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Breeding Bird Survey 2012 – Day 1

Breeding Bird Survey 2012 – Day 1

June 9, 2012 – This is our third year of conducting breeding bird surveys in the region of Highway #1o1 north of Sudbury, Ontario. In order to get to our campsite before dark, we need to leave Ottawa before 5AM. 

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Pumpkins under the knife

Pumpkins under the knife
It is that time of the year again when pumpkins get their spot in the candlelight. This year our front step sported three examples of this Hallowe’en tradition courtesy of Andrew and Tanya.

Have a great time everyone!

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Skating on the Rideau Canal 2011

The Rideau Canal is considered to be the World’s largest skating rink and is a central feature of activities during Canada’s National Capital Region’s winter festival “Winterlude”.  The weather was nice on the weekend so I joined my wife and some of her friends, donned skates and demonstrated my skill at staying vertical while trying to photograph and skate at the same time. No one volunteered to push me around in a fancy conveyance so I was on my own in the “keeping vertical” department.

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Museum of Civilization – Gatineau, Quebec

Museum of Civilization – Gatineau, Quebec

A great place to visit but I certainly don’t get there as often as I would like to. This day in June, seemed like a good time as any to pack up my camera gear and head across the river for another visit to this museum. A number of years ago, I met a tour guide of Haidan ancestry at the UBC Museum of Anthropology who said that she would like to see pictures of the Museum of Civilization’s Grand Hall. She was particularly interested in the Haidan house because much of the exhibit came from a location of her youth and her grandmother’s village.

Grand Hall - Museum of Civilization

The grand hall is indeed grand. Because the totem poles are so tall and the buildings are so wide it is a bit tough to photograph the whole area.