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Sep 22, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Part of the Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park, th is park commemorate s the November The 1863 "Battle Above the Clouds" fought on Lookout Mountain between Federal forces under General Joseph Hooker and Confederate forces under Major Carter Stevenson. Period music, performed by cellist Cooper Cannell, accompanies the war monument, scenic panoramas of Chattanooga and the mountainside gun emplacements .  The 'Battle Above the Clouds' (24/11/1863), saw Union forces capture...
Topics: Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park, Major Carter Stevenson, General Joseph Hooker,...
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Sep 19, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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A winter walk over the frozen Grand River to the Elora Gorge cascade beside the 1859 Elora Mill, with a Celtic tribute to its Scottish and Irish settlers.  Some winters, the Grand freezes at the Islet Rock cascade beside the 1859 Elora Mill. The river cascades 8 metres (25 ft) into a 25 metre (82 ft) limestone gorge.
Topics: Metcalfe Street bridge, Elora Ontario, Ontario Canada, Wellington County, Grand River, cascade,...
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Sep 19, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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A mellow early evening walk beneath a green leaf canopy along Guelph's Speed River to the historic 1882 Norwich Street bridge. Celtic music accompanies.  This 18 metre (60 ft) iron-steel truss bridge spans the Speed River near old Goldie Mill. Built by the Hamilton Bridge Co. For $1000 in 1882, it links trails along the river.
Topics: Norwich Street bridge, pony-truss bridge, Guelph Ontario, Ontario Canada, Wellington County, Speed...
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Sep 19, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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A mellow early evening walk beneath a green leaf canopy, among early summer wildflowers. James Galway's flute accompanies.
Topics: Steckle Woods, Kitchener Ontario, Ontario Canada, Waterloo Region, maple leaf, beech leaf, forest...
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Sep 19, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Landscapes and river scenes of Guelph’ s heritage Eramosa River Stone Road bridge through the seasons . A. W. Connor directed the construction of this bridge. Charles Mattaini, of nearby Fergus, built it in 1916. Its single lane spans 21 metres (70 ft). It became an Ontario Heritage Bridge in 2004.
Topics: Eramosa River, Stone Road bridge, bowstring truss bridge, concrete truss bridge, Guelph, Wellington...
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Sep 19, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Mellow Celtic music accompanies this colourful close-up visit to Templin Gardens, Fergus Ontario's horticultural parkette beside Canada's Grand River .   Fergus Express publisher John Templin and his wife  developed their gardens between 1920-1934 into a horticultural showcase. Roger Bricker built the stonework in 1927-1934 using Omer Gow's quarry. The gardens were restored in the 1970s. Now tended by the Fergus Horticultural Society, they are located between the 1991 Milligan Footbridge and...
Topics: Ramakrishna, Gertrude Jekyll, Grand River, Fergus, Ontario, Canada, Wellington Centre, Templin...
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Sep 19, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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The defences of Castillo De San Marcos protected St. Augustine, Florida from buccaneers. Built by the Spanish in 1672, it became a U.S. fort in 1821 and a National Monument in 1924.  The Spanish began building their Florida colony's fort in 1672 to protect St. Augustine from buccaneers. Renamed Fort St. Mark by the British (1763-83), it became the American Fort Marion in 1821. A military prison during the Seminole Wars, it became a National Monument in 1924 under the National Park Service.
Topics: National Monument, National Park Service, Castillo De San Marcos, Calvin Coolidge, Napoleon...
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Sep 19, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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A colourful presentation of Amsterdam's 2008 Spinoza monument honouring the philosopher who inaugurated Europe's Age of Enlightenment.  Dutch rationalist Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) espoused freedom of thought and tolerance. He inaugurated Europe's Age of Enlightenment. Nicolas Dings's 2008 bronze statue at Amsterdam's City Hall stands near the location of Spinoza's family home.
Topics: Nicolas Ding, Baruch Spinoza, Amsterdam, Waterlooplein, travel, tourism, monument, statue,...
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Sep 19, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Lively music and colourful vignettes of Volendam, a scenic harbour town in North Holland.  Volendam is a fishing and farming town of 22,000 on the Markermeer in North Holland. The 1932 Afsluit Dike transformed the Zuiderzee into a freshwater lake, affecting the local fishery. Pleasure boats crowd the harbour now.
Topics: Volendam, Netherlands, Nederland, Markermeer, tourism, travel, walkabout, fishing, harbour,...
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Sep 19, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Basel Switzerland's Minster features richly detailed stained glass windows, accompanied by sacred brass by Bach and Gabrielli.  Basel's Romanesque-Gothic cathedral, built 1019 to 1500, sits on a hill over the Rhine and Altstadt on the site of a Celtic temple and Roman fort. Earthquakes damaged the Roman Catholic church in 1356. Iconoclasts removed sacred statuary in 1529. It is Protestant Reformed today.
Topics: Basel, Switzerland, Kahlil Gibran, Muenster, Gothic architecture, Romanesque architecture, Basel...
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Sep 19, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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A colourful streetscape walkabout in Basel historic district near the Mittlere bridge and Johanniterbruecke provides scenic Rhine River views.  Paths link the 1967 Johanniterbrücke and 1905 Mittlere Brücke, which replaced the first Rhine crossing of 1225. The St. Johanns-Tor, one of three remaining towers of the former city wall, provides scenic views of the Rhine and Klein-Basel.
Topics: Basel, Switzerland, Winnie the Pooh, Al-Ghazali, Mittlere Rheinbruecke, Johanniterbruecke, St....
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Sep 18, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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An autumn walk through Cambridge, Ontario’s, Morva Rouse Park beside Devil’s Creek to its 10 metre cascade into the Grand River. Fall leaves and wildflowers bring colour charm to the scenic landscape and close-up views.  Heise Heights, begun in 1957, was developed on Otto Henry Heise's (1882-1957) farm. The Heise homestead, on Blair Road, overlooks Devil's Creek and the 3 hectare Morva Rouse Park. This parkland was donated to Galt in 1960 by Otto Heise and his wife. Morva Symmonds Rouse...
Topics: Morva Rouse Park, Morva Symmonds Rouse, Gordon Stanley Rouse, Otto Henry Heise, Devil’s Creek,...
