Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas 2012

To our friends and family near and far we wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Christmas Season

Here is the last of my stained glass images from the little church. It will have to hold you for a few weeks as I am off traveling again. Yea!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christmas Season

Here is the second stained glass window.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas Season

Here is the first of four stained glass windows from this little church.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Christmas Season

Christmas is fast approaching, so I will be posting pictures to celebrate the Christmas Season. Today's image is of the Church of the Good Samaritan in Port Stanton, Ontario, Canada. It was a 100 years old in 2010. The stained glass windows inside are spectacular. Tomorrow I will start to post them.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Oregon Coast

Here is one last image of Cape Meares Lighthouse.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Oregon Coast

Here is a closeup of the First-Order Fresnel Lens at Cape Meares Lighthouse.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Oregon Coast

This picture shows just how short the Cape Meares Lighthouse is.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Oregon Coast

One of the last few lighthouses on the Oregon Coast that I have visited was Cape Meares Lighthouse. Located in "the land of cheese, trees, and ocean breeze", Cape Meares lighthouse sits at the north end of the beautiful 20-mile Three Capes Scenic Loop along the Oregon coast.
Originally, Cape Meares was named Cape Lookout by explorer Captain John Meares in 1788. Nautical charts produced in 1850 and 1853 mistakenly put the name on another cape 10 miles south. By the time the mistake was realized, the name was widely used by mariners for the southern cape. George Davidson, officer with the Coast Survey, decided it would be easier to rename the original Cape Lookout than fix the maps, and in 1857 he renamed it Cape Meares.
Perhaps because of this confusion, rumors have persisted over the years that the lighthouse was originally intended for Cape Lookout and was mistakenly built on Cape Meares. However, the lighthouse surveys submitted in 1886, show that there was no mistake. J.S. Polhemus wrote "Cape Meares affords nearly as good a site [as Cape Lookout] as far as the sea is concerned, and being lower gives a better situation of light with reference to fog, and besides it would be much easier for construction on account of its accessibility from Tillamook Bay." Construction of the lighthouse began in 1888. The first-order Fresnel lens was shipped from France around Cape Horn to Cape Meares. A hand-operated crane made from local spruce trees was used to lift the crates containing the prisms of the one-ton lens up the 200 foot cliff to the tower. The tower is made of sheet iron lined with bricks, the only one of its kind on the Oregon coast.
The light was lit for the first time on January 1, 1890. Though the squatty lighthouse was only 38 feet tall, located on a 217-foot cliff, it could be seen for 21 miles. The lightstation consisted of the tower and two oil houses. In 1895 a workroom abutting the tower was added.
The lightkeeper and assistant lived with their families in two houses located where the parking lot is today. About once a month the family would make a trip to Tillamook for supplies. The quickest way was to take a rowboat over Tillamook Bay. The trip had to be timed just right with the high tides. During low tide, the bay became a muddy mess. The other route was a mud road over land. The family once wrote of an all night horse and buggy ride to reach a doctor. Today the drive to Tillamook is 16 minutes.
Electricity came to the lighthouse in 1934, and the two oil houses were dismantled. The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1963 when an automated beacon was installed on a concrete blockhouse a few feet from the tower. The new light can be seen 25 miles at sea.
After the new light was installed, the Coast Guard talked of removing the old tower. The workroom was removed, and the tower started rusting away. Local citizens opposed the destruction of the tower, and eventually, land transfers were made and funds allocated making restoration of the lighthouse possible. A replica of the workroom was rebuilt on the east side of the lighthouse. However, the door was positioned on the south side of the workroom rather than on the north side as on the original, to better accommodate visitors. The lighthouse was opened to the public on Memorial Day, 1980.
During the vacancy, the tower was subjected to vandalism. All four bull's-eye prisms were stolen from the lens. In 1984, one of the prisms was recovered in a drug raid in Portland, Oregon. After a 1986 magazine article pleaded for the return of the others, two more found their way back. One was given to the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum, and another was anonymously left on the doorstep of a Cape Lookout assistant park ranger.
On the night of January 9, 2010, vandals once again struck the Cape Meares Lighthouse. Several rounds were fired at the lantern room, breaking fifteen panes of glass in the lantern room and several prisms in the priceless Fresnel lens. The estimated damage was $500,000, and a $5,000 reward was offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators. Twenty-six-year-old David Wilks Jr. and twenty-three-year-old Zachary Pyle were arrested on February 10, just over a month after the incident, and charged with first-degree criminal mischief, a class C felony, and four misdemeanor charges. The following December, the case was resolved out of court, with the two men pleading guilty, agreeing to pay $100,000, and being required to spend two weeks in jail (between December 27th and January 11th) in 2010, 2011, and 2012. 
This was a difficult lighthouse to photograph due to its location. I will show some more images of this lighthouse this week.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Oregon Coast

Just off the coast from Cannon Beach is Tillamook Rock Lighthouse. Before Tillamook Lighthouse there was Tillamook Rock. Every summer the air was filled with raucous calls of thousands of breeding seabirds. Like a castle surrounded by a moat, Tillamook Rock, surrounded by ocean, provided a sanctuary for nesting seabirds seeking safety from predatory mammals and intrusice humans. But, in 1879, the building of the Tillamook Lighthouse began and seabirds left as people blasted and conquered the rock.
The construction took more than 500 days to finish, with its completion in January 1881. The Light was officially lit on January 21, 1881. At the time, it was the most expensive West Coast lighthouse ever built. Due to the erratic weather conditions, and the dangerous commute for both keepers and suppliers, the lighthouse was nicknamed "Terrible Tilly". Over the years, storms have damaged the lighthouse, shattered the lens, and has eroded the rock. It was decommissioned in 1957, and has since been sold to private owners. Tillamook Lighthouse served as a beacon to ships for 76 years before being decommissioned. With people gone, seabirds soon reclaimed the rock and Tillamook Lighthouse. Today, Tillamook Rock accommodates both wildlife and humans. The old lighthouse is a privately-owned columbarium, harboring the cremated remains of people's loved ones. Outside on the lighthouse steps and rocky terrain is a wildlife refuge, where seabirds return each spring to nest.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Oregon Coast

