Photo-Art by Neil de Boer

Archive for July, 2013

Port Colborne Outer Lighthouse

Port Colborne Outer Lighthouse

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.”

 

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Waiting out the Storm

Waiting out the Storm

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

Blue Heron Watercolour

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

Welland Canal Lock 1

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

50 Point Marina - Grimsby

50 Point Marina – Grimsby

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.

Lake Ontario

Lake Ontario

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.

Port Dalhousie Light House

Port Dalhousie Light House

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

New York Nights

New York Nights

This was taken from the 19th floor of our hotel in SoHo New York.