On Saturday, September 30, 2017, I attended a photo scavenger hunt in the Ottawa downtown area. There was no prize for your efforts and I used the time just to explore parts of the Ottawa area around the National Gallery of Canada. These are some of the photos that I took during my 3 or 4 hours of exploration.
Traditionally, a friend and I would go camping for in an Ontario provincial park during the second week of September. After our last two trips in 2013 and 2014, when we had high winds, lots of rain and cold temperatures, we decided instead this year to rent a cottage on a quiet lake. What a wonderful change! I could get used to this type of living.
Oh yea … this year the days were sunny and warm. But I just knew that had we gone camping, it would have been cold, wet and windy!
I belong to a loosely knit hiking group, and most Tuesdays we meet up in the morning to explore the many hiking trails around Ottawa. This past Tuesday, with the co-operation of the weather, we explored a hiking trail which I did not even knew existed, being situated on a seldom-used back road. During the hike we came across an abandoned log building and we were trying to think what it might have been. Maple syrup shack? Bootleg distillery? Regardless, it was neat!
I recently visited some friends who live in Eastern Ontario, and whenever I visit, I try to make a point of dropping by an abandoned farm that is close by their home. This time, when I visited the farm, the only camera I had was my iPhone and given that the best camera in the world is the one in your hand, I decided to use it to capture some photos of the farm buildings and surrounding landscape. Adobe makes a version of Photoshop for the iPhone and iPad, and I used that software on my iPhone to edit and “dramatize” the photos on my iPhone.
Here are the results …
I wake up at 5:00 am in the dark, go without my breakfast and coffee, and then drive on unfamiliar back country roads in the dark. All this to reach the rapids on the Mississippi River near Blakeney, Ontario. I have never been there before, but I heard that it is quite pretty and I wanted to catch the sunrise.
So, was it worth it? Yea, I think so! What do you think?
This week’s photos are brought to you by the letter “R”, for “Reflection”.
(Weekly Photo – Week #18, April 30, 2014)
“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” (Edith Wharton)
Some of my photos where reflections play a key role … enjoy, and don’t forget to reflect on what you are seeing.