Jun 102014
 

I know I am going to probably burn in hell for such a grievous pun.

Every now and then you can find a hidden treasure almost at your backdoor.  A few years ago I discovered that we have an amazing collection of operational armoured vehicles and tanks at the Ontario Regiment Museum in Oshawa, Ontario.  It is located less than a half hour away from my home in Ajax.  In addition to one of the country’s largest collections of functioning vintage tanks, the museum also serves as a monument and reminder of Canada’s long and honourable military history.  You cannot help but to feel a mixture of pride, admiration and respect for all our brave soldiers who have fought and made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

The museum contains an assortment of artifacts gathered from the history of military units in Ontario County (now Durham Region) in the Province of Ontario and can be traced as far back as 1837.  This collection includes uniforms, weapons, technology, medals, documents and more.  This was my second visit and we were honoured to have 90 year old World War II vet, named of Bill give us a guided tour along with another volunteer.  It was a great crash course in the regiment’s military history and as well as Canada’s major military operations.

Centurion Tank

Centurion Tank

During the summer, the museum features “Tank Saturdays” where you can see these beautifully restored and historic vehicles in operation.  I know I will be going again.  Be sure to visit their website: http://www.ontrmuseum.ca/

The Museum is located at the south field of Oshawa Municipal Airport, 1000 Stevenson Rd. N.

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Jun 052014
 

Spring, spring, spring, where are you?  Oh wait, here you are!  Damn, you are late!  Can I see a doctors note?  Do you know how many people you have depressed with your tardiness?  No matter, glad you could finally make it, nice to see you again.

May 24th, 2014 was a perfect spring day; gorgeous weather, clear skies and leaves popping out from the trees.  In short, this is a tasty recipe for a ride on the Harley, a hike in a conservation area and some photography.  After riding for the day, I ventured out again near sundown to take some photos at the Lynde Shores Conservation Area in Whitby Ontario.  I was lucky enough to arrive in time to enjoy the last hour of sunlight for a nice walk and then use the setting sun to bring out some colors.

Goodbye Day, Hello Night

Goodbye Day, Hello Night

I am really digging my new Pentax K-3 and love the colors that one can get by carefully processing the raw files.  Some of the shots in the following gallery are HDR and some are not.  I even took some HDR photos with my lensbaby for selective blur and saturated colours (some like it, some hate it).  Who cares which is which.  I just went with the flow.

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Jun 032014
 

On the weekend of May 25th, 2014, I visited Unionville with my good friend and fellow shutterbug Jeff Silverman.  It was my first visit to this little suburban village located near Markham, Ontario.  It was a beautiful and sunny day and it was packed.  After a long and brutal winter, any excuse to go out was a good excuse.  For Jeff, it was a good day to try out his new Fuji X-E1 and for me it was a perfect day to ride the Harley and try out my new Pentax K-3.

Unionville is something of a unique place, it is place that preserves the look and feel of a traditional small town.  It is the kind of place one might expect to see in an old movie or what your grandparents used to call home.  On the surface, it is the quintessential picture of an early 20th century main street.  In and of itself, it is really no different than the main street of Anytown Canada or America.  However, in the sprawling suburbs it does stand out.  Somehow it has endured and kept its old buildings intact.  Almost all the new developments north of Toronto are the same, namely row upon rows of large expensive homes strategically located near cookie cutter shopping malls and highways.  These new subdivisions lack a sense of history and are bereft of heart and soul.

Unionville represents a connection to the past and an escape from an increasingly bland and predicable modern world.  It is the simulacrum of what a small town should be.  As a symbol of that idea, it remains a potent one for denizens just north of Toronto.  In is no less commercialized than the nearby shopping malls and plazas, yet it is devoid of the big box and corporate logos that are all too familiar to us now.  Unionville is also surrounded by parks and a wee bit of nature.  It harkens one back to the days of the family business.  In short, a nice little escape from the city.

Main Street Unionville

Main Street Unionville

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