Archive | December, 2013

Christmas Eve begins

24 Dec

My son and I stopped in Lake Ontario Park just at the right time to get a quick picture with my phone.

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22 Dec

I think that our AWD Subaru with Nokia Hakkapeliitta snow tires gets excited about playing on the slippery roads; well at least I do. The pictures show a thick layer of ice but using a portable electric heater inside the car for about half an hour certainly helped to release the ice from the windows.  DSCF0028cr


We decided to clean the driveway this morning of the accumulation of granular snow and ice pellets before the weather man rains upon us and the soggy mess freezes into a solid mass.

The hedges in our backyard are suffering with a bad case of the droops because of the thick coating of ice. Some tree limbs in our neighbourhood have already broken off and if we get the predicted NE winds and more freezing rain we will have more power outages.  DSCF0018cr

We just been rescued by the city snow plow and I must say they are doing a good job of our court this winter.DSCF0032cr

On December 24th we are treated to the first sunshine in days and I can’t resist going outside to take some pictures.



On December 27 we had some fresh snow early and when the sun came out later our backyard was beautiful; if you don’t consider that our tall hedge will never be the same after being bent over by the weight of the ice.



Our bird feeder is getting lots of visit from the hungry birds. My “squirrel preventer” continues to thwart the hungry varmints and even though it’s iced up they don’t attempt to get to the feeder. The long aluminum reaching out pole has some cans and plastic bottles, like beads on a string, that rotate when a squirrel attempts to climb on. So just like rolling logs in the water that are impossible to walk on, the squirrels have quit eating our bird seed. They have tried to jump from the old dead tree to the hanging feeder but can’t quite fly the distance.

Squirrel Preventer

Squirrel Preventer

Ice Storm December 2013

21 Dec

I do love my Fuji X10 camera. Both of these pictures were taken in our backyard at dusk with the EXR mode set for low light conditions.

I just got it back, from the shop after a warranty repair, in time to enjoy the winter freezing rain weather so typical of Kingston. A good icing usually follows a fresh white snow covering in this part of Ontario. One day it looks beautiful and the next day it gets slippery; either from a thaw or freezing rain.

This environment forecast could have been simplified:  Typical Kingston wintery freezing crap mixed with slippery stuff.

Issued: 5:00 AM EST Saturday 21 December 2013

Freezing rain warning in effect.

Today, 21 December
Freezing rain ending early this morning then cloudy with 60 percent chance of freezing rain. Freezing rain beginning late this afternoon. High minus 1.
Tonight, 21 December
Freezing rain at times heavy. Wind becoming northeast 30 km/h after midnight. Low minus 4.
Sunday, 22 December
Periods of ice pellets or freezing rain changing to freezing drizzle late in the morning and ending early in the evening then cloudy. Wind northeast 30 km/h becoming light early in the morning. High zero.

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On the morning of December 24 we woke to sunny skies and a beautiful display of crystal trees.





On December 27 a city crew arrived on our street to clear away the tree limbs that had fallen down.

With the freshly fallen snow early this morning and the present sunshine our backyard is a beautiful sight.


Charleston Lake in winter

19 Dec

While visiting my friend Ross today I had a chance to use his new Bobcat tractor CT235. In winter conditions it’s way better than any motorcycle.

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GPS-Central Photo Contest

10 Dec

By way of follow up to my November 8th post. I entered 10 pictures; 5 in the Road Tripper and 5 in the Get Lost categories.  Wow 5 made it through the staff selection and are available for the public to vote using social media Facebook.

Who cares the outcome, I’m happy to have some of my pictures appreciated.

My Fuji X10 camera has proved itself to be a very capable and it’s traveled with me coast to coast. I love the camera and we used it to take about 9,000 pictures. Unfortunately it’s now in the hands of Fuji. It was still working but seems to have an issue in the stabilization system noticeable when zooming the focussing ring.  I took it back recently to the local shop, Camera Kingston, where I bought it and it’s been shipped away. Hopefully for a warranty repair.

Update December 20th : Fuji replaced the complete camera lens under warranty; no charge even for shipping. The new lens must also have an improved design on/off switch because it feels very different and works much smother. My self and some others on the Fuji X series forum have been leary of this unusual switch design. I like it and it’s handy, it’s just unusual. Anyway, I’m thrilled with my camera and certainly happy with the Fuji warranty.

Note:  Thanks to all who voted for my pictures.

Now December 17 and the contest voting is over and as yet I don’t know who the winner is. Regardless of the outcome I’ve been spurned on to take more pictures and enter again. I happy that 5 of my pictures made it to Road Tripper category finals; 4 of them actually do have a road in the picture.  The 5th is the crane lift onto the first ship at the end of the road where I road began my adventure along the South coast of Newfoundland going from Bay L’Argent, Rencontre East, Pool’s Cove (then hwy 362 & 364) Hermitage/Sandyville, Galtois, McCallum, Francois,Grey River and to Burgeo. I’ll never forget the friendly crew members, the people that I met on the ships and the local hospitality. Special thanks to John and Ethel who fed me well and put me up overnight in Francois.

I got an email January 10th congratulating me that I had won 3rd place in the Road Trooper category and that a Garmin Nuvi 3597 LMT is being shipped to me.

Wow, a new state of the art GPS.

Belleoram, Newfoundland

3 Dec

Sometime I get a picture that stumps me, like this one taken with my phone, looking north, one afternoon last July in Newfoundland. I took this picture someplace along hwy#362 northwest of Belleoram. From a distance it looks like a huge face with a very prominent eye and beak-like nose, it probably has a local name. It’s comparable to, but not as large as Iron Skull Rock. I’ve looked at GoogleEarth and it is the rock outcropping of approximately 290 meters elevation and at N47°33.161′  W55°28.943′

Anyone know what it’s called?

Face ?

Face ?