KAP 2013-18 – Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, Québec – April 24, 2013

Aerial photograph, Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, Quebec (formerly Cabano).

Aerial photograph, Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, Quebec (formerly Cabano).

I was looking for a park off the highway to eat a sandwich before continuing the drive home. I pulled off at Cabano, Québec, a town I had not previously visited. Although much of the signage reads Cabano, I have since discovered that the two villages of Cabano and Notre-Dame-du-Lac were merged in 2010 to become Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac. I found a very large park on the lakefront, Parc Clair Soleil, and had my lunch. At ground-level there were traces of snow and much brown dead-looking grass which might be less than inspiring to a snap-shooter on vacation but beyond that I saw a beautiful half-frozen lake, an intriguing small mountain on the other side of the lake, a lighthouse, a wonderful streaky sky, an interesting layout of storefronts and a park with plenty of room for kite-flyers to go wild. So, out came the gear and here are some of the better images from the session.

Aerial photograph, Lighthouse on Lac Témiscouata, Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, Quebec (formerly Cabano).

Aerial photograph, Lighthouse on Lac Témiscouata, Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, Quebec (formerly Cabano).

Aerial photograph, Parc Clair Soleil, Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, Quebec (formerly Cabano).

Aerial photograph, Parc Clair Soleil, Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, Quebec (formerly Cabano).

These photographs were taken using a remote-controlled camera suspended below a kite line (Kite Aerial Photography – KAP).

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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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Hiking across Fortune Lake – aerial photograph.

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Hiking across Fortune Lake – aerial photograph.

Fortune Lake in Gatineau Park, Quebec with a lone hiker on snowshoes. Actually it is yours truly carrying an extra kite (looking like a rifle). Kite line has been erased. The photograph was taken in 2009, but just recently added to the Getty Images catalogue.

Hiking across Fortune Lake.  Fortune Lake in Gatineau Park, Quebec with a lone hiker on snowshoes. Actually it is yours truly carrying an extra kite (looking like a rifle). Kite line has been erased.

Hiking across Fortune Lake.
Fortune Lake in Gatineau Park, Quebec with a lone hiker on snowshoes. Actually it is yours truly carrying an extra kite (looking like a rifle). Kite line has been erased.

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Aerial shot of the Champlain Bridge, Ottawa River

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I already had several images from this session selected by Getty Images but not this one. This became part of the catalogue as a result of a client request and a subsequent RTL, Request to License, through Flickr.com

Aerial shot of the Champlain Bridge which crosses the Ottawa River from Ottawa, Ontario to Gatineau, Québec. The bridge traverses several islands. Ontario is on the near shore and Québec is on the far shore.
This picture was taken from a camera rig suspended below a kite (Kite Aerial Photography – KAP).

Aerial shot of the Champlain Bridge which crosses the Ottawa River from Ottawa, Ontario to Gatineau, Québec. The bridge traverses several islands. Ontario is on the near shore and Québec is on the far shore.

Aerial shot of the Champlain Bridge which crosses the Ottawa River from Ottawa, Ontario to Gatineau, Québec. The bridge traverses several islands. Ontario is on the near shore and Québec is on the far shore.

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Aerial Photograph – Red Covered Bridge

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Covered Bridge on Chemin Cross Loop south of Wakefield, Québec. Getty has previously taken several images from this session into their catalogue. Now they’ve taken this additional one.

This picture was taken from a camera rig suspended below a kite (Kite Aerial Photography – KAP).

Red covered bridge in Quebec - Kite Aerial Photography

Red covered bridge in Quebec - Kite Aerial Photography

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Aerial Views of the Ottawa Skyline from Lebreton Flats

Six images from my recent kite aerial photography session at Lebreton flats are new to my Getty Images portfolio:

Aerial Views of the Ottawa Skyline from Lebreton Flats

These aerial pictures were taken from a camera rig suspended below a kite (Kite Aerial Photography – KAP).

Aerial view of the city of Ottawa skyline and Gatineau on the left. - Kite Aerial Photography

Aerial view of the city of Ottawa skyline and Gatineau on the left. - Kite Aerial Photography

Aerial photograph of the O Train station at the Bayview Transitway Station. Looking down Scott Street on the left and the bus transitway on the right. Tom Brown Arena is at the top left. - Kite Aerial Photography

Aerial photograph of the O Train station at the Bayview Transitway Station. Looking down Scott Street on the left and the bus transitway on the right. Tom Brown Arena is at the top left. - Kite Aerial Photography

Aerial photograph of the City Centre building near Lebreton Flats. - Kite Aerial Photography

Aerial photograph of the City Centre building near Lebreton Flats. - Kite Aerial Photography

Aerial photograph of Gatineau skyline, Chaudiere Falls and the Canadian War Museum.  - Kite Aerial Photography

Aerial photograph of Gatineau skyline, Chaudiere Falls and the Canadian War Museum. - Kite Aerial Photography

Aerial view of the city of Ottawa skyline and Gatineau on the left. - Kite Aerial Photography

Aerial view of the city of Ottawa skyline and Gatineau on the left. - Kite Aerial Photography

Aerial view of the city of Ottawa skyline and Gatineau on the left. - Kite Aerial Photography

Aerial view of the city of Ottawa skyline and Gatineau on the left. - Kite Aerial Photography

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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.

reflections art / reflections photos / reflections greeting cards
reflection art / reflection photos / reflection greeting cards
pond reflection art / pond reflection photos / pond reflection greeting cards
pond reflections art / pond reflections photos / pond reflections greeting cards

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Covered Bridge on Chemin Cross Loop south of Wakefield, Québec.

New in my Getty Images portfolio:
Covered Bridge on Chemin Cross Loop south of Wakefield, Québec.

This picture was taken from a camera rig suspended below a kite (Kite Aerial Photography – KAP).

Red covered bridge near Wakefield, Quebec - Kite Aerial Photography (KAP)

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Fake tilt-shift of the Champlain Bridge over the Ottawa River between Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec.

New in my Getty Images portfolio:
This is a fake tilt-shift of the Champlain Bridge over the Ottawa River between Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec.
The original image was taken from a camera suspended below a kite (Kite Aerial Photography – KAP).

Champlain Bridge - Tiny Town

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Morning on Little Cedar Lake, Quebec.

New in my Getty Images portfolio:
Morning on Little Cedar Lake. Little Cedar Lake is near Messines, Quebec.

Morning on Little Cedar Lake

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