Electric no more

Bits and pieces.

Bits and pieces.

I have not had my camera out for months so went down a nearby road to relearn the controls. Lots of downed fencing…thanks to snow plows and neglect. The first four photos are around a field that hasn’t held cattle for several years.

Tangled in the fencing Ross Road, Vernon Bridge mid-April

Tangled in the fencing: Ross Road, Vernon Bridge, mid-April

Knocked over by a plow; Ross Road, Vernon Bridge.

Knocked over by a plow; Ross Road, Vernon Bridge.

End of the line. Vernon Bridge mid-April

End of the line. Ross Road, Vernon Bridge,mid-April

The last one is at the corner of a horse paddock where they intentionally dropped the wires for the winter and will put them back up when they bring the horses back from their winter barn.

A place to park your recycling - Vernon Bridge mid-April

A place to park your recycling – Vernon Bridge mid-April

I’ll be taking a two month break from Wordpress, except for a few pre-scheduled posts about Cuba.  I will also take a break from looking and commenting on other people’s blogs. We’ll be on vacation, attending a graduation, and doing some major downsizing and work around our house.  Thanks to all my followers and friends. I will be back.

My neighbourhood in B&W

Winter on the farm.

Winter on the farm.

“Mon pays, ce n’est pas un pays, c’est l’hiver”
Gilles Vigneault

Now that I have a more portable camera, I often take it when going for a walk in the neighbourhood. There are farm fields around us and farms nearby.  The Seal River is the pure white swath in the photo below.

Farm fields in snow.

Farm fields in snow.

The margins of the rivers provide shadows and angles, water and ice, reflections and dried grass.

A rising tide floats all ice.

A rising tide floats all ice.

And geese. A photographic challenge every year. There are about 3000 of them in the river overnight each night.

Catch them landing with the setting sun making their bellies glow? Not this day. But I’ll keep trying. The day these were taken most of then came back when it was almost dark. These were the early arrivals.

Stealth fighters coast in to land.

Stealth fighters coast in to land.

Can you find the one walking on water?

Landings reflected in the Vernon River.

Landings reflected in the Vernon River.

More walking on Water.

More walking on Water.

Keep watching for more geese. I got carried away last weekend.

Farming, Fishing and Coal

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This post is a selection of ‘rural’ shots taken during our cruise upriver from the Three Gorges Dam to Chongqing.

Fishing weirs (above shot and below) had a wheel which reminded me of a spinning wheel:

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Hillsides were steep and some were terraced for farming, though this was not a common sight.  Agricultural land now flooded would have been much more productive and easy to work.  Do these retaining walls really work?  Only time will tell; there have already been major landslides in the three gorges.

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Coal was delivered and stored at waterside and hauled up steep hills and over mountains.  It would have been a lot easier before the dam.

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Temples or shrines were also seen.

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And construction work took place on steep slopes.

Note the switchback trail leading up over the pass and the pack horse at the first turn at the lower right.

Note the switchback trail leading up over the pass and the pack horses at the first turn at the lower right.

A closer view of the previous scene.  Workers finish a retaining wall above the dock and packhorses round the first bend of the switchback road.

A closer view of the previous scene. Workers finish a retaining wall above the dock and packhorses round the first bend of the switchback road.

Next post: Gorgeous gorges