Am I on the right track? :-)

Am I on the right track? 🙂


April 18, 2012 – The winds, that I discussed in an earlier post , have now headed east and the sky is blue, so off I go again to photograph the Magnolias at the Experimental Farm.

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Just a short trip … really!

Just a short trip … really!

I was working on some more uploads from our recent Cuba trip, looked out the window, saw that the sun was shining and decided that a short trip around the neighborhood with camera in hand would be good idea. Started out as  a trip to the Jack Pine Trail because I hadn’t been there for awhile.  Never got there.  Continue reading

Negotiating the Sarsaparilla and Jack Pine Trails

Negotiating the Sarsaparilla and Jack Pine Trails

The freezing rain stopped at about midnight and the day started off with some blue sky and temperatures slightly above freezing.  This meant that walking the trails would be a bit of a challenge. Continue reading

Chasing Rainbows and Pots of Gold – Ridge Road, Ottawa

Chasing Rainbows and Pots of Gold – Ridge Road, Ottawa

After photographing Chickadees in Nepean, I headed east toward Mer Bleue Bog. It was one of those strange days weatherwise, a bit of sun, a lot of clouds, intermittent rain and a strong wind was blowing the flags around

Looking off to the east, I kept seeing rainbows coming and going, brightening for a while and then disappearing altogether until another cloud and rain shower lined up with the bit of sun peeping through to develop another prism effect. I was approaching Ridge Road when I got an open view of a new rainbow just forming. It disappeared almost as quickly as it formed but I was able to get my camera out for a quick shot.

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Trying out the repaired 80-200 f2.8

I haven’t been out on the woodland trails much this summer (soccer injuries, international travel, other family commitments, etc), so when I received my 80-200mm f2.8 back from Nikon’s repair depot, that was all that I needed as a reason to head out to the close-by Sarsaparilla Trail with a bag of sun flower seeds in my hand to visit the local wildlife that I hadn’t visited since early in the Spring. It was a bit late in the day and the lighting in the woods was a bit tricky for photography but it wasn’t long before I had the Chickadees eating out of my hand, the chipmunks scurrying among the leaves at my feet to find the dropped seeds, a red squirrel coming to the handful of seeds placed on the nearby log, and the Blue Jay patiently waiting in the branches overhead hoping that I would leave a few seeds behind for him as well. A female Downy Woodpecker thumped methodically at the trunk of a nearby tree and a White-Breasted Nuthatch flew by a few times but not within camera range. Glad I had a reason for a walk in the woods. It was nice to get away from steel and concrete again if only for a short period of time.


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Watts Creek Trail Revisited – May 21, 2011

The sky was blue again today ( a rare treat these days) so my wife and I headed out for a cycle along the Watts Creek Trail from Kanata over to Britannia Beach. No tulips along this trail but the trees in the apple orchard were in full bloom as were the individual apple trees along the trail. Every so often, we would pass by a nice clump of fragrant lilacs which added to the the aromas of the ride. Someone in the residential area along the trail had a great smelling meal cooking on their BBQ, too!


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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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A Pond in the Spring

A Pond in the Spring by R. Hay

A pond in the Spring is a mighty fine place,
As Nature gets moving at her frenzied pace.
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Feeding Chickadees on the Beaver Trail

I hadn’t been on the Beaver Trail in the Stony Swamp section of Ottawa’s Greenbelt for quite awhile so decided to take a look around that trail today carrying my Nikon D300 equipped with my vintage Micro-nikkor 1:3.5 f=55mm nippon kogaku japan lens.

Nippon Kogaku (Nikon) 55mm f3.5 Micro-Nikkor

Nippon Kogaku (Nikon) 55mm f3.5 Micro-Nikkor

It was icier that I expected and I had to revert to a bit of a duck walk in a couple of locations to keep from slipping. The beaver house area was still frozen solid, but a great deal of the snow had already melted.
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Trying out a new (old) lens: Nikkor-H 28mm f3.5

Snow on Ottawa RIver at Dick Bell Park

Nikkor-H 28mm f3.5: I purchased another vintage lens today.  It has definitely seen better days and has lots of wear but it still works, so I will find a place for it in my bag on those days when I don`t want to carry around the much newer, larger zoom lenses. Some days, I expect  that this small, old, much lighter and less obtrusive MF lens will be just what I need.
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