2012 Jock River Canoe and Kayak Race, Richmond, Ontario

March 31, 2012 – I visited the Jock River Race official site (http://www.jockriverrace.ca/) again today. I knew that they have decided that the lack of snow cover and no ensuing rainfall to speak of had forced them to move the date for the race ahead to today’s date. No indication this morning that the race might have been canceled so I’m off with my camera to see what interesting action I might be able to capture again this year.

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OVAS GIANT AUCTION today – March 4th, 2012

Notice – 28/01/2013: The 2013 version of the OVAS Giant Auction will be held on Sunday, March 24th, 2013. It will be part of a two-day ‘Aquamania’. On March 23 – 24th, 2013, the Ottawa Valley Aquarium Society presents it`s first ever AquaMania event at the Best Western Hotel and Conference Centre, 1876 Robertson Road, Bells Corners (Location). On Saturday, March 23rd, 2013, OVAS has a great lineup of guest speakers including Dr. Stephan Tanner, Jamie Baquero, Dr. Hernan Lopez-Fernandez, Les Wilson and Jason Baliban. Topics will cover freshwater and saltwater. OVAS will also have a manufacturer exhibit and sales room running all day. On Sunday, March 24th, 2013, it will be the OVAS Giant Auction! Note that the location of the auction has changed. For this year, the location will be the Best Western Hotel and Conference Center and not the Jack Purcell Center

 

OVAS GIANT AUCTION today – March 4th, 2012

March 4th, 2012 – The fun has begun and I’m at the Jack Purcell Center (location) helping to set things up for today’s big event.

It’s 9AM and the work has certainly begun in earnest. Tables have to be set up, chairs have to be lined up and all of the equipment has to be checked out. Of course, every good operation requires a supervisor with a  cup of coffee 🙂 and, once the guys have all of the tables lined up, along comes someone else to point out how they should be numbered. 🙂 🙂
Ottawa Valley Aquarium Society Giant Auction March 2012

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Ron and Graeme Hay…

Ron and Graeme Hay... by deanspic
Ron and Graeme Hay…, a photo by deanspic on Flickr.

Out for a paddle today! Some pictures of us (for a change) by Dean as we paddle up through the Fen of the Jock River near Richmond Ontario.

Some of our photos of the day’s adventures are here

Old Quarry Trail, Kanata

Old Quarry Trail, Kanata (Location)

Nice temperatures and a perfect blue sky was all that I needed to head over to the Old Quarry Trail by the Hazeldean Mall with carrots in one pocket and sunflower seeds in the other pocket.
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Upper Canada Village, Morrisburg, Ontario – a second visit.

Upper Canada Village, Morrisburg, Ontario – a second visit.
Driving from Ottawa to the Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg, Ontario, Jeremy and I opted to take the more leisurely route along the shores of the St. Lawrence River. Jeremy and I formed the Flickr Ottawa group of two for this outing. Weather conditions and last minute Christmas commitments had whittled the group size down quickly.

We found Mr. And Mrs. Claus in a parking lot in Cardinal, Ontario. A jolly couple, but apparently Santa wasn’t sure where he had parked his reindeer. They seemed confident that their transportation would be found, so off Jeremy and I went to see the lights of Upper Canada Village.
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Ottawa to Morrisburg – a bit of snow and a few stops

Ottawa to Morrisburg – a bit of snow and a few stops
The weather forecast said that the weather would be nice in Morrisburg so when Jeremy and I left Ottawa we weren’t expecting to encounter any tough sledding during the drive to get there. Mother Nature decided to test us a bit with a bit of a snow squall when we approached the junction of the 416 and the 401 highways. We decided to avoid the 401 and take the more leisurely route along the shores of the St. Lawrence River, stopping for a few photo breaks along the way. I was happy that the snow squall didn’t follow us and we were soon away from the adverse weather.
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New Year’s Eve and Fireworks

New Year’s Eve and Fireworks

At this time of the year people begin to ask us how to take pictures of fireworks. There is probably some perfect way to do it but we’re not completely sure what that way is. Instead of a perfect formula, we’ve developed a short tutorial outlining what we do and think about to get the fireworks shots that we get. To view the tutorial, click on “tutorials” at the top of the page or click here: Fireworks Tutorial.

More Deer Photos – Old Quarry Trail, Kanata, Ontario

More Deer Photos – Old Quarry Trail, Kanata, Ontario

I’ve started off today’s blog with a photo of a young fellow trying to feed a number of white-tailed deer which came in quite close but, in the end, ate from the ground but not from his hand. I told him that he and the deer would be on the internet tonight so I had to get to work on this blog as soon as I got home :-).
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Potential for a White Christmas is now HIGH!

Potential for a White Christmas is now HIGH!

Snowfall over the past few days has now all but assured us of a White Christmas. My backyard table recording system says so :-).

Deer on the Old Quarry Trail – Kanata, Ontario

Deer on the Old Quarry Trail – Kanata, Ontario

It was -8C, a light wind was blowing, a few flakes of snow were falling and the deer were there to greet me as I took a brisk walk around the Old Quarry Trail loop of Ottawa’s Greenbelt trail system.


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