Photo-Art by Neil de Boer

Archive for May, 2012

Grand Sunset

Sunset over Grand River, Brantford

Grand Sunset, Brantford

In contrast to the Brownfield area I posted yesterday, Brantford has some very beautiful areas. One of them is Glenhyrst Gardens where we took in a sunset over the Grand River.

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Brantford Brownfield

Time Office Abandoned Building

Time Can Be Cruel

Greenwich-Mohawk Brownfield site, Brantford

Burnt out Greenwich-Mohawk Brownfield Site – Brantford

Brownfield sites are commercial or industrial properties that are underused, vacant or abandoned. This site is the Greenwich-Mohawk site in Brantford and is made up of 50 acres in the south east area of Brantford. The burnt out section  is the result of a fire in 2002.
Click here for more information and the link also has links to what Brantford is trying to do to reclaim this land.

Floradale Lake

Floradale Lake

Floradale Lake

Also known as the Woolwich Reservoir, Floradale Lake is just north of Elmira Ontario near the village of Floridale.
There was a nice sunset the other night so I drove up and took a few pictures.

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Arlington Hotel

Arlington Hotel

Arlington Hotel Paris, Ontario

Built in the 1850’s the Arlington is a major landmark in down town Paris.  The original Golden Arches??

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Super Moon

Moon with quotes

The Super Moon of 2012

Here is a shot of the Super Moon I took earlier this month. My first thought was to add the famous “One small step for man…” quote but then I came across this one. I couldn’t help think if we can go to the moon in peace for all mankind why can’t we go in peace right here at home?

Engineered Steel

Engineered Steel railway bridge Paris Ont.

Engineered Steel

Something a little different today. This is a shot of the railway bridge in Paris Ontario. It is a great structure and I can just imagine the hours spent by engineers working out every detail of the construction. I bet it was with great satisfaction and relief the first time the train passed over it. I wonder how the engineer operating the train felt the first time passing over the new bridge? (click on the bridge for a larger view)

Pioneer Tower, Kitchener Ontario.

Pioneer Tower at Sunset

Pioneer Tower, Kitchener Ont.

In anticipation of a nice sunset last night we headed out to the Pioneer Tower in Kitchener. I have never visited this site before and it is a beautiful area with lots of walking trials.
The sunset was pretty good and this is one of the shots I took.

The following is a description of the tower from An Insider’s Guide to Waterloo Region.

Kitchener’s Pioneer Tower is a frequently photographed landmark. The tower was completed in 1926 to celebrate the German origins of the region, particularly to memorialize the Pennsylvania Dutch and Mennonite settlers who settled here in the early 1800′s. The city of Berlin, Ontario was renamed Kitchener during World War 1 and this tower was built in an effort to heal nationalistic wounds. The architecture is Swiss in influence, as Switzerland is the ancestral home of some Mennonite families in the area.

The tower is often open and the steep steel steps lead to an upper balcony which offers a wide panoramic view of the Grand River and surrounding countryside. At the edge of the bluff is a small pioneer cemetery where members of the Sherk and Betzner families are buried. The Schoerg (Sherk) and Betzner homesteads are nearby and the farmhouses built around 1830 still stand. A small park with some playground equipment is adjacent to the tower. The picture above was taken on a summer evening. Sunrise and sunset light are friends of any photographer who may want to take an exceptional picture of this landmark.