Crossing That Bridge…

On the most part, you don’t cross the Canadian/US border by foot, at least i have never experienced it before.  However, when you visit Niagara Falls, you can do just that.  All you need is 0.50 cents and your passport.

In order to get over to the US, you have to cross the Rainbow Bridge.  Before accessing the bridge, you have to pay a toll, which is 0.50 cents.  Once you are on the bridge, you only come across US Customs when you are on the other side and actually on US soil, despite the fact that the “border” runs right through the middle of the bridge.

You can get some fantastic views from The Rainbow Bridge.  It’s great to be able to look straight up to the falls.  Hang on to your camera though, the water will be quick to claim it and not give it back.

Coming back over to Canada, there was no toll to pay.  Though, the line was somewhat long and their was only one border agent on duty, so it did take a while to get back in.

If you get the chance to cross The Rainbow Bridge, don’t hesitate to do it.  It is somewhat of a unique experience.

All photos taken with the Fuji X100T.

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Fort Erie, Ontario

Our final destination on our Southern Ontario road trip last summer, was Fort Erie.  I suppose we could have pushed on further, but we had enough of driving at that point.

We really did not explore the town of Fort Erie much, opting to go directly to the fort (reconstructed) of Fort Erie.

Unfortunately, we arrived just before closing time and they were not really taking anymore visitors.

Well, i did not go all that way to not see Fort Erie.  So, i pleaded with the young lady at the front desk and she proceeded to let us in to visit for 15 minutes.

Though 15 minutes is not a long time to explore such a site, i was at least able to get some decent photos of the grounds.

Next time Fort Erie.

All photos taken with the Fuji X100T.

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Legoland… Again.

I can’t avoid it.

Every time we go to Toronto, my daughter wants to go to Legoland, despite the fact that she has already visited.  I like Lego as well, so going again is not all that bad.

Be prepared to lay out some money though.  Aside from the admission, you are no doubt going to end up buying a Lego kit as you exit; after all, they make you exit through the Lego store.  Smart.

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If you don’t recognize it, these downtown scenes made of Lego, are of downtown Toronto.  It’s quite impressive seeing it up close like this.  You can really get a sense of the hard work that has gone into building these scenes.

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Seeing as the new Star Wars movie was right around the corner at the time we visited, they had built some scenes with the new line of Star Wars Lego sets.

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At one point, my daughter and I sat down to take a rest and we built our own creations.  Below is a photo of my creation.  Pretty good right?

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Below is a photo of the activity area in Legoland.  This is where my daughter and I sat down to take a load of our feet.

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All photos taken with the X100T.

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Fort Henry, Kingston, Ontario

Fort Henry in Kingston, Ontario, is a major attraction for anyone visiting the city.

Fort Henry sits atop a hill on a peninsula that juts out into the St. Lawrence river.  The fort sits on a strategic location and was used to protect the Kingston Royal Naval Dockyards during the War of 1812.

In the 1830’s, the original fort was replaced by a much larger installation – what you see today – and was again used to protect the naval dockyard, as well as the southern entrance of the Rideau Canal.

During the 1930’s, the fort was restored and remains a major tourist attraction.

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Aside from the historical importance of this site, going up to Fort Henry is going to offer you a great view of the St. Lawrence River and the city of Kingston.

When you do get up to the fort, the parking is free and you can walk around the grounds at your leisure – you do have to pay to get into the main area of the fort itself.

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The day we went, it was hotter than inside an oven, hotter then a snakes ass in a wagon wheel’s rut, hotter…. well, you get the idea.  It was just hot.  Not to many places around to get shade.  I did feel sorry for the guys and gals who were dressed up in costume and doing the reenactments.

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Below is a great view of the downtown area of Kingston.  The body of water that you see at the right of the photo, just beyond the trees, is Navy Bay.

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Another view of Navy Bay.  The land that you see on the other side of the bay, is where the Royal Military College of Canada is located.

