Summer Delights

The heat of summer, typically fuels our wandering impulses. A spontaneous drive to the beach, or a weekend up north. Now that coronavirus has reined us in, we search seasonal delight closer to home: roses in the garden, the emerald green of farm fields, and the leisurely hunt of a furry fisherman.

(For Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: summer.)

One Angle At A Time

So many aspects of our little town make it intriguing, and while my focus has been on the natural areas, I am also drawn to the architecture and history, so one angle at a time, I’ve decided to start exploring each element.

Photos of St Marys, Ontario, Canada, submitted for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: angles.

A Trip To the Beach

As the temperature rises we are drawn to nearby shores, for a patio lunch overlooking the water.

Merely observers now – the sun a threat to aging skin, and the sand too difficult to navigate – we are content to people watch.

Impossible to capture the entirety of our view in one shot, so I settle instead for the details.

A trio of boats just off shore:

Beachgoers gathered beneath a tree:

An antique car and driver cruising by:

Satiated with good food and a satisfying view, we journey home, my camera buzzing.

(For Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: details. The beach depicted is at Goderich, Ontario, Canada.)

Leaving Ottawa

stone artCanada’s capital city has lots to offer.  Before leaving we took the scenic drive along the Rideau, stopping in at the various parks and places of note to take pictures.  At the Remic Rapids, Muskoka chairs line the grassy banks, overlooking rock sculptures in the water.  Apparently, artist John Felice Ceprano has been creating these figures since 1986.

library clock, carvingsOf course, no trip to Ottawa would be complete without a visit to the Parliament buildings.  As one of our clan works for the liberals, she arranged to give us a private tour.  The buildings are currently under restoration, which was clearly visible, but the majesty of the place still shone.  Marble floors and archways, floor to ceiling portraits, stained-glass windows, and elaborate woodworking make the Parliament a place of art and history.

The plan after leaving Ottawa was to drive north to Algonquin Park and then back to Muskoka to visit with friends, but at our first pit stop my left leg decided to stop working.  I’d been having trouble with muscle spasms and weakness since we arrived, and now my body was giving out.  Ric made the call to return home.  I am grateful that he did.  Home is the best place to be for recuperation.

Besides, I have many photographs to sort through, and blog posts to make, which works well with my feet up, so all is good.

Discovering Ottawa: Hogs Back Park

Hog's BackNature, 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 of handicapped spots, the path itself is steep, and the closest lookout to the parking lot is paved with uneven stones, making it difficult to maneuver with a walker.   The view, however, is well worth the effort.

duck napsHuge rock formations jut in and out of the water’s path, with several waterfalls contributing to the rush.  From where we stood, high atop the flow, we spotted several groups of black ducks enjoying the area.  While many bobbed up and down in the water, some found flat spots on the rock to nap.
hunched heronIn a deeper crevice, a Great Blue Heron, readied himself for the hunt, taking time out to preen himself.  We moved to the next lookout downstream in order to get a better shot of him.

The paths continued alongside the river on either side of the falls, and I walked for a bit, but my legs weren’t up to the many hills.

Hog's Back Park rocks_treesTree lined walkways, areas to sit and enjoy the view, and a pavilion that offers restrooms make this an alluring spot.   Despite the beauty of this place, and signs posted regularly discouraging litter, it was easy to spot discarded cans and food wrappers shoved beneath the bushes, which I found to be disappointing.  Still it was worth the stop.

For more on the construction of the damn at Hog’s Back, click here.