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It’s a Top Gear Christmas!

See for yourself:

Christmas card ©2010 BBC Worldwide Ltd.


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IMG_0457.CR2: 30D, EF 70—200mm 1:4L IS @ 97mm, 1/15, f/4.5, 800 ISO

This photo may not look odd, but it’s an example of why fireworks are subject to government control. I took it on Victoria Day this year. It’s of the area around the back entrance of the building next door.The entrance itself is behind the tree on the right.

It seems that some people wanted to have their own fireworks show. They also didn’t want to be bothered to go very far to do it. So they lit them and threw them down from their balcony to land immediately outside the entrance. If someone had happened to leave the building as they threw them, they would’ve had time to walk into the middle of the fireworks just as they went off.


Happy new year

We’re almost there, now. Today is the last day of 2009. I think Don described it best in his Facebook status earlier today:

Don is looking back over the past 12 months and must say it’s been a good year, and next year will be even better.

The new year might work out to be better all on it’s own, but I’m going to do my best to help it be a better year. It’s up to us. You have the tools to do the same thing for yourself, so let’s all make it a good one.

Happy new year!

The christmas (tree) allure

Wolfie was mesmerized by my sister’s Christmas tree.

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IMG_9932.CR2: 30D, EF 17–40mm 1:4L @ 17mm, 2s, f/4, 400 ISO

He would’ve stared at it all evening if I had let him!

Wolfie at the Falls

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IMG_9886.CR2: 30D, EF 17-40mm 1:4L @ 30mm, 1/100, f/8, 100 ISO

I have a young friend with an interesting assignment that spans the school year. His task is to choose a stuffed animal, and any time a friend or relative goes on a trip, he asks them to take his stuffed animal along, take pictures, write a diary entry from the stuffed animal’s point of view, and send a postcard to his school. My nephew suggested a similarity to the traveling garden gnome prank when I explained the project, which is exactly what I thought when I first heard of it.

So my friend chose Wolfie, his Gund wolf, and Wolfie is travelling with me over the holidays. He’s a seasoned traveller, having been to England and all over the Ottawa Valley. As a consequence, he’s no trouble at all as a travelling companion.

Today we went out and saw the sites. You can see him at Niagara Falls in the photo above. He’s on the railing that prevents tourists from tumbling into the falls. The falling water creates all kinds of mist, and in the winter, the mist freezes when it lands. The frozen mist on the railing is about 10 cm (4″) thick. Wolfie was standing, but he slipped on the ice and fell into his behind. That’s also why he’s not really looking at the camera. He’s busy trying not to slide off! Rest assured that he’s safe and sound.

I’ll tell you more about our adventures later, but I’d better go now. I think someone has managed to get into the garbage!

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