The Birds, Bees & Wakefield Covered Bridge


I recently visited a good friend at her home north of Gatineau, Québec, with the sole purpose of parking myself and my camera on her porch to see if I could capture a photo of a hummingbird feeding. This was my second attempt at trying to photograph a hummingbird, and with a few tricks I learned, the results improved. However, I still have a long way to go … need to learn some more tricks of the trade.

Hummingbird Feeding

Hummingbird Feeding

On the way back home, I decided to take a look at the covered bridge and Gatineau River just outside the town of Wakefield, Québec.

And while there, I came across this cute wee critter …

Honey Hunting

Honey Hunting

Odds & Sods … again …


As soon as spring comes, I want to be out and about, with and without my camera. When I have my camera with me I tend to take a lot of photos. But during spring, summer and fall, since I want to be out, I don’t spend a lot of time processing the photos I take. Every once in a while, I do find some quiet time and I catch up and publish the photos that I like.

So, enjoy …

An Abandoned Farm & Some Nature Photos


On July 3rd my friend Sue and I went out for a combination hike and photo shoot of two abandoned farms. I have two good Nikon cameras, so I set one of the cameras on auto-mode with a wide-angle lens and gave that to my friend so she could take photos of things that caught her fancy. The first abandoned farm we visited was overgrown but accessible, so that was our first stop.

Next stop was a quick visit to the Pakenham Five Arches Bridge. Sue had never been there and given that we would drive right past it on the way to the second abandoned farm, why not stop and take a look around.

Five Arches Bridge

And then it was off to the other abandoned farm. I knew we had a walk to get to this farm and what I didn’t know was that the walk was through a large swamp. So, cancel that idea. Instead we took some photos of the swamp, or as we referred to it, the “mosquito hatchery”.

While there we came across this wee creature trying to make itself as inconspicuous as possible. When I came too close it folded its wings up and turned itself into a dead leaf. Fascinating! And would any of the viewers know what kind of butterfly this is? I know nothing about butterflies except that they are fascinating wee creatures and quite beautiful.

Carleton Place Mill


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.

Enjoy

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.

Abandoned Buildings In & Near Ottawa


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 …

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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.

Enjoy!

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.