My wife and I were among the many travellers who had to cut short their winter vacation to return home as a consequence of the COVID-19 outbreak. Our plan was for 2 weeks in Sayulita, Mexico with friends and then 1 week in Cancun with our daughters’ families. The family get-together, which had been planned to replace a Christmas gathering, had to be scrapped and we returned to Ottawa after the two weeks. It was for the best but we were disappointed.
This is my third year raising funds for Parkinson’s Disease research. Why? Because 3 years ago I began my own journey with PD.
Instead of cycling as in the past, this year I am doing a 5K walk as part of the Ottawa Race Weekend. The actual event weekend was cancelled due to COVID-19, but instead it has gone virtual. Jayne and I are part of the PIPR team (Partners Investing in Parkinson’s Research). All funds raised by us go towards Parkinson’s Disease Research at The Ottawa Hospital.
If you are affected by current circumstances and prefer to pass, we understand.
I’m very pleased that the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) has used one of my images for the cover of the October, 2019 issue. This issue has a particular focus on Parkinson’s Disease, a community I’m getting to know all too well as I was diagnosed with PD two years ago.
After a 2 1/2 year hiatus from kite aerial photography (due to back issues and other considerations) I did a short session last week to make sure all the equipment worked and to get myself reacquainted. All this in preparation for the Windscape Kite Festival in Swift Current, Saskatchewan where I have been invited to again (3rd time) participate in demonstrating aerial photography using a kite.
This flying session took place at the soccer fields in WC Levesque Park near the Stonebridge Trail in Barrhaven (outlying suburb of Ottawa) where I now live. I took just a few shots of the park, nearby housing and the Jock River.
Apparently the only one of its kind in North America, the 5 Arch Stone Bridge on Ontario’s Mississippi River is in Pakenham, Ontario, about 45 minutes from Ottawa. I’ve been several times and taken photographs at different times of year. This time I went with Bruce Amos and Murray McComb to photograph the Mississippi River with high spring water levels. Here are a few shots from that day. Visit my website gallery to see more.
The five arch stone bridge in Pakenham, Ontario on the Mississippi River.
Water rushes over rock ledges in the rapids at the Pakenham 5 arch stone bridge on the Mississippi River.
I’m raising funds for Parkinson’s Disease research by cycling in THE RIDE on September 8th. Please pledge support by sponsoring my ride. Donate Now!
Better yet, join my team, SWYM & Friends, and get on your bike too. There are 3 options: 50 km or 120 km or the virtual ride (using an app to log cumulative rides wherever you live). Just click on Join Rob’s Team.
Visit my temporary home gallery.
September 17-18 and 24-25 – 11 am to 5 pm.
I’m at 480 Denbury Avenue.VERNISSAGE
You are invited to join the artists of the West End Studio Tour 2016 for a “WEST Pre-View Party” at:
Maker House Co.
987 Wellington St. W., (just west of Somerset Square)
Thursday, September 15th, 6 – 9 p.m.
Maker House Co. &
Beyond the Pale Brewing Co.
Come and chat with the artists. We will have one piece each on display as a teaser for the actual Gallery Tour.