Tag Archives: Ontario

Weekly Photo Challenge: “Freestyle”

Flying the white flag… I’ve given up waiting around for whoever is responsible for letting us all know what we’re supposed to post in terms of Weekly Photo Challenge topic material. [Actually, that’s not a white flag, it’s a former face-cloth that has been re-tasked as a clean-up rag hanging on the clothesline.] More photos follow my rant.

It seems that the good folks down at WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge screwed up big time! Whoever was supposed to inform us of this week’s topic has, thus far, failed to do so. Ironically, last week’s theme “Unfocused” remains a full two days past when we have come to expect the new theme to be announced, possibly indicating a lack of focus on the part of the (possibly former) WordPress employee so charged.
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun

Ah, the memories of bygone summers! The other children with their kites and me with a pair of scissors and my best running shoes on...

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted a Weekly Photo Challenge and seeing as this week’s topic is “Sun” and the weather forecast calls for snow in the next 48 hours, I thought I’d try to cheer myself up by looking for some bright photos.
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Update on the Canadian Forces’ Activities in Niagara

The mystery plane with markings suggesting it's Canadian military.

Two posts ago, in Weekly Photo Challenge: Fall, I showed you some pictures of what I believe to be a Canadian Forces aircraft expelling two parachutists. These photos were taken in April of 2009 and haven’t seen anything that I though was a military aircraft since… until this week.
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The End of an Era

At the north-west end of  St. Catharines, Ontario is a place called Port Dalhousie. There you’ll find a public beach and a marina allowing access to Lake Ontario. The natural beauty of the area is stunning and on a clear day you can see Toronto on the north shore some fifty kilometers distant. Port Dalhousie is also home to the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta. It’s a great place to go, especially during the summer.

The residences there are up-scale and the entertainment is upbeat. The nightlife there is amazing! There are several drinking establishments that, judging by the music, seem to cater to the college crowd and feature open-air live bands and DJs.  The place really rocks!
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Painting with Light on Carlton Street

I was checking out a blog entry by greysqrl called, coincidentally, “Painting with Light” and it reminded me of the fun and feeling of satisfaction one gets from “light painting”.

I took this picture on Carleton Street in western Niagara-on-the-Lake using a multi-million candlepower torch for illumination while the camera, a Nikon CP5700, sat on a tripod.
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Toronto Politician Proposes Municipal Brothel

How many analogies between prostitution (or prostitutes) and this perfume bottle can you draw? Author's apology: Sorry that I could not provide you with an image of an actual sex-worker... my wife wouldn't let me go out and photograph one, even in the interest of journalistic thoroughness.

Politicians do some strange things for votes, such as sampling exotic foods at constituents’ cultural celebrations, cutting ribbons at grand openings, and getting their personal hands dirty pitching in on factory production lines. They even drag their spouses into doling out meals at soup kitchens. These things are all done as part of self-promotional photo-ops, of course, and not on their own time.

One Toronto city councillor was the subject of such a photo shoot during a lunch break from his duties at City Hall. The photos got the public’s attention because the councillor in question’s policy on the sex trade was a get-tough, clean-up-the-streets sort of attitude, the meal in question was taken at a strip joint, and the paparazzi had not been invited — it was, if you will, a surprise photo-op! The politician’s response to questions of why a down-on-the-sex-trade peoples’ representative would be in an adult bar was that he was doing a spot-check to make sure everything was on the up-and-up. Continue reading