Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Turtles on log

Cooper Marsh Conservation Area, turtles in pond by entrance



1975 - I was taking sailing lessons at my mother's suggestion at the Stormont Yacht Club in Long Sault. I can remember sailing Albacores (akward), a Hobie Cat (fun) and something else that I can't remember. Clubhouse with Llanfair p.g. Yacht Club's flag on the wall, 'Dreamer' by Supertramp playing, beautiful black hair girl who snubbed me.

Monday, May 20, 2024

General Hospital

Edwardian era postcard of Cornwall General Hospital, opened in 1897 at the former residence of John Sandfield Macdonald, first Premier of Ontario. 
Cornwall Community Museum

I used to go after Cub scouts to the General where my mother worked. The General Hospital still had part of the Victorian building facing Second Street and a modern wing. The Victorian part had a lobby with a fountain in the middle that had large koi fish and an elevator that worked by a lever and manual closing doors. It was torn down and replaced by a modern section sometime in the 1970s. Mom was a volunteer in what she called the tuck shop, more of a British term for convenience store but there are still some places in Canada where it's used. It sold gifts, candy, magazines and comic books, which I liked reading.  She also worked in the psychiatric ward, which was scarier to visit. The people looked so sad. And one man from it came to knock on our door at home looking for mom.


Sunday, May 12, 2024

Happy Mother's Day, Werner Herzog!


I put artificial roses on my mother's grave today. I needed bolt cutters to cut the wire to fit the roses on the plaque but because I read Werner Herzog's dictum "Carry bolt cutters everywhere" I had them in the trunk. I told Krystal, who liked Herzog, about it the first time I used them to cut the wire. Now Krystal's another mother who's gone but I don't know exactly where, if anywhere, she's buried.

Saturday, May 11, 2024


 Not good results - It was overcast in the evening, but I went out at 4 am and saw them - very beautiful - I couldn't get a good focus though! It is the first time I've seen that purple colour. It was like being in a room hung with translucent silks that are slowly changing shape and lights were pulsing through them.

The lights converged into a bright patch at the zenith (point directly overhead):

Friday, April 26, 2024


 And if the cloud bursts thunder in your ear

You shout and no one seems to hear

And if the band you're in starts playing different tunes

I'll see you on the dark side of the moon - Pink Floyd

 I was walking into the grocery store and there was a woman about 25 sitting down next to the door with a shopping bag. She put down her head and started crying. She said "The music inside my head is playing so loud it hurts!" I asked her if she could get home. She said she could if someone picked her up. I gave her some money for a taxi and she said they'd call her a taxi inside the store. She was in new clothes and well groomed and could get up by herself to go in the store. I thought she might have had a sudden onset of psychosis. I interviewed the father of a schizophrenic who had been a university student, doing well, had friends and a job and then one day they got a call from him from their cottage, which was closed after the summer. He was hiding there because he thought people were trying to hurt him.

Monday, April 22, 2024

Goose on a roof, fiddleheads

Geese can also mistake wet flat roofs for bodies of water.

Fiddleheads at sunset. These can be steamed and eaten and taste like asparagus.

At a suggestion from a Japanese friend, I tried them as tempura - very good - much better than just boiled.


Saturday, April 20, 2024

Classic Cosplay


Flintstones family cosplayers. Glad someone appreciates the classics, CAPE Expo, Benson Centre, Cornwall, Ontario, April 20, 2024

More pix from CAPE ( Cornwall & Area Pop Event )

Rainbow and Seagull over St. Lawrence


Thursday, April 18, 2024

Confused Goose

Confused Canada goose in a parking lot - they sometimes mistake a wet one for a lake. 


Monday, April 15, 2024

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Forrest, but not Gump

 I sent a package to a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia today - I notice the street name in the address was Forrest, very likely named after Nathan Bedford Forrest, Confederate General and first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

Oh no, O.G.!


"O.G (sic) Simpson is dead." - CBC Radio One, Ottawa. I remember watching the O.J. chase on TV and chatting about it online on a BBS.

Monday, April 8, 2024

Total solar eclipse April 8, 2024

Wow! As soon as the sun broke from behind the moon, it was like being on a movie set with a spotlight on you! Very unnatural! I did not see the approaching shadow, but it was a bit overcast. (15:27.23)
Started around 2.12pm (14:14.11)


Some sunspots are visible 16:19.35


Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Winter's thunderous return

Sudden return of winter! I heard thunder when the wind was blowing harder.


Monday, April 1, 2024

I got a new cat. I named it Krystal after my late friend who died on this day two years ago.

