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The new electronic interdependence recreates the world in the image of a global village. Marshall McLuhan, "Gutenberg Galaxy", 1962 Canadian author (1911 - 1980)
  • Dundas St United Church
  • Christ Nativity
  • Sinking farm house
  • Below Jones Falls
  • Cloisters
  • Old Hespeler Town Hall
  • St. John the Baptist Romanian Orthodox Church - Nativity Scene

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Dundas St. United Church Stairs – Top Down

Stair2s Dundas St United Church

Dundas St. United Church Stairs from the top down

This is the third and final post in this series from the Dundas St. United Church in Woodstock Ontario. I found these stairs to have beautiful lines and flow. They don’t make them like this anymore!

Dundas St. United Church Stairs

Stairs Dundas St United Church

Dundas St. United Church Stairs

This is a shot of the stairs going up to the balcony where I took the shot of the sanctuary in my previous post. I love the lines and curves of this staircase! Location: Dundas St. United Church – Woodstock Ontario.

Dundas St. United Church, Woodstock

Dundas St United Church

Dundas St. United Church – Woodstock Ontario

Today we attended the funeral of my wife’s Aunt. It was a beautiful service in a beautiful old church. Before we left I took a few moments to take this picture of the sanctuary from the balcony.

Away in a Manger

Christmas will be here before you know it so I thought I would send out a Merry Christmas Wish to you all and thanks for following my blog.

This is the Nativity set we have on our fireplace mantel. I took  a shot of it and added the background star and the foreground with images from RGB Stock – free stock images.

Merry Christmas!!

Christ Nativity

Sinking Farmhouse

As we travelled around the Ontario countryside this summer we discovered a few abandoned farm houses. I follow Ontario Abandoned Places on Facebook and have been fascinated by the properties they have explored. So when I came across this one I took the opportunity to take a look and shoot a few photos.

Out of respect for the rules of the Ontario Abandoned Places, I did not break in – (it was easily accessed), I did not remove anything – and I will not be revealing the location.

As I approached the farmhouse it was evident that the front part of the house had sunk into the ground by about 2 feet. I walked around to the side and was able to easily take a picture of the kitchen through the window. I then went around back and the door was open.

As I made my way through the chaos  I was careful to make sure the floors felt strong enough to hold me and not to touch anything!

The date on the wall calendar was 1983 and as you can see it was quite a mess but very interesting. After seeing the Christmas card I felt sad that all the memories in this abandoned home now seemed to be forgotten. Oh – and that giant syringe on the stovetop – it may be best forgotten what that may have been used for!!

Jones Falls – Owen Sound

This past weekend I got the chance to visit Jones Falls. Located at the west side of Owen Sound they are a short hike from the highway. The trail to the falls is an easy walk but if you want to get below the falls – as I did – you will want to have sturdy footwear and take your time.

The water was quite high and flowing fast! I love the sound of the rushing water. It incompasses all your senses and makes it a joy to photograph.

Jones Falls-2

Jones Falls

Jones Falls-3

Rapids above the falls

Jones Falls

Below Jones Falls

The Cloisters NYC

The Cloisters. The name itself makes me think of medieval mystery  and European Monks.

When I saw a post on Facebook by photographer Karen Hutton  of the Cloisters in New York City it became a must see for the next time I was there.

We happened to go NYC on the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend and scheduled a visit to the Cloisters on the Sunday morning. The grounds are beautiful and the architecture amazing.

This is a description from their website:

The Cloisters museum and gardens, the branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe, was assembled from architectural elements, both domestic and religious, that largely date from the twelfth through the fifteenth century.

The building and its cloistered gardens—located in Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan—are treasures in themselves, effectively part of the collection housed there. The Cloisters’ collection comprises approximately two thousand works of art.

Here are just a few of the shots I took there.

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