Rideau River Slow Motion Boats

While location scouting for HPFP.ca I had a chance to film some boats on the Rideau River. It’s mainly test footage for slow motion as I’m still learning how to maximize the quality right out of the camera and I goofed a few settings. But none the less, it looks cool!

Manoir Papineau National Historic Site, Montebello, Quebec

Manoir Papineau National Historic Site, Montebello, Quebec

While we were visiting at the Chateau Montebello, we decided that it would be nice to take the short stroll over to the grounds of the Manoir Papineau National Historic Site directly adjacent to the Chateau properties. (Location) It was late in the day as we explored the exterior properties in the setting sun and then we returned in the morning expecting that we would be able to see the inside of the building. Unfortunately, it was the first week that the Fall hours were instituted and, being a Monday, this was the first day that the buildings were not open for viewing.

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Le Fairmont Chateau Montebello, Montebello, Quebec

Le Fairmont Chateau Montebello, Montebello, Quebec

The Fairmont Chateau Montebello is located approximately 1/2 way between Montreal and Ottawa on the Quebec side of the Ottawa River.  It is now part of the Fairmont chain of hotels and resorts.  The facility is a well maintained original log building with four wings extending out from a central meeting area with a large fireplace.  Each wing consists of approximately 50 rooms.  On this occasion, we had one of the river facing rooms, in the same alcove that George W. Bush used during his stay in 2007 for the NAFTA Summit.  His Seigniory Room accommodation (Rm 219) had a nicer view of the marina :-). I don’t think that they will be putting up a sign announcing that I stayed there though!

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Springtime flowers of Ottawa, Ontario

Springtime flowers of Ottawa, Ontario

Ottawa is famous for its annual Tulip Festival but once the tulips begin to fade, there are plenty of flowers just waiting for their moment in the sun. For today’s blog, here are a few images taken yesterday when the sun was out and it wasn’t raining.

My first stop was Andrew Haydon Park on the Ottawa River. I expected to find a few young Canada Geese to photograph and I wasn’t disappointed.

The Spirea bushes were in full bloom at the park and a number of people were using these flowers as a backdrop for some family photos so I almost had to stand in line :-).

After taking care of buying myself a new pair of hiking shoes, I headed over to the walled Maplelawn Garden where a large assortment of Spring flowers were in bloom. (Previous visits to Maplelawn Gardens).  The irises are opening right on time for the Vincent Van Gogh exhibit which opens Friday May 25th at The National Gallery of Canada.

At home, all three colours of my Azaleas were putting on a good show.

Photographing all of those flowers can make a person hungry so we headed over to visit my father and took along a treat.

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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

A Little Outing – Shirley’s Bay, Dick Bell Park, Andrew Hadyn Park, Mud Lake, Old Quarry Trail

Shirley’s Bay, Dick Bell Park, Andrew Hadyn Park, Mud Lake, Old Quarry Trail

March 25, 2002 – The weather wasn’t as nice and warm as it had been in recent weeks but I decided that I needed some fresh air and exercise so convinced Graeme to come along and off we went on a circuit of some of the local area parks.

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Weather, weather, weather!!!

Weather, weather, weather!!!

A Jamaican friend of mine once commented on how funny it was to hear Canadians asking what the weather would be like in Jamaica. Except in hurricane season, the response would always be the same, “Today should be about the same as yesterday. Tomorrow should be about the same as today.” Continue reading

Ottawa, Ontario – January 1, 2012 – Sears Great Canadian Chill – Stopping Kids Cancer Cold

Ottawa, Ontario – January 1, 2012 – The Great Canadian Chill – Stopping Kids Cancer Cold

Well folks, Graeme and I, were able to get to Britannia Beach again this year to watch and photograph many, many, many brave souls jumping into the icy waters of the Ottawa River.

As we did last year, we will be uploading a selection of photos from the event for our blog followers to enjoy. Since it is New Year’s Day, we have family commitments too so our uploads might take a day or two. Had a fun time and kept my feet definitely warmer than last year!

Note: Since this blog entry will, in the end, contain hundreds of photos, and be viewed many times, page breaks have been be added to help speed loading. Graeme shot video of most of the event and is in the process of editing. UPDATE January 3, 2012 – The video is now on-line for public viewing at: Sears Great Canadian Chill – A Polar Bear Jump – January 1, 2012 – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Weather conditions for the event were excellent as the temperature was just below the freezing point and there was no significant wind blowing.

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2011 Ottawa-Gatineau Christmas Bird Survey, Gatineau, Quebec

2011 Ottawa-Gatineau Christmas Bird Count, Gatineau, Quebec

The sun is now up and I am out on a Christmas Bird Count with my birder friends, Ralph and Gerhard. Continue reading

The Rock Sculptures of Remic Rapids


The Rock Sculptures of Remic Rapids
Our last post of the Remic Rapids sculptures was Graeme’s video of the drummers and fire dancers who were performing there during his last visit to the rapids. Today, I had a business meeting in downtown Ottawa and decided to stop at Remic Rapids on the way home. I hadn’t really thought about the temperature when I left home so found the 4C temperatures with wind gusts of about 30kph coming at me from across the water a rather invigorating experience since I was only wearing a light summer weight coat with no sweater or suit jacket underneath. Not bad when the sun was out but certainly approaching cool when the sun went behind the clouds. Continue reading