Photo-Art by Neil de Boer

Archive for September, 2013

Doors Open Waterloo Region – Middleton Water Pumping Station

The Middleton Water Pumping Station is located in the Galt section of Cambridge. It was built in 1890-91 when Galt became the first local community to have a publicly owned waterworks. Little has changed in 100 years with the original ceilings, walls, trim etc. Decommissioned pumps and motors have been wonderfully preserved and are on display. These shots are by both myself and Elizabeth.


Doors Open Waterloo Region – Berlin Fire Station

Our second stop on this year’s Doors Open Waterloo Region brought us to the Former Berlin Fire Station No.2 / Station 2 Studios. This 100 year old former fire station has been converted to a dance studio, art studio in addition to several apartments. An interesting feature is the 75 ft. hose drying tower which provided a good view of the city.
Note: Dancer, Artifacts and Spot Photographed by Elizabeth de Boer – Post processing by Neil de Boer.


Doors Open Waterloo Region – Rumpel Felt Factory

Doors Open Waterloo Region is an annual event providing visitors an opportunity to tour many noteworthy buildings, interesting places and heritage sites. This year there were 42 sites open to the public! Although the theme this year was Waterloo Region Modern with sites like the Quantum-Nano Centre at the University of Waterloo I was drawn to the older and repurposed architecture. So with a one day limit we narrowed the list to a few must see locations and set out on an adventure on which the steady rain could not dampen our spirits.

The 1st of 10 location we made it to this year was the Former Rumpel Felt Factory. The original building is 100 years old with several additions added over the years. Today the building awaits its fate as it is being considered to be listed as a property of cultural heritage value. The land it sits on has been acquired by the Region for the new transit centre and hopefully can be repurposed as have other unique building in downtown Kitchener.
Click on one of the pictures below to see them larger.


Open Streets Uptown Waterloo

On Sunday September 15 we went to Uptown Waterloo to check out the Open Streets event. Open Streets Uptown Waterloo is a series of community afternoons inviting everyone to come walk, ride and play in our vibrant urban centre along King Street.


Sunset Day

Conestoga River Sunset

Conestoga River Sunset

Today the Weather Channel created an event on Google+ called sunset day. I went over to the the Conestogo River between Waterloo and Conestogo and got this shot.


Marvin Did It!

Marvin Did It!

The Waterloo Bowling Lanes is under the wrecking ball after 64 years of business in Waterloo.  You can still see the wall art from the basement lanes. It looks like Marvin got a little carried away with his laser gun!


Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

My daughter and her husband on the subway in New York City. Are we there yet?


CN Lamp

CN Lamp

CN Lamp

I shot this old CN oil lamp in a Canadian National Railway Caboose in Owen Sound.


What is in a Name?

911 Memorial Names

911 Memorial Names

Today we remember all who lost their life in the World Trade Centre tragedy. I visited the 911 Memorial at Ground Zero this summer in New York City.  All around the reflecting pools are the names of those whose life came to an abrupt end that day. So what is in a name? I did not know any of these people. I know nothing about their lives. But – like all of us they had a name. Like all of us they lived a life with a circle of influence in which that name does mean a great deal. Those who did know someone who lost their life there that day will circle the reflecting pool looking for that one name that has meaning for them. Looking at it. Touching it. A flood of memories will come back to them. So what is in a name? More than you can imagine.


Best Seats

Best Seats

Best Seats

There is nothing like a couple Muskoka chairs to relax in and watch the sunset.

This is a 3 exposure HDR processed in Photomatix, Lightroom and Photoshop. Finished off with the oil paint filter in Photoshop.


Wave Runner

Wave Runner

Wave Runner

I took this shot in downtown Toronto earlier this summer. These kids were having fun running on this wavey bridge!

All processing was done in Lightroom.


A Shot of Red

Celosia - A Shot of Red

Celosia – A Shot of Red

This is a Celosia and it gives a nice shot of red to any garden.


Simple Beauty

Simple Beauty

Simple Beauty

Came across this simple yet beautiful flower on a walk the other day.


St. Jacobs Market Fire

Early this morning the St. Jacobs Farmers Market suffered a devastating fire. The main building is a total loss but the fire departments that fought the blaze were able to save the other buildings. I have posted pictures from this market here before and is was a vibrant colourful place to visit. Here is a link to their web site. Here is an excerpt from an update on this page.

“A big THANK YOU to everyone who has reached out to us this
morning. We have always said that the market is not the buildings. It’s
the people the vendors, customers, the whole community. We’re
very humbled by the sense of ownership and pride that so many
people have for this market. We will bring it back!”

They plan of having the outdoor market and other building open as soon as possible. We look forward to the return of the market soon.

Click on any picture to get a larger view.


Here are a couple of interior shots of the market.

Here are a few links of previous St. Jacobs Market Posts
https://villagephotographer.wordpress.com/2013/01/21/market-tomatoes/ https://villagephotographer.wordpress.com/2012/02/09/this-little-piggy-went-to-market/ https://villagephotographer.wordpress.com/2012/01/29/market-flowers/ https://villagephotographer.wordpress.com/2012/01/29/market-preserves-2/ https://villagephotographer.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/lost-in-art/


Taming the Dragon

Taming the Dragon

Taming the Dragon

Dragon Boat teams were practicing on the lake in Stratford Ontario. It takes a lot of teamwork, coordination, and discipline to tame one of these beasts!
P.S. I did not add the shadow in the upper right. I only noticed it later when looking at it on the computer.