Carleton University Butterfly Exhibition 2012 – Day 7

Carleton University Butterfly Exhibition 2012 – Day 7

Although there have been a few moments when the weather has appeared to be  a bit threatening, and a few moments of apprehension when umbrellas  had to be unfurled, the weather has so far cooperated and those in the line-ups at the greenhouses have had pretty decent weather. During this same period, my father passed away and thus my planned visits to the greenhouses had to be curtailed.  Today, however, the greenhouses were on my route and a stop of an hour was in order. Continue reading

Carleton University Butterfly Show 2012 – Day 1 – Foggy Day

Carleton University Butterfly Show 2012 – Day 1 – Foggy Day

The day started out rather foggy as I headed out along the Queensway on my way to the Carleton University Butterfly Exhibit at the Nesbitt Biology Building Greenhouses (location) but the warm sun soon cleared away the fog and I arrived at the greenhouses without incident. For info about the show see previous butterfly post.

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Carp Farmer’s Market 2012

Carp Farmer’s Market 2012

We took a quick trip out to the Carp Farmer’s Market to take a look at what was for offer this year. My wife purchased a bit of farm produce and I chatted with a few photographers and snapped the shutter a few times.

The 149th Annual Carp Fair opens Sept 21st-23rd this year.  For more information about that country fair, visit their website at: Carp Fair 2012

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A few more fire hydrants for my collection of fire hydrant images, this time they come from the fair grounds at Carp, Ontario.

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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

Civil War Re-enactment, Massena, NY July 28-29th, 2012

Civil War Re-enactment, Massena, NY July 28-29th, 2012

Well, I’m just back from Ogdensburg, NY where I was photographing this year’s version of the re-enactment of the French and Indian War. On the way home from there I stopped on the Canadian side of the St. Lawrence River to pay a quick visit to the site of the Battle of the Windmill and to briefly visit Fort Wellington which was constructed during the latter months of the War of 1812. I will hopefully find time this week to process and upload some of the images from today’s viists and then I’ll have to think about whether I will be able to get to Massena, NY for next week’s re-enactment of the Civil War.

Update July 28th, 2012: I made it to the Saturday re-enactment event and will be uploading photos over the next couple of days. First of the Encampment images here.

Such tough decisions to make :-).

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Corning, New York

Gaffer District – Corning, New YorkThe last time that we visited Corning, New York, we had barely enough time to visit the Corning Museum of Glass. This time around, we had time for a bit of a walking tour of Corning’s Gaffer District. Continue reading

2012 Jock River Canoe and Kayak Race, Richmond, Ontario

March 31, 2012 – I visited the Jock River Race official site (http://www.jockriverrace.ca/) again today. I knew that they have decided that the lack of snow cover and no ensuing rainfall to speak of had forced them to move the date for the race ahead to today’s date. No indication this morning that the race might have been canceled so I’m off with my camera to see what interesting action I might be able to capture again this year.

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Barcelo Premium-Marina Palace, Varadero, Cuba (night time images)

Barcelo Premium-Marina Palace, Varadero, Cuba
Barcelo Premium – Cayo Libertad-Royal Island, Varadero, Cuba


We were staying at the adult-only island complex referred to as Barcelo Cayo Libertad or the Royal Island. Barcelo Cayo Libertad occupies an island at the extreme end of the Varadero Peninsula approximately 24 km from the town of Varadero itself. Guests at Barcelo Cayo Libertad have full access to the facilities of the larger Barcelo Marina Palace complex. Continue reading

Creative Moment – Phosphorescent Painting

52 Creative – Week 4

Last Week I went and picked up a tube of Tri-Art Phosphorescent Paint to try a different kind of “Light Painting”. The plan was to use light and the phosphorescent paint to ‘paint’ various images on the canvas, in order to continually have a new picture each night.

However; Overall the experiment was interesting but the results were less than stellar. I found that the paint needed significant amount of energizing (not sure if that’s the right word) using my high powered lights to stay bright and dimmed significantly as I ‘painted’ that only very simple drawings could be done. In addition I was getting a lot of bleed on the page which also helped to wash out detail in a complicated image. So although a neat experiment, I think that is just that an experiment; rather than a new art-form for which I can expand its uses.

The final result (with some photo-shopping to pull out the brightness).

I call it “Castle with a Dangerous Pet”

Squirrel house building 101- Go fetch me a leaf

Squirrel house building 101 – Go fetch me a leaf

You might have heard of birds feathering their nest and everyone knows that beavers fell trees to make their homes and their dams. What do squirrels do?

One day, just before the rain and snow arrived, I looked out the window and saw squirrels scurrying up and down the tree in our backyard. At first, I didn’t think about it much since there are always squirrels scurrying around in our back yard. Then, I looked closer. Continue reading