Stone Arch Bridge, Blair Ontario
This is the old Stone Arch Bridge that crosses Bowman Creek just outside Blair Ontario. It is visible from Blair Rd. just before Fountain Street. I have read that it was probably built in the mid 1800’s for a rail line servicing the mills in the area.
It is a beautiful hidden gem and hopefully it will receive some sort of maintenance so that it doesn’t succumb to the forces of nature.
Pakenham 5 Arch Stone Bridge
Just outside of Ottawa Ontario is the little village of Pakenham on the Mississippi River. There you can find this 5 Arch Stone Bridge. It is claimed to be the only one of its kind in North America. It is a beautiful spot to stop for a picnic and enjoy the sights and sounds of the rapids and small waterfalls.
Just below the 5 arch bridge is this beautiful little waterfall on the Mississippi River.
The Footbridge on the Health Valley Trail
This footbridge can be found on the Health Valley Trail that meanders its way along the Conestogo River between the villages of St. Jacobs and Conestogo. It is a beautiful and relaxing spot!
The effect applied to this photo is a result of multiple process from HDR to texture blending. I just kept experimenting with it until I got a look I liked.
Vancouver Island – Tonquin Beach
On day 2 we also visited Tonquin Beach just south of Tofino, Vancouver Island. The tail to the beach was easy compared to what we did earlier in the day which I will share in another post!
This little bridge was at the end of the trail to the beach.
Mennonite Buggy Bridge – St. Jacobs
This bridge is near the dam I posted pictures of recently. At times of high water it can be completely submerged. Below is a description from the Township of Woolwich web site. http://www.woolwich.ca/en/tourism/OtherBridges.asp
This seven span concrete low level bridge is located west of the village of St. Jacobs on Woolwich Township Road 21. The bridge is adjacent to the St. Jacobs Dam. The first dam on this site was built in the 1840s to provide power for a sawmill. The wooden dam was later replaced by a concrete structure. The one-lane road surface is only about two feet above the normal river level, and there are no railings since the river floods at this point each year.
The current bridge was built in 1962 by members of the Old Order Mennonite community for a cost of $2,500.00; all labour was provided by volunteers. The bridge was designed so water and ice would not do any damage in time of flooding. Other bridges constructed on this site had been washed away or damaged by high waters.
Today, if you go to visit this bridge and the orange gates are closed; water will be flowing over the bridge surface. The gates were installed after a dramatic rescue of a young Mennonite couple who had been swept off the bridge by fast flowing waters while crossing in a horse-drawn buggy.
This rusty old bridge is not to far from where I live and I finally took the time to take a few shots of it this fall. There is nothing like the rich textures of rusting steel!
out of the darkness
into the light
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.
Bridge Over Troubled Water
This was shot on my last trip to New York from the High Line. I am reminded of Simon and Garfunkel’s lyrics:
When you’re down and out
When you’re on the street
When evening falls so hard
I will comfort you
I’ll take your part
When darkness comes
And pain is all around
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
West Montrose Covered Bridge Update
The West Montrose Covered Bridge is open to traffic after undergoing repairs to a cracked support beam. The Region of Waterloo has placed a load limit of three tonnes, or 3,00 kg (6,600 lbs). Vehicles within the load limit and permitted to cross the bridge are: motorcycles, cars (not towing a trailer) and horse and buggies travelling at a walking pace. Pedestrians and cyclists may also use the bridge. You can learn more about the bridge at the Region of Waterloo website http://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/discoveringTheRegion/West_Montrose_Covered_Bridge.asp
This is a 3 exposure HDR processed in Photomatix, Lightroom, Photoshop, Topaz adjust
Conestogo River Paintography
Here is another sunset shot of the Conestogo River. I added a paint filter to change it up a little.
3 exposure HDR with the paint filter in CS6
Old Steel Bridge
This old steel bridge crosses the Grand River just west of the Village of Winterbourne Ontario. It is a single lane bridge and one of those that make you think “can this support the weight of my car?”.
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It is a 3 Exposure HDR with a texture blend and an old photo frame from Photoframe 4.6
Mother’s Day Reflections
I think we are attracted to reflections in artwork not only for the symmetry it creates but also because in a subconscious way we reflect on life. As I reflect on my life I count myself blessed that my wife has been such a loving Mother to our children and that I have a loving Mother who raised me. Happy Mother’s Day!
This is a shot from the Main St. bridge of the Musagetes Architecture Library in Cambridge
Founded in September 2004 as a branch library in the University of Waterloo Library system, Musagetes houses more than 40,000 volumes and over 80 current print and electronic journals.
Subjects covered by the library’s collection include architectural design, theory, history and criticism, historic preservation, building technology, industrial design, landscape architecture, interior design and urban design. A separate, environmentally controlled Rare Book Room houses one of Canada’s most outstanding collections of rare books on architecture and design.
3 Exposure HDR, Lightroom, Photomatix, Photoshop, Topaz, Noiseware
I found this bridge to be quite riveting. It was taken in Toronto during the photo walk in March.
See’n the View in Toronto
I attended a photowalk and workshop Saturday put on by 44 Wide. We had a great time and I learned lots. This is one of the shots I took.
3 exposure HDR -Photomatix Lightroom, and Photoshop
The sky this evening looked promising for a good sunset so after work I went back to the bridge in Conestogo to shot it from the opposite direction. The sky was changing quickly but this one seemed to work out ok.