(UPDATE: Saturday, September 3, 2011 blog entry – Balloons didn’t launch in the evening but it looked promising for awhile. Photographed other things instead.)
September 2, 2011:It’s that time of year again and the Festival de Montgolfières de Gatineau starts today across the river in Gatineau, Quebec. As usual, weather plays an important role in the direction of the balloon launch and how many balloons actually get up into the air on any given day but certainly, for a few days at least, the skies over Gatineau and Ottawa are dotted with a larger than normal collection of hot air balloons. I try to be in a position to photograph a few of them as they pass overhead. Not always in the correct location, but fun to try.
June 23, 2011: The official title: An Act to provide for the resumption and continuation of postal services/ Loi prévoyant la reprise et le maintien des services postaux (C-6)
The background is simple, sort of. Some postal workers began rotating walkouts/strike action a while ago. Management at the post office decided to respond by invoking a lock out. Eventually the government decided that the situation was hurting Canada’s economy or might be hurting Canada’s economy.
Pink Lake, Gatineau Hills, Gatineau, Quebec
Once I had had enough of the heat and humidity of the Butterfly show at the Carleton University Greenhouses Carleton butterflies Day one , I got a bit of fresh air in the Gatineau Hills. At this time of the year. the roads through the Gatineau Hills are packed with traffic as everyone enjoys the Fall colours and the last bit of warm weather before beginning to hunker down for the first days of winter. Today was no exception. Roads were packed. Parking was at a premium.
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.
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.
We were waiting for the lift-off of the hot air balloons across the river from the launch site of the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival (Festival de montgolfières de Gatineau). The skies were nice and clear, the weather for spectators was balmy, BUT, unfortunately, the wind speed stayed high and lift-off was postponed in hopes that the wind speed would drop (which it eventually did). To fill in the time, I set up my camera and photographed the many varieties of boats that were passing our vantage point on the banks of the Ottawa River.
Each year an international fireworks competition is sponsored by the Casino De Hull at Lac Leamy in Gatineau, Quebec. The competing teams from different countries choreograph their displays to music and the resultant sound and light shows are usually fantastic. This blog entry provides a glimpse at the many different colours and formations that light up the night sky each night during the August competitions. On this particular night, I was happy with the fireworks display and the overall quality for the show but was somewhat disappointed that my position relative to the light wind direction left me with more smoke int he shots than I normally like. Interested in photographing fireworks ? Take a look at our fireworks tutorial. Doesn’t guarantee success but should give you some thoughts to consider and ideas to try.