Snow geese migration – Saint-Antoine-de-Tilly, Quebec

It’s my father’s birthday – April 25th. My father passed away almost 3 years ago and I was inspired to mention all this on account of running into a few geese today.

Thousands of snow geese momentarily took to the air and then settled down again quickly to continue feeding. Migration stopover at Saint-Antoine-de-Tilly, Quebec on the St. Lawrence River.

Thousands of snow geese momentarily took to the air and then settled down again quickly to continue feeding. Migration stopover at Saint-Antoine-de-Tilly, Quebec on the St. Lawrence River.

I’ve been touring Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Quebec and I have many images to sift through; most are kite aerial photographs. But I’m jumping ahead to these shots that I took today because of the link between geese and my father. Dad was repeatedly amazed by the semiannual migration of Canada geese, thousands of which flew over Ottawa each fall and spring. We were frequently the beneficiaries of updates in the numbers he’d seen on a given day. Dad liked to talk …. and geese were one of his favourite topics.

Well today, on the anniversary of his birth, it was my last day on the road after a 2 week road trip. I had ample time and as is my habit, I chose to avoid the express trans-canada highway and I drove along #132 which goes along the Saint Lawrence River. There was a horrendous wind so I tuned myself out from the habitual search for Kite Aerial Photography prospects and leisurely decided to take the day as it comes. As I passed by the smallest of the smallest of city parks in the village of Saint-Antoine-de-Tilly, a major flash of white took my attention out towards the river. I stopped immediately when I realized it was the largest flock of geese I had seen in my life. They were snow geese and although not the Canada geese which preoccupied much of my Dad’s attention, they were nevertheless migrating geese. It seemed appropriate that on April 25th I should spend time photographing them.

Snow geese migration stopover at Saint-Antoine-de-Tilly, Quebec on the St. Lawrence River

Snow geese migration stopover at Saint-Antoine-de-Tilly, Quebec on the St. Lawrence River

There was a smaller group of geese downstream (maybe 1000) and they were coming in groups of a few to 25 at a time to join the larger flock. There was a major headwind which slowed them down enough to improve the odds of getting a good shot of geese in flight.

There was a smaller group of geese downstream (maybe 1000) and they were coming in groups of a few to 25 at a time to join the larger flock. There was a major headwind which slowed them down enough to improve the odds of getting a good shot of geese in flight.

Flying into a headwind, snow geese migration stopover at Saint-Antoine-de-Tilly, Quebec on the St. Lawrence River

Flying into a headwind, snow geese migration stopover at Saint-Antoine-de-Tilly, Quebec on the St. Lawrence River

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More images can be found in the Chaudière-Appalaches Region of Quebec gallery on my website.

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Winter Fine Art Show – by artists of the West End Studio Tour

A WEST END STUDIO TOUR bonus.

In addition to our annual open house galleries in September, myself and six other W.E.S.T. artists are joining together in a 3 day exhibition at the Spiral Gallery.

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WINTER FINE ART SHOW
By artists of the West End Studio Tour
December 14, 15, & 16, 2012
Noon to 7 pm daily.
Spiral Gallery
73 Aberdeen Street, Ottawa
(just off Preston Street in the heart of Little Italy)

Featuring work by:
Choleena DiTullio – Paintings & paper-tile mosaic
Deidre Hierlihy – Printmaking
Rob Huntley – Photography
Manju Sah – Paintings in oil and acrylic
Barbara Sohn – Paintings of light, colour, & pattern in water, landscape
Paul Wing – Photography
Paula Zoubek – Painting

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Aerial photos of the Ottawa River on display at the offices of Ottawa Riverkeeper

I have recently been invited to display 5 photographs in the entranceway to the offices of the Ottawa Riverkeeper – ottawariverkeeper.ca
These are kite aerial phographs of the Ottawa River. This exhibit will be on display for a six month period, to the end of May.

