Unitarian Memorial Garden, Ottawa

I wanted to take some photos of bees at the Unitarian Memorial Garden in Ottawa, so I headed over there early one morning before the heat set in. It wasn’t early enough – I suspect that all the bees found themselves an air conditioned hive. So it wouldn’t be a complete loss, I took photos of some of the flowers and the few insects who did show up for my photo shoot.

I also came across this beautiful, friendly Siamese cat, who appeared to be doing a bit of hunting.

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What Did I Do this Summer?

Do you remember returning to school every September and one of your first assignments was to write an essay on what you did during the summer? If only they had digital cameras back then – I could have shown my teacher what I did during the summer!

I typically carry my camera around with me and during this past summer I have captured some photos that I felt were worth keeping. These were photos taken while visiting friends, boating, riding my motorbike around the countryside, going kayaking, visiting nature areas, going for walks … in other words, many of the things I did this summer. I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoyed visiting these places and taking the photos.

Trying Out My New Lens

Several years ago, I had this zoom telephoto lens that I enjoyed using – so much so that it became a regular fixture on my camera. And then one day, while I was driving a rented car out in Alberta, someone cut me off and I slammed my left foot on the clutch. Oops, that was the brake! I was not driving my standard and the car came to a very abrupt stop. Unfortunately I neglected to hang the camera strap over the head rest of the passenger seat. End result: one badly damaged zoom telephoto lens!

I tried doing without and after two years I broke down and replaced the lens and started trying it out about a week ago. These photos are some of the results from a few places I have visited in the past week with my camera. Enjoy!

Tiraislin Fold

On Friday, May 9, I travelled with my friends Kathy and Vaughan to visit the farm of one of their friends. We had planned to spend a few hours there taking photos of some of the animals. Many hours later we were still there taking photos, touring the property and talking with the owner, Rosemary. What started off as a few hours in the country, turned into a delightful day on a farm. I was enthralled with the animals – Tibetan yaks, horses, dogs, cats, sheep, chickens and geese, as well as a goat, donkey and a llama.

But best of all was meeting Rosemary, a farmer and an artist, and most important, an absolutely wonderful and fascinating person. Check out these web pages to read more about the Tiraislin Farm and Rosemary …

Tiraislin Fold and Rosemary’s Art

And here are some of the photos I took that day, starting with the animals …

… and the farm and people …

And a brief stop at what appeared to be an abandoned maple sugar shack …

My sincere thanks to Kathy and Vaughan for sharing this day with me, and thanks to Rosemary for her hospitality.