Red Rock Canyon

First full day in Las Vegas and we decide to start off with a day trip to the Famous Red Rock Canyons!

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New England Trip 2012 – Day 2 – Lake George

New England Trip 2012 – Day 2 – Lake George

By the time that we got to Lake George, we were tried and a bit hungry.  We really hadn’t traveled very far but we had stopped at plenty of locations to look around and take photos. Continue reading

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

Upper Jock River Canoe and Kayak Race – 2012

Upper Jock River Canoe and Kayak Race – 2012

The unseasonably warm weather of the past week or so is beginning to have an effect on lots of things.  X-C skiing is certainly tough with no snow but another local event, the Upper Jock River Canoe and Kayak Race is also affected by the warm weather. The race organizers rely on the Spring snow melt to provide sufficient water flow in the Jock River to allow them to stage a race without too many boats scraping bottom along the route.

I was visiting their official site (http://www.jockriverrace.ca/) today and see that they have decided that the lack of snow cover has forced them to move the date for the race ahead again. It is now tentatively scheduled for March 31, 2012 but it is strongly advised to keep going back to their site in case they have to change the date again. At the moment, Graeme and I might be along the shoreline at some point with our cameras as we have been in two of the past three years. With any luck it won’t start snowing :-).

2009 Jock River Race blog and photos
2011 Jock River Race blog and photos.

Best of luck to everyone who is entered for the 2012 event.

UPDATE: March 31, 2012 – The 2012 race is now over and uploading of the photos from that event has begun. View here: 2012 Upper Jock River Canoe and Kayak Race

 

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Varadero, Cuba – Morning has come.

Varadero, Cuba – Day 2 and morning has come.

After a good night’s sleep, we got up and headed over to the reception area of the Marina Palace complex to meet with Air Canada’s representative for the orientation session.  Weather was nice and warm so I also took the time to get a few photos along the way. Continue reading

Taffy Lane Christmas Lights 2011

Taffy Lane – Christmas Lights 2011

Its that time of year again and, as many houses are setting up Christmas lights in Ottawa, Ontario, no street is better known for it than Taffy Lane, where literally the whole street lights up for the holidays! (Location)

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Carleton University’s Annual Butterfly Show, October 1-10, 2011

Carleton University’s Annual Butterfly Show, October 1-10, 2011

Well, it is that time of year again. Carleton University’s Biology Department opens their greenhouse doors to the public this weekend for the popular annual live Butterfly Show. The butterflies fly free in the greenhouses under the watchful eye of the greenhouse manager, Ed Bruggink .
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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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Elvis is coming to Tweed, Ontario

The people of Tweed, Ontario are getting ready for an invasion of Elvis lookalikes for their big Elvis imitator weekend at the end of August. Everyone in Tweed was talking about the event when I stopped in town on my way to Toronto on Thursday. All I wanted to do was photograph Tweed’s interesting collection of painted fire hydrants. All of the discussion about Elvis was an added bonus. For more festival info visit the Tweed Tribute To Elvis Festival website.

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Lunch in an Italian Country Setting

Lunch in an Italian Country Setting – Amalfi Coast, Italy

After tromping through the ruins of ancient Pompeii, it was nice to get out into a farm setting for a pizza lunch. Once small catch though was that someone from the group had to volunteer to make the lunch :-). Some of us were too busy photographing fruits and vegetables so others had to take up the slack and step to the front.

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