Mud Lake & Deschênes Rapids, Ottawa


This past Friday a friend and I visited Mud Lake near the Deschênes Rapids. It was a perfect day for hiking – sunny and cool enough to keep the bugs away. My friend, being a patient person, put up with me stopping from time-to-time to take some photos of the abundant wildlife on and around this small lake.

While we were there, we decided to make a wee side trip to see what the Ottawa River was doing at the Deschênes Rapids. We were able to get close to the river bank, but because of the high water we were limited as to how much we could see. These are two photos of the river taken last Friday, May 22/2015 …

Not really all that exciting, unless of course you compare it to the following photos that I took around this same location on July 2012 when we were experiencing a bad drought …

All of the locations in the above photos were completely under water last Friday. The people walking in one of the above photos were actually walking across the Deschênes Rapids, and the rock where the two people are sitting was completely under fast-moving water in 2012. And the duck? Well over her head last Friday!

Abandoned Buildings Local to Ottawa


I love to ride my motorcycle on the country roads around the Ottawa area, and quite often I will see an abandoned house, barn or silo. I typically make a mental note of these with a plan to return and take photos of the sites. This past Saturday was a nice day for biking, so I set my goal to wander around the countryside and finally take some of these photos.

Here are my results …

A caveat … I’m not sure if one of the barns was actually abandoned or just old and not used. I tried asking at the nearest house but no one was home. Maybe someday I’ll head back there and see if I can get more information. The hydro wires were still connected to the building, but that doesn’t mean much given that the owner would need to pay the hydro company to remove the wires. It is easier (and less expensive) just to contact the hydro company and have them pull the metre.

Abandoned Barn – Lochiel Township, North Glengarry


Several weeks ago on my way east on highway #417, I noticed what looked like a large abandoned barn just east of the highway #34 exit. Today I took my motorbike and explored the area and found the barn in a field next to a dead-end dirt road. The barn is in bad condition and is losing to the elements. Someone appears to be recovering some of the better wood from the barn. Next to the barn is what looks like a horse stable.

Here are some of the photos that I took while walking around the barn.

Abandoned Farm & Thresher


I had an opportunity recently to re-visit the abandoned farm that I have been photographing over the years. It continues to deteriorate, ever so slowly. Because of its isolation and the fact that few people know about this place, it has never been vandalized. Here are some recent photos of the buildings …

While there I took a chance and carefully negotiated the interior of the barn to take some photos of parts of the abandoned thresher. Many of the floor boards have rotted and there are loose boards with nails sticking out, so walking carefully in the barn is a must.

More from North Glengarry County


I continue to wander around North Glengarry county with cameras at the ready. More of my more recent photos … enjoy.