Friday, August 21, 2015

Where have I been? - Petit photo-montage

Time for a new post! 

It's been an inordinate amount of time since my last entry, and there's been a lot of water under the bridge. Part of my silence is due to the fact that I've got some fishing articles coming out soon, and I can't really talk about it here until some time after they've been published. So, since the things I'm writing about are usually what I like to talk about on my blog... it's lead to this awkward "ahem" type of absence on this space. 

Still, tons of things have gone on and, since I'm also honing my photography skills (and having a lot of fun doing so),there's no better way to broach that vast compendium than through a photo montage.

Shortly after my last post, here is an image that represents the last few minutes of a great way to warm up in the clenched, frozen jaws of winter. Cheese fondue! We enjoyed the real thing, with grated Vacherin and Gruyère, Kirsch and Fendant. It is such a lovely feast that one almost pines (almost, but not quite) for the return of Winter!

My favourite hockey player, on a break, flying up centre ice! I never get tired of watching him as he progresses and continues to excel. He's a major reason why this space may continue to be skinny, starting in September; he's gone and made the rep team again, and that means sleep, eat, drink, dream, smoke, breathe (etc...) Hockey!

Then the thaw took place in earnest, and I took time to check out the local Spring steelhead run...

... things were spirited, as usual! The run actually snuck up on me a little bit, since I learned that the fish had been running in much greater numbers at least a week prior to these photos being taken. 

No. I don't really get tired of watching them. This can be an exercise in patience for those accompanying me. They practically need a crowbar to pry me away from the river!

Finally, there was a little bit of this, though most of it was spent on the road, getting material for my professional writings. 

Then, of course, the Khalidian Dynasty continued. This is his personal best, and the only regret I have is that I wasn't there to snap this pic! Awesome fish, my friend!

There's no better tonic for the "few fish" blues than a trip to western New York. Here, a drop-back hen rests up after a spirited fight.

Muscle cars anyone? At the Bowmanville Summerfest.

Oh wait! How'd that get there??? Hmmm....

Trip to the Bluffer's park. Enjoying a brief dose of sun and sand.

An excited Samuel overlooking his first Blue Jays game. Justin Smoak popped a homer that landed little more than 20 feet from where we were sitting. How cool would that have been, at your first ever game!

And now, for a floral break... (Ahhhh! I feel rested!)

Dawn on Rice Lake... and...

...bass on Rice Lake. 

Giggles at camping. Isaac saw something funny on his iPad.

A golden Lake Ontario sunrise, on a calm early-August morning. We were canoeing. It's quite an experience, when the lake is this calm and glassy. Look closely at the buoy and you'll see a tern sitting there.

A visit to a friend's cottage, to strengthen the quadriceps. 

Subsequently, Sam's first time ever water-skiing. Apparently, he's a natural!

Children fishing off the dock in the quiet evening. 

 Charter fishing on Lake Ontario. Sunrise on the canadian flag.

 My newest Cellphone background :).

 Magic with a wide-angle lens. 
 A competitor deploys his array, off the bow, in the easy morning.

Another fine catch for the day. All in all we landed 8, enjoying an almost unusually calm, hot and sunny day out on the lake. I can't tell you how many times it popped into my head to jump into the cool water, inches from my feet...

An image bereft of sound or fury, signifying everything! This is indeed an older pic, but one that neatly symbolizes the end of that hot day out on the boat - as well as wraps up this little post :).

More to come!