The offices are above Trailhead on the third floor. So the next time you drop by the Trailhead store, go through the office entrance at the left and up to the third floor to room 301.
Nov 20, 2012 to approx. May 31, 2013
Ottawa Riverkeeper
301-1960 Scott Street
Ottawa, ON
K1Z 8L8

Here are the 5 images on display (captions courtesy of Alexandra Brett of the Ottawa Riverkeeper):

Chaudiere Falls aerial panorama including the former E.B. Eddy property, the city of Gatineau across the Ottawa River and the Parliament Buildings in the distance at the top right.

The view across the Ottawa River at the former E.B. Eddy paper mill shows the once-thundering Chaudière Falls tamed by dams and diversions. Over 60 m wide, and with a drop of 15 m, the falls powered the growth of Hull (seen across the river) and the City of Ottawa from 1800 onward. Two hydro stations still operate on Chaudière Falls.
April 25, 2010.
18” x 36” Framed Print

Aerial panorama photograph of Lemieux Island and the Prince of Wales Railroad Bridge, Ottawa River.

The City of Ottawa draws its drinking water from the Ottawa River. The Lemieux Island Plant, seen here, is one of two water-treatment facilities run by the City. Ottawa’s drinking water is rated as some of the safest in the world, but damage to the river caused by sewage, pollution, dams and shoreline destruction put our drinking water at risk.
April 25, 2010.
18” x 36” Framed Print

Rugged shoreline in winter at Deschenes Rapids near Aylmer, Quebec. This is the Ottawa River, near Ottawa, Ontario. This picture was taken from a camera rig suspended below a kite (Kite Aerial Photography - KAP).

Over 90% of a river’s life depends on the first few metres next to the shore, the area most likely to be damaged by riverside development. Maintaining natural shorelines with trees and shrubs – as seen here at Deschênes Rapids – helps stabilize banks and protect the river from pollutants and sediment in storm water.
March 23, 2008.
16” x 20” Framed Print

Sailboats at Rest - Aerial view of sailboats at Nepean Sailing Club at Dick Bell Park in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Cropped from a larger image.  This picture was taken from a camera rig suspended below a kite (Kite Aerial Photography - KAP).

The Ottawa River hosts 10 yacht clubs in the Ottawa-Gatineau region alone. Canoes, kayaks, power boats – even Olympic-class rowing shells – also ply the river’s many reaches and bays. Here, sailboats at Nepean Sailing Club in Ottawa’s west end quietly await their next regatta.
May 24, 2008.
16” x 20” Framed Print

'Round the Point - Aerial photograph of a sailboat passing Pinhey's Point Heritage Property and Public Park on the Ottawa River.

A sailboat on the Ottawa River passes Pinhey’s Point, part of Pinhey’s Point Historical Site. The estate, built in 1820 by Hamnett Kirkes Pinhey, has been preserved as a museum. The Ottawa River is home to 8 national historic sites and numerous pioneer villages, interpretive centres, community museums and historic houses.
November 9, 2011
24″ x 36″ Framed Canvas Print

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Windscape Kite Festival – 2011

Earlier I reported on the “aerial” part of my involvement at the 2011 Windscape Kite Festival. See KAP 2011-7 – Windscape Kite Festival – Swift Current, Saskatchewan – June 25 & 26, 2011. I mentioned that after the first morning I had to abandon my own kiting efforts (doing Kite Aerial Photography) but I substituted some ground-based photography of the people and the kites. Finally I have processed these images and I have placed almost 200 of them in a Windscape Kite Festival 2011 gallery on my website as well as in a Facebook album.

Here are a couple of the images, but please visit my website gallery or the Facebook album to have a good look.

The 2011 Windscape Kite Festival banner and a rev kite

The 2011 Windscape Kite Festival banner and a rev kite

The 2011 Windscape Kite Festival in Swift Current, Saskatchewan.

The 2011 Windscape Kite Festival in Swift Current, Saskatchewan.

The 2011 Windscape Kite Festival in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. June 26, 2011.