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Sep 9, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Chris Haugen’s mandolin and banjo accompany this summer walk through Salmon Arm’s Coyote Park pine and cedar stands in British Columbia’s Shuswap country.  Three kilometres of loop trails navigate this park's hillside pine and cedar stands.
Topics: Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Shuswap country, trails, Western showy aster, Eurybia conspicua,...
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Sep 6, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Early springtime Grand River vistas and Colonial Creek scenes at Waterloo’s Kaufman Flats along the Claude Dubrick Trailway, part of the 42 kilometre mostly riverside Grand River Walter Bean Trail linking Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo. In 1807, Jacob Schneider homesteaded on Snyder Flats, across the river from Kaufman Flats, adjacent to a ford which became known later as Christian Snyder’s Ford for his son who farmed beside it.This ford linked Abraham Erb's 1816 Waterloo mill (replica...
Topics: Walter Bean Trail, Claude Dubrick Trailway, Grand River, GRCA, WBT, Grand River Conservation...
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Sep 3, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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A summer walk along the Montgomery Creek-side trail from Eckert Street to Vanier Drive, past the Kingsdale Community Centre and Wilson Park. Montgomery Creek flows 4 kilometres south from the Stanley Park Conservation Area to its Schneider Creek confluence near Balzer Road. The images include Mallard ducks and wildflower close-ups (with their botanical names). The Kingsdale Community Centre occupied several portables until 2011, when it relocated to its present building, which was the former...
Topics: Montgomery Creek, Montgomery trail, wildflower, Bird's-foot Trefoil, Lotus corniculatus, Chicory,...
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Aug 31, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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A scenic walk along the Montgomery Creek-side trail from Ottawa Street North to Shantz Lane, skirting Kitchener’s Stanley Park Conservation Area forest. The waterc olour-like images, contrasting winter and spring scenes, include wildflower close-ups with their botanical names.  This one kilometre trail, from Ottawa Street North to Shantz Lane, skirts the Stanley Park Conservation Area. The trail continues for another kilometre from Weber Street to Courtland Avenue. Montgomery C reek rises in...
Topics: Montgomery Creek, Montgomery trail, Stanley Park Conservation Area, GRCA, Graber Place, Shantz...
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Aug 29, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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A photo-walk to explore Kitchener, Ontario’s neighbourhoods including the Montgomery Creek trails during these pandemic days brought us to the Wilson Avenue pool beside the Kingsdale Community Centre. Although its colourful mural, which was designed and painted by Paul McDonald and Nicolas Taylor of The Firm in 2016, is beginning to flake and peel, it remains a delightful work of whimsy. It’s been tagged with graffiti in several spots,  but that  doesn’t detract too much from the...
Topics: Kingsdale Community Centre, Wilson Pool, mural, The Firm, Nicolas Taylor, Paul McDonald, Kitchener...
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Aug 28, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Warm afternoon sunlight across Ontario's Niagara Escarpment rolling countryside and the scenic Credit River's Cataract Falls, accompanied by enchanting contemporary piano.  A glacial ice lobe formed the Paris Moraine including this park's kames, rolling terrain and kettle lake. The Credit River cascades 13 metres over Silurian sandstone at Cataract Falls (9 metre crest), eroding a gorge in softer Ordovician shale. Kettle Lake is fed by snowmelt and rainfall. The nearby Niagara Escarpment has...
Topics: Cataract, Caledon, Ontario, Canada, Forks of the Credit Provincial Park, Credit River, Niagara...
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Aug 28, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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T his heritage slide show presents Prescott Ontario' s British-built Fort Wellington and the Battle of the Windmill National Historic Sites during the War of 1812, accompanied by lively fife and drum period music.  The British Army built Fort Wellington in 1813 to defend Prescott (Ontario) after the USA declared war in 1812. Abandoned in 1833, it was rebuilt in 1838 to quell an anti-British rebellion, then transferred to the local militia in 1863. The 1838 Battle of the Windmill involved an...
Topics: Prescott, Ontario, Canada, National Historic Site, Fort Wellington, St. Lawrence River, War of...
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Aug 28, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Colourful floodlights illuminate the majestic, icy Niagara Falls as the Niagara River plunges 50 metres into the gorge below. Scenic sunset and night views.  The Niagara River forms the greatest waterfall in the world by volume. The 3 falls span 1040 m (3010 ft), eroding back from 0.3 to one metre annually. The 1965 Skylon Tower and dusk colour floodlights adorn this icy cataract.
Topics: Horseshoe Falls, Niagara Falls, waterfall, Niagara Parks Commission, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario,...
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Aug 28, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Scenic landscapes and surrounding foliage close-ups. Borer's Creek plunges 15 metres (49 ft) to form Borer's Falls, a ribbon plunge waterfall with an 5 metre (16 ft) crest. The creek powered the Borer family sawmill for a century until its flow diminished with the forest.
Topics: Borer's Falls, waterfall, Hamilton Conservation Authority, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Borer's...
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Aug 28, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Hamilton Canada's scenic Lower Chedoke Falls Falls as it cascades 6 metres over the Niagara Escarpment. Scenic landscapes and Chedoke Creek close-ups.  Chedoke Creek plunges 6 metres (20 ft) to form Lower Chedoke Falls, a curtain waterfall with an 11 metre (36 ft) crest. The creek erodes the underlying soft, red Queenston and grey Rochester shales, undercutting the hard Lockport dolostone caprock to form a steep, narrow block-filled gorge. 'Chedoke' is a Native variant of the English term...
Topics: Lockport dolomite, dolostone, Queenston shale, Lower Chedoke Falls, waterfall, Hamilton...
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Aug 28, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Hamilton Canada's scenic Sherman Falls as it cascades 17 metres over the Niagara Escarpment. Scenic landscapes and Ancaster Creek close-ups.  Ancaster Creek plunges 17 metres (56 ft) to form Sherman Falls, a terraced ribbon falls with an 8 metre crest. In 1798, Richard and Samuel Hatt built their nearby Red Mill gristmill, using the creek to power an 11 metre (36 ft) undershot wheel. Clifton and Frank Sherman, 1912-14 founders of Dofasco steel works, later bought Francis Whitton's estate...
Topics: Sherman Falls, waterfall, Hamilton Conservation Authority, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Ancaster...
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Aug 22, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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“ Even the most beautiful days,” wrote Javan, “eventually have their sunsets.” W atching a golden sky dissolve into twilight from Goderich’s quiet Lake Huron shore.
