Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Halloween 2018

Happy Halloween - Pumpkins lined the bridge in Martintown, Ontario
 Outside Martintown Mill
 Artwork inside

 Living statue

Pumpkins on bridge

House by bridge

leave it to religion... screw up a good holiday - I went to a Wiccan shop for a 'Samhain'... they were actually wearing black robes and pointed witches hats as they started thanking gods that weren't part of celtic mythology for the weather....they didn't have any candy.

Nightmare on James Street, Halloween House

House decorated by professional DJ Stacy, Melissa and Eathan McPhail

 Heavy rains required blue tarps over some displays

Computer controls projection of talking faces on pumpkins

Monday, October 29, 2018

No, those aren't white northern lights in Finland

(image via flickr user roman.noven)
This photo and others in the series have been going around tagged as Aurora Borealis in Finland or the Yukon or even 'The Hem of His Garment' 
Because Aurora are produced by gases emitting photons at specific wavelengths, they can't be white - most of the time they are the green and red emitted by oxygen, as in this photo I took in Guelph, Ontario:

 If they do appear white, it's likely a different phenomenon, or them being too faint for the eye to determine the color, or an effect caused by the colors blending together. White light is a mixture of colors that can separated into a spectrum or rainbow by means of a prism. 
The first photo is a long exposure of people waving florescent tubes under electric lines - this causes the tubes to brighten. One very obvious thing about the first photo is that the light is below the electricity lines, which they block out in some places - if they were aurora, they would be blocked out by the lines, like the aurora are by the trees in my photo.
roman.noven did a series of these photos in 2010, including the one that's been circulating as the White Northern Lights in Finland, or ' The hem of his garment' which can be seen here: "The hem of his garment"74696833/with/4795525179/
Note that in one photo, a group of eight people holding tubes can be seen posing under the power lines.
roman.noven 's flickr bio describes themselves as Roman Noven and Tania Shcheglova, from Ukraine. They are well established professional photographers with a website here:

Monday, October 22, 2018

Guess the band's name

Thrift store employee's budget costume

Tried hard, didn't work

Municipal Election Day - Candidate Claude Poirier stumping on streets - unfortunately he didn't win
From the last municipal elections - home made sign for Jacqueline (Jacquie) Milner, Candidate for Deputy Mayor in South Glengarry - didn't win but nice sign!

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Friday, October 12, 2018

Fall Colours 2018

Great Big Pumpkin

The closed for the season Rideau Canal at Carleton University, Ottawa
Carleton sign

Wind in Aspens, beach in Prescott

Trinity Church, Cornwall, Ontario
Giant puffball, looked a little too old to eat, but they are very tasty. They can be sliced and deep fried and frozen to keep the leftovers.
Gray's Creek
Spot the cat. Rusty in leaves.
Sun Dog

Warm air over cold ground fog 

The last few minutes before the solstice, the longest night falls and so ends autumn.

Dottie, Passionflower

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Timid Mink

A little black mink didn't know I was sitting on the walkway that go over the marsh and when I stood up it rolled over and played dead. It started rolling back and forth and just slowly walked away, looking back.