iPhriday/iSaturday – A Week in Southern Ontario

Sunset over dormitory accommodation at Unicamp

My daughter asked me to join her at Unicamp of Ontario for a week to help with my grandchildren. So I did. We stayed in a ‘dorm’ and got our food in a communal dining hall. 

On the drive from Kitchener to Honeywood there are dozens of windmills between Elmira and Shelburne.

Afternoon Windmills

Sundown windmills on the way home.


One of the camp activities was caving in the rocks of the Niagara Escarpment. My brave eight-year old grand went through every one.

Charlotte waits her turn to enter ‘The Dungeon’

It was very, very, very hot all week. When it rained on our last afternoon, the six-year old put wet handprints on the dark paint.

Cedar A with Callum handprints

The reason I was asked to help was the youngest grand: a 20-month old, never-stops, already-terrible two. He’s the blonde on the right.

Karma the goat being admired by the toddlers and helpful future babysitters.


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Yesterday I walked two of my grands to school: CEMB is 7 and in grade 2, CCAB is 5 and in Senior Kindergarten. Full disclosure: because they were up and had had breakfast and got themselves dressed quickly, I had them out the door an hour too early.  I didn’t notice this until I realized there was no one else around in the fog. 

CEMB insisted we keep going rather than go back home. So we took our time, played I SPY, took pictures, found a ball in a ditch and played catch and soccer, and made  the rounds of the school playground equipment (twice.) 

   
I took the more scenic, still-foggy route home.

Gray Days and Coffee is hosting a regular iPhriday exhibit here.  Check out what others posted this week.

Photos from an iPhone 6, two edited in Waterlogue, the others in “Photos.”

Painterly Weeds

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The weed shown above grows on the roadside of Route 20 (Autoroute Jean Lesage) from Riviere du Loup to Montreal and again on the 401 in Ontario from the Quebec border to the outskirts of Toronto. Obviously an invasive, and from a quick Google search, I would say it is Phragmites australis or some other species of Phragmites.

There’s an article here on its invasiveness in Ontario.

But does it ever make for some nice photographs. With a bit of tweaking (clarity, and more contrast) in Lightroom these photos look like paintings.

Doon weed-7416

Doon weed-7417

As with the two previous posts, these were all taken in the Doon Creek Natural Area in southwest Kitchener.

For the next photo, a repeat of the previous one, I used an “old polar” preset in Lightroom but also upped the whites and highlights because it had been a dull dark day.

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And for this one I used the Antique preset and also added contrast and increased the highlights.

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Doon South – Flora

Dipsacus sylvestris (Teasel)  This does not grow on PEI.

Dipsacus sylvestris (Teasel) This does not grow on PEI.

While I was in Kitchener, Ontario, for Christmas, visiting my two-week old grandson, his siblings and parents, I took some time to explore the many paths and bridges which weave through a large residential area (subdivision?) just north of the 401 and the New Dundee Road.  The open areas are meant to control storm water and, in so doing, provide marsh and field habitat for birds, deer (seen two years ago, but may be getting forced out by the relentless construction of houses) and probably smaller mammals.

This post has a selection of seed heads and dried flowers from that walk.

No idea what these are; we don't have this plant in Prince Edward Island.

No idea what these are; we don’t have this plant in Prince Edward Island.

Pussywillows, cat tails, rough winds, no roses….

Pussy willows in late December...May  mean that  this plant will not do well in the spring since it has been very cold since then,

Pussy willows in late December…May mean that this plant will not do well in the spring since it has been very cold since then,

Typhaceae (Cat tail)

Typhaceae (Cat tail)

The little bit of colour on that gray day came from sumac, cranberries and the red stems of shrubs.

Rhus typhina (Staghorn sumac)

Rhus typhina (Staghorn sumac)

Probably Viburnum trilobum, (high bush cranberry)

Probably Viburnum trilobum, (high bush cranberry)

Only a couple of the plants looked better in black and white.

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Daucus carota (Queen Anne's Lace)

Daucus carota (Queen Anne’s Lace)

Grate Depth

Pardon the pun.

Doon South, Kitchener

Doon South, Kitchener

My next few posts will be from a walk I took between Christmas and New Year’s in Kitchener, Ontario.  Other than the fact that I was on a manufactured trail with wooden bridges, this is the only non-natural item that caught my eye.

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Other ‘depth’ interpretations from this week’s WordPress photo challenge can be seen here.

Evergreen Brickworks Snow

It had just started to snow when I was shown the small, cozy skating rink.

It had just started to snow when I was shown the small, cozy skating rink.

While we were at the Brickworks: looking around, buying supper ingredients at the Farmers’ Market, buying ABEEGO wraps at the shop, having coffee and having lunch, it snowed about three inches!

Toronto Brickworks

Some of the outdoor art installations.  And the abandoned patio.

Some of the outdoor art installations. And the abandoned patio.

VA are the first two letters in Valley, i.e. the Don Valley Brickworks.

VA are the first two letters in Valley, i.e. the Don Valley Brickworks.

And as we left you could hardly see the buildings on the other side of the Don Valley.

The Don Valley

The Don Valley. Good thing the car had new snow tires!