The Winter Quiet of Mer Bleue, Ottawa, Ontario

The Winter Quiet of Mer Bleue, Ottawa, Ontario

Wednesday was one of those heavily overcast, foggy, misty kind of days with the temperature hovering around the freezing point. I was on the east side of Ottawa on other business and, since I had decided to bring my camera along with me, I used photography as my good excuse to take a walk in the area of the Mer Bleue Bog. (location)  The only sound I heard for about an hour was the sound of a few planes heading to the airport and even those sounds were nicely muted. Continue reading

Winter Wonderland 2011

Winter Wonderland 2011

Winter weather has hit many parts of North America (including New York City) long before November 23rd, 2011 but for us here in Ottawa, November 23rd was the first real day of snowfall. Above freezing temperatures are forecast for the next few days along with rainfall forecast for the Grey Cup Weekend so this collection of white stuff will likely only be around for a few days.

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MACKENZIE KING ESTATE in GATINEAU PARK

In was getting somewhat late in the day when we decided to take a trip up into the Gatineau Hills to see what we could see.  The original plan was to go to the lookout but the main roads in the Gatineau Park are still closed so, instead, we decided to take a trip up to the Mackenzie King Estate which is situated south of Kingsmere Lake. Kingsmere Lake still has a coating of ice. (Location)

It had been a strange day all day weather-wise. One minute there would be blue sky above, the next it was clouded over and raining so we weren’t sure what to expect. When we got to Kingsmere Lake, the sky was clouded over and the roads were a bit wet but otherwise quite easily driveable. That would soon change!
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Polar Bear Jump – Video and Additional Photos

As promised, here is a short video from this year’s Polar Bear Jump into the Ottawa River. Click on the image below and shiver along with the participants.

Polar Bear Jump – Video and Additional Photos

Below is a collection of additional photos from the day. Enjoy!
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Kanata (Ottawa), Ontario – A bit of Freezing Rain

Kanata (Ottawa), Ontario – A bit of Freezing Rain

Ottawa residents awakened this morning to an ice-covered wonderland unless, of course, your car was parked outside and you wanted to get to work, in which case, it wasn’t such a wonderland. Temperatures were hovering around -4C this morning so a lot of scraping was being done in near darkness.


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Winterlude Ice Sculptures – Ottawa – 2010

Winterlude Ice Sculptures – Ottawa – 2010

“Winterlude” is the name chosen for the winter festival celebrated in early February each year in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. For many the main attraction is skating on the Rideau Canal. For others it is the on stage entertainment. For me, it is the ice sculptures. I enjoy seeing the ice artists transforming large blocks of ice into translucent objects of art using such unlikely combinations of tools such as chainsaws, Dremels and household irons.

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Blau Varadero – Cuba

Blau Veradero, Cuba

I was down for a simple get-away week to relax and just have some fun (Location).

Of note: a hurricane hit the other half of the island while I was there so the weather was great for photography, less so for ocean and beach fun (I didn’t mind). I took my Nikon D80 and a Canon Digital P&S which I had borrowed from my brother:

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Palladium White Sands Resort, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

White Sand Beach

Palladium White Sands Resort, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

A portion of the beach at Palladium Resorts, Yucatan Peninsula: After a day or two of trudging through jungles and looking at Mayan ruins at Coba and Chichen-Itza, a bit of sun, surf and sand sure looks tempting. And, of course, playing or watching beach volleyball can take one’s mind off of Mayan ruins.   Continue reading

The Packenham Bridge in Winter – Jan. 2006

The Packenham Bridge in Winter

January 26, 2006 – The sun was shining with clear skies and I needed to be in the Packenham area on other business so taking the camera along for the ride seemed like the right thing to do and I am glad that I did.

Hog’s Back Falls on the Rideau River

Hog’s Back Falls on the Rideau River

January 17, 2006 – Today’s outing was to the Hog’s Back Falls in Ottawa to see the ice formations. The falls is located on the Rideau River near Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario and is so-named because of a rock formation in the centre of the falls.

My theme for the day was ice formations and my surprise for the day was finding a flock of mallards on the Rideau River. Had lots of fun watching as the birds tried to walk up the slippery, ice-covered slopes of the banks of the Rideau River across from the RA Centre.