Topics: sunset, twilight, Lake Huron, Goderich, Topaz Labs, Yanni, Ontario, Canada, Javan, BuzSim
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Aug 22, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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The Kitchener Horticultural Society began developing Rockway Gardens at Kitchener’s former sewage treatment site in 1929, using 2000 tons of rock from the Hamilton area. During those Depression-era years, local homeowners struggling to pay their property taxes contributed their labour instead to construct the six hundred foot rockery. Melodic acoustic guitar accompanies this early summer visit to see Rockway Gardens’ delightful landscapes and floral close-ups .
Topics: horticulture, Kitchener Horticultural Society, Rockway Gardens, rock garden, rockery, flower...
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Aug 22, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Tatyana Ryzhkova’s beautiful guitar rendition of a Johann Bach prelude accompanies these subtly tinted Ontario wildflower close-ups in the opalotype ‘milk plate’ style so popular in the mid-nineteenth century .  Opalotypes are softly coloured pastels or watercolours ‘of  a tender mood’.
Topics: wildflowers, opalotype, Topaz Labs, Tatyana Ryzhkova, Johann Bach, BWV 998
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Aug 22, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Dundas (Hamilton) A painterly view of Canada's scenic B orer's Falls in summer and during the March spring melt as it cascades 15 metres (49 feet) over the Niagara Escarpment overlooking Dundas, Ontario . Music by The Denotes accompanies these s cenic views of Borer’s Creek upstream and at the crest .
Topics: Borer's Falls, waterfall, Bruce Trail, Escarpment Trail, Hamilton Conservation Authority, Niagara...
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Aug 18, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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The icy Grand flows past the scenic 1934 Bridgeport bowstring bridge on our nippy winter sunset walk along Kitchener’s Lancaster Business Park trail section of the Grand River Walter Bean Trail.  Bridgeport grew around a ford of the Grand River at its confluence with Laurel (formerly Beaver) Creek. The 2 kilometre linear Lancaster Business Park trail, part of Waterloo Region’s Grand River Walter Bean Trail, approaches the pump house ruins of the 1907 Berlin Sugar Company factory and...
Topics: Walter Bean Trail, Grand River, Walter Bean Grand River Trail, Lancaster Business Park Trail,...
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Aug 18, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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The Zuiderkerk’s 1614 spire is a distinctive landmark in Amsterdam’s Nieuwmarkt district. Dutch flutist Thijs van Leer accompanies views of this historic church and Zuiderkerkhof neighbourhood.    Rembrandt buried 3 children at the 1611 Zuiderkerk, Amsterdam's first Protestant church. The 1614 spire carillon dates from 1656. Monet painted Zuiderkerk in 1874. Services ended in 1929. Headstones decorate the former Zuiderkerkhof (south cemetery) site, now a residential area.
Topics: Zuiderkerk, Zuiderkerkhof, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Nieuwmarkt, church, spire, gable stone,...
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Aug 18, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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As Dada Vaswani said, “Let us not curse the darkness; let us kindle little lights.” The warm glow of festive holiday lights illuminates Guelph Ontario's snowy Riverside Park.  The Rotary Club of Guelph presents its Sparkles in the Park Festival of Lights annually in December. It begins with a visit from Santa Claus and ends with a New Year's Eve fireworks display.
Topics: Rotary Club of Guelph, Santa Claus, Riverside Park, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, Wellington County,...
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Aug 17, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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The Bissell dam impounds the Grand River in Elora, Ontario, providing scenic reflections of the Bissell pedestrian bridge and the white cedar forest lining the river gorge. Elora Ontario industrialist T. E. Bissell powered his 1894 farm implement factory beside the Grand River. It became Fleury-Bissell Ltd. (1937- 1954). In 1964, Muriel Bissell donated the site to the GRCA, today's 38 acre Bissell Park.
Topics: Bissell dam, Grand River Ontario, Elora Ontario, GRCA, Grand River Conservation Authority, dam,...
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Aug 17, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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The vibrant colours and interesting textural contours of snow-bound autumn leaves up close. Mindful of our steps, we are oblivious to nature's beauty underfoot. Spring's green, fall gold – graceful beauty in winter's snow. The vibrant colours and interesting textural contours of autumn leaves up close is the focus of this nature video.
Topics: March Blumenberg, Langston Hughes, autumn leaves, snow, ice, cold, winter, Kitchener Ontario,...
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Aug 17, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Chosen for their interesting textures one can imagine touching these winter close-ups photographed near Ontario's Grand River. We experience winter through its touch: bracing cold, contrasting textures, squeaky crunch of snow. This video presents Ontario winter images that one can imagine touching to feel their contrasting textures.
Topics: snow, ice, cold, winter, Grand River Ontario, Kitchener Ontario, Auguste Rodin, Waterloo Region
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Aug 17, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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This video presents Fergus Ontario's Wilson's dam near the Caldwell bridge. The impounded river provides scenic reflections of St. Andrew's mill. Dams and mills harnessed the 300 km Grand, notably in Elora and Fergus where exposed limestone forms a gorge. In 1856, James Wilson built an oatmeal mill beside Beatty's dam near today's steel truss Caldwell bridge (1955). The former mill was converted to residences in 1993.
Topics: Wilson's dam, dam, waterfall, Grand River Ontario, St. Andrews Mill, Fergus Ontario, James Wilson,...
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Aug 17, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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The ornately painted exterior of Baden Ontario's heritage Castle Kilbride, a stately nineteenth century Waterloo County mansion being restored to its original splendour.  Scottish émigré and industrialist James Livingstone built his  Italianate-style home in 1877. Its belvedere provides scenic landscape views. In 1988, granddaughter Laura Louise Veitch auctioned its contents to sell her home for development. After languishing for 5 years, Wilmot Township purchased and restored it, attaching...
Topics: NHS, National Historic Site, Castle Kilbride, Baden Ontario, Wilmot Township Ontario, Waterloo...
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Aug 16, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Stockholm’s colourful Gamla Stan (Old Town) historic district on foot including the Parliament, Royal Palace guards, Vasa ship museum and historic churches.  The Old Town (Gamla Stan), on Stadsholmen island, is Stockholm's historic centre. The 1905 Riksdagshuset was replaced in 1983 by new Parliament on Helgeandsholmen. Tessin the Younger created this 1754 palace for King Adolf Fredrik. Riddarhuset, the Dutch Baroque House of Nobles dates from 1647. The Vasa warship sank on its 1628 launch....