Rev Riders plus. Scott Weider, Rich Comras, Steve Rovida, Lisa Willoughby, Spence Watson

Rev Riders plus. Scott Weider, Rich Comras, Steve Rovida, Lisa Willoughby, Spence Watson

Rev Kites of the Rev Riders at the Windscape Kite Festival 2011

Rev Kites of the Rev Riders at the Windscape Kite Festival 2011

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A Winter Walk by the Ottawa River

I’m fortunate to live a few minutes walk from the Ottawa River just west of Westboro Beach. I often head there with my camera when light or weather conditions present an interesting opportunity. I went to the river on New Year’s Eve, prompted by huge globs of snowflakes falling from the sky in the hope of capturing some action blurring of falling snow. By the time I got out there the conditions had changed so that plan was off, but I was thankful to have been prompted to get outside because the conditions were still quite nice in other ways.

This first image was taken on the way to the river. The trail to the right is a bike path in the summer. The trail to the left is a short cut taken primarily by dog walkers and people heading to and from the Dominion Transitway station.

Split in the trail near the Ottawa River Parkway in the Westboro area of Ottawa, Ontario

Split in the trail near the Ottawa River Parkway in the Westboro area of Ottawa, Ontario

The river is frozen over now as we enter the coldest time of the winter season here in Ottawa. Snow levels are still lower than one would expect but there is still lots of time for more. The tree in this image and several others has been photographed many times by me. It is the point of the shoreline that is more or less closest to my home.

Ottawa River shoreline in winter.

Ottawa River shoreline in winter.

Here’s another shot including the same tree but a bit further away and including a nice clump of freeze-dried cattails.

Cattails along the Ottawa River shoreline in winter. This location is just 10 minutes by foot from my house.

Cattails along the Ottawa River shoreline in winter. This location is just 10 minutes by foot from my house.

Freeze-dried cattails and a view across the Ottawa River. Québec is on the far side.

Cattails along the Ottawa River shoreline in winter.

Cattails along the Ottawa River shoreline in winter.

Desolation. A lonely shoreline weed on the Ontario side of the Ottawa River and a view across the barren, frozen emptiness looking towards the Québec side of the river.

Dried plant poking though the snow along the Ottawa River shoreline in winter.

Dried plant poking though the snow along the Ottawa River shoreline in winter.

Run off from city of Ottawa streets makes it into the Ottawa River through a number of storm sewer outlets. In the winter, road salt may be included in the flow. In summer, soap from car washing, pesticide runoff from lawn treatments, … In the distance is the same tree shown above.

Storm sewers along the Ottawa River.

Storm sewers along the Ottawa River.

Not far from Westboro beach, this tree stands just far enough from its neighbours to give a sense of isolation in a tightly framed photograph.

A tree along the Ottawa River shoreline in winter.

A tree along the Ottawa River shoreline in winter.

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Are you paying any attention to me?

Are you paying any attention to me?

Are you paying any attention to me?

My friend Bruce took this shot of me pondering why the remote controls were not responding on my KAP rig. No big problem – I had previously used the battery pack and receiver/transmitter on my paint pole to do some pole aerial photography and here I had forgotten to reconnect all the cables.

This photograph was taken during my KAP 2011-18 kite aerial photography session at Pinhey’s Point on the Ottawa River, November 9, 2011. Pictures from this session will be uploaded shortly in a separate gallery.

Thanks to Bruce Amos for use of his image.

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PAP 2011-1 – Carlingwood YMCA-YWCA

I set myself up with Pole Aerial Photography equipment about 2 years ago but prefer to do kite aerial photography so rarely to I bring out the pole. This week it came in handy as I did my first PAP session of 2011.

I’ve been a member at the Carlingwood YMCA-YWCA on Lockhart Avenue for over 20 years, primarily in the Masters Swimming Program. I have also had the pleasure of working at the membership desk for about 18 months. Regrettably the property has been sold and at the end of next summer (2012) the doors will close with the expectation that the building will be flattened and a retirement residence will be built in its place.

I’ve been thinking for some time that I would like to do aerial shots of the building before it is gone using Kite Aerial Photography. However, the criteria I was seeking to do this have been a bit restrictive due to circumstances. I’ve been planning for the fall when the trees concealing the front of the building have lost their leaves but there is still some colour around. At this time of year morning light between 10:00 and 11:00 am is required to illuminate the front so that the sun clears the apartments across the road but has not slipped too far westward to leave the front in shadow. A SW wind would be required to fly my kite from the neighbouring schoolyard towards the front of the building. This would have to be on a weekend so that I could avoid children in the schoolyard.

