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

Sunday Drive – Renfrew & Burnstown (August 14, 2016)


On Sunday, August 14, 2016, my friend Elizabeth and I went for a drive through the Renfrew county countryside – she was prospecting for interesting minerals, and I wanted to take pictures. Our first stop was at the Renfrew town suspension bridge, so that we could poke among the river rocks. Because of the recent drought, we were able to walk on the large boulders in the middle of the river, and I was able to get these photos from a location, which is typically covered by water.

From Renfrew, we drove to the large rock cut just east of the bridge in Burnstown. While Elizabeth looked for minerals in the rock face, I snapped these photos of the Madawaska River.

It was one of those cool, dull and overcast days, but the day wasn’t without colour …

Thistle

Thistle

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 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.