Topics: Vasa, Riksdagshuset, Helgeandsholmen, Stadsholmen, Stockholm, Sweden, Gamla stan, Kungliga Operan,...
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Aug 16, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Perched 130 metres above Germany’s scenic Moselle River, Bernkastel-Kues’s Landshut Castle offers colourful panoramas of the vineyard-covered valley slopes below.  A Roman castellum site was rebuilt in 1277 by Archbishop Heinrich II von Finstingen. A ruinous fire burned it in 1692. A path rises 130 metres above the Moselle for panoramic valley views.
Topics: Moselle River, Burgruine Landshut, Landshut castle, Bernkastel-Kues, Bernkastel, Hermann Schreiber,...
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Aug 16, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Colourful c lose-ups of tactile driftwood textures on Port Albert, Ontario's, scenic Lake Huron shore, accompanied by Korean pianist Yiruma’s languid guitar composition.
Topics: driftwood, Yiruma, Topaz Labs, Lake Huron, Port Albert, Ontario, Canada, creative photography
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Aug 16, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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From a quiet Lake Huron shore at Ontario's Port Albert watching, as French composer Claude Debussy said, “a beautiful sunset that was mistaken for a dawn.”  Ontario's Huron County is noted for its great lake sunsets. Crepuscular rays enhance the panorama.
Topics: Canada geese, Port Albert, Lake Huron, Huron County, sunset, Ontario, Canada, Louis Colaiannia
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Aug 16, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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"Christmas is a season," as Sir Winston Churchill noted, "not only of rejoicing but of reflection." Amid the festive lights and sounds of Simcoe's Christmas Panorama, the quiet nativity scene still moves one in such reflection.  Crèches representing Jesus's birth in a Bethlehem stable began with Saint Francis of Assisi in 1223 A.D. An annual event since 1958, Simcoe's Christmas Panorama has illuminated traditional, religious and fantasy displays.
Topics: manger scene, crèche, What Child Is This, John Denver, nativity scene, Jesus Christ, Simcoe...
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Aug 16, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Simcoe Ontario’s festive annual ‘Christmas Panorama River of Lights’ glimmers with a quarter million LED lights around Crystal Lake.  The Simcoe Christmas Panorama began in 1958 with fantasy, religious and traditional displays. Wellington Park's annual 5 week "River of Lights" glows with a quarter million LED lights around Crystal Lake.
Topics: Simcoe Christmas Panorama River of Lights, River of Lights, Christmas Panorama, Christmas lights,...
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Aug 14, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Johann Sebastian Bach’s delightful Brandenburg concerto #1 accompanies these spring and summer wildflower watercolours up close.
Topics: day-lily, rudbeckia, summer flower, wildflower, Fotosketcher, creative visualization, Johann...
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Aug 12, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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An early summer creek-side walk along wildflower-fringed Henry Sturm Creek, leading to the cool shade of Kitchener’s Monarch Woods (mixed woods, about 7 hectares). This 5 kilometre creek drains west-end ponds near Ira Needles Boulevard in the University Meadows neighbourhood and flows east through Victoria Hills, receiving Sandrock Creek near its confluence with Schneider Creek at Victoria Park lake. Local businessman Henry Sturm served on city council (1924-1953), including as Kitchener...
Topics: Henry Sturm Greenway, Henry Sturm Creek, Monarch Woods, Victoria Hills, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada,...
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Aug 7, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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A midsummer walk along the Maitland Trail, through forest and wildflower meadows, leads to Benmiller Falls at Falls Reserve Conservation Area.  This 3 kilometre loop, part of the Maitland Trail, follows the riverbank . I t passes wildflower meadows and the Maitland River's Benmiller Falls.
Topics: Benmiller falls, Maitland Falls, Benmiller, Ontario, Maitland Trail, Maitland River, Falls Reserve...
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Aug 2, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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The visual delight of summer garden flowers in watercolour close-ups.
Topics: day-lily, miniature rose, begonia, campanula, marigold, rose campion, snowball, Viburnum,...
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Jul 27, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Key the Moon’s evocative music accompanies this summer visit to Toronto’s Humber Bay Arch Bridge, an iconic 1994 pedestrian Humber River crossing along the Waterfront Trail, with Lake Ontario vistas.   This 139 metre arch bridge, constructed in 1994 as a Waterfront Trail pedestrian crossing, spans the Humber River at Lake Ontario. T wo tubular arches rise 21 metres. Footings extend 30 metres below.
Topics: Lake Ontario, Humber River, Humber Bay, Humber Bay Arch bridge, arch bridge, Toronto, Waterfront...
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Jul 23, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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The Lang Tanning Company operated from 1849-1954 and grew to become the largest leather producer in the British Empire with 600 employees in 35 buildings at its 2 hectare (5 acre) site bounded by Joseph, Francis and Victoria Streets in Kitchener. The site was chosen for a natural spring which supplied the tanning process, along with hemlock bark from northern Ontario and oak bark from adjacent American states. Faced with growing competition from synthetic materials, Lang Tanning closed its...
Topics: Lang Tanning Company, Lang Tannery, industrial artifact, elevator, wound drum elevator, Lincoln...
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Jul 21, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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A scenic summer visit to the Maitland River Falls at Benmiller Ontario’s Falls Reserve Conservation Area .  The Maitland descends in half-metre steps, 100 metres across, to form a curtain waterfall. A 3 kilometre forest trail leads to it at the MVCA's Falls Reserve Conservation Area .
Topics: Maitland River, Benmiller Falls, Maitland River Falls, hiking, Huron County, Benmiller, Ontario,...
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Jul 21, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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A scenic early autumn visit to the Grand River in Kitchener’s Hidden Valley neighbourhood, across the river from the Deer Ridge Golf Club and the Walter Bean Trail’s Clarica Pathway.  Kitchener’s Hidden Valley, site of the once-controversial River Road extension, has a significant population of Ontario’s endangered Jefferson salamander. River Birch Park and Hidden Valley Park provide shoreline access to the Grand River opposite the Deer Ridge Golf Club and the Walter Bean Trail’s...
Topics: Grand River, autumn, fall leaf color, Hidden Valley, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada,...
