BOSOX WIN!!

Last night, the Boston Red Sox won the 2018 World Series in Los Angeles. Congratulations to the BoSox!! They are a talented team that will be contending for years to come.  However, I’m a little disappointed as I was hoping for a series return to Fenway Park so I could reminisce about my memorable tour through that historic venue a couple of weeks ago.

My quibbles aside,  I’m guessing that the eager BoSox fans pictured above are more than happy with the result.

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DONALD STOVEL MACDONALD

Donald MacDonald, one of Canada’s senior statesmen, has passed. Mr. MacDonald was my High Commissioner during my posting to London. 

CAMBRIDGE ICE HOCKEY REUNION

End of an era in more ways than one. MacDonald, a prominent Liberal politician, who had served Prime Ministers Pearson and Pierre Trudeau, was appointed to London by conservative Prime Minister Mulroney……. a crossing of the political divide that would be unthinkable in today’s poisoned political environment. 

AVE ATQUE VALE!

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FALL CRUISE

I participated in a fall cruise from Montreal to Boston with stops along the St. Lawrence, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New England. 

MS ROTTERDAM

Our ship was the MS Rotterdam of the Holland America Line.

VIEW OF MONTREAL FROM THE GRAND QUAI

RAINBOW OVER THE PORT OF MONTREAL

We’re off to a propitious start as we pull out into the mighty St. Lawrence!!

ST. LAWRENCE RIVER TRAFFIC

VIEW OF THE PORT OF QUEBEC FROM THE CITADELLE

Our ship the Rotterdam is docked behind the Queen Mary 2 and is seemingly dwarfed by the bigger ship.

QUEEN MARY 2

The Queen Mary 2 seems to be in for a rather too warm welcome front of Quebec City’s original fortifications!

QUEBEC CITY FORTIFICATIONS

FORTUNATELY THE NATIVES ARE FRIENDLY!!

UMBRELLA COVER IN THE LOWER TOWN

CASSE-COU STAIRS IN QUEBEC CITY’S LOWER TOWN

SUNSET ON THE ST. LAWRENCE OFF THE GASPE

Departing Quebec for the Maritimes.

 

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THE GREEN MONSTER

Today is the start of the American League Championship series between the Boston Red Sox  and the Houston Astros at Fenway Park.

Last weekend while visiting Boston, I was fortunate to take a tour of  historic Fenway, the oldest park in major league baseball.  On the brief walk from the Harvard Club to Fenway, I encounter the “Big Papi” bridge. Must be getting close!!

DAVID ORTIZ BRIDGE

BOSTON FROM THE DAVID ORTIZ BRIDGE

DAVID ORTIZ DRIVE

Does David Ortiz own this town or what??

LANSDOWNE STREET

Finally I arrive! Welcome to Fenway Park!!  The  rear end of the “Green Monster” can be seen in the middle of the picture. Balls hit out of the park over the Green Monster land in Lansdowne Street. 

FENWAY WALL MURAL

VIEW OF DOWNTOWN BOSTON

 

THE GREEN MONSTER

So called “monster” because it takes a monster of a drive to clear the wall’s 37 foot height. Season tickets cannot be obtained for seating atop the Green Monster. All tickets are sold on a lottery basis for each game day. Good luck with your application!!

GREEN MONSTER SIGN

GREEN MONSTER SEATING

 GOING FOR GLORY…….. OR JUST LIVING DANGEROUSLY??

Young Red Sox fan sits precariously atop the Green Monster. Don’t lean back!!

FENWAY FARMS

Vegetables atop the stadium!! In the background can be seen the Vineyards where the more upscale fan can enjoy his cheese and chardonnay rather than rub shoulders with the beer and hot dog crowd. “Diversity is our strength!!”

BASEBALL’S OLDEST SEATS

In one historic section of the park they still use wooden seats (the only ones in Major League Baseball) dating from the 1930’s.

TED WILLIAM’S RED SEAT

Landing spot of Ted William’s famous 502 foot blast. Game day tickets for this seat can only be obtained by lottery. 

