Sunday, August 29, 2010

(Day 241) Taking full advantage

Years ago, when we lived near Calgary, we'd often go for Sunday afternoon drives out to the mountains to marvel at the wonderful creation. One of the notable things about living in that part of Alberta was the large number of days with sunshine and no clouds (just like the refrain in "Home, Home On the Range"). In fact, we now call a day like that an 'Alberta Day'. We had gotten out of our Sunday afternoon drive habit over the past few years, although we had done some 'exploratory' touring around when we first moved to this area.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how we tried to go for a Sunday afternoon picnic and got rained out. Well, today the weather forecasters got it right, and after church we packed up and set off for another spot along the Rideau. We took full advantage of an incredible Alberta Day. Here's what it looked like.

(10-22mm  f11  1/160 sec  ISO200)

part of the mechanism to open a lock; action at the locks always attracts onlookers

(10-22mm  f11  1/250 sec  ISO200)

the 'flotilla' leaving the lock



(10-22mm  f11  1/320 sec  ISO200)

just below another lock, ships can tie up; I think most were out on the water

After forgetting for the past 2 weeks, I remembered that today we celebrate Sunset Sunday by posting a sunset shot. In case you're not familiar with this great idea yet, visit the originator, Scott. He always has stunning sunset shots, as well as countless other beauties, and provides lots of practical tips - even on html! Here's my contribution, taken from our back yard on Aug. 17:

(18-55mm  f5.6  1/100 sec  ISO400)

24 comments:

Here I Am/Carrie said...

Well now I get sunset Sunday... Was just at two other places that were doing the same thing. Ok I don't get around much. Anyway just love viewing everyone photography and inspiring me with their work. Will enjoy my visits here.

S. Etole said...

smiling at the comment you left and enjoying your photos ...

Rick said...

@Here I Am/Carrie - thanks for stopping by Carrie! Also, for leaving your comments and following. Was just over to tarry a while at your blog - lovely!

Look forward to a return visit when you can.

Rick said...

@S. Etole - to have made someone smile, puts a smile on my face; you do that at other times too via your blog. Thank you.

darlin said...

Rick something's wrong here, I'm in Alberta and didn't get an "Alberta day." :-) I love the boats, the water and the sunset. Once again, you never cease to amaze me with your shots.

Costea Andrea Mihai said...

wonderful executions!! superb tones!

Katherine said...

A beautiful Alberta Day for sure! Amazing pics Rick

CarreraCaballo said...

The Red Sky is amazing - You Canadians have the best Sky I assume :-)

Greetz,

Joseph

jasmin said...

Oh, there are again so beautiful photo views from the distant world, the blue sea, I miss you very much our rivers are brown from flooding in the country,i have the Text with translators wrote,warm greetings,viele Grüße von Jasmin

Lisa RedWillow said...

Outstanding. I love your view of the Sunset.
So Much Drama to the sky.

Rick said...

@darlin - ha ha - you likely get more of those than we do - yesterday was our turn, I guess ;-)

Thanks Darlene - hope your weekend was great !

Rick said...

@Costea Andrea Mihai - thank you Costea!

Rick said...

@Katherine - thank you Katherine - it sure was a beauty - last gasps of summer ?

Rick said...

@CarreraCaballo - ha ha, thanks Joseph; I don't think we have a corner on beautiful sunsets - I see many on different blogs from various places! I suspect Heidelberg has some nice ones too - maybe ask your wife to take some shots ;-)

Rick said...

@jasmin - we're lucky that we haven't had any real severe weather - the lakes are all nice and blue. Hopefully your flooding clears soon. Thank you for stopping by Jasmin, und auch viele Grüße von Canada !

Rick said...

@Lisa RedWillow - thank you Lisa; I never tire of sunsets - they're always different, and even during a single sunset they change so much.

darlin said...

LOL Rick @ the comment to Joseph! You two are hilarious! One complaint about my weekend, as most weekends, it passed me by way to quickly but today is yet another glorious day! Have a fantastic week Rick, see you in about three walls.

teca said...

My God! What a wonderful place! The pictures are great, Rick!
Kisses and a week of peace and love.

Rick said...

@darlin - great to hear from people with a sense of humour ;-)

I hear ya about the weekend, but ... time flies when you're having fun, right ?

Hope your week is equally great !

Rick said...

@teca - thank you teca! It was a great place to sit, relax, and enjoy the sun and scenery!

Os lotes de beijos para você !!

joey said...

It was an amazing August weekend here too, Rick. Great evening shot!

Rick said...

@joey - just saw your post joey - yes, looks like it was awesome too ! Thanks for stopping by.

Scott said...

Looks like you had a wonderful riparian day and of course that sunset is absolutely stunning! Thanks for sharing and being part of Sunset Sunday this week.

Rick said...

@Scott - thank you Scott (I had forgotten the last 2 weeks :(

Good to see you're back - hope your trip went well.