Jul 182012

Another fine weekend ride out to Niagara-on-the-Lake to see a well staged War of 1812 re-enactment at Fort George.  It featured 5 tall ships (4 Brigantines and a schooner-1812 Squadron) and 22 longboats with 300 naval and military re-enactors.  My brother, Jean-Pierre, suited up in period costume as a participant.  He’s the guy with the mutton chops.  Wait a minute…too many guys with mutton chops, well, he’s the youngest looking of the lot.

During the War of 1812, Fort George served as the headquarters for the Centre Division of the British Army. These forces included British regulars, local militia, aboriginal warriors, and Runchey’s corps of freed slaves. Major General Sir Isaac Brock, “the saviour of Upper Canada” served here until his death at the Battle of Queenston Heights in October, 1812. Brock and his aide-de-camp John Macdonell were initially buried within the fort. Fort George was destroyed by American artillery fire and captured during the Battle of Fort George in May 1813. The U.S. forces used the fort as a base to invade the rest of Upper Canada, however, they were repulsed at the Battles of Stoney Creek and Beaver Dams. After a seven month occupation, the fort was retaken in December and remained in British hands for the remainder of the war. After the war, the fort was partially rebuilt, and by the 1820’s it was falling into ruins. It was finally abandoned in favour of a more strategic installation at Fort Mississauga and a more protected one at Butler’s Barracks.

All photos taken with a Pentax K-5

Jul 112012

Samuel Wilmot Nature Area is a 77 hectare conservation area located in the Clarington Municipality of Ontario.  It is just east of Bowmanville and south of the 401.  I heard about this area by word of mouth and it is one of those places not too many people know about.  I hope it stays that way!   The trails take you along Wimot Creek to the shores of Lake Ontario.  So far, Elaine and I have made two visits there and we’ve been rewarded with unspoiled nature, several species of bird, beavers as well as countless forms of plant life and insects.  There are no crowds, just peaceful surroundings.  A perfect antidote to the bullshit and ugliness of the city.

Visit this site for more info.   http://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/trails-a-z/samuel-wilmot-nature-area/

All photos take with a Pentax K-5

Jul 112012

Last weekend, we put in a new bird feeder filled with Nyjer seeds.   Well, I always thought it was spelled as Niger seeds, but I guess too many people inserted an extra letter “g”.  Seems the PC folks decided to give it a less contentious spelling.   So, with racial malapropisms out of the way, we were happy to see some new visitors to the backyard.  There are now American Goldfinches that feed each day as well as warblers and other finches.



Jul 042012

A few flowers and bird feeder is all it takes to bring a little bit of nature into one’s backyard.  It’s a good excuse to try out my new macro lens and put that big Sigma telephoto lens to good use.  Best of all, I don’t have to go far and I can smoke a cigar and drink some wine or beer and not worry about the fuzz ruining my day.   Here’s are some photos that run from the cute to creepy.  At least I stayed sober enough to still pull focus 🙂

All photos taken with a Pentax K-5, Pentax 100mm f.28 macro and Sigma 150-500 f5-6.3 APO telephoto.

Jul 032012

What a glorious Canada Weekend, perfect weather and some good friends thrown into the mix.  Elaine and I ventured out to Queensville, Ontario to visit the homestead and farm of Terry Hardy, his wife Teri Bridgeford and their beautiful daughter Ryan.   Also present are future bacon, backribs, cutlets, chops and tenderloin.

All images taken with the Olympus E-P3.