and then you become immersed in the depths of the Richmond fen, a section of bog land, marsh, and forest that is flooded each Spring and then bursts forth in healthy green once the weather warms and the Spring flood waters subside.

Access to the fen is by canoe or kayak and a few dead falls and old beaver dams work hard to impede access but are easy to get around.

It is always nice get out for a canoe day-trip with like-minded individuals and the Jock River and the Friends of the Jock River made things interesting.

The tough thing is usually deciding how far to go before turning around and leaving the fen alone again for the entertainment of the creatures that call it their permanent home.

With the gentle current pushing us along to our landing point, the only thing left to do was to safely make the final turn.

The weather cooperated. Everyone made it back safely. The end of another successful day out on the water.

 

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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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Upper Jock River Canoe/Kayak Race – April 2009

Upper Jock River Canoe/Kayak Race – April 2009

The photos in this post are from the April 2009 race.

April 2011 update: The 2011 race is now over. I have uploaded my photos from the 2011 race here:2011 Upper Jock River Canoe/Kayak Race photos

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 official Upper Jock River Canoe/Kayak Race Site.

Although some friends had suggested that I enter the 2009 race, I decided to just enjoy photographing it instead. Graeme was also interested in photographing the race so he positioned himself closer to the starting line while I decided to go downstream and find myself a tree to sit in at the first rapids after the golf course. By the time that the racers reached my location, they were quite spread out but their highly varied approach to this small area of rapids, after paddling a mile or two of flat, fast flowing water through the fen was fun to watch as well as to photograph. Photographs posted here are posted in the order that the paddlers passed my location but has little to do with the final position placement since contestants started the race at staggered times.


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