Remic Rapids – Drummers and Fire Dancers



Remic Rapids, Ottawa

After spending the day photographing Fall colours at Luskville Falls in Quebec and driving around in my mother’s new Volvo C70 convertible with the roof down in beautiful Fall weather, I joined a few friends at Remic Rapids on the Ottawa River in Ottawa. It’s the location where there are stone statues that are set-up each summer by a local artist who works all week arranging the stones in various ways and patterns. An interesting tourist site not on most bus tours.

Tonight there was a special presentation by a local group of bongo drummers. They started to attract quite a crowd as they played on and, as the sun set, the group got larger and larger as more players arrived to join in and add to the rhythmic music.

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WestFest – Gets Naked – 2011

WestFest – Gets Naked – 2011

Saturday – once again Westboro festival, WestFest, has taken over Richmond  Street. The annual event (this year called “Gets Naked” because of the performance by Bif Naked) basically closes the main street of Westboro to traffic and allows visitors to walk around and be entertained and shop. Its quite an event, with several street performing acts such as the Stunt Man Circus and their Po-go stick feats. Continue reading

The Haunted Walk – GH2 Low Light Test

The Haunted Walk – GH2 Low Light Test

I finally got my hands on the Lumix GH2 from Panasonic. I’m very excited with this camera due to its small form, light weight and with an adapter I can use all my Nikon Lens. All the shots are handheld, most unchanged (beyond size reduction) but a few have some minor changes in post to their raw files to JPEG (crop, sharpen, white balance).

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Changeable Weekend Weather

It was a bit of a strange weekend. Saturday was nice and Graeme was able to get out and photograph some friends participating in the 10K portion of the Ottawa race weekend. Then on Sunday morning, it was raining for the start of the marathon and by the end of the day the sun peaked out from behind the clouds and the temperature started to climb. By Tuesday, temperatures of +33C with high humidity were common in Eastern Ontario.
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Rain, Rain, Go Away

Royal Standard

My hostas just love the rain and it looks like we may be getting six rainy days in a row so I bought grass seed today and spread some around.
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Astronomy Day 2011

Astronomy Day 2011

Today is Astronomy Day, and the above picture is a shot of the Sun as it rises. Again you can see some sunspots. Once again I was volunteering for the RASC event held at the Canada Museum of Science and Technology. We had two main events, Solar Observing during the day, and Star Party after it got dark.

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Sun Photos (with Solar Filter)

Sun Photos (with Solar Filter)

So I finally got my solar filter cell made (from solar filter paper + set-up rings) and gave it a try. First shot (above) was around noon. You can see some sun-spots, so I rank it a success. Next, I took out my 500mm Gregorian Mirror Lens and tried to take the picture of the sun in three different set-ups. Continue reading

Earth Shine and the Waxing Crescent Moon

Earth Shine and the Moon

The moon is once again making an appearance in the night sky. It is currently in the waxing crescent, and it’s a good opportunity to try and capture some earth-shine.

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The Green Mountains, Vermont

Time for another holiday :-). So with camera in hand and a car filled with gas, once again I was driving over the St. Lawrence River and into the United States. Usually, I cross at Ogdensburg, NY, but today I crossed at Cornwall, Ontario since I was heading east into Vermont and a final destination of Stowe, Vermont.
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Gumbo-Limbo Trail – Everglades National Park

The Gumbo-Limbo Trail is accessed from the same parking lot as the Anhinga Trail but unlike the Anhinga Trail which heads out into open space, the Gumbo-Limbo Trail heads into the darker shadows of a forest canopy.

The Gumbo-Limbo tree has red, peeling bark when younger and a waxy red texture when older. It is sometimes called the Tourist Tree in reference to how its peeling bark might mimic the peeling skin of tourists who are exposed to too much sun.
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