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Jul 21, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Johann Sebastian Bach’s beautiful ‘Prelude in C’ accompanies the serenity of Cochem Germany’s St. Martin’s Catholic Church with its contemporary stained glass windows. Destroyed in WW2 and redesigned in a contemporary style in 1955, a Gothic remnant dates to 1456. The original 1733 Baroque tower was rebuilt in 1963. London artists Patrick Reyntiens and Graham Jones created glass windows in 2009. Marc Chagall inspired the confessional chapel panels.
Topics: Moselle River, Pfarrkirche Saint Martin, Catholic Church of St Martin, Johann Sebastian Bach,...
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Jul 21, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Kevin MacLeod's music accompan ies this early springtime w alk along a Kitchener Ontario section of the scenic Grand River Walter Bean Trail at Bridgeport’s Carisbrook Drive Natural Area .
Topics: Grand River, Carisbrook Drive Natural Area, Scouts Canada Camp Mohawk, Walter Bean Trail,...
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Jul 20, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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The visual delight of orange, yellow, striped and double day-lilies ( Hemerocallis fulva ) up-close in a painterly style, accompanied by PeriTune’s tranquil ‘Realm Nighttime’.
Topics: day-lily, orange day-lily, yellow day-lily, double day-lily, Hemerocallis fulva, Hemerocallis...
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Jul 16, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Puccini's heartfelt music accompanies these views of Elmira Canada's 1912 elegant bandshell, which was restored by the community Lion's Club in 2012. It received Waterloo Region's Heritage Foundation award.  A.M. Bowman built Elmira's 1912 Gore Park bandshell based on a design by the Elmira Musical Society. Woolwich Community Lion's Club restored this Woolwich Township heritage building in 2012.
Topics: band shell, Gore Park, Elmira, Ontario, Canada, Woolwich Township, Waterloo Region, Woolwich...
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Jul 16, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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To rose aficionados, roses are the crown jewels of flower gardens. They provide delightful visual and scented beauty to those who look closely.
Topics: garden, gardening, rose, flower, Katherine Lee Bates, Leo Buscaglia
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Jul 16, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Sculptor Timothy Schmalz depicted firefighters sheltered under angels' wings. Bishop Matthew Ustrzycki dedicated the 4 metre sculpture on November 12, 2005. Fourteen bronze helmets inscribed with names of fallen firefighters face the monument. An annual October Civic Square Park service honours the fallen.
Topics: Timothy Schmalz, sculpture, Kitchener Fire Fighters Memorial Monument, Kitchener, firefighter,...
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Jul 16, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Johann Sebastian Bach's elegant “Air” accompanies these beautiful mid- autumn floral close-ups.  Mid-a utumn's frosty nights bring a conclusion to those hardy and colourful flowers that enliven the floral garden, as these close-ups show. Roses, asters, mimulus and more, accompanied by Johann Bach's elegant “Air”.
Topics: gardens, gardening, autumn, rose, flower, autumn aster, mimulus, Johann Sebastian Bach, Air, George...
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Jul 16, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Sweeping landscapes of Lake Superior's north shore Pic River and its windswept sand dunes, with beach and driftwood close-ups accompanied by native funk.  The 150 kilometre Pic River forms sand dunes where it meets Lake Superior. The river deposits the Precambrian hills' sediments and glacial sands into the lake. Driftwood echoes Heron Bay's logging past. Booms were towed to nearby Marathon's mill.
Topics: Ontario, Canada, beach, Pic River, Pic dunes, Lake Superior, sand dunes, Pukaskwa National Park,...
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Jul 16, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Aguasabon Falls is an impressive Lake Superior north shore cataract. This slideshow presents scenic landscapes, local flower close-ups, and dramatic views of the waterfall.  Aguasabon River falls 30 metres (100 ft) over 2.6 billion year granodiorite. The river was augmented with diverted water in 1946 for hydroelectricity, creating the falls.
Topics: Aguasabon Falls, Aguasabon River, Terrace Bay, Ontario, Canada, waterfall, granodiorite, Marcus...
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Jul 14, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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This monochrome slide show features sweeping views of Lake Ontario waves and the Toronto skyline, along with summer shoreline details including local flora and wildfowl .  In 1887, Joseph Thompson bought this 35 hectare (86 acre) site, which became known as T hompson's Wood. His brother, author Ernest Thompson Seton , lived there for a time . Its Lake Ontario beach provides sweeping views of the Toronto skyline 20 kilometres to the northeast. The park is named in honour of Mississauga...
Topics: Jack Darling Memorial Park, Jack Darling Park, Lake Ontario, beach waves, Jack Darling, Joseph...
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Jul 10, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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The Good Family Trailway follows the lower end of Kolb Creek and the Grand River from the end of Ottawa Street North to Old Zeller Drive via Otterbein Drive in Kitchener’s east end. The Good Family Trailway connects with other links upstream at the Peter Hallman family Trailway ( Kolb Park ) and the downstream Woerner Family Trailway ( Woolner Flats ) . The Natchez Hills, part of the Breslau moraine (which includ es the Maryhill and Chicopee kame h ill s ) , form a backdrop. This slideshow...
Topics: Good Family Trailway, Walter Bean Trail, Grand River, Kolb Creek, Natchez Hills, Kitchener,...
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Jul 10, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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These pink miniature climbing rose close-ups are accompanied by classical guitar virtuoso James Bishop-Edwards performing Francisco de Asís Tárrega’s memorable 'Recuerdos De La Alhambra'.
Topics: miniature rose, rosa, climbing miniature rose, Jeanne Lajoie, floral garden, summer flower,...
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Jul 8, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Huma-Huma’s sparkling piano composition ‘Keith’ accompanies these early summer painterly peony close-ups.
Topics: Peony, floral garden, summer flower, Paeonia suffruticosa, Fotosketcher, Hans Christian Andersen,...
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Jul 6, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Pianist Alexander Nakarada accompanies this wintertime hike along Cambridge Ontario’s Grand Trunk Trail from Riverbluffs Park to the Walter Bean Trailhead. Scenic views of the Grand River, Galt Collegiate Institute, Cambridge Memorial Hospital, Devil’s Creek waterfall and the 1879 Grand River Viaduct, with its impressive 5 span, 275 metre length, 23 metres above the icy river.
Topics: Grand Trunk Trail, Grand River, Grand River Viaduct, Riverbluffs Park, Davidson Quarry, Devil’s...
