|garden table with new snow|
Friday, December 28, 2012
Monday, December 24, 2012
This week I hiked into Spencer Gorge to meet Marty, the resident hobo. Marty, a self-declared hobo, who collects bottles and cans for a living around Dundas Ontario, camps out at his "Cuddy Shack" deep in the woods.
I helped him carry wood and water up from the stream as he told me about the wildlife he observes, and the historical artifacts he has found. He even found a body once.
The view is beautiful, the shack is warm and the Christmas tree outside is decorated. Merry Christmas Marty!
Friday, December 14, 2012
red fox. He trotted past my studio window twice last week, and yesterday I spotted him from my car.
So I followed him as he wandered across the lawns and streets, using my cellphone camera to snap a few quick shots. What he was looking for I have no idea. But I have noticed that there haven't been any rabbits around here for awhile!
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
I went birding along the Niagara River last Sunday, my first attempt at 'winter birding', with a group of birding experts who knew their birds well, particularly the unusual gulls who gather there.
While I did spot a few rare gulls such as the all-white Iceland Gull, a first for me, I had more luck - and fun - photographing the winter birds in the local woodland parks. Another first was the Winter Wren, an uncommon and secretive bird that lives by woodland streams.
But the most beautiful bird of the day was the Tufted Titmouse, a relative of the Chickadee, that was quite amenable to posing for my camera!
Monday, December 10, 2012
|The Blind Boys of Alabama perform in the Glenn Gould Studio|
The food drive is still accepting donations at the CBC or online, so please consider supporting the cause.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
|The view from my room at the Caravanserai Cave Hotel in Goreme|
As a side trip to my visit to Findhorn, I spent 3 days hiking through the valleys of Cappadocia Turkey, a region I thought might make for interesting stereo photography. So glad I went!
|Ancient abodes in Pigeon Valley|
|An early Christian crypt|
Since at least 1300 BCE, people have carved dwellings in the surrounding hills and hoodoos, here called castles and fairy chimneys.
Whole underground cities, complete with churches, stables, wells and ventilation shafts have been carved in the soft rock, laid down over millennia as volcanic ash.
As well as providing safe sanctuary from marauding armies, these abodes were warm in the winter and cool in the summer!
|I took a hike through the euphemistically named Love Valley|
|Up, Up, Way Up!|
A highlight for me was a balloon ride where we rose through the clouds to emerge into bright sunlight, with a view of a distant snow-capped volcano.
The air was actually warmer above the clouds than below!
I wrote an account of my ride with Butterfly Balloons on TripAdvisor.
|I wanted photos of Turkish people and they wanted photos of me!|
The Turkish people were wonderful hosts, always gracious and willing to accommodate a traveller's needs and make helpful suggestions. Two Turkish men offered me a ride to Avenos, a pottery-making town, where I wandered the markets, snapped lots of people pictures, and visited a school of traditional Turkish carpet making.
|A 3D cross-view of carpet-weaving students in Avenos|
|Wendy, Xiaoyong and Josie Chai|
One of the wonderful things about traveling is the chance to make new friends; people with whom you share a special moment in time but might never meet again. Wendy, Xiaoyong and their daughter Josie shared their car with me and were great models for my landscape photography. Such a delightful family! I do hope we meet again some day.
|3D cross-view of Love Valley|
|Capstones on the fairy chimneys around Urgup|
Cappadocia is a place that should be on everyone's bucket list. And if you ever want a guide/companion to go with, just let me know!