Blakeney Rapids, Ontario

Photos I have taken at Blakeney Rapids during the fall, spring and winter during the past few years.

Mud Lake – National Capital Region

This morning I met up at 7:00 am with some of the members of the Camera Club of Ottawa so that we could explore the Mud Lake area in the morning light and when there are fewer people around. The wild life was a wee bit scarce and apart from the constant territorial disagreements between the Canadian geese, there wasn’t a lot of action. I did manage to get a few photos that I thought were worth keeping.

After a while, I decided to break away from the group and head out on my own to explore the swampy areas of Mud Lake. I’m glad I did – although not a great photo, I managed to capture three woodland ducks (one female and two males) having a ménage à trois in the bushes.

Ménage à Trois

I resisted telling them to get a room. Not often you have a chance to see the wildlife in action.

Winter’s End & Spring’s Beginnings

Some photos from recent hikes in the Eastern Ontario area …

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 …

Mud Lake & Deschênes Rapids, Ottawa

This past Friday a friend and I visited Mud Lake near the Deschênes Rapids. It was a perfect day for hiking – sunny and cool enough to keep the bugs away. My friend, being a patient person, put up with me stopping from time-to-time to take some photos of the abundant wildlife on and around this small lake.

While we were there, we decided to make a wee side trip to see what the Ottawa River was doing at the Deschênes Rapids. We were able to get close to the river bank, but because of the high water we were limited as to how much we could see. These are two photos of the river taken last Friday, May 22/2015 …

Not really all that exciting, unless of course you compare it to the following photos that I took around this same location on July 2012 when we were experiencing a bad drought …

All of the locations in the above photos were completely under water last Friday. The people walking in one of the above photos were actually walking across the Deschênes Rapids, and the rock where the two people are sitting was completely under fast-moving water in 2012. And the duck? Well over her head last Friday!

More from North Glengarry County

I continue to wander around North Glengarry county with cameras at the ready. More of my more recent photos … enjoy.

Wandering Through North Glengarry County

I’m pretty much a city person who likes to visit the country. One of my favourite country areas to visit around Ottawa is North Glengarry Country – there are so many neat things to see here, and lots of country back roads to explore. I have developed some great friends in this area and one couple, who knows how much I love staying at their home, have gone away on vacation and have asked me if I would look after their home. This is like a vacation for me – I get to spend some time in the countryside I love, and I’m close enough to Ottawa to visit there if I need to.

One thing I typically do when I am here is to look around for photos to take, and yesterday I came up with these …

Proof that spring is on the way after our bitterly cold winter …

Later in the day I hunted down a few things that some friends told me about and thought I might be interested in photographing …

This truck has sat in the little town of Glen Robertson for ages.

And my friends know how much I enjoy photographing abandoned buildings, and they told me about an abandoned one-room schoolhouse near Alexandria. I’m glad they told me – you could drive by it and not even know it is there as it is so well hidden by trees and bushes. It is too bad that at sometime in the past that vandals got to this place first. To get close to the building I had to force my way through a mixture of raspberry bushes, grape vines and some type of bush with lots of thorns. Now I know what the prince in the story of Rapunzel felt like.

Stay tuned (hopefully) for more photos of the North Glengarry countryside.