INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY

Today is International Youth Day and my young friend Zac Wagman makes an official stop in Ottawa on his cross Canada ride for sustainable forestry development. Zac started the ride in Victoria, BC and hopes to finish in St. John’s, Newfoundland by late September. Further information is available on the website  https://www.mygreenjob.ca/

Zac and brother Nick Wagman followed by Minister for the Environment, Catherine McKenna

Zac and his wooden bike

Zac addresses the crowd

Congratulations to both Zac and Nick. Best of luck on the rest of the trip!! See you in September.

 

 

 

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Glebe Art Tour 2019 Wrap-Up

Many thanks to the organizer’s of this year’s Glebe Art in Our Gardens Tour! We we’re blessed with a rain free weekend and I was rewarded with a turnout of  well over a hundred appreciative visitors to my back yard.  Very nice opportunity to receive a visit from friends old and new! Thanks to all  for dropping by.

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GLEBE ART IN OUR GARDENS TOUR

Once again, I will be participating in the 2019 version of the Glebe Art in Our Gardens Tour which will take place between 10am and 4pm on Saturday and Sunday, July 6 & 7. Mark the date down in your calendars for your opportunity to meet the artists in the intimacy of their environs and discuss their work.

Further information on all the artists  can be obtained at the following website

www.glebearttour.ca

 

Once again, I’m flattered to be placed number one on the Tour Map. Make sure to visit all and be eligible to win a significant prize. 

Participating artists.

 

If  you’re in the environs of central Ottawa at that time, do drop by for a natter and a drink in my backyard. Looking forward to seeing you there.

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SPRING MIGRATION

Caught some late spring arrivals exploring some crab apple blossoms.

FEMALE BALTIMORE ORIOLE

MALE BALTIMORE ORIOLE

CAPE MAY WARBLER

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DAN AND IVANKA’S WEDDING

Good friend Dan Richardsen married Ivanka Galadza  last weekend.

DAN & IVANKA ON THEIR BIG DAY

Best wishes to the newly weds!!

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NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL

Unbelievable news out of Paris! Notre Dame cathedral has gone up in flames. Below is a rough sketch of the cathedral I made back in the day when I was backpacking through Europe and couldn’t afford a camera. At least I have the memories. Terrible, unthinkable loss. 

NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL FROM THE TOURNELLE BRIDGE

Au revoir, mon ami!!

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JULIAN ASSANGE

Julian Assange was arrested this morning at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, just steps away from the world famous Harrod’s department store in Kensington. This ends a seven year standoff between the UK and Ecuadorian governments.

 

ECUADORIAN EMBASSY, LONDON

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LAST DOOLITTLE RAIDER

Lt. Col Richard Cole, the last Doolittle Raider, has died  at age 103. The end of an era.  AVE ATQUE VALE!

B25 MITCHELL BOMBER

The suicidal Doolittle Raid used modified Mitchell Bombers launched from an aircraft carrier with no hope of recovery to attack the Japanese mainland after the Pearl Harbor attack. The raid did little physical damage but gave the alliance a much needed psychological boost and the Japanese a foretaste of the terrible destruction to come. 

“BILLY” MITCHELL HISTORICAL PLAQUE,  MOUNT BILLY MITCHELL, ALASKA

Billy Mitchell is considered by some to be the father of the modern US Air Force. The plaque above honours his connection to Alaska. 

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UNIVERSITY BOAT RACE

Spent the morning watching the 175th edition of the Oxford and Cambridge Boat race in London. Congratulations to both the Cambridge women’s and men’s crews as the winners of this years event. Well done you!!

CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY BOAT CLUB, RIVER CAM, CAMBRIDGE

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GOLAN HEIGHTS

The Golan Heights have jumped back into the news the last few days.

VINEYARD BELOW THE GOLAN HEIGHTS 

Today the Golan Heights is a centre of viticulture and the region is now better known for its wine than for its war torn past. 

GOLAN HEIGHTS PANORAMA

Despite the clear skies, the sound of rolling thunder and bright artillery flashes on the horizon was proof positive of the civil war in Syria just across the border.

GOLAN HEIGHTS OBSERVATION POST

GOLAN HEIGHTS MINEFIELD

Dangerous leftovers from yesteryear.

GOLAN HEIGHTS GIFT SHOP

In complete consonance with the zeitgeist of the times,  a gift shop in a former war zone.

BURNT OUT RUSSIAN TANK

Remnant of the Yom Kippur war.

ISRAELI TANK OVERLOOKS THE VALLEY OF TEARS FROM THE GOLAN HEIGHTS

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

A gorgeous LA crooner flatters my lens with a pose atop a Chieftan tank. 

Wine and women on the Golan Heights! What’s not to like?? 

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