Wednesday, August 25, 2010

(Day 237) The tranquil Rideau

I was drawn today to another part of the Rideau system, back to a place where one of my daughters and I had gone fishing a couple of years ago. There's a dam here, used to control spring floods, and a lock for recreational boaters, which is used to bypass the 2.8m/9' height differential in the river. I had the area almost to myself, save for 2 local lads who were alternating between fishing and jumping 5m/15' off a small bridge into the cool waters below.

Note: all photos were shot at f11, ISO200 at varying shutter speeds with a 10-22mm or 70-200mm lens.

above the dam; the canal and lock are further to the lower right (not in photo)


buoys act as a warning to boaters of the dam ahead

 this scow is used for maintenance on the waterway e.g. to place buoys

a freshly-cut beam which is used in the dam to control water levels

the dam, used to control flooding on the Rideau
 

24 comments:

Biana said...

Wow, die eerste foto is echt heel mooi. De spiegelbeelden zijn echt fantastisch! Mooie locatie

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

This looks like a beautiful spot,especially the first shot.

imac said...

Great place for piccies Rick.

teca said...

Beautiful!

Rick said...

@Biana - ja, zeer mooi en rustig. Dank je wel Biana, en een fijne donderdag !

Rick said...

@Ruth's Photo Blog - it is very pretty here, as it is in so many places along the Rideau. Thanks for stopping by Ruth - very much appreciated.

Rick said...

@imac - that it is mac. The lads tell me it also is for fishing!

Rick said...

@teca - thank you teca.

Beijos !

Carolyn Ford said...

These are beautiful photos showing some very nice reflections of the sky above...tranquility at its best is here, I believe...

Katherine said...

Such a peaceful looking place Brian. Great reflections captured in the still of the water..just like a mirror.
Lovely photos! I hope you've been well...haven't been able to visit BLOG much of late...it seems that life has become overwhelmingly busy but when I get a chance I will always pop on by.
Cheers K

darlin said...

What a wonderful spot, sounds as though the boys were creating some fond memories to chat about when they're older. Magnificent photos as usual, no favorites tonight... they're all stunning!

Chad said...

Looks like a great area for photos. All pictures are nice,but I really like the first one.

S. Etole said...

I've enjoyed catching up with your photos once again ...

Rick said...

@Carolyn Ford - thank you Carolyn; it's truly a place to bring a picnic basket and kickback and relax !

Rick said...

@Katherine - ok Katherine, just for this post I'll pretend to be Brian (who is Brian, anyway ?). I can tell that you're really busy! ;-)

But thank you Katherine for taking time to come by and leave a comment. Hopefully you're getting back on top of things and have time to get out and enjoy your photography.

Have a great weekend !

Rick said...

@darlin - they reminded me of my young(er) days - spending all day at the creek just having fun with friends - a carefree summer! Those are some of the fond memories I have.

Thanks for dropping by Darlene - have a great Friday!

Katherine said...

OMG I am so sorry .. What a goose!! I don't think I will ever truly get back on top of things Rick...just what I think I'm there, something else get thrown my way, but that's OK!

Rick said...

@Chad - thanks Chad; there are so many beautiful spots along this waterway, but then you can find beauty wherever you live as long as you look with 'open' eyes.

Rick said...

@S. Etole - thanks for dropping by for a bit Susan. Glad to see you're back!

Rick said...

@Katherine - LOL (a goose !) - last word that would have crossed my mind! Absolutely no offence taken Katherine - I read your first comment with a smile.

Hopefully life will slow down a bit for you soon or you'll catch up to it. Chin up!

Katherine said...

Thanks Rick .. I've had a look back through some of the posts that I have missed whilst being absent from blogger and they're all fantastic. My chins up!!! All's good, it's just busy!! :)

Rick said...

@Katherine - thank you Katherine ! Glad to hear things are just busy and all's good. You're always welcome - whenever you have the time!

Have a great weekend!

Krista said...

What a gorgeous area! I love the last shot, with the varying levels. Great work!

Rick said...

@Krista - it is a really nice area just to walk around or sit for a while; the weir can be dangerous though if you get trapped in the waterfalls.

Thanks for stopping by, and all your comments Krista - and have a great week!