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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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!! … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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ISRAELI AIR SHOW

As part of the Air Force Graduation ceremony, the IDF put on a spectacular airshow for the visitors. BLACKHAWK HELICOPTERS Blackhawk helicopters start the show with a flypast of the flag of Israel and the flag of the Israel Defence … Continue reading

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ISRAEL AIR FORCE GRADUATION CEREMONY

One of the highlights of my trip was the visit to the Israel Air Force Centre for the graduation ceremony for new pilots of the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) on the 70th anniversary of the Israeli Air Force. In a country … Continue reading

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