Monday, September 26, 2011

Grapes of Niagara

It's harvest time in the vineyards of the Niagara Region. So Gail & I took a drive down there for lunch and a bit of wine tasting yesterday. We visited some well known wineries such as Inniskillin  and Hillebrand but they were too crowded. Lesser known ones such as Stonechurch and Pondview were both very welcoming and offered free tastings. We stopped for lunch at Ravine Winery, one of the newer wineries, located on the St. David's Bench. Sitting outdoors with a soft breeze to keep us cool, we were in culinary heaven. Thank you Chef Collin Goodine for a delicious lunch and a bottle of your best Dijon Mustard!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

George & Pat

Pat Stevenson & George Hunter, taken with an iPhone

My friends George (90) & Pat (101) have been together a long time, and still have their quarrels now and then. Yesterday Pat smiled at me and said, "We're talking again!"

I laughed and said, "Let me get a picture of you two lovebirds." Don't they look great!

Check out George's wonderful photography at
his web site.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Salmon Run

Bronte Creek is alive with salmon at the moment. Each September local fishermen descend on the streams that feed Lake Ontario, hoping to snag one of these behemoths that thrash their way through the shallow streams to find a suitable place to lay their eggs and die.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Green Darner

When I visited Bronte Creek yesterday, I noticed thousands of dragonflies flying over an open field and sunning themselves on the bushes nearby. It took a little patience to approach the ones at rest, but with a quick swipe of my bug net  I had one as my subject for close-up photography!
These giants of the insect world, with 3 inch wingspans, are called green darners. They catch other flying insects on the wing with their barbed legs. They lay their eggs on water plants and their larvae are ferocious hunters in fresh water.
Check his compound eyes in this stereo cross-view close-up. Amazing!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Guelph's New Legion Hall

I was asked to be the official photographer for the Grand Opening of Guelph's new Royal Canadian Legion Hall on Saturday. I was once a British Army Cadet, and I have great respect for the sacrifice that was made by my father and his generation in WWII. Today's legionnaires do good work supporting the war veterans still living and encouraging us all to 'Never Forget'.

Air Cadets greet arriving veterans and dignitaries

An evening Candlelight Tribute Ceremony led by Rev. Dr. Ron Smeaton

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Mont Saint-Hilaire

I hiked to the top of Mont Saint-Hilaire's Pain de Sucre (Sugar Loaf) a few days ago, while staying in Montreal at my son Trevor's new apartment. An easy hike of 3 kms to the top, it afforded a stunning vista from the 414 meter summit of the Richelieu River below and the skyline of Montreal in the far distance.
Coincidentally, the town of Mont Saint-Hilaire is mounting a major outdoor exhibit next month of photographs by my friend George Hunter. The exhibit is part of the region's annual Apple Festival and consists of 54 large-format prints of George's travel photography, taken over his seven decade career. Be sure to check it out if you are in the area in October.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Best Shawarma in Montreal

I drove my son Trevor back to school in Montreal on Monday. Trevor is completing his last year of Environmental Geography at Concordia. It seemed like we ate fast food all the time while I was there. Just part of a student's life in downtown Montreal, I was warned. The best fast food, a Lebanese-style shawarma, was from Boustan on Crescent Street. It seems Mr. Boustan has taken a liking to my son and he told me how much it meant to him that Trevor had brought me to meet him. Trevor swears that Boustan serves the best shawarma in the city, so stop by sometime and say, "Trevor sent me!"

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Yellowstone Book

I finished a new book project today. I've titled it Yellowstone and The Grand Tetons. It features all of my best shots - 2D & 3D - from the week I spent there in July, with some interesting facts and personal anecdotes mixed in. I put it together in Apple's Aperture, with Gail's copy editing assistance, and sent it off to Apple. It will be printed in 'who-knows-where' and arrive back here in just a few days. Amazing technology. And good service. But pricey.