A friend and I, both lovers of trains, recently visited the Eastern Ontario Train Museum in Smith Falls, Ontario. We picked a great day for this visit – it was overcast and cold – we were the only visitors that day and so we had the run of the museum. I have such fond memories of trains, especially the old steam engines. I spent much of my youth living next to the main train line in the Laurentians near Val David, and when we heard a train coming my friends and I would drop everything and head over to the tracks to see the train chugging by. And what kid from my generation didn’t put pennies on the tracks when the train went by – the goal was to see who could end up with the flattest penny. Sometimes we had a special treat – one of the regular engineers lived near my home and the train would stop at the local crossing to let him off at the end of his shift. We could stand next to the steam engine and watch the wheels spin as it fought for traction when it pulled away. Passenger or freight, it was awesome.
I recently started taking a course on fused glass from a talented artist named Jennifer Kelly. Her studio is located at the old mill in Carleton Place, and while out there one day recently, I took some photos of the building and the mill technology (or what’s left of it). It was a perfect day for this type of photography – heavy clouds around noon time – lots of even lighting.
And if you want to know more about Jennifer’s work, her web site is at http://www.currentworksofglass.com. If it wasn’t for her, I doubt that I would ever have had a reason to explore this part of Carleton Place.
By the way … Jennifer is an awesome teacher … knowledgeable, experienced, patient, supportive and best of all, she lets you learn by experimenting with the glass.
I’ve been collecting the locations of abandoned buildings in and around Ottawa, and during the past four weeks I’ve been locating and photographing some of these places.
These photos are of a building at the corner of Cumberland and Murray Streets in the Market area. I noticed this building several months ago and had to do a double-take. I have a photo of this building taken in 2005, when it was closed up and before the demolition started.
The steeple in the background is what was once St. Bridget’s Church.
And this is one view of the building from 2005 …
The following photos are of the old City of Ottawa building at the north end of Bayview Road and also an abandoned house and car on Somerset Street West near Kent street.
And last, but not least, some photos taken during a recent biking ride in the Perth and Pakenham areas near Ottawa.