Day 67 of 365

Sunset on the Farm

Sunset on the Farm

Got a call from Cassandra. Get out to the field, quick, it’s a beautiful sunset. Of course, by the time I got there, a scant 4 minutes hence, it was mostly gone. This is the sunset’s sunset over some buildings at the Central Experimental Farm along Woodroffe Ave.

I’m not sure if the -24C temperature had anything to do with the show. Going to be a frigid week for the middle eastern part of the country. Interesting that Whitehorse is -10C while Yellowknife is -28C.

Day 64 of 365

Rideau Falls

Rideau Falls

An early morning cruise along the  Ottawa River on the Gatineau side. The Rideau Falls, emptying into the Ottawa River, mark the end of the Rideau canal system at the Ottawa end. A hike into a park area and tripod mounted long lens got me close to the water. Good ol’ cattails included.

The falls are divided by Green Island (not seen here). The falls were named by the early French for their resemblance to a curtain (rideau en Français). This is one curtain of the falls. The Rideau River was later named after the falls.

Day 63 of 365

Hibiscus

Hibiscus

This plant was prepared from a cutting 27 years ago for Cassandra by her grandmother. Since then it has survived several mishaps. It’s had someone fall on it (breaking some of the branches), left out too late in the fall & been frostbitten twice and vandalized by cutting and apparent poisoning (what’s with that).

The plant has survived all of this and has scrawny branches sparsely populated by leaves and puts out the most beautiful flowers. The flowers don’t last long. This picture was taken yesterday for today’s image since, as I suspected, it had started to wither by today.

Day 61 of 365

Senators practice

Senators practice

Started a class in printmaking last night. One of the topics that came up was the issue of misrepresentation in photography. This is a thorny issue with many nuances. There was one example discussed where the winner of a prize from National Geographic was subsequently disqualified for digitally removing a plastic garbage bag from the image. A comment was made that if the bag has been simply darkened, the image would have been acceptable.

A camera is just not capable of recording what the eye sees, or thinks it sees. Some post production is always needed to enhance the image. In my mind, the real issue arises when the photographer intentionally tries to mislead the viewer. Cropping & color management are acceptable to give the image some oomph. Some artistic interpretation is also acceptable if it is apparent.

The Ottawa Senators practiced yesterday before leaving for Edmonton to play the season’s first official game. Here, the coach looks on with approval as the stop made.