The Theme Is Xanthic

This week’s photos are brought to you by the letter “X”, for “Xanthic”.
(Weekly Photo – Week #29, July 16, 2014)

Believe it or not, there is a theme to this week’s crop of photos. Give up? Well, look up the word “xanthic” in your dictionary for an obvious clue to the theme of these photos.


Memories, Brought to You by “V”

This week’s photos are brought to you by the letter “V”, for “Val David”.
(Weekly Photo – Week #22, May 28, 2014)

Something different this week – a photo trip down memory lane. The town of Val David is located in the Quebec Laurentian Mountains, about an hour drive north of Montreal, Quebec. The areas of Val David that I remember the most are the town, Eagle Rock, La Sapinière and Golden Lake. When I was a young child my parents purchased some land near Golden Lake and it became our summer, and sometimes winter home until I was in my late teens. I stopped visiting there when I was in my late teens. During the summer of 2005 I visited the area and I spent a day exploring some of my old childhood haunts. But I wasn’t satisfied; something was missing. Again in 2010 I visited the town and the Golden Lake area with my friends A&E. I left frustrated, and it took me a while to understand why.

When I visited I was expecting the place to look like it was when I was a youth. Well it wasn’t! Things had changed, and in some cases the changes were quite dramatic. With this in mind, I visited again in the fall of 2011 with my close friend E. We stayed at a beautiful B&B and spent three days exploring all the places of my youth. My expectations were more realistic, and so what I experienced was the remembrance of wonderful childhood memories. And I made some new memories with my friends A&E.

These photos were taken during my visits in 2005, 2010 and 2011.

Eagle Rock … this piece of granite looks like a large eagle from a distance, hence its name. Today the trail to the top of the rock is closed off and you need to climb a fence if you want to hike up the trail to the top. The cliff face at the top now has signs and ropes to prevent people from getting too close to the edge. As a child we spent many, many days clambering over the rocks, climbing up the cliff face, sitting on the edge of the cliff while eating our peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and hiking on the trails around the rock.

Golden Lake … or Lac d’Oré as it is now called, is a spring-fed closed lake in the shape of an hour glass with a mix of private water-front properties and private beaches. The beaches are closed to the public and you must own property in the area to gain access to the beach. As a child the public beaches were open to just about anyone. As children we would think nothing of swimming across the lake and back, without supervision. None of us ever drowned, and in fact, I don’t remember anyone ever drowning in this lake. In the spring, after the ice melted, the water would be at the top of the walls on the private property, and in the fall you could walk around the lake at the water’s edge. Today, it is almost impossible to see the lake from the road that surrounds the lake – there are so many private homes now.

La Sapinière – This hotel goes back to the 1930’s and it has been visited by many celebrities and has been the home of some great events such as a G7 conference and NATO meetings. As a child, my friends and I used to ride our bikes to Lac La Sapinière where we would sometimes see some of the Montreal Canadian hockey players.

The remainder of these photos represent some nice memories for me …

Sing, Sing, Sing

This week’s photos are brought to you by the letter “U”, for “Unison”.
(Weekly Photo – Week #21, May 21, 2014)

Sorry folks … this post is a few days late in getting out there. Just too much going on, but all fun and pleasure.

So, what is Unison? Unison is a quadrennial Canadian choral festival for LGBTQ people and their allies. This year the festival was held in Ottawa, Ontario, the capital of Canada. This marks the fifth edition with previous festivals held in Edmonton, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg. For this festival, the Show Tune Showdown 2014 was held as a special event and it consisted of three musical theatre groups and three celebrity judges. This is the eighth edition of the Show Tune Showdown and it has grown to become the largest LGBTQ arts event produced locally in Ottawa, and in 2014 will be produced by Unison.

I was asked about a year ago if I would consider taking photos at some of the events and here is a sample of what I captured. This was my first opportunity to photograph a live entertainment event and what a neat learning curve! And it is amazing what you can do with digital photography when you have a fast prime lens and you push the camera ISO.


This week’s photos are brought to you by the letter “T”, for “Technology”.
(Weekly Photo – Week #20, May 14, 2014)

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” (Arthur C. Clarke’s third law of prediction)

I wouldn’t refer to myself as a “technical geek”, yet I am fascinated by all types of technology, old and new, used and abandoned. Here are some examples of different types of technology that I have collected in my photography library.