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Below is a view looking out onto the St. Lawrence River.  The bit of land you see at the left, is Cedar Island.

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If you do end up in Kingston, Ontario, don’t miss out on Fort Henry.  If it’s during the summer, bring a hat for shade and a bottle of water.

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Fright Night

Continuing on with the theme of photos from October, you can’t have an October without photos from Halloween.

Last year, Halloween night was particularly warm, as well as absent of many people.

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It was quite strange being out on Halloween night and being part of only a handful of people.  We went out at the same time as we always have done, so it was a weird feeling to not see to many other people.

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There were also less houses giving out goodies.  I suppose less people were in the spirit.

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Despite the lack of people and the fact that less houses were giving out goodies, there was still an abundance of decorations to be seen.

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This was my favorite decoration out of all of them.  All of that orange showed up really well on the black background.

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Even though Halloween night was not as “festive” as it has been in past years, it was still a good night to be out in the neighborhood.

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A Fall Tradition

I am definitely behind in posting my photos and this is proof: i am going to be posting photos from October.

As we have done for many years, we went apple picking during the fall.  It was a beautiful day and we chose to venture out to Oka for a change.

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There was plenty of people out that day, enjoying the great weather we were having.  I really liked the location in Oka.  I found it more scenic then the orchards we have visited in the past.

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The orchard was abundant with many types of apples, which made a change.  Usually, we would have to walk or take a tractor deep into the orchard to simply get some apples.

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There was also helicopter rides being given, but at a steep price.  Though, i am not sure i would have wanted to go up in the egg beater that they were using.

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The last stop in our apple picking, was the pumpkin patch, where we bought a few pumpkins for Halloween.

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Eye Catchers

Walking up and down Clifton Hill, you can’t help but be visually assaulted by the bright, colorful signs & facades that line the street.  They really do grab your attention.

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This lion was inside one of the venues along the street.  It is actually made completely of tires and is from Thailand.

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Taylor Swift anyone?

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Kingston Harbour, Ontario

Kingston has a really nice waterfront park, called Confederation Park.  It sits right in front of Kingston Harbour.

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We were able to get down to the harbour just as the sun was going down, which makes for some nice photos.

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The other benefit of going somewhere in the downtown area of Kingston before the sun sets (at least in the late summer months), is that the parking is free after 5:30pm.

I learnt the hard way that parking was free after 5:30pm, by continuously trying to pay the parking meter, only to have it reject my payment.  I tried with multiple forms of payment, only to give up in the end when a city worker told me that parking was free after 5:30.

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Not only can you get some nice sunset photos at the harbour, but you can also get boat & bus tours of the Kingston area.

The boat will take you around a small part of the Thousand Islands and the bus will take you around to all the historic sites within the City of Kingston.  We ended up taking the boat tour.

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If you do make a stop at Confederation Park in Kingston, bring along a bit of bread for the local waterfowl.  There are ducks a plenty!

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The Falls at Night

Going down to the falls at night is pretty special.  Not only do you have a great setting for a nice, leisurely walk, but you also have lights shimmering on the water.  It’s kind of romantic.

Many people make it down to the “board walk” next to the falls and you better have good night vision, because it can get very dark.

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With night photography, you need some essentials and two of those essentials would be: 1) a tripod or 2) a stabilized lens.  Either one will work in order to cut out hand shake at low shutter speeds; but remember, you can not use them in combination.

Anyhow, i had neither the night i took these photos.  However, i did find spots to rest my elbows on to steady my camera the best i could.

My shutter speeds went down to 1/15 and i had my aperture at f/2.

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In the below photo, you can see the US side of the falls, Niagara Falls, NY.  Buffalo is actually further down south, right across from Fort Erie.

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I really like how the clouds add an element of drama to the photos.  In addition, you can really get a sense of how dark it is down at the falls at night.

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There are usually a few more colors in the lights that light up the falls (this is a view of the American falls), but there only seemed to be red and a faint glow of green this time around.

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