Discovering Ottawa: Jack Pine Trail

We didn’t bring the recommended seeds, and wished we had the moment we stepped onto the Jack Pine Trail.  In Nepean, Ontario, just outside Ottawa, this trail is a short but very worthwhile walk.   Dogs are not permitted, which I found odd at first, but soon realized is part of the magic. Magical is […]

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Discovering Ottawa: Hogs Back Park

Nature, weather permitting, is always the first draw for us when travelling.  After a lunch in Lansdowne, we decided to visit Hog’s Back Park and see the falls. Located in Ottawa, along the Rideau river, Hog’s Back Park offers lots of free parking and appears to be a popular spot.   While there are plenty […]

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Discovering Ottawa: Mer Bleue

“Did you see anything cool?”  We ask the young boys running ahead of their mother in the parking lot. “Frogs!” they exclaim. “There’s a frog sitting on a wasp’s nest, catching the wasps as they exit,” another group tells us.  We head in that direction. We’ve come to Mer Bleue Conservation area just east of […]

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Discovering Ottawa: Manotick

We are drawn to Manotick, a suburb of Ottawa, to visit with friends.  Arriving early, we decide to check out Watson’s Mill along the Rideau river.  Unfortunately, as it is off-season, the mill is not open this day, however there is still plenty to explore. Next to the mill is a Veteran’s Memorial Garden with […]

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Photo A Week: Water

Water, I confess, holds me in its spell – I would follow it across the land from the Oregon coast, and ocean swell to the Arizona rivers, oh so grand: Set me by a waterfall and I will swoon, mesmerized by such awesome power, even deafened by its thunderous boom, I could watch the motion […]

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Colourful

Colourful are these Jays, who make Texas their home, and this Altamira Oriole, also spotted in the Lone Star state: What can be more colourful than these yellow and purple pansies: (Lens-Artists Photo Challenge is hosted this week by Tina at Travels and Trifles)

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A Photo a Week: Delicate

Delicate is the spider’s web, at least to the naked eye – appearances deceive, though, just ask an unfortunate fly. The sighting of a butterfly, splashing colour with flight – opening and closing wings spreading childlike delight. In the midst of swampy mire, this delicate flower dares bloom; a snow white pop of hope to […]

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