Eastern Ontario Train Museum

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.

Abandoned Farm with an iPhone

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 …

Memories of Easy Living

This week’s photos are brought to you by the letter “E” for “Easy Living”. (Weekly Photo – Week #05, January 29, 2014)

We are now a few days before the month of “Farch” (February/March) and it appears, at least for a few days, that we will be coming out of the deep freeze across Canada. (It’s all relative, eh? Coming out of the deep freeze means it is still below freezing, but at least not 30 degrees Centigrade below zero!)

As much as I enjoy winter and downhill skiing, my thoughts are starting to focus more and more on the spring and summer months. Not helping this thought process is the fact that every time I go to my car in the garage I can see my motorbike under its cover, patiently waiting to get back out on the roads.

I have photos of beautiful winter scenes and adventures, but given my strong, current focus on spring and summer, why not remember some warm memories from the past.

Without further verbiage, here are some of my images that I am calling “Easy Living”.

"The Sound of a Summer Stream" (Chazy River, Altona, New York)

“The Sound of a Summer Stream” (Chazy River, Altona, New York)
This photo is a scan of a 35mm film image and it goes way back in my lifetime. It is a favourite of mine and when I think of or view this photo I can hear the song “Summertime” from the Porgy and Bess opera playing in my head. I have some very wonderful summer memories of my times near the Chazy River.

Were you aware that you should be extra cautious of making a major life decision during the months of February and March, or Farch? I remember reading somewhere that in the northern climes we tend to be down during these months, and that major decisions may well reflect this “down” feeling rather than reality. Not sure if this is true or not, but it makes sense. Of course, if you are like me, you can find a similar excuse to procrastinate making a decision for any month of the year.