Snow Day, Ottawa, Ontario

January 2019: Not only has it been snowy in Ottawa, but it has been cold, with temperatures in the range of -10C to -25C.  Just when the streets have been cleared a new dump, and streets are again filled with mounds of snow.  

Central Experimental Farm, Ottawa

  2019-January.  The month of January, here in Ottawa- hit the record of the snowiest January ever (97cm).  These are the type of statistics that make me laugh.  I can hear my parents voices saying to me, when we walked to school- there was so much snow, it would take hours., or me telling my…

Building 60, Central Experimental Farm, Ottawa

Building 60, functioning today as an office was constructed on the Farm in 1889 by the Department of Public Works and was the residence of the senior cereal grains research personnel. The house, is recognized by the Government of Canada as a Recognized Federal Heritage Building.   The two-and-a-half storey wood building is Queen Anne Revival in…

Experimental Farm, Ottawa

January 2019- What better place to go for a walk on a cold winter’s afternoon, than the Experimental Farm.  The Central Experimental Farm (CEF), created in 1886, located along the historic Rideau Canal  is a “treasure” to Ottawa.  Although many of us know the Experimental Farm for the green space, museum, and gardens the CEF does still…

Supreme Court of Canada, Ottawa

July 2018:  Several weeks ago I ventured out to the National Gallery to see the Impressionist exhibit.  The exhibit space was busy with people, so after a quick review I headed back to the location in the gallery that I so enjoy.  There is a wall of sketches, and studies by Tom Thompson.  This area…

Chelsea, Gatineau- Ice cream

July 2018:  There is a few favorite places for ice cream in and around the national capital region, and La Cigale Ice Cream Shop, Chelsea is never a disappointment.  You might wonder why an ice cream shop takes the name of an Aesop fairy tale- the answer- check out the webpage of the unique ice…

San Franscisco

December 2017: Probably one of the most popular tourist sites in San Fanscisco is the “painted ladies“, the victorian houses, particularly these lined on Steiner Street.  The phrase “painted ladies” was coined in 1978, by writers Elizabeth Pomada and Michael Larsen for their book of the same name.  The phrase was to summarize the efforts…

Toronto, Ontario: Morning Coffee

  June 2018:  Morning coffee, sketchbook and pencil and of course a croissant, just the  tools required when meeting your son for the day, to walk and explore Toronto.    

Montreal to Ottawa

July 2018:   On a return trip from Montreal, in June  I photographed these farm buildings.  My phone says I was close to Coteau-du-Lac about 40km southwest of Montreal.  When I look up the history of the location apparently this was the location of the first lock system in North America.  There is an old block…

Ottawa to Montreal

May 2018- The train ride from Ottawa to Montreal takes about 2 hours.  Over the spring season I was doing the trip fairly regularly.  The morning ride provided lots of opportunity to record barns, and old houses, both a favorite subject to draw.