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Easter Sunday Swimmers

 I saw the woman in a cow outfit crossing the street and I figured they were just going to take pictures - they actually were going to swim - the man went in and said the water burned. Swimmers, Glen Walter,Ontario March 31, 2024.

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

First Turkey Vulture of Spring


First turkey vulture of spring. More of a sure sign than robins, some of which overwinter here. One of a pair riding thermals.  Urubu à tête rouge (Cathartes aura) vautour aura. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Rabbi Reuven Bulka

 Rabbi Reuven Bulka was a prominent figure in Ottawa, appearing on CFRA radio and in the Ottawa Sun where he promoted Kindness Week. 

He died in 2021 and his granddaughter Rikki Ash has published a book this month about him called "Canada's Rabbi"  

My friend went to his Modern Orthodox synagogue and she said he said it was OK to watch baseball on the Sabbath because - and I braced for an explanation citing Talmudic authorities - "Jews like baseball. But only during the playoffs!" or the World Series!

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Ladybug wakes up

Ladybug that woke up for spring on the dishrack by Portmeirion plate


Monday, March 11, 2024

I don't really remember.

Man in Mexican Wrestling Mask, Smiling man covered in blood, man in OPP uniform
I really don't remember what happened the night I took this photo. I think it's better that way.


Thursday, March 7, 2024

No, RCMP divers weren't attacked by giant eels in Newfoundland

 Cressie is one of the many cryptids that appear in lakes in North America in popular legend. (Joe Nickell, Skeptical Inquirer, Volume 33, No. 4, July/August 2009. p.18) It's supposed to be an eel-like creature up to 25 feet long, although no photos have ever been seen of it.

RCMP Scuba divers were reported to have seen eels 'as thick as a man's thigh' when they attempted to recover the body of a pilot who had crashed his plane into Crescent Lake in Newfoundland sometime in the 1980s. Nickell says that the RCMP were unable to confirm this account and I wondered if there was any media accounts of a fatal plane crash. I contacted Memorial University archivist Nicole Penney, who had been quoted by the CBC in their 2019 story about the cryptid and she said the story came from an oral account in their files. 

Penney contacted an aviation historian who knew someone who was a pilot who lived in the lake's neighbourhood. From their information, Penney sent me the story of a fatal plane crash near Crescent Lake, which happened in Robert's Arm in the early 70s, which seemed to be the one the informant who gave the oral account was referring to. 

The aircraft was really a home made glider piloted by Maxwell Anthony, and it crashed suddenly in a downdraft while returning through the narrows of the harbour. The story mentions ice, and does not mention any dive crews being called, so the glider may have crashed and remained on the surface of the ice. The story was described in "Moments in time : a cultural portrait of Green Bay, Newfoundland." Green Bay Economic Development Association.Springdale, Nfld : Green Bay Economic Development Association; 1994"

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

What I learned today

Learning more about fentanyl and other drugs. Went to a seminar given by a pharmacist whose practice is mostly with drug users and the mentally ill.

One reason there are so many fentanyl deaths is it's very potent - a small amount (like a few grains of powder) can kill. I had been hearing weird stuff like dealers were putting it in other products on purpose, but why kill your customers? And sell them something that would have vastly different effects than what they wanted if they wanted a stimulant like cocaine rather than a sedative/analgesic like opioids? He said it was because low-level dealers might have been cutting up a batch of fentanyl, or the even more potent carfentanil, on a table one day, and been cutting up a batch of cocaine on the same table the next day, and the small amount of fentanyl that remained behind got mixed up in it - the same thing could even happen with marijuana.

I also learned about something called "Lean", a drink with codeine or hydrocodone mixed in to some kind of juice or soft drink, sometimes with a bunch of Skittles mixed in to cover the bitter taste.

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Ring around the sun before rain

Yes, it did rain. Ring around the sun, contrail casting shadow on cloud above it.


Monday, February 19, 2024

Bangkok phallus lucky charm. Jokes make themselves.

I convinced this lady from California to buy this phallic lucky charm in a market in Bangkok in 1998. As I predicted, it was quite a conversation starter back in L.A..


Sunday, February 11, 2024

Muzzle brake, M109 Howitzer

I got out of my car and noticed I was parked under this thing. Muzzle Brake, M109 Howitzer, Royal Canadian Legion, Cornwall, Ontario. It could fire a shell with a nuclear warhead.


Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Meadow Vole trails under the snow

 Eastern meadow vole, Microtus pennsylvanicus, Campagnol des prés trails revealed by melting snow

Sunday, February 4, 2024

Thursday, February 1, 2024


 Earthquake woke me at 7:37 a.m local time. 3.6 magnitude near Huntingdon, Quebec. It felt like a large truck was passing by. I didn't feel the aftershocks. (Image Earthquakes Canada)