Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Market

Jean Talon marke

Montreal has two farmers' markets: the Atwater Market and the Jean Talon market. The Jean Talon market is the much larger of the two.

Jean Talon marke

On a weekday at the end of September, we paid the market a visit. (You can't move for the crowds on the weekends.) There was still quite a few people around, including several who were more interested in taking pictures than in buying fresh fruits and vegetables. (Gotta love people like that. {Big Grin})
Here are a few photos taken that day.

Jean Talon marke

Jean Talon marke
Jean Talon marke
Other photos taken that day can be seen in my A visit to Jean Talon Market - 25 September 2008 gallery.

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As always, Thanks for looking.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Visiting Longueuil's Regional Park

Google map of Longueuil Regional Park

Longueuil Regional Park
  One of the ponds

One of my favourite places to visit with my camera is the regional park in Longueuil, Quebec.

Located within a 25 minute drive from my house, it is a wonderful location to take pictures.

Longueuil Regional Park
The Marsh

Whether in the Spring which brings the ducks and geese or in the Fall with its vibrant colours I always find something of interest to photograph.

The following are a few of the shots I've taken in the park over the past year.

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GrackleCommon Grackle in the Marsh

House SparrowCommon House Sparrow

Canada Goose
The Family Goose

Canada Goose gosling

Red Osier Dogwood
Red Osier Dogwood berries

Longueuil Regional Park
Fountain in one of the ponds

The above images are from several different photo galleries.
- Walkabout Longueuil Regional Park - 13 May 2008
- Walkabout Longueuil Regional Park - 24 May 2008
- Walkabout Longueuil Regional Park Isle Charron and Iles de Boucherville Provincial Park - 19 September 2008

Other images taken in the Longueuil Regional Park can be seen on my Southshore Images galleries.

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As always, Thanks for looking.

Friday, October 24, 2008

A visit to a deer farm

Back in September of this year, my wife and I were invited to a wedding reception. It was held on the Bride's Grandfather's deer farm just outside Hawkesbury, Ontario. What a gorgeous location.

    Wild Asters

While there, I had time to walk around the property and snap a few shots.

As is often the case, my eye is drawn to the flowers.

Bee on flower    Bee on flowers

Clover    Clover

Rudbeckia    Rudbeckia

But the prettiest flower of all, was the Bride herself.

You can see other images taken that day in my Visit to a Deer Farm gallery.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Back roads

Near St Edouard, Quebec
Near St Edouard, Quebec

Too often we travel the fast highways and byways and fail to see the beauty that can be found on the slower back roads.

Recently I took a trip on the rural back roads of south-western Quebec.

Resting place of <br />Pierre Elliott Trudeau
Resting place of
Pierre Elliott Trudeau

Took Autoroute 15 south to exit 29 and headed over to St-Edouard along route 221. Real pretty farm country.

Continuing on route 221 took me through St Michel over to St Remi. St Remi is the largest town in the area. It is also where Pierre Elliott Trudeau, former Prime Minister of Canada, is buried.

Church in St Chrysostome
Church in St Chrysostome

In St-Remi, I picked up route 209 and headed south to Ste-Clotilde and then on to St Chrysostome.
Each little town has its large stone Catholic church.

Had come across several wooden churches. They appear to be or have been Protestant churches.

Old church
Old church between Ste. Clotilde
and St. Chrysostome, Quebec

At least one of these was abandoned. I suspect they are the remnants of the Anglo population that lived in these parts.

From St Chrysostome, I continued along Rte 209 until crossed Rte 202 near Franklin. Then headed east along the 202 through Franklin Center, Havelock and then into Hemmingford.

Russeltown Church
Russeltown Church near
Havelock, Quebec

Once in Hemmingford, I took Rte 219 north through Sherrington and then back to Autoroute 15 and headed home.

All in all a beautiful day spent enjoying the wonderful country side and the quaint towns that dot the area.

You can see other images taken that day in my Rural Backroads - 31 August 2008 gallery.

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Monday, October 20, 2008


Rainbow Falls
Lower waterfalls along the
Hewitson River, Rainbow
Falls Provincial Park

I love waterfalls. There is something about falling water, the texture, the patterns formed as it moves rapidly or slowly over the rocks and down through space.

Kakabeka Falls
Kakabeka Falls

There is beauty to be seen in the power of a waterfall in spring as it roars with the full throat of snow melts. Or in the delicate spiderweb design that is created in a small creek that trickles across the rocks.
On our trip to Thunder Bay we saw a wide variety of waterfalls, both in Ontario as well as Minnesota.

You can see other images of waterfalls in these two galleries:
- Ontario waterfalls
- Minnesota waterfalls

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Thanks for looking.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Sault Ste Marie, Ontario

Hiawatha Beach, Kinsmen Park
Hiawatha Beach
Kinsmen Park

Sault Ste Marie, Ontario (or the Soo as it's called by locals) is a nice little city of approximately 80,0000 people. We spent part of a day there on the way to Thunder Bay and three on our way home.

We visited Kinsmen Park and the Crystal Falls. Also walked along the beautiful boardwalk that runs along the St Mary River.

Crystal Falls
Crystal Falls
When you look across the water, you're looking at Sault Ste Marie, Michigan.

One thing that surprised me about the Soo was the large Italian population. It appears that many Italians immigrated to the area after World War II to work in the steel factories.
The annual Italian Festival was on while we in there. Lots of good food to be had.

For other images taken during our visit to this city, please visit my Sault Ste Marie, Ontario gallery

Saturday, October 18, 2008

On the road to Thunder Bay - North Bay

Jeff's Gift - Carousel at North Bay, Ontario
'Jeff's Gift'
Carousel at North Bay, Ontario

On our Thunder Bay vacation, we stopped in North Bay, Ontario both going and returning.

We had vacationed here back in 2001. North Bay is a nice community located on Lake Nipissing in what is called the 'Near North' in Ontario.

'For Better or Worse' characters by Lynn Johnson
'For Better or Worse' characters
by Lynn Johnson

Several years ago, a group of North Bay residents decided to recreate a Carousel. More than 350 people donated their time and talent to the design and construction of this Heritage Carousel. They did a beautiful job as can be seen in this images.

Images taken in North Bay this trip, including other carousel shots, can be seen in my North Bay, Ontario gallery.

Thanks for looking.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Thunder Bay, Ontario

Sleeping Giant
Sleeping Giant
Back at the end of July this year, my wife Marilyn and I took a trip to Thunder Bay, Ontario. We had been wanting to take this trip for several years, but always seemed to end up somewhere else.

Mr Chipmunk

We traveled up the 417, staying at North Bay, Sault Ste Marie and Marathon on the way up. Northern Ontario is simply beautiful to see. While we seldom deviated from the main highway, there was still many interesting things to see along the way: provincial parks, waterfalls, even Winnie the Pooh. ::smile::

Other photos from Thunder Bay can be seen in my Thunder Bay gallery.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

This is the start

Yellow Lily
Not sure what I'm doing here, but that's never stopped me from doing things before.

It had been suggested to me that I should start a blog about my photos so as to give them a greater chance to show up on search engines.

Will that help? Have no idea. But it sounded like a nifty thing to have happen.

I take photos to share with others. Hoping to show some of the beauty I see around me, in the things that are around me to others.

And to be truthful, the ego massaging that happens when someone says, "Hey, great image" doesn't hurt either. ::smile::

Chambly rapids
So as I stumble along learning how to blog, I hope you, the visitor, find it interesting enough, find my photos interesting enough, to come back from time to time to see what I've been up to.

Thanks for looking