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Breeding Bird Survey 2012 – Dubreuilville, Ontario route

Breeding Bird Survey 2012 – Dubreuilville, Ontario route

The Beaton Lake survey route of the day before had to be cut short due to adverse weather conditions which continued through to about 4PM. Although the weather did eventually clear a bit in the evening allowing us to visit a few of the tourist sites around Wawa, Ontario, we weren’t certain what the day would be like for our Dubreuilville survey route.  We were in luck.  A cold front had moved in and only a few clouds lingered in the sky as we packed our vehicle and headed for the starting point at the intersection of Hwy 17 and the hwy to Dubreuiville.

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Ontario Ottawa

Hog’s Back Falls/Les Chutes De Hogs Back, Ottawa, Ontario

Hog’s Back Falls/Les Chutes De Hogs Back, Ottawa, Ontario (Location)

The morning had started pretty early for me since Adell was taking an early morning flight to Winnipeg and that meant driving her to the airport for about 5:30AM. I knew from publications of the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) and from seeing the water levels of the Jock River for the recent Jock River Canoe-Kayak race that water levels in the Rideau River waterway were lower than normal for this time of the year. There had also been a bit of discussion in recent newscasts about the impact of recent budget cuts on the timing of the opening of the Rideau Canal. Since I was already up bright and early and driving around, I decided that it would be as good as time as any to head over to Hog’s Back Falls and see what impact the water levels were having on the appearance of that bit of the Rideau River.

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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.

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Canada Explorer Mud Lake Ontario Ottawa

What color is the Sky? The sky is BLUE!

After all of the rain and overcast skies that we have had recently, the sky in Ottawa was cloudless for a good portion of today. I decided that all that sunshine shouldn’t be allowed to go to waste so I grabbed my camera and out I went for a whirlwind tour. For today’s outing I decided to use my Nikkor 28-105 f3.5 zoom lens and carried my Nikkor 16mm f2.8 fish-eye in my pocket.

First I stopped to photograph some scilla and puskinia in my own garden.

Then I headed over to Ottawa’s experimental farm where I found some yellow daffodils and some two-toned daffodils. I used the macro feature of the 28-105mm lens and then switched to the 16mm using the fish-eye’s field curvature to get a different look. A bumblebee just happened to come along while I was lying on the ground in the middle of a batch of daffodils.

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Canada Explorer Ontario Ottawa

Bates Island and the Ottawa River revisited

After enjoying being out in the sunshine with the dogs at the Bruce Pit Dog Park, I headed over to the Ottawa River and Bates Island. It was a nice day and water conditions were perfect for those who like to play in the rapids around Bates Island.

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Adirondacks New York State USA

Ager’s Falls – Lyonsdale, NY

The next stop on my search for falls along the western edge of the foothills of the Adirondacks Mountains was Ager’s Falls. (Location)

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Adirondacks New York State USA

Crossing the Black River – Boonville, NY

After leaving Boonville, NY, I headed out into unknown territory. I didn’t have good detailed maps of the area with me but I knew that, when I crossed the Black River, I was heading out into an area of the western Adirondack foothills that was a bit less populated with people but better populated with waterfalls and rapids. A fair trade-off in my mind. The first stop was at the point where the road toward Lyonsdale crosses the Black River.

 

 

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Canada Explorer Jock River Ontario Ottawa

Upper Jock River Canoe/Kayak Race – April 2011

The photos in this post are for the 2011 Upper Jock River Canoe/Kayak Race. March 31, 2012 UPDATE: – The 2012 race is now over. I have uploaded my photos from the 2012 race here: 2012 Upper Jock River Canoe and Kayak Race

The Upper Jock River Canoe/Kayak Race race is over for another year. I had a great time photographing the many different boat configurations as they went past my location near the last set of rapids. Weather conditions were perfect (+15C or so, sunny, no wind) and the water was high enough that hitting rocks was a challenge this year. The organizers were very happy that it rained last week and raised the water levels that extra bit!

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Almonte Canada Explorer Ontario

Almonte, Ontario – A bit of History and Architecture

This blog entry will be focusing on a bit of the architecture and history of Almonte. (Location) Although a few photos of the Mississippi River and the Great Falls are included in this post, please refer to previous blog entries if you are interested in seeing the river and Great Falls in more detail and completeness. Great Falls – Lower SectionUpper Section

The Mississippi River has played an important role in the history of Almonte, providing as it did the gravitational power of the river’s 60+ foot plunge over layered bedrock which was harnessed to operate a number of woollen and grist mills in the area. The river’s water later turned power turbines for electrical power generation. Although the grist mills and woollen mills are no longer in operation, electrical power generation at the location of the Great Falls has been upgraded and expanded recently to better service modern electricity demands.

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Upper section of Great Falls – Almonte, Ontario

After visiting the Lower section of Great Falls, I moved uphill to the upper section of Great Falls in Almonte, Ontario.