2nd quarter 2012 – MPT most viewed

2nd quarter 2012 – MPT most viewed

The following subjects were the most viewed MPT blog posts for the past three months.

Top ranking – The two Kingdom of Osgoode posts from 2011 – I guess everyone likes looking at brides on horses with an entourage of armor-coated best men! Hopefully, Graeme or I will be able to photograph this year’s event. Always interesting!
Kingdom of Osgoode 2011
Hand Fasting Wedding at the Mediæval Fair in Osgoode, Ontario – July 2011

Near the top (educational post)– Images of Poison Ivy. No surprise there. Each year, as the itching begins, people find out that they, or their children, have been exposed to Poison Ivy and, since the rash shows up a day or two after exposure, the search for images and information invariably leads the sufferers to our poison ivy pictorial tutorial. Doesn’t stop the scratching but at least, hopefully, our posting will help some folks avoid contact and avoid the suffering the next time they get near the stuff.
Poison Ivy (Images and Description)

Near the top (athletics post) – Images from the Ottawa Race Weekend Marathon were the most active but a significant number of individuals still arrive each month to look through the many pages of the posting for the 2011 Ottawa Bicycle Club Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour.
The Marathon
Ottawa Bicycle Club 2011 Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour

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Near the top (Scientific posts)
Sun photos (With solar filter)

Near the top (Flora and fauna posts) – Butterfly images get top billing but snakes are also right up there! Most searches for butterfly information arrive at our Carleton University butterfly exhibit summary page. Since we have butterfly images scattered throughout our posts, the total number of visitors coming to our posts due to butterflies is definitely high. Snakes on the other hand are just too numerous at the Narcisse snake pits in Manitoba. Visitors to that post just love to pass the link along to their friends to freak them out :-)!
Butterflies at Carleton University – using the MPT internal search function (upper right of screen just above “share this blog”) usually works well for finding other butterfly images in MPT posts but can sometimes yield interesting results.

Narcisse, Manitoba snake pits – an MPT image from this post is highlighted in one of Frommer’s tour guides which suggests the Narcisse pits as a top tourist destination for May – if you like snakes, that is.

Near the top (International travel) – Individually, each travel post gets high numbers of views but, collectively, views on posts for individual trips are always very high. To see our posts from a particular international region, just click on the category box to the right of the screen. Whether searching the Serengeti for lions or snorkeling in Saipan or just wandering through New York City, we hope that you will find some interesting images and come back often.

Best of summer to everyone.

 

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People are thinking about Spring

People are thinking about Spring

One interesting thing about having a blog that includes lots of photos is the insight that it can provide into what the general population might be thinking about or planning to do. In the Fall and early Winter, the number of views on winter vacation locations tend to increase and our blogs from past trips to the FloridaDominican RepublicMexico and Cuba begin to be viewed more often. During the summer months, by contrast, those blog entries are rarely viewed.

Rolling Waves - Punta Cana  

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Ottawa Bicycle Club Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour 2011

This year was the 40th year that the Ottawa Bicycle Club sponsored a weekend tour from Ottawa to Kingston and back. I cycled in the 2009 tour (photos by Graeme) but had injuries last year and other commitments this year.

After photographing activities at the Walk for Juvenile Diabetes Sunday morning, I walked over to Carleton University where tables of volunteers awaited the return of the cyclists from Kingston. About 2 PM and some cyclists were already back and packing their bikes into their cars.

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Ashton, Ontario – A step back in time

Weather was absolutely beautiful today (+12C and bright sunshine), so I picked up my father and off we went for a drive in the country.
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Ottawa Bicycle Club Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour – Spring 2009

Each year, the Ottawa Bicycle Club sponsors and organizes the “Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour”. The event in 2009 marks the 38th anniversary of the event.

The tour is a supported tour with cyclists traveling the approximately 177km one-way route from Ottawa, Ontario through Ashton, Ontario and Perth, Ontario to Kingston, Ontario on the Saturday, staying overnight in the dorms of Queen’s University in Kingston, and then, after a nice breakfast, cycling back to the start point in Ottawa on the Sunday.  A few alternate routes allow for cyclists to travel other routes such as the 100km/day Century route that starts out in Perth, Ontario and joins in with the Traditional route. For the more enthusiastic, there is a longer 200+ km/day route.

2011 UPDATE: The photos in this blog are from the 2009 event. For more information about the 2011 Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour, visit the Ottawa Bicycle Club website.

For this year’s event the plan was for Ron to do the cycling along the traditional 177km/day route and for Graeme to do the photography. Here’s Ron now!

The plan worked out reasonably well except for three flat tires, two of which occurred on Sunday when the weather was cold, drizzly and dreary. The following is a collection of shots taken along the route.
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