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.

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.