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Jul 2, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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This Clemmer Technologies 1930’s era mechanical punch press is located on the Iron Horse Trail at John Street, Waterloo. Manufactured in Hamilton Ontario by Brown Boggs, it was used to stamp out municipal street signs. Clemmer Technologies, an Albert Street, Waterloo, metal fabricator and division of Steelcraft, donated the press to the Industrial Artifacts Project before the division was closed in 2019. Clemmer began as a King Street mechanical repair shop in the 1920s. Nicholas Rees...
Topics: Kitchener Industrial Artifacts Project, Nicholas Rees, Clemmer Technologies, Steelcraft, mechanical...
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Jul 1, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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The historic 1926 Freeport Bridge spans the Grand River at Schneider Park in Kitchener, Ontario. Its distinctive white concrete bowstring arch design creates a picturesque gateway to the city. This slideshow features scenic and close-up images of the bridge, surrounding foliage, and river reflections.
Topics: Grand River, Freeport Bridge, Schneider Park, Walter Bean Grand River Trail, Kitchener, Ontario,...
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Jul 1, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Located near Cheltenham and Ingleside, Peel Region Ontario, the erosion feature known as the Cheltenham Badlands resulted from poor farming practices in the 1930s, exposing the underlying shale beds. The resultant moguls create an interesting, although fragile, topography. This slideshow presents landscapes and close-up studies.
Topics: Cheltenham badlands, Cheltenham, erosion, topography, shale, badlands, moguls, trail, Peel Region,...
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Jul 1, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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The Walter Bean Trail stretches 78 km along the scenic Grand River from Blair to Orton, Ontario. The Economical trailway, located in northeast Kitchener, follows the river near several old bridge supports opposite Bridgeport. This slideshow features riverine, foliage, and fauna close-ups through the seasons.
Topics: Economical Trailway, Walter Bean Grand River Trail, WBGRT, Kitchener, Ontario Canada, hiking,...
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Jul 1, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Cambridge Ontario's Mill Run trail, at 7.5 km, follows the Speed River (a major Grand River tributary). This slide show includes images taken at the north end of the trail adjacent to Chilligo Creek Conservation Area and the Speed River's Silknit dam. It features floral and forest close-ups.
Topics: Satori River Surround, Mark Twain, wildflower, Mill Run Trail, Cambridge, Ontario Canada, Chilligo...
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Jul 1, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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The elegant trillium, Ontario's provincial wild flower, and the ubiquitous dandelion are two of several subjects in this nature study photographed in a Ministry of Natural Resources forest near Petersburg, Ontario, Canada.
Topics: Petersburg, Ontario Canada, trail, dandelion, Taraxacum, trillium, Dryad’s Saddle, Cerioporus...
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Jul 1, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Located in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, architect Joseph Connolly modelled his 1877 design for the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception on the Cologne Cathedral. His cathedral was designated a national historic site in 1990.
Topics: Guelph, Ontario Canada, Church of Our Lady, Carl Jung, Joseph Connolly, church, National Historic...
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Jul 1, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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The Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service (WR C NS, aka ‘Wrens’) trained nearly 7,000 women for naval service at the Galt Training School for Girls facility (‘HMCS Conestoga’ during the Wrens’ tenure) from 1942-1946. Sculpted by fellow Wren Francis Gage (1924-2017), this statue honouring the Wrens was given to the city of Galt with gratitude in October 1972. Over 3000 attended the unveiling including the artist and Isabel J. Macneill, OC, OBE, CM, the commander of HMCS Conestoga. The...
Topics: Frances Gage, Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service, WRCNS, Jenny Wren statue, Wrens, Idea Exchange,...
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Jun 29, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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A late winter walk through an area rich in Waterloo Region history, along Schneider Creek from Doon Village Road to Huron Road in south-end Kitchener, along land settled by the families of Pennsylvania-German pioneers John Biehn, Dilman Kinzie and Christian Schneider, circa 1805 . Doon ( formerly , Tow Town) inhabit ants included Moses and Joseph Perine who established the Perine F lax M ill ( 1 853, later Doon Twines, Canada Cordage), an industrial complex that occupied the site of today’s...
Topics: Schneider Creek, Schneider Green Greenway, Upper Doon, Perine Flax Mill, jute baler, Moses Perine,...
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Jun 22, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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An early summer walk along Laurel and Forwell Creeks in Waterloo’s Hillside Park, enjoying wildflowers lining its trails. The paved and stone dust paths, linking University Avenue and Lexington Road, pass through stream-side woods, meadows and a woodlot adjacent to the city’s water treatment plant. A one kilometre section was paved in 2014 at a cost of $260,000, despite attempts by environmental protesters to impede the work. They objected to the lack of public consultation over possible...
Topics: Laurel Creek, Forwell creek, Hillside Park, Hillside trail, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, trails,...
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Jun 19, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Muskoka District’s Ryde Lake is typical of Ontario’s Canadian Shield; it is a ruggedly beautiful landscape in contrast with southern Ontario; mixed forest growing among rocky knobs and ridges separated by boggy hollows. Located on the lee of Lake Huron's Georgian Bay, the Ryde Lake area has heavier snows than Ontario's populous Golden Horseshoe 200 km south. Recreation has largely replaced logging and farming. Formed 955 million years ago, then eroded by 4 Ice Ages, these mountain roots...
Topics: lichen, Ryde Lake, Buck Lake, Canadian Shield, Precambrian, Muskoka District, Gravenhurst, hiking...
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Jun 19, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Panoramic landscapes of Muskoka District's Ryde (or Buck) Lake in northern Ontario, interspersed with foliage close-ups. Located in the Georgian Bay Fringe east of Lake Huron, Ryde or Buck Lake typifies land that emerged from the waves of glacial Lake Algonquin after the Ice Age 12 millennia ago. Ancient granitic Canadian Shield ridges rise 17 m (50 ft) above boggy bottoms. Thin soils limit farming, but the Eastern mixed forest of aspen, birch, red oak, white and red pine abound amid cold,...
Topics: lichen, Ryde Lake, Buck Lake, Canadian Shield, Muskoka District, Gravenhurst, hiking, Ontario...
