Mud Lake – National Capital Region


Mud Lake is one of the most ecologically important natural habitats in the urban part of Canada’s Capital Region. It is identified as a Provincially Significant Wetland and an Area of Natural and Scientific Interest by the government of Ontario and is classified a Protected Area management Category IV (habitat and species management area).

This 60-hectare natural environment is a complex of wetlands along the Ottawa River, the majority of which is made up of deciduous swamp forest. The driest part, to the west, contains a mature forest stand which is made up predominantly of white, red and burr oak, as well as white pine.

Mud Lake is a habitat for a wide diversity of animal species. Located within the Lac Deschênes area and in a major migratory corridor, it specifically serves as an important environment for bird conservation and is recognized as one of the most popular urban sites for birdwatching in Canada. 269 species of birds have been recorded, as well as numerous species of amphibians, reptiles and fish that are not commonly found either regionally or nationally. It also hosts diverse plant life, with 44 rare and 15 uncommon plant species as well as several fauna species-at-risk.

Several species of invasive non-native plants threaten the biodiversity of the Mud Lake habitat. Eleven of these species have been recorded, covering about 29 percent of the total area of this natural habitat.

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 …

Casino du Lac-Leamy’s Sound of Light – China (August 6, 2016)


China’s contribution to the 2016 Casino du Lac-Lemy’s Fireworks Competition

A Few Recent Ottawa Photos


Night Photos near the Wellington Street Bridge (March 30, 2016)

Well, I’m a bit behind on processing these photos! This past March I headed out to the Ottawa downtown area after dark to try my hand at some night photography. I spent some time under the Wellington Street bridge that crosses the canal, and I became fascinated with the lighting and shadows. I also love the power of the message behind the War Memorial.

“The Famous Five” Statue on Parliament Hill – “Women Are Persons” (June 9, 2016)

I am taking a summer course at SPAO on the history of photography, and as part of the course we looked at “iconic” photography. As an assignment, we were asked to select an Ottawa icon. This was a challenge, as there are so many things and places in Ottawa that are iconic to me. I finally decided on “The Famous Five” statue on Parliament Hill. For me, this represents many of my beliefs.

Abandoned Buildings In & Near Ottawa


I’ve been collecting the locations of abandoned buildings in and around Ottawa, and during the past four weeks I’ve been locating and photographing some of these places.

These photos are of a building at the corner of Cumberland and Murray Streets in the Market area. I noticed this building several months ago and had to do a double-take. I have a photo of this building taken in 2005, when it was closed up and before the demolition started.

The steeple in the background is what was once St. Bridget’s Church.

And this is one view of the building from 2005 …

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The following photos are of the old City of Ottawa building at the north end of Bayview Road and also an abandoned house and car on Somerset Street West near Kent street.

And last, but not least, some photos taken during a recent biking ride in the Perth and Pakenham areas near Ottawa.

Enjoy!

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.

Quiet Reflections


This week’s photos are brought to you by the letter “R”, for “Reflection”.
(Weekly Photo – Week #18, April 30, 2014)

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” (Edith Wharton)

Some of my photos where reflections play a key role … enjoy, and don’t forget to reflect on what you are seeing.