Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Under The Ambassador Bridge

This morning, my friend Frank drove around in his Jeep, and loaded my bike onto the back bike racks, and we set out for a bike tour of the Windsor river front. We ended at the base of the Ambassador Bridge, where I found this scene. I like geometric shapes, and I couldn't resist taking a photo, as I found the geometric designs of the bridge support structure, to be in sharp contrast with the unstructured yellow slabs of the sculpture close by. They look like a truck up high above lost part of its load! The contrasting colours also helped make the picture appealing to me. Hope you like it also.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Crystal Kingfishers

Today, while walking through a mall here in Windsor, these colourful crystal kingfishers were on display in a gift shop window. I just had to try and grab a shot as the colours were beautiful. I don't usually pay much heed to all the fancy technology in cameras today, but my Maxxum 7D has antishake built into the camera body, making all my lenses virtually image stabilized. So I thought I'd give it a try, and was quite pleased with the results, as these birds were shot hand held at 1/6 of a second. Hope you enjoy it as well.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Crystal Parrot

Crystal Parrot on his perch.

Camera: Maxxum 7D

Lens: Minolta AF 28 ~ 105 zoom

Exposure: f 4.5 for 1/6 second hand held.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Got it Opened!!

Upon arrival in Windsor, Ontario, I was totally whipped! Two and 1/2 days of packing this truck, and then a 10 hour drive to Windsor from North Bay, had left me feeling pretty exhausted. Soooo, upon backing the truck into the driveway of our new home, I unlocked the back door, and when I tried to lift it, it would only move about 4 inches. A feeling of nausea swept over me, and after trying to force it open, I realized that no way was it going to budge! What to do about this was more than my fatigued brain could handle at this point. Then one of the fellows who had come to help unload suggested that I get into the truck, start it up, and gun it down the driveway and slam on the brakes!! Sounded crazy to me, but I wasn't going to argue and what else could I try anyway. Well I followed his suggestions, and the neighbors thought a mad man had moved amongst them. But guess what? It worked like a charm. So I gently reversed back up the driveway, and to my delight, the door slid up so nicely. My son took this picture to record the event. My thanks to these great guys who showed up to help me unload. They are truly the greatest, and the people of Windsor have been cheerful and helpful even though they have had a rough time in this city with all the plant closings, etc.. Thanks again to Russell, Frank, Glen and Greg for all their help, as well as little Owen who pitched in. It took them 4 1/2 hours to unload a truck that took me 2 1/2 days to pack. Great stuff! Ooops, I had better not forget Sharon, Wendi and Bev, for all their hard work as well, and Carrie for the excellent lunch. Thanks everyone!!


503's Driver Wheel

This driver wheel of an old steam locomotive #503 was the last shot that I took before leaving North Bay. It had done its duty, and was now on display in the Ontario Northland railyards beside Oak St. It gave me a funny feeling to photograph this wheel, as it was retired, and so was I......