Getting There

Driving to Ottawa can be a pretty scenic adventure.

You can either take the 401, the 417 or the 50.  If you take the 401, you have to get off the highway and go north once you’re past Cornwall.

If you stick to the 417, it’s probably the most direct route from Montreal, but one that I have done all to often.

Taking the 50 means you have to go up to Mirabel, which is obviously somewhat out of the way if you are starting off in Montreal, but the highway gives you a somewhat elevated view of the Ottawa river and surrounding area.  It’s not a highway that I like taking much, simply because it constantly narrows and widens for overtaking traffic.  It gets a bit dicey at times.

This last time that we went to Ottawa, we took the 401 because we wanted to drive along the Long Sault Parkway, which you join just outside of Cornwall by turning off of the 401 and onto the 35 (south).

Luckily for us, the colors were still pretty vibrant when we drove down the 401 and I was able to capture a few photos with my mobile phone, including the one above.

I always make sure that I have my mobile phone out while in the car, because there are so many photo opportunities while on your way to a destination.  And honestly, who can resist taking photos of the vibrant, fall colors?

Photo taken with LG G5

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It’s Been Awhile

In Montreal, it is fall once again, a time for the seasons to change and for the days to get shorter.

Reds and oranges come out to take over the lush, green landscape we have been used to, but don’t mind saying farewell to – at least for a while.

One can not resist the urge to go out and enjoy the cool temperatures and crisp air, all to see the light dance on the fiery colors of autumn.

It’s my favourite season of the year.

The contrast of blue skies with the brilliance of October’s shedding of summer’s greenery, the crunch of leafs under your feet, the imminence of white blankets over our land.

Fall brings me happiness and with this, I hope to make a new begining with my blog.

Photo taken with the Nikon D2x and the Nikkor 24-85mm VR G.

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The Long Road Ahead

It always fascinates me seeing how long some freight trains are.  Some seem to go on for miles and most probably do in some instances.

I always imagine what they may be carrying: Food? Furniture? Cars? Raw materials?  In reality, it could be anything.

Though, I don’t much like freight trains when I’m caught at a crossing, waiting for it to go past.  It can be a long wait.

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The photo was taken with my LG G5.

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One Type Down, Many More To Go

I love flying.  I’m an admitted aviation geek.  I’m plane crazy.

When I do get the chance to fly, I always make it a point to see if I can possibly fly a type of aircraft that I have never flown on before.

I have flown on Boeings, Airbuses, Lockheeds, Cessnas, British Aircraft Corporation aircraft, Embraers, and Bombardiers.

In regards to Boeing, I had yet to fly aboard a 737; therefore, when I had a chance to fly aboard one on a recent trip, I was quite pleased.

I always ask for a window seat, of course.

These photos were taken with my LG G5.

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St. Joseph’s By Night

St. Joseph’s Oratory has always been an interesting subject for me to photograph.  It’s dominating presence can only truly be appreciated once one is up close to it, only then will you be able to truly appreciate it’s large than life architecture.

By night, it is no less impressive to see it under the light of the moon, as well as in the light that floods over it, from spotlights strategically placed around the grounds.

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The photograph was taken with my LG G5.

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Crisp Winter Sunset

There’s nothing like vast, open farm fields in the winter time, with a beautiful sunset on the horizon.  It’s one of those moments that I can’t resist taking a photograph of.

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What really drew me to this scene, was the rays of sun piercing through the clouds, carrying the light of the heavens down to earth.

Photo taken with my LG G5.

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Freedom

“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are.  You trade in your reality for a role.  You trade in your sense for an act.  You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask.  There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level.  It’s got to happen inside first.”

– Jim Morrison (no relation)

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Photo taken with the Nikon D2x and Nikkor 70-300 VR G.

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Coaticook Gorge

Scenes from Coaticook Gorge, Quebec.  If you go, don’t forget to make a stop at the ice cream factory, which is a few minutes away from the gorge.

Photos taken with the Olympus TG3.

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