Photo-Art by Neil de Boer

Posts tagged “Woolwich Township

Mennonite Country

Mennonite Country

Mennonite Country

This is a common site on a Sunday morning in the countryside  around St. Jacobs where I live. St. Jacobs is often referred to as “Mennonite Country”.


A Taste of Woolwich

Woolwich Farm

This Monday April 18th I will be at “A Taste of Woolwich” with a display of my photography. Come on out and say Hi and discover what tasty treats Woolwich has to offer. See the information below and follow the link to the poster. (one of my photographs is at the top of the poster.) Admission is Free!!

A Taste of Woolwich

Monday April 18, 5:00-8:00 pm,
Woodside Bible Fellowship, 200 Barnswallow Dr., Elmira
Meet your local food producers, buy and sample locally produced foods (cash sales only), see and buy work by resident artists, hear the Local Vocals. Featuring

· Stock Talk: Make nutritious bone broth from local ingredients by Jill Weaver – 5:30 pm

· Sounds of Woolwich: Enjoy the delightful harmonies of the Local Vocals – 6:15 pm

· What’s your “gut” feeling? Keeping your digestive tract healthy by Dr. Emma Allen-Vercoe – 7 pm

Everyone welcome! No charge. Donations welcome!

A Taste of Woolwich poster http://www.healthywoolwich.org/…/112069%20PHE%20HL%20Taste%…


Forest Sunset

Forest Sunset

Forest Sunset

Although this looks like a late fall shot it was actually taken Dec. 28th. This time last year we had quite a bit more snow! It won’t be long before this is snow covered and when it is I will try to get back and take another shot.


Kissing Bridge Trail Studio Tour

Kissing Bridge West Montrose

Kissing Bridge – West Montrose

This Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25 & 26 is the Kissing Bridge Trail Studio Tour. A total of 15 artists will have their art on display and for sale. I’m looking forward to meeting all who can make it out. Check this link for the list of artist and the locations.  http://www.kbtstudiotour.ca/artists.html


Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk 2014

Train Tressel

Train Tressel

This past Saturday I hosted a Worldwide Photo Walk event in St. Jacobs Ontario.

Check out the link to my flickr page for more photo’s   https://www.flickr.com/photos/villagephotography/sets/72157648741703662/


The Footbridge on the Health Valley Trail

Health Valley Trail Footbridge

Health Valley Trail Footbridge

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.


Conestogo River Sunrise

Conestogo River Sunrise

Conestogo River Sunrise

Sunrise over the Conestogo River this weekend with the water running at the limit of the banks.


Red Sky In The Morning

Red Sky In The Morning

Red Sky In The Morning

There was a beautiful red sunrise this morning. The old saying goes – Red sky in the morning – Sailors Warning. Well the day turned out wonderful but a quick look at the radar just now show rain moving in!


Ice on the Bridge.

Ice on the bridge

Ice on the Bridge

The rivers are opening up with the warmer weather and Mennonite Buggy Bridge is cover with large chunks of ice. Below is a shot I took earlier this winter.

Mennonite Buggy Bridge - St. Jacobs

Mennonite Buggy Bridge – St. Jacobs


Bridge Over The River Conestogo

Train Crossing the Conestogo River

Train Crossing the Conestogo River

The Waterloo Central Railway run this diesel train as well as a steam train between Waterloo and St. Jacobs. They also run up to Elmira for special occasions. This was taken in St. Jacobs crossing the Conestogo River.


Mennonite Buggy Bridge – St. Jacobs

Mennonite Buggy Bridge - St. Jacobs

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.

 


Old Double Doors

Old Double Doors

Old Double Doors

Love the textures of old paint, bricks, windows, and ivy.

The location is Chemtura in Elmira, Ontario.


Apple Orchard Blues

Apple Orchard Blues

Apple Orchard Blues

Apple Orchard Blues

No Red
No Green
Just winter Blues


Riverscape

Riverscape

Riverscape

This panoramic shot was taken at the same location as yesterdays shot of the Conestogo River just outside of St. Jacobs Ontario.

It is made up of 5 HDR images. Each HDR (high dynamic range) image is made up of 3 exposures.


Snow Falls

Snow Falls

Snow Falls

Located on the Conestogo River just outside of St. Jacobs Ontario, this damn forms the head of the mill race that used to bring water power to the flour mill. The cold weather and snow has frozen the river up stream and with the recent warm temperatures and rain the falls are putting on a nice display.

 


Geometric Rust

Geometric Rust

Geometric Rust

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!


Tree on a Hill

Lone Tree

Lone Tree

Tree on a Hill
Well rooted and steady
Ready to take what life has to impart
But Alone

But not Really
It is one with the Earth
It’s roots feasting on its bounty
The winter – a time of rest
The spring – a time of renewal
The summer – a time to grow
The Autumn – a time to sow

I think we may have a lot to learn from this lone Tree!

 


Window Flower Box

Window Flower Box

Window Flower Box

One of the many flower boxes to be found in St. Jacobs during the summer. Each one a work of art.


Kissing Bridge Trail Studio Tour

Kissing Bridge West Montrose

Kissing Bridge – West Montrose

This past weekend I was part of the Kissing Bridge Trail Studio Tour. The public was invited to visit artists’ studios in Elmira, St. Jacobs and the surrounding countryside. Due to distance or studio restrictions four of us choose to come together and set up in downtown St. Jacobs. The Lutheran Church was kind enough to open their doors to us so we could display our work. We had a great time meeting the public and even sold a few pieces. Below are a few pictures of my display.
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Harvest Time

Harvest Time

Harvest Time

This is another picture taken on the World Wide Photowalk day. I thought is looks like she is working on the harvest which is appropriate for this time of year.


Worldwide Photo Walk Pt. 2

Misty Rails

Misty Rails

Steel Bridge

Steel Bridge

Bridge over calm waters

Bridge over calm waters

Here are a few shots from the beginning of the World wide Photo walk.


Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk

Worldwide Photo Walk - St. Jacobs

Worldwide Photo Walk – St. Jacobs

Today was the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk day. I had the pleasure of leading a group of super awesome people on a walk around St. Jacobs Ontario. We had a great time making some new friends! We will be sharing photos here on Flicker http://www.flickr.com/groups/stjacobswwpw/


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.


Sunset Lane

Sunset Lane

Sunset Lane

The sunset lined up nicely with this farm tonight. Glad I had the camera with me. Don’t leave home without it!

This is a 3 exposure HDR. Processed with Lightroom, Photomatix, Photoshop, Topaz adjust etc.