Port Colborne Outer Lighthouse
Leaving Port Colborne you pass by this lighthouse on the outer breakwall. The following is from the web site Lighthouses of the Great Lakes. “Outer Light – The Port Colborne Outer Lighthouse was built in 1928 to replace some older light structures out on the breakwall. The continuous red light, with a focal plane of 36 feet, is shown from a square cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery, rising from the center of a 1-story concrete fog signal building. The lighthouse, floodlit at night, is painted white, lantern red.”
Waiting out the Storm
After going through the Welland Canal we spent the night at Port Colborne. The next day brought a forecast of stormy weather so we decided it would be best to stay put. This is a shot of one of the storms that passed to the North West of us.
This is a 3 Exposure HDR.
Blue Heron Watercolour
I captured this image on the sailing trip around the great lakes. The Blue Heron is a truly magnificent bird. Although I did not paint this it is I do have control over the effect generated by the software and therefore it is not just an applied filter.
Bridges over the Welland Canal
While traveling through the Welland Canal there are not just locks to navigate but bridges also. The overhead bridge is no problem but the lift and bascule bridge you have to wait for them to stop traffic and open. Click on an image to see it larger.
Welland Canal Lock 1
I’ve had a busy evening so I only have time to post one picture tonight. This is the entrance to the first lock in the Welland Canal which goes from St. Catharines at Port Weller on Lake Ontario to Port Colborne on Lake Erie. The canal is basically a bypass for Niagara Falls. We were able to have the lock to ourselves and they are huge. There are 8 locks and the length is 261.8 meters and or 859 feet. The lift of the first lock is about 14 meters or 46 feet.
Sailing the Great Lakes Pt.1
It has been about 2 weeks since my last post. I have been on a sailing trip moving a boat from 50 Point Marina in Grimsby on Lake Ontario to Wiarton on Georgian Bay. The trip took 11 days including one layover day due to stormy weather. We left 50 Point 3:00 pm.
We had great wind for the sail over to Port Dalhousie with storm clouds to the North over Toronto. The wind died so we brought down the sails and started to motor. This turned out to be the calm before the storm because the wind shifted to the north and became very strong. It didn’t rain but the wind stayed strong and we were glad to have the sails down. We arrived about 7:00 pm. and prepared to go through the Welland Canal System.
There is a nice lighthouse at Port Dalhousie but it is no longer lit. Tomorrow we will go through the Welland Canal System.
New York Nights
This was taken from the 19th floor of our hotel in SoHo New York.
Grimaldi’s Coal Brick Oven Pizza is said to be the best pizza in New York City. I must say it was very tasty! Here is what they say on their web site.
“Designed and built by hand, the coal-fired oven at Grimaldi’s Pizzeria delivers a unique flavor and consistency that is just not possible from wood or gas ovens. Weighing in at 25 tons and heated by 100 pounds of coal per day (cleanest burning fuel available and environmentally tested), the oven heats up to 1200 degrees. We also purchase special coal from Pennsylvania called anthracite. It actually burns cleaner and more Eco-friendly than gas or wood-fired methods. The intense heat of the oven and coal evenly bakes the pies to create Grimaldi’s famous crispy and smokey crust that Zagat has voted BEST PIZZA year after year.
Combined with our freshly made dough, fresh mozzarella (delivered daily), and fresh, crushed San Marzano tomatoes, Grimaldi’s Pizza is the best in all of New York City.”
They are always busy and get this – No Credit Cards – No Reservations – No Slices – No Delivery!
Ground Zero Memorial
Whenever I am in New York I try to visit Ground Zero. The enormity of this tragedy never fails to move me. This is one of the shots I took this year with the museum in the background.
3 Exposure HDR, Photomatix, Lightroom, Photoshop, Topaz adjust
Abandoned Farm House
Driving around the Bruce Peninsula this weekend we came across this old farm house. It looked as if those who lived there just disappeared. Deteriorating curtains hang in the windows and outside water pump is overgrown with grass. I am sure at one time it was busy with activity – now it is slowly returning to the earth from which it sprang.