We also visited Seaside, which was the official end of the Lewis and Clark Trail. About January 1, 1806, a group of men from the Lewis and Clark Expedition built a salt-making cairn at the present site of Seaside.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Oregon Coast

One day we hiked to the top of Neahkahnie Mountain. This peak is an inspiring place, where the Tillamook tribe believed their most powerful god resided. In fact, the name Neahkahnie comes from their words Ne ("place of") and Ekahnie ("supreme deity"). Looking south we had this view of the coast.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Oregon Coast

Not one, but two pictures of Munson Creek Falls. Sit a spell, savor the view.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Ogegon Coast

One trail we took was to Munson Creek Falls. The park is home to ancient western red cedar and Sitka spruce. An important salmon spawning ground, Munson Creek Falls tumbles 319', making it the tallest waterfall in the Coast Range. A trail system winds through the hills to the waterfall. Along this trail the trees are gorgeous draped in moss, as seen in this image.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Oregon Coast

This gull couldn't figure out why I would not feed him.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Oregon Coast

I like to find and shoot unusual and interesting things. Today's picture is a (Lophocampa maculata) a moth of the Artiidae family. The larvae feed on the leaves of poplar and willow, but also feed on alder, basswood, birch, maple and oak. Named "Tussock moth" for the tufts of hair on the caterpillar (as seen in this picture).

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Oregon Coast

In recent years I have been traveling to the Pacific Northwest in the Spring. This allowed for me to shoot lots of wildflowers. This year it was Fall and they were all gone. I did however manage to find these flowers growing outside our hotel.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Oregon Coast

Here is another great sign that caught my eye.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Oregon Coast

Cannon Beach has a lot of Art Galleries and Boutique Shops. This was my favorite sign.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Oregon Coast

Sunset and a bike ride on Cannon Beach.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Oregon Coast

Cannon Beach was named after the cannon that washed ashore on this beach from the U.S.S. Sloop of War 'Shark' which was wrecked while attempting to leave the Columbia River Sept. 10th, 1846. This is a replica of the original cannon (which is now in a museum).

Monday, November 5, 2012

Oregon Coast

Back in October I spent a week up on the Oregon Coast. Had rain most days (That's what keeps it green). I stayed at a place in Cannon Beach with a view of Haystack Rock as shown in this image. Great location!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Trent-Severn Waterway

As the sun sets on my last picture from this series on the Trent-Severn Waterway I'm off on a new trip to find new images to share with all of you. Till then...

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Trent-Severn Waterway

Here is a Great Blue Heron taking off with a little assist from his fast moving feet.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Trent-Severn Waterway

The tug Trent was a boat designed for the logging industry and built strong enough to break through ice when necessary. The Trent performed many duties in its role on the canal, usually towing heavy materials and machinery like dredges, scows, timbers and stoplogs for dams. It was used as a platform to place wooden buoys along the navigation channel in the 1950s and served as a platform for diving operations as well.

When Parks Canada celebrated the centennial of National Parks in 1985, each site was asked to choose a symbol to represent themselves. The tug Trent was chosen by the Trent-Severn Waterway because it is Canadian made of Canadian steel, represents the entire site, and embodies the spirit of hard work in service to Canadians.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Trent-Severn Waterway

I thought this was a cool looking flag but I didn't know what it was. Finally my research found an answer. It is the first specifically Canadian air force ensign used from 1940 to 1965.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Trent-Severn Waterway

I was quite surprised when I came across this surf shop in Orillia. I thought I was back in Hawaii.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Trent-Severn Waterway

I was thinking about having a fat juicy steak when we passed these by. Are they giving me the evil eye?

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Trent-Severn Waterway

Today brings you, not one, but two Mermaids for the price of one.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Trent-Severn Waterway

One night, on the boat, the Muskoka Wildlife Centre put on show & tell about some of the animals that they take care of. The cutest was this Northern Saw-whet Owl Aegolius acadicus.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Trent-Severn Waterway

For today's image I offer up these two Barn Swallows Hirundo rustica.  The one on the left was not in a food sharing mood.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Trent-Severn Waterway

Here is Lee Roy the Lock-Keeper on a break.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Friday, September 21, 2012

Trent-Severn Waterway

Here is a depiction of what life might have been like in the 1830's, which is when the ship William IV sailed these waters.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Trent-Severn Waterway

The gallery owner even had a special place for impatient husbands while their wives shopped.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Trent-Severn Waterway

The gallery owner even painted her floor. I told her it looked like a Jackson Pollock!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Trent-Severn Waterway

We stopped in at this art gallery in Gananoque where the very talented owner/artist painted a mural on the outside wall. Here is a small piece of it.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Trent-Severn Waterway

Beside taking picture of nature, I also enjoy taking what I call fun and humorous pictures. Today I will start showing some of these that I took along the waterway. Enjoy!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Trent-Severn Waterway

Occasionally a Swing Bridge had to be swung out of the way for us to proceed. Here is the one at Hastings.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Trent-Severn Waterway

This Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias is on his perch overlooking the river trying to spot his next meal.