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Jun 19, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Sweeping panoramas of the Grand River Valley through four seasons and its landscape, interspersed with historical structures, wildflower and waterfowl close-ups. The Grand flows 275 km through Ontario's heartland, from Dundalk to Port Maitland, Lake Erie. It occupies aggregate-rich glacial spillways among prime farmland. It has been home for millennia to First Nations, including the Six Nations Confederacy and the Attawandaron who predated them.
Topics: Grand River, Port Maitland, Lake Erie, Dunnville, Taquanyah, Glen Morris, Cambridge, Blair,...
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Jun 19, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Scenic views and close-ups of Belwood Lake in Wellington County, Ontario, interspersed with landscape views and close-up studies of the shoreline vegetation and its surrounding seasonal foliage. The former 1879 Credit Valley Railway linking Belwood (1858) became the Elora-Cataract Trail. The 1942 Shand Dam and reservoir control seasonal flooding. A generator (2009) creates 690 kilowatts of electricity. The reservoir augments summer flows; the GRCA manages the dam and 1350 hectare recreation...
Topics: Grand River Conservation Authority, GRCA, Elora Cataract Trail, hiking, Belwood Lake, Credit Valley...
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Jun 19, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Scenic views and close-ups of Dufferin County, Ontario's Luther Marsh, interspersed with landscape views and close-up studies of the shoreline vegetation and its surrounding autumnal foliage. Luther Marsh is a major headwater source for the Grand River. Threatened with farmland drainage in the 1940's, a 1952 GRCA dam stabilized the river's flow. The surrounding Dundalk till plain was first to emerge after Ontario's last glaciation. The 6500 hectare wetland is a protected wildlife area managed...
Topics: Luther Marsh, Grand River Conservation Authority, GRCA, trail, wetland, Fall color, leaf color,...
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Jun 19, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Scenic views and close-ups of Waterloo Region's historic 1934 Bridgeport bowstring bridge, interspersed with landscape views and close-up studies of the Grand River and its surrounding autumnal foliage.  Two hamlets, Glasgow and Bridge Port, straddled a ford across the Grand River at its confluence with Laurel Creek. A Pennsylvania Mennonite immigrant, Jacob Shoemaker's 1828 dam powered grist and saw mills. John Tyson is credited as the father of Bridgeport when the 2 hamlets merged as...
Topics: Grand River, Walter Bean Grand River trail, Walter Bean trail, hiking Laurel Creek, Fall color,...
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Jun 16, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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“ Every flower,” wrote Gerard de Nerval, “is a soul blossoming in nature.” Enjoying the visual charm of our colourful springtime flowers in a painterly rendering, accompanied by pianist Kevin MacLeod’s contemplative ‘Meditation Impromptu’ composition.
Topics: floral garden, flowers, flower garden, blossoms, peony, rose, Obedient plant, hibiscus,...
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Jun 12, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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This 1.6 kilometre trail links Old Country Drive and Balzer Road in Kitchener’s Country Hills neighbourhood . In the face of some local opposition in 2017, a 400 metre portion of the trail between Homer Watson Boulevard and Fallowfield Drive w as improved and a boardwalk was constructed over wetland behind Brisbane Court at a cost of $400,000. Balzer Creek, a tributary of Schneider Creek, is also being re habilitat ed to repair silting and embankment erosion and restore the creek to a more...
Topics: Balzer Creek Trail, Balzer Creek, Schneider Creek, Country Hills, Kitchener, Waterloo Region...
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Jun 10, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Felix Mendelssohn’s stirring Hebrides Overture accompanies this tour of and around Cochem Germany’s Reichsburg imperial castle on its pinnacle overlooking the Mosel River 100 metres below.  The Reichsburg was built circa 1100 A.D. and it became an imperial castle in 1151 under King Konrad III of the Holy Roman emp ire . Destroyed by the French in 1689, Louis J acques Ravené bought the ruins in 1868 and rebuilt them in the Gothic Revival style as his residence, continued by his family...
Topics: Reichsburg Cochem, King Konrad III, Cochem Castle, Cochem, castle, Gothic Revival architecture,...
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Jun 9, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Mid-spring brings the delightful white and pink colour of 'sakura', the cherry blossom together with its fragrant scent. Evocative of traditional Japanese music, flute and harp accompany these colourful cherry blossom images.  The cherry is one of the first springtime blossoming trees. Ontario's Guelph Arboretum delights the visitor with the sight and scent of delicate white and pink blossoms festooning cherry tree branches above a snowy sprinkling of petals.
Topics: University of Guelph Arboretum, Guelph Arboretum, cherry blossom, Sakura, Guelph, Ontario, Canada,...
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Jun 9, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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A symbol of Guelph's 19 th century rural heritage, the lattice covered wooden bridge over the Speed River is the trail head for the scenic Eramosa River Trail. Built in 1992 as a pedestrian crossing, the lattice covered bridge was built by 400 volunteers of the Timber Framers Guild using traditional construction methods. This wooden single span 37 metre bridge is a tribute to Wellington County's rural heritage.
Topics: Lattice Covered Bridge, Royal Recreation Trail, BuzSim, covered bridge, Timber Framers Guild,...
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Jun 9, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Built in 2007 on Wellington County Road 45 to replace a 90 year old girder bridge, today's sleekly functional 50 metre (165 foot) concrete Glen Allan bridge conveys traffic over Ontario's scenic Conestogo River beside the old bridge abutments.
Topics: Queen's Bush, black slaves, Wellington County, Glen Allan, Conestogo River, Glen Allan Bridge,...
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Jun 9, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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“ If there is magic on the planet,” said Loren Eiseley, “it is contained in water.” An early springtime ice rain glazes the trees surrounding Sem Wissler's 1852 gristmill and the Irvine Creek cascade in Salem, an Ontario hamlet upstream from Elora Gorge.  Sem Wissler's 1852 gristmill was rebuilt after it burned 1924. It operated until 1965 and is a private residence today.
Topics: Wellington County, Salem, Irvine Creek, Wissler's Mill, Ontario Canada, Loren Eiseley, Irvine Creek...
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Jun 9, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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A brisk 7 kilometre spring solstice walk on the popular Elmira Lions Club Lake Trail around Waterloo Region's Woolwich Reservoir, the last of its ice melting, through pine plantations and a sugar maple bush. The 1980 trail passes the 1914 Floradale mill dam and crosses a GRCA 1974 dam impounding Canagagigue Creek, built to control downstream flooding in Elmira.
