Sunday, August 15, 2010

(Day 227) Rained out - but not all is lost

It's been a while since we've gone on a picnic so we decided to go after church today. The sky looked overcast and we'd had a brief sprinkle in the morning, but things didn't look too bad. We packed a lunch and the dog and set off. We had picked out a spot along the Rideau system that we had briefly visited a number of years ago. Along the way I noted an interesting bridge in Lyndhurst and made a mental note that I should come back some time to make some photos around the area.

All was going well - we reached our destination, grabbed our things and the dog and found a lovely spot by the water, under some trees. We enjoyed our lunch, but as we were sheltered by the trees we hadn't noticed that a light rain had started. But it stopped again by the time we were finished lunch. Off we went to watch the lockmaster at work guiding a couple of boats into the locks. Once the operation was well under way we decided to walk over a wooden bridge towards some boats moored on the far side of the river. A soft rain started again so we ducked under a large tree to stay dry - poor choice. This time the rain didn't let up but intensified - within minutes it was dripping off the leaves onto us. We ran to the nearby restaurant and got under a broad overhang.

Well, we waited for a break in the downpour and at a quick pace made our way back to the car some half mile away. The sky didn't look like it would relent, so reluctantly we elected to head back home. And wouldn't luck have it that as we neared the stone bridge again the rain slackened off to a light drizzle. Just enough time to dash out and make a few photos of the oldest stone bridge in the province, dating back to 1856-57.

(18-55mm  f6.3  1/80 sec  ISO200)














(18-55mm  f6.3  1/25 sec  ISO200)














Oops, for the second week, I forgot to add my Sunset Sunday contribution. So I've edited this (already-published) post to add one that was shot a few days ago in Merrickville:

(18-55mm  f11  1/100 sec  ISO200)


30 comments:

Scott said...

I really like all three of these. Love how the reflection of the bridge creates a full oval and the little building in the distance. I can't say that I've ever seen a sunset reflecting off a picnic table like this - amazing, but the reflection in the glassy smooth lake is awesome.

darlin said...

That sounds like a fun day Rick, even with the rain. I love your bridge photos, very nice. The stone work is amazing, I love things constructed with stone, that's probably why I enjoyed Kingston so much. They just don't build them like they used to.

Beautiful sunset photo Rick, wonderful reflections!

marty said...

ce picnic était une véritable expédition !
les photos du pont et le coucher de soleil sont très belles !
je te souhaite une belle semaine
bisous

Carolyn Ford said...

Oh, now these are what I really like...A full circle reflection of the bridge tunnel and a bright red subject beyond the arch...wow, Rick...love it!

Costea Andrea Mihai said...

wonderful images..first is my favorite!

CarreraCaballo said...

Amazing Reflections and beautiful still water :-)

Weather has been rainy overhere too, the past few days!

Greetz,

Joseph

chasity said...

that table looks like a perfect place for an evening snack. the reflection of the sunset in the water is pure magic.
gorgeous.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I love that first picture.The bright red draws the eye in.
The sunset is gorgeous and looks like it should be turned into a puzzle.On second thought,why cut it up,just enlarge it and hang it on a wall. :)
Blessings,Ruth

joey said...

Amazing photos, Rick. The first grabbed me big time!

imac said...

Caught well my friend, as you were in the rain lol.

Gail P said...

They're all marvelous, but that top one is stellar!

teca said...

The photos are beautiful ... I was breathless!

Kisses with love.

Rick said...

@Scott - thank you Scott! It took me a few tries to get the oval - I like how it framed that little building. We sat at that picnic table awhile - I only saw the reflection on it as we were leaving and I made this final photo.

Rick said...

@darlin - thank you Darlene; that reminds me I should go to Kingston one of these days for a photo shoot - there are some great buildings there.

Rick said...

@marty - thank you marty, both for your comments and French lessons ;-) I find I'm doing much better reading them, and I'm learning some new words e.g. bisous !! LOL !

Je te souhaite une belle semaine aussi !

Rick said...

@Carolyn Ford - thanks for your kind comments Carolyn !

Rick said...

@Costea Andrea Mihai - thank you Costea !

Rick said...

@CarreraCaballo - thank you Joseph; I expect your next landscape photos should be very green ! ;-)

Rick said...

@chasity - yes, I think it would be too, although the far end of it was a bit rickety; but the setting was beautiful - and NO bugs !

Thanks Chas.

Rick said...

@Ruth's Photo Blog - thank you Ruth; sometimes composition just jumps out at you. Lately I've been having some photos enlarged, and have framed and hung some - lets me see them more often than leaving them only on the hard drive :-)

Rick said...

@joey - thanks joey - appreciate your positive comments!

Rick said...

@imac - LOL mac - that we were; I made a few photos of the downpour but didn't post - we escaped the torrential part but still caught the drizzle part ;-)

Lisa RedWillow said...

How very very beautiful. Nice you all could get out. Love the reflection.

Rick said...

@Gail P - thanks Gail, and thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment - always appreciated !

Rick said...

@teca - muito obrigado; muitos beijos para você ;-)

Rick said...

@Lisa RedWillow - glad to see you're back; I'll be over for a visit soon. Thank you for your kind words.

Joke van de Klift said...

Schitterende foto's Rick,
Zowel onder de brug met dat huisje op de achtergrond heel apart! En de zonsondergang vind ik ook beautifull!!!
Om nog even terug te komen op je vraag waarom het bij de afgraving van Jeses Super Star niet onder water loopt, geef ik je de onderstaande link door.

Met deze link kun je zien wanneer en hoever Nederland onderwater loopt en daar hoort die plek niet bij zoals je kunt zien!
De afgraving ligt ver in het oosten van het land, (in de Achterhoek)
http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/normaal_amsterdams_peil
Een heel verhaal hé Rick?
Lieve groetjes,
Joke.

Mamuchi said...

bonitos paisajes, bellos encuadres y atractivos reflejos ;)

Rick said...

@Joke van de Klift - dank je wel Joke. En ook bedankt voor het verhaal over de NAP - ik heb het stuk gelezen - interessant !

Fijne week nog.

Rick said...

@Mamuchi - gracias tanto !