Confederation Park, Ottawa, Canada
Ottawa Confederation Park
All webshots taken today, Sept 29, 2008 unless noted.
My spouse was quite excited yesterday as he informed me that he’d found a slew of new “across Ontario”-type webcams from which we–and the rest of the world could watch the changing seasons in Ontario. I was excited too until I realized many of them suffered from the same issues that I’d mentioned about my favourite Ontario webcam source–no one maintains the webcams. What I found while looking through these webcams were non-functional ones, horribly out of date ones ( June?), blurry to the point of unrecognizable shots, pointless pictures (your empty patio with a view of …nothing?) and one of my personal faves- crooked shots.
I went from being excited at the prospect of bringing fresh shots to Maple Lake Ontario to well, I found a handful of new ones –plus a lovely shot from Ottawa that features some great changing colours–so I’m still excited. But Canada! I’m talking 5 shots out of of 50! (In actuality about 40 percent of the shots seemed to be working today but some of them are the exact same webcams that I’ve been using–which is fine–and some of them are pictures of things like an intersection of Highway 11.) (woot)
Chapleau Waterfront~ Mulligan's Bay
Check out the clouds reflected in the Bay! This camera never fails me! Thank you to whomever is responsible for it.
Bay view~Lake Nipissing
Montreal River Harbour Sunset
Even though my link says “Most Awesome Ontario Webcams!”, in truth, many of the webcam shots available are nowhere near awesome. I find this both puzzling and disappointing. I’m puzzled because when used correctly webcam shots of your area whether they be of an area of interest like a traffic cam or an area of beauty like the ones I showcase on this website can be very valuable tools. The benefits of a good traffic cam are obvious in alerting commuters to traffic situations. But the aesthetically pleasing ones have the potential to draw people to visit your area. Why, as in the case of Haliburton, is there an offering of a scene that is fuzzy and does not showcase the more attractive areas of town (and, for that matter, why is it the exact scene shown on one of their postcards for sale in town)?! This is a question I cannot answer. Haliburton is not the biggest offender–not by a long stretch. There are others in which the webcam shot is so distorted that one can never make out what the shot is supposed to be of! But here’s the rub. Someone is paying to host these webshots be they privately or publicly sponsored. If you are hosting a webcam shot of a blob–you are throwing away money.
My goal of sharing the webcams shots that are quite spectacular is to share the beauty of Ontario with whomever wishes to see it. I’m frustrated however because in a great many cases I can’t do so even though the link is there and the camera is turned on. I get nothing and therefore cannot share anything. No one benefits and it seems like such a waste and with that I’ll end my rant and show you some extraordinary shots of the sun setting tonight in Ontario.
No one expects perfection from a webcam shot but all of the shots below give a nice feel for the scenes that they’ve captured.
Parliament Hill, Ottawa
NW View of Penetangore River, Lake Huron
Silver Lake, Parry Sound
Sault Ste. Marie
Beautiful Ontario Sunsets
Britannia Yacht Club view of Lac Deschenes, Ottawa
I finally remembered to check Cams Across Ontario at sunset tonight and boy did I luck out. I have some fantastic photos from two distinct regions in Ontario to share with you.
I’m a huge fan of sunsets–as silly as that statement may sound. It’s the thing at Maple Lake I’ll miss the most this winter because no matter what the weather there is a sunset to behold at Maple Lake each evening.
I know many people get excited by the changing colours of the leaves in fall and I think they are quite pretty as well but having grown up with them I can’t help but associate the leaves changing colour (dying) with winter coming and I just plain do not like winter! Sunsets on the other hand–well, nothing’s dying–just disappearing overnight.
Kincardine Harbour, Lake Huron
Looking NW over the Penetangore River, Lake Huron
Toronto Windsurfing Club
Looks like these fellows are willing but the weather hasn’t cooperated so they are unable to windsurf right now.
I realized on the way up to the cottage that Baysville is much closer to Maple Lake than I’d realized. In fact Baysville weather may be more reflective of Maple Lake’s that any other weathercasts available.
Not to sound too negative but in listening to the Haliburton radio station I found the weather forecasts they broadcast with great frequency to be almost nothing like the actual weather we had on Maple Lake. This difference was most profound when we had the hail storm that took out our power and the forecast said nothing about any kind of storm–before or in the aftermath!
Britannia Yacht Club view of Lac Deschenes
Beautiful Day in Dorset
(All photos from Sept 17/18, 2008)
Week of Sept 21, 2008
Though there’s no doubt that fall-like temperatures have arrived in Haliburton County, there’s lots of sun in the forecast which should make the “feels like” temperatures noticeably higher, especially if you are out on the water. Regardless, there is still plenty of beautiful weather for you to enjoy on both land and water
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The Art Hive
For the longest time I considered myself to be a non-creative person both in my writing style and literally in the creation of of art objects.
Over the years I discovered that the less I confined myself to the conventional definition of what constitutes creativity and thought more about what pleased me when in a creative frame of mind, the more I revised my definition of “creative.”
One way that I would encourage anyone that’s wanted to explore her creativity and “craftiness” would be to join The Art Hive on Thursday September 18, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm for an informal evening for women to get together and be creative.
Each month highlights a different project. This month project is called Paint Your Own Tile and Art Hive artist April Gates will be at the helm. In joining you will learn the basics about bright and colourful Maiolica surface decoration on earthenware tiles. In the tradition of The Art Hive, where freedom of expression is honoured and encouraged, bring your design ideas and your imagination. Materials are supplied by the artist, however if you have favorite watercolour brushes, bring them along. Please wear a work shirt or bring an apron as pigments may stain clothing. Tiles will be fired by the artist and will be available for pick-up two weeks later.
This is a project that tempts me to jump in the Mustang and motor up there to participate. I’ve had grand ideas for a backsplash for the longest time and a project like this could be the start of something very exciting.
To pre-register, call The Art Hive. Cost: $5 for members, $10 for non-members
The Art Hive, 10239 Hwy 118, 4 km east of Carnarvon