Sing, Sing, Sing

This week’s photos are brought to you by the letter “U”, for “Unison”.
(Weekly Photo – Week #21, May 21, 2014)

Sorry folks … this post is a few days late in getting out there. Just too much going on, but all fun and pleasure.

So, what is Unison? Unison is a quadrennial Canadian choral festival for LGBTQ people and their allies. This year the festival was held in Ottawa, Ontario, the capital of Canada. This marks the fifth edition with previous festivals held in Edmonton, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg. For this festival, the Show Tune Showdown 2014 was held as a special event and it consisted of three musical theatre groups and three celebrity judges. This is the eighth edition of the Show Tune Showdown and it has grown to become the largest LGBTQ arts event produced locally in Ottawa, and in 2014 will be produced by Unison.

I was asked about a year ago if I would consider taking photos at some of the events and here is a sample of what I captured. This was my first opportunity to photograph a live entertainment event and what a neat learning curve! And it is amazing what you can do with digital photography when you have a fast prime lens and you push the camera ISO.

Tiraislin Fold

On Friday, May 9, I travelled with my friends Kathy and Vaughan to visit the farm of one of their friends. We had planned to spend a few hours there taking photos of some of the animals. Many hours later we were still there taking photos, touring the property and talking with the owner, Rosemary. What started off as a few hours in the country, turned into a delightful day on a farm. I was enthralled with the animals – Tibetan yaks, horses, dogs, cats, sheep, chickens and geese, as well as a goat, donkey and a llama.

But best of all was meeting Rosemary, a farmer and an artist, and most important, an absolutely wonderful and fascinating person. Check out these web pages to read more about the Tiraislin Farm and Rosemary …

Tiraislin Fold and Rosemary’s Art

And here are some of the photos I took that day, starting with the animals …

… and the farm and people …

And a brief stop at what appeared to be an abandoned maple sugar shack …

My sincere thanks to Kathy and Vaughan for sharing this day with me, and thanks to Rosemary for her hospitality.


This week’s photos are brought to you by the letter “T”, for “Technology”.
(Weekly Photo – Week #20, May 14, 2014)

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” (Arthur C. Clarke’s third law of prediction)

I wouldn’t refer to myself as a “technical geek”, yet I am fascinated by all types of technology, old and new, used and abandoned. Here are some examples of different types of technology that I have collected in my photography library.

Ribbit, Ribbit, Croak

This past week, my friend Kathy and I visited the live frog exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Nature where we had an opportunity to take photos of these marvelous little (and a few big) creatures. I think everything about frogs is neat, and I especially like the googly eyes and goofy grins on some of their faces.

And please visit Kathy’s blog to see the photos that she took at the museum. You can find her frog photos at Kajepi Photography.

Immoveable Art

This week’s photos are brought to you by the letter “S”, for “Statues & Sculptures”.
(Weekly Photo – Week #19, May 7, 2014)

I like taking photos of statues for several reasons, such as …

  • They stand still when you take their photo,
  • They are usually significant as either a work of art or a time in history,
  • And … well, they are just neat!

So here is a wee gallery of some of my favourite statues, some local and others distance, some from my past and some recent … enjoy.