BOSOX TEAMMATES

Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Johnny Pesky and Joe Dimaggio

I certainly enjoyed my tour of Fenway Park. Great value for the money. Check it out the next time you’re in Boston.

GO RED SOX!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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AERO GATINEAU-OTTAWA

I attended the AERO Gatineau-Ottawa Airshow on Saturday, September 15. Great event to photograph iconic aircraft from the last two world wars.

CANADIAN ASTRONAUT CHRIS HADFIELD ON HAND TO MEET THE PUBLIC

Re-enactor Jean Phillipe welcomes you to the airshow in front of a Supermarine Spitfire.

Airshow starts with sky divers

HARVARD TRAINER

Harvard aircraft with Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield in the rear seat.

CORSAIR

TAKE OFF OF A P-51 MUSTANG

SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE

WORLD WAR TWO FLY BY OF A CORSAIR, SPITFIRE AND P-51 MUSTANG

GREAT WAR DOG FIGHT

The Red Baron is pursued by a Nieuport!!

SOPWITH CAMEL

FAIREY SWORDFISH

The lowly Fairey Swordfish struck a fatal blow to the BISMARK by damaging her rudder with a torpedo which condemned the German raider to the artillery of the Royal Navy.

 

 

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TO BEE….

…or not to be? That is the question! 

 Shakespeare in the back garden!!.

The acquisition of the new Nikon D850 has rekindled my interest in macro photography. Amazing what life and death struggles are going on in my   own garden!! Who needs to go to Africa??

CRAB SPIDER

The eponymous Crab Spider. Note the perfect colour match  of the chamelion like body stripe with my patio rose-coloured Mandevilla.

CRAB SPIDER WITH HONEY BEE

Crab spiders are a formidable predator relying on patience and stealth to take down much larger victims without the aid of a web. Prey are quickly  dispatched with venom. 

SPIDER ENTOMBS FLY

FLYING ANT

HEMARIS THYSBE

Almost the size of a small  hummingbird, I spotted this creature while visiting a friend’s garden tour. I have seen them before in southern Ontario, but this was the first I had seen in the Ottawa area. 

 

 

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RUBY THROATED HUMMINGBIRD

A Ruby-Throated Hummingbird has a nest in Mud Lake, Ottawa.

HUMMING BIRD NEST

There are two chicks in the nest. Here, one has its beek pointed skyward.

TWO CHICKS PEER OUT

MOM’S ARRIVAL

FEEDING TIME

Chicks are fed every 15-20 minutes.

JUNIOR TRIES HIS WINGS

HOME SWEET HOME

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ISRAELI BIRDS

While far from a birding trip per se, I did manage to snap a few photos of some birds seen along the way. 

SPUR-WINGED PLOVER

This handsome fellow with the glaring red eye was snapped on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.

LAUGHING DOVE

Photographed at Tiberias.

TRISTAM’S STARLING

A specialty of the desert area around the ancient hill fort of Masada. 

HOODED CROW

This species can be seen just about everywhere in Israel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DOWNED PILOT EXTRACTION

As part of the airshow, the Israeli Air Force put on an impressive demonstration of a downed pilot rescue mission. 

FIREWALL

A firewall is placed between the downed pilot and the “unfriendlies”.

ARRIVAL OF TWO AH-64 ATTACK HELICOPTERS

 

COVERING FIRE

The attack helicopters provide covering fire for the rescue operaton. NB: Note the smoke and falling spent casings of the heavy machine gun.

BLACKHAWK RESCUE HELICOPTER

Finally, a Blackhawk helicopter complete with SWAT team swoops in to retrieve the downed pilot. 

 

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STATIC DISPLAY

Prior to the air show we availed ourselves of the opportunity to peruse the impressive static display featuring both operational and historic aircraft. 

STATIC DISPLAY

ATTACK HELICOPTER

C-130 MILITARY TRANSPORT

C-130 IMPROVED VERSION

IRON DOME MISSILE POD

SPITFIRE AND ALPHA JET

A-4 SKYHAWK

BLACKHAWK HELICOPTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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