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Bike ride wildlife

Screenshot: a map of my 21-km bike ride, 8 May 2021

I went 21 km today, and saw a cou­ple of deer at the River­bank Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre

Deer, feeding at the Riverbank

…and some pigeons fly­ing above some rocks on the edge of the riv­er, as seen from the 1st Street Bridge.

Pigeons at the river

Series: Bike Ride Photos

The entire series: Down by the riv­er; Bike ride birds; The ex-gar­den and the weir; Snap­shots of a ride; Across Town; Black­bird; North Hill cam­pus; Lilacs and coun­try roads; A pop of colour; Back lane flow­ers; More Breniz­ers; The riv­er is high; A bird and a reflec­tion; Rideau Park; Writ­ing Retreat 2020, Day 7; Writ­ing Retreat 2020: The Num­bers; Storm dam­age, sun­flow­ers; Eleanor Kidd gar­dens; Scenes from today’s ride; All right, autumn can be pret­ty; Bike ride, April 10, 2021; Bike ride wildlife.

Ste. Rose and environs

Riding Mountain panorama

Since I was in Dauphin today to super­vise a judo grad­ing, I took the long way home, swing­ing by my old home town, Ste. Rose du Lac.

The house where I grew up
The house where I grew up

It’s been a few years since I was in town. I did­n’t know what I should expect: would I feel all the feel­ings? Have I been away long enough that I would be dispassionate?

Turned out to be door num­ber 2, most­ly. I snapped a pho­to of our old house—I haven’t lived in it for, what, 30 years?—and most­ly I was a) sur­prised by the addi­tion of a chim­ney to the side of the house and b) impressed at how many vehi­cles fit in the ol’ driveway.

The town’s famous grot­to, which I had intend­ed to pho­to­graph, looks like it’s under construction—scaffolding everywhere—so I did­n’t both­er with pictures.

I stopped in briefly at École Lau­ri­er, where I learned français, and got a weird hit of nos­tal­gia look­ing at the play­ground. I’m like 75% sure that the mon­key bars there are the same ones a friend fell from in grade 2, break­ing his arm.

I stopped just out­side Lau­ri­er and snapped the 19 images that make up the head­er image, a panoram­ic view of Rid­ing Mountain.

Yet Another Aurora Post

Aurora borealis panorama, April 19th, 2021

I had dozed off on the couch, and woke up about 12:45am or so. I thought, I should go to bed.

Then, brush­ing my teeth, I noticed there was quite a moon. So I check the auro­ra data and decid­ed, what the hey, I’ve got the week off, I can stay up late on a school night.

So I packed my gear and head­ed out for about half an hour, and these pho­tos are the result.

Aurora, April 162021

Aurora borealis

Last night I took a dri­ve, and got some shots of a dif­fuse auro­ra bore­alis on a back road a few miles out­side of town.

I shot for about ½ hour between 11 and 11:30 pm, and made a short time­lapse video, too. Each sec­ond of video is about a minute in real-time.

I like how the clouds oblig­ing­ly fol­low the line of the pow­er lines

And then, when I came back to town, I decid­ed to get a few shots of the old Kull­bergs ware­house demo­li­tion going on at 18th Street and Pacif­ic Avenue. The pho­to below is an HDR merge of two pho­tos, to try to bal­ance the bright­ness of the exte­ri­or with the dark­ness of the interior.

Kullbergs Warehouse demolition
Things fall apart / the cen­tre can­not hold

Bike ride, April 102021

Map of my ride

The weath­er’s sup­posed to turn win­try again for a few days, so I took advan­tage of today’s nice weath­er for a good long bike ride—27.8km, which took about 1¾ hour or so of cycling (I stopped to take pho­tos and to chat with a friend, so I was gone from the house for 2½ hours).

I took my cam­era along, too, and snapped some photos.

The con­trail pho­to above is actu­al­ly a panora­ma of about six pho­tos. Com­pare and con­trast below with a sin­gle-frame ver­sion of the same image.

Contrail above the river

Series: Bike Ride Photos

The entire series: Down by the riv­er; Bike ride birds; The ex-gar­den and the weir; Snap­shots of a ride; Across Town; Black­bird; North Hill cam­pus; Lilacs and coun­try roads; A pop of colour; Back lane flow­ers; More Breniz­ers; The riv­er is high; A bird and a reflec­tion; Rideau Park; Writ­ing Retreat 2020, Day 7; Writ­ing Retreat 2020: The Num­bers; Storm dam­age, sun­flow­ers; Eleanor Kidd gar­dens; Scenes from today’s ride; All right, autumn can be pret­ty; Bike ride, April 10, 2021; Bike ride wildlife.