Sound of Light Extravaganza
This a an International Fireworks Competion held at Lac-Leamy every year, usually end of July through begining of August. Obviously this photo is NOTHING even close to how spectacular these fireworks are. I have seem fireworks at Disney but they pale next to this show. It's all done to music and they have about four countries doing their displays a night over four nights.
Welcome to Gatineau
After 23 years of living in the Montreal region, I left for Gatineau, after accepting a job offer in Ottawa.
Living in Gatineau is nice because it's so close to Ottawa - 20 minutes by bus - so I get to remain in Québec, where I've always lived, but have easy access to all the services and interesting attractions in Ottawa.
Gatineau works for me: I've always been a suburbian girl.
The Champlain lookout
The Champlain lookout is a place I love to go to. The view is amazing, and if you take the path along the escarpement. So I will show you some of my personal pictures. I will send you a part of information on the Champlain lookout from http://members.rogers.com/larry.neily/gatpks10.htm. You can check it out for more info.
Independent Directions to this Site: From Autoroute de la Gatineau or Highway 5, take exit # 3 or Boulevard St-Raymond heading west. Travel 1.5 km west to Promenade du Lac-des-F?es and turn left or south on it. Follow Lac-des-F?es 0.4 km to Rue Gamelin and turn right or west on it. Go 0.9 km to the (Promenade de la) Gatineau Parkway and turn right or north on it. Proceed 7.5 km northwest, to the junction of the (Promenade de la) Gatineau Parkway with the (Promenade) Champlain Parkway. Turn left or WSW onto the (Promenade) Champlain Parkway and drive 10.0 km to the entrance to the parking areas for the Champlain Lookout.
Site Description and Birding Information: The Champlain Lookout is one of our areas best summer birding sites. It is also a very popular spot in the summer months for sightseers, cyclists and hikers. Despite the amount of human static, this site is not to be missed by the serious birder. The far or north end of the gravel parking area provides access to the complex system of trails through maturing and mature deciduous forest.
The only known breeding site, in the Ottawa area, for Cerulean Warbler is about a kilometre from the parking area by trail. Take trail 1B to trail 9, turn left on 9 and go to trail 2, turn left on 2 and listen for the Cerulean's distinctive, slightly buzzy song (zip, zip, zip, teeteetee) as you go down toward the Western (Chalet) Shelter. If you reach the shelter without hearing the bird, return uphill to around halfway back to trail 2 and sit down (you may need to anyway) and wait. The birds do not sing continuously, there may be long silences. This is especially true in the heat of the day. But patient waiting is often rewarded. Hearing the bird is the best way of finding it, but even when you've located it by ear, it is still a challenge to actually see it. And since it sticks closely to the canopy of these tall trees, it virtually guarantees a stiff neck. The species has bred here since 1990, and probably earlier, in small numbers. There are usually one or two singing males, with a maximum of 5 singing males in 1993.
There are not a lot of these stuctures left any more. This image is quite heavily modified. The sky was really ugly and overcast, so I shot this scene with a neutral graduated filter (2 f stop difference between top and bottom) and did a bit of Photoshop work.
"Bridge with barriers"
This is a similar view, bit I left the entrance to the bridge untouched. You can see the metal structures that have been put in place to prevent someone from taking an over-sized vehicle onto the bridge.
Beautiful rolling hills and the meandering lines of Meech Creek.
"Canada Geese on guard"
This looked almost sureal. These Canada Geese were standing in tall grass. It looked like they were keeping watch.
"Geese in flight"
Same Canada Geese as in the last picture, but something spooked them and they took off
We could see a large black spot in the distance that was moving around. A closely cropped shot with a 400mm lens (600mm 35mm equivelent) brought it in close enough to see. It was probably 500 m away, minding its own business.
These birds kept flitting about. I later found out that they were bobalinks.
"One more shot of the bridge"
Same bridge, different perspective