Topics: Woolwich Reservoir, Elmira Lions Club, Waterloo Region, Canagagigue Creek, hiking, Floradale,...
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Jun 9, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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“ The whisper of the dusk,” said Dean Koontz, “is night shedding its husk.” Watching the gloaming enfold Lake Huron at Ontario's Point Farms Provincial Park.  From a quiet Lake Huron shore at Ontario's Point Farms Provincial Park watching, as French composer Claude Debussy said, “a beautiful sunset that was mistaken for a dawn.”
Topics: Point Farms Provincial Park, Huron County, Lake Huron, sunset, dusk, Ontario Canada, Dean Koontz,...
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Jun 9, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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“ Clouds,” said Terri Guillemets, “are the sky’s imagination.” Japanese sculptor Sofu Teshigahara’s perhaps whimsical ‘Happy Cloud’ is seen framed amid delicate cherry blossoms at Ontario’s Guelph Arboretum.
Topics: University of Guelph Arboretum, Guelph Arboretum, Happy Cloud, Sofu Teshigahara, Guelph, Ontario,...
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Jun 1, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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British Columbia’s Revelstoke Dam, 5 kilometres upstream from Revelstoke at the Columbia River Gorge, generates that province’s second-most electricity. The video slide show presents scenic views of its river setting and the dam structure itself.  This concrete and earthfill dam is 175 metres tall and 457 m wide. It was built from 1978-1984. Its reservoir, Lake Revelstoke, extends 128 km upstream to Mica Dam.
Topics: Revelstoke Dam, Columbia River, dam, Moses Falls, Revelstoke British Columbia, Canada, Sascha Ende,...
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May 29, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Chris Haugen’s bittersweet ‘Fresh Fallen Snow’ accompanies these trillium close-ups. Trilliums bloom on the forest forest in mid-spring before the overhead leaf canopy fully develops. Ontario’s provincial flower, their tri-fold petals, commonly white (with purple or striated variants) , are emblematic of spring. In these painterly images, an inner light seems to emanate from the stamens.
Topics: trillium, Trillium cernuum, wildflower, springtime, Fotosketcher, Chris Haugen, Fresh Fallen Snow
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May 29, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Kitchener's Freeport 7-span concrete bowstring truss bridge is an iconic gateway to the city and emblematic of Waterloo Region.  A. B. Crealock designed this 7-span, 6 pier bridge. Toronto's Campbell & Lattimore built it in 1926. Renovated in 2003, its main span measures 22 metres. Total length is 160 m (525 ft).
Topics: Grand River, King Street bridge, bowstring truss bridge, concrete truss bridge, wildflowers,...
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May 29, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Bridgeport's 5-span concrete bowstring bridge, like the others in the Grand River valley, is an iconic symbol of the Grand and Waterloo Region.  D.J. Emrey designed the 5-span Bridge Street bridge. Storms Contracting Company, Toronto, built it in 1934. Renovated in 2009, its main span measures 25 metres. Total length is 126 m (413 ft).
Topics: Grand River, Bridge Street bridge, bowstring arch bridge, concrete truss bridge, wildflowers,...
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May 29, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Heidelberg Germany's Protestant Church of the Holy Spirit features its richly detailed stained glass windows, accompanied by contemporary renditions of J. S. Bach's sublimely beautiful music.  The late-Gothic Church of the Holy Spirit towers over its Altstadt square. Built 1398-1544, then burned by the French in 1709, it was restored with a Baroque spire.
Topics: Heidelberg, Germany, Neckar River, Church of the Holy Spirit, Heiliggeistkirche, late-Gothic,...
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May 29, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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A visit to Ontario’s Rainbow Falls Provincial Park Rossport campground provides a close-up view of Lake Superior’s rugged Canadian shore granite rocks, sculpted smooth over millennia by waves and ice.  Precambrian volcanoes and palaeo-glaciation shaped Superior's rugged north shore. Waves smooth the rocks. Freeze-thaw cycles break them down into pebbles.
Topics: Rossport, Ontario, Canada, Lake Superior, Schreiber Channel, Casque Isles, Ontario Parks, Rainbow...
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May 29, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Eric Hoffer noted t hat we imitate the reflection of ourselves in other people's eyes. 'Arpegiometry 2'', Canadian composer Anthony Vanderbrugge's evocative electronic music, accompanies these imaginative architectural visualizations .
Topics: Anthony Vanderbrugge, electronic music, Perimeter Institute, architecture, reflections, creative...
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May 29, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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A perennial favourite, t he rose endures through all the seasons of life. Successive blooms delight the senses in each return visit.
Topics: rose, rosebud, flower bouquet, Khalil Gibran
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May 27, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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A mid-May walk through Topper Woods in Kitchener's South Doon area, enjoying sunlit trillium blooms beneath the early leaf canopy. This former farm woodlot, on the flank of the Waterloo moraine, has several wet kettle depressions typical of its glacial origin and was actively logged. It's now regenerating alongside a red pine plantation. The Grand Valley Trail traverses one side of the forest.  This hilly 13 hectare mixed forest drains into nearby Doon Creek. F oot trails wend among maple,...
Topics: Topper Woods, trillium, Trillium cernuum, wildflower, springtime, South Doon, Kitchener, Ontario...
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May 26, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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Kevin MacLeod’s banjo composition accompanies this a midsummer visit to Mapleton Township’s ageing Sideroad 18 ‘bowstring’ arch truss bridge, constructed in 1920 by Fergus, Ontario’s Charles Mattaini, who built about 70 such bridges of his own design in southwestern Ontario, and which have become emblematic of the Grand River watershed.  Measuring 12 metres long by 5.5 metres wide, his design is iconic to the Grand River watershed. Like many such period bridges in Wellington County,...
Topics: Charles Mattaini, bowstring arch truss bridge, bowstring bridge, Yatton Creek, Yatton, Ontario...
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May 22, 2020 Don Drews Fotofan4life
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“ Every leaf,” wrote the English author Emily Brontë, “speaks bliss to me fluttering from the autumn tree.” Quiet mid-autumn woodland scenery rendered in a painterly style , featuring southern Ontario wildflowers and leaf colour, and accompanied by keyboardist Wahneta Meixsell performing her classical composition ‘Allemande’.
Topics: Autumn, leaf color, wildflowers, aster, daisy, creative photography, photo art, Devil’s Creek...