So over a 4 week period there would be 8 days when I need 15 to 20 KM winds from the SW between 10:00-11:00 am on a sunny day. This was just not happening. So one weekday this week I just went with a 20′ pole and did Pole Aerial Photography instead.

I was spotted by former work colleagues during the course of shooting and was commandeered into trying a group shot of a small portion of staff and children.

Here’s the results. A number of the building shots have been stitched to produce a panoramic view.

The images in this gallery were taken with a remote controlled camera atop a 20 foot pole. (Pole Aerial Photography – PAP)

Aerial photograph of the Carlingwood YMCA-YWCA on Lockhart Avenue in Ottawa, Ontario. Several images have been stitched to provide a larger, panorama-style view.

Aerial photograph of the Carlingwood YMCA-YWCA on Lockhart Avenue in Ottawa, Ontario. Several images have been stitched to provide a larger, panorama-style view.

Aerial photograph of the Carlingwood YMCA-YWCA on Lockhart Avenue in Ottawa, Ontario.

Aerial photograph of the Carlingwood YMCA-YWCA on Lockhart Avenue in Ottawa, Ontario.

Aerial view of a few of the staff and members of the Carlingwood YMCA-YWCA on Lockhart Avenue in Ottawa, Ontario.

Aerial view of a few of the staff and members of the Carlingwood YMCA-YWCA on Lockhart Avenue in Ottawa, Ontario.

You can see additional pictures in the Pole Aerial Photography Gallery – Carlingwood YMCA – November 2, 2011.

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Beaver Pond Reflections, Gatineau Park

Beaver Pond Reflections, Gatineau Park, Quebec.

Beaver Pond Reflections, Gatineau Park, Quebec.

There are a number of beaver ponds and swamps in Gatineau Park and interesting images abound if you are prepared for a hike and often some bushwhacking. The place I visited during this session I had discovered while hiking with a friend a few years ago. With the goal then being the hike, not the photography, I made a mental note of the location. Finally I returned this fall and the scenery was as rewarding as I had expected.

At this site there is a series of three ponds; however the top pond is more of a drained swamp. It seems this pond is not being maintained by the beavers unless park officials are directing/interfering with their developments. The bottom two ponds are smaller, relatively free of deadwood standing out of the ponds and closely lined with trees. The reflections as you can see are amazing.

WARNING: Beaver habitat can be dangerous. Do not be guilty of admiring the landscape and scenery without paying attention to your footwork. This is not to be taken lightly. Why? Although the typical image of beaver activity is large tree stumps and fallen tree trunks, for every large tree felled there are dozens of 1″ to 2″ diameter saplings chopped at about 18″ in length and chiseled to a fine point. The rest of the sapling has been hauled away and only the spike remains. Even in open terrain they are well enough camouflaged, but in typical beaver terrain where new trees, grasses and shrubs have grown over, these spikes are frequently hidden from view. You are likely to trip on one and impale your body or your face on the next. Why so morbid? Well I had a close call myself a couple of years ago. I now try to practice a policy of taking 30 or so steps with my eyes glued to the ground, stopping, and then looking around for appealing shots or where to go next.

Beaver Pond Reflections, Gatineau Park, Quebec.

The image has been inverted to give it an abstract feeling. Beaver Pond Reflections, Gatineau Park, Quebec.

Beaver Pond Reflections, Gatineau Park, Quebec.

Original image has been turned upside-down. Beaver Pond Reflections, Gatineau Park, Quebec.

Beaver Pond Reflections, Gatineau Park, Quebec.

Beaver Pond Reflections, Gatineau Park, Quebec.

Beaver Pond Reflections, Gatineau Park, Quebec.

Beaver Pond Reflections, Gatineau Park, Quebec.

Beaver Pond Reflections, Gatineau Park, Quebec.

Beaver Pond Reflections, Gatineau Park, Quebec.

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You can see additional pictures from this session included as part of my Trees and Leaves Nature Gallery.

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