Save the Canadian Air & Space Museum


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I don’t often get on my soap box, but this is something that I want to bring to everyone’s attention. The images attached to this post show the the current state of the Canada Air & Space Museum. They’re packing up what’s left, loading up skids and clearing out the building. Last year, they were evicted. Currently, they have no place to go.

The Air & Space Museum is home to some of the most spectacular artifacts of Canadian invention and engineering, including a scale replica of the CF-105 Avro Arrow, currently being disassembled.

There’s a whole story behind the eviction, and I encourage you to read about it at their website: http://www.casmuseum.org/

I was lucky enough to be allowed to enter the facility, which was once the De Havilland Canada aircraft manufacturing plant during World War II. It was designated a heritage site, a designation that mysteriously disappeared when the museum was evicted. (they claimed it’s listing as a heritage site was “an error”). Hockey rinks are going in when the museum has cleared out.

The museum is a non-profit organization and has no public funding. They depend on private support and donations. I encourage anyone who wants to see the museum find a new home to donate: http://www.casmuseum.org/donate.php or become a member (memberships are currently $20). They are in talks for a new location, but the atmosphere during my visit was very sombre. They certainly need help.

I never had the chance to see the museum when it was opened. I’d love to see it again under better circumstances. Since my visit yesterday, I have been reading much more about Canada’s air and space history, and I must say I’m inspired. I have a new book to read, authored by the still-living Landcaster bomber Philip Gray.

Please tell me your thoughts on this! I’d love to have a discussion about it. This history needs to be saved.

Spring in the Forest


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Spring is here, and things are greening up quickly! I made a day trip to the nearby Copeland Forest to see how lively the wildlife was, and I was pleasantly surprised. Birds, animals, insects, the world has come back to life with much energy after a mild and short winter. From the delightfully small Chickadee:

To the shy yet curious Painted Turles:

…and even a playful Mink!

and yes, of course I took the macro lens out to photograph many species of insects along the way, through both the forest and along Barrie’s waterfront:

Enjoy the full gallery, and try to get out and enjoy some of it yourself! The world is alive again.

 

Goodbye winter, hello…. summer?


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Where did spring go?? We have had such unseasonably warm weather that is breaking all sorts of temperature records, and it has encouraged me to get out shooting something other than snowflakes!

Here’s a photograph that I took at Barrie’s waterfront yesterday morning. The ice was nearly completely gone, but still cooling the air over the lake enough to create fog. This was the result:

Actually, that’s not entirely true. That’s the “edited” result. Below is the image I photographed right out of the camera so you can see how much work goes into getting the image I was looking for. I had to place the sun into the frame, in a position that would normally only be found in mid-late summer. Take a look:

The Barrie Photo Club has an outing to Shaw’s Pancake House recently, and I was happy to be able to go this year. Despite the unusual weather the sap was still flowing nicely. Here’s a couple pics:

and the below picture is a section of tubing that carries sap from trees back to the boiler, a more modern approach. The water droplets show a refracted image of the maple forest:

And finally, Desi and I had a wonderful afternoon in High Park in Toronto, and during the visit we came across this pair of swans. It was a great way to spend the afternoon! <3

More fun pictures to come! Sorry for not updating the blog that much recently, I have been very active over on Google+. I’ll post more soon!

January Snowflake Series


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I know not everyone is active on Google+ where I am posting these, so here are 10 of my favourite snowflakes photographed so far this year. There are some extremely beautiful images, from the small-but-stunning:

To the incredibly large:

Check out the gallery and read the descriptions for a little insight. I have many more of these still to put together and winter is far from over. It’s going to be a great year! Check out Google+ if you can’t wait for more, I post one every day. 🙂

Winter Landscapes


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As much as I hope for the snow, we have had relatively little this year. Snowflakes aside, I have been trying to keep up with my landscape photography as well but the weather hasn’t cooperated. Even still, I have been able to grab a few great shots so far this season:

The halo and Sun Dogs around the sun are caused by a cloud of ice crystals, and I found it near the Alliston area. I drove there hoping to find snow, but this was a much nicer surprise!

I set my sights on Bracebridge as a snow system was moving in, only for it to move off-course by the time I arrived. I chose my location wisely however – as a back-up I knew that Potts Falls would still be flowing and I was treated to quite the landscape.

Finally, I tried a different approach with this last image. I don’t often create “pan-blur” images, but this is one that I liked. It is an extremely wide angle of view and I rotated the camera to blur the details and make it look painterly. Please tell me your thoughts!

I’ll make a snowflake post soon too 🙂 For those eager to see my snowflake images, I am posting a new one every single day over at Google+, check it out!

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