Saturday, June 23, 2018

Solstice Sunrise ii

On my way home from my solstice sunrise photo shoot, since the sun was still rising, I decided to stop at the park around the corner where there is a little pond. It is officially titled Anthony Curro Park although I always have to look the name up since there is no signage. In fact, it always enters my mind as Arlo Guthrie Park before I search the web for its real name.

I managed to catch a glimmer of rising light in the gap through the trees where the trail begins. Nothing spectacular, but the reflections are good enough, and I like the sort of triangular shape of the trees.

Time to head home with the sun still not quite risen over the horizon.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Solstice Sunrise

A few years ago, I made an effort to photograph both the sunrise and sunset of the summer solstice, so I decided to make an effort to try again this year.

Neither event can be seen in full splendor near our town, or at least I am not particularly aware of such spots, especially sunset. Nevertheless, I picked out a possible sunrise spot and checked it out the morning before the solstice.

I set my alarm for 4:00 but awoke at 3:30. After coffee, I headed to this spot just under the nearby bridge. I wanted to be in place by about 4:30 for the sun to arise by about 5:15.

As you can see by both the previous and following photos, there was the dreaded blank sky, which doesn't help to provide much sky drama. So, all I manged to get was the glow of the rising sun while it was still below the horizon.

This photo caught some of the foreground flowers and grasses

I was happy enough with the photos to try again on solstice morning, so I arose at the same time and returned to the same spot. This time, I used a normal lens rather than the wide angle of the previous day.

The conditions, however, were just about the same with that blank sky, but I experimented a bit and eventually managed to highlight some of the foreground flowers with my head lamp. These purple flowers were blowing in the wind, but I don't mind the sense of motion although I wouldn't consider printing this either.

I think I would consider printing this one, however, as I like the white daisies which are both in better light and focus than the purple flowers above.

In both mornings, I was back home before the actual sunrise because I figured that the best was over. But first, I did make another stop on the solstice morning.

Monday, June 18, 2018

An Unexpected Fathers Day Treat

With the grands going to be with their dad on Sunday, which is as it should be, it was decided that Fathers Day would be celebrated with grampa on Saturday. We were to go out for breakfast, and then visit our nephew and family at a ball gamer in a nearby town (as previously posted).

Except the old fella was not feeling well, so both were cancelled.

But the kids did drop by later after they had visited at that ball game. And I was feeling somewhat better by then too.

After a good sleep, I was feeling even better on Sunday, so we stopped for coffee and snacks and headed to our favourite spot by the river. And such a beautiful spot it is too.

I was totally surprised when Shauna snuck up behind me, gave me a kiss, and then sat down. We must have hung out for almost an hour and a half before it was time to break up the party.

She made an already pleasant morning so much more enriching. I am so pleased that my ladies pulled off this little unexpected treat.

Saturday, June 16, 2018


Last weekend, we journeyed to Perth to watch Sue's grand nephew (the son of her nephew, whatever the proper name is. I can never get it straight.).

The dad, Matthew, was a good friend of our daughter, Allyson. And she was his attendant at his wedding, his best man as it were.

After years of living quite far away, Matthew and family have settled in Kingston, which is only about an hour and a half away from us. Still, it's not exactly a quick drop in, so we don't see them very often. But when his son had a ball game only a half hour away, we couldn't pass t up.

Here are father and son, and son is about the age of Matthew when he used to visit us for a week or so in summer. I think he visited twice. Gotta how the circle has spun around.

And a few more.

And they're back in another nearby town today for another game, so we're going again along with Sha, Dani and JJ. It will be nice for the cousins to have a little visit although Lucas will be mostly involved in his ballgame.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Cycling Again

Cycling is likely too grand of a word for it because we're not exactly doing the Tour de France, doncha know. But what else can you call it?

After many years of letting our bicycles lie dormant, we got them tuned up, and we've been riding them around a bit. Our biggest outing so far was only about 10km roundtrip, which isn't far, but it will probably be about as much as we will manage. In the more distant past we would do perhaps 80km in a day, but I think those days are behind us.

Still it's good to get out.

We have a couple of trails around here. For example: when we biked to our seniors' exercise class yesterday, we could do almost half of it along the trail near us, and the rest was on quiet residential streets.

This ↓ is a photo from that 10km trip. This trail is very narrow, and is not highly used, but others hereabouts are wider, and there's room for both pedestrians and riders.

And these were taken at a spot where we had to walk our bikes where the path got narrow near the river.

As you just might be able to tell, we are enjoying getting back on our bikes.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Museum Garden at Evening

I post photos to Flickr, Facebook, and lately Instagram, and sometimes I forget what I have posted where.

One recent evening I wanted to back and take more photos of the poppies. This time I went earlier, hoping to catch backlight, but the tall trees behind still blocked the light. So, I moved on to the garden y the museum. It was buggy and shady, but I caught a bit of backlight in some shots.

I don't know what flower this is, but I like it.

A peony with some light filtering through.

A flowerbox catching the light.

A closeup of the same flowerbox with one flower poking through the fence.

A somewhat impressive planter.

A bench in an alcove. You wouldn't have wanted to rest there on this very buggy evening.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Peonies and the Mill

When I was out pedaling my bike on Monday morning, I spotted peonies in the park with the old MacArthur Mill behind. I resolved to return with camera and tripod. As it turned out, I remembered both but forgot the little thingamabobie that connects the camera to the tripod.

Without going into the whys and wherefores (for a change -- just to spare dear reader), pulling off the shot was problematic. But here are two results. The golden light of the westering sun was hitting the building, while most of the rest was in shade.

I took two other shots while I was there all the while under attack by voracious mosquitoes. The reflections were awesome that night, and I like this view of townhall framed by the trees.

I also took another of the [former] mill with the dam in the middle of the frame.