ST. PATRICK’S DAY

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

SECOND CLASS WASH HOUSE, GROSSE ISLE, QUEBEC

An image from a less happier time, the second class wash house served immigrants forcibly quarantined on Grosse Isle in the St. Lawrence. Thousands of Irish did not survive the ravages of the European cholera outbreaks that they brought with them to the New World and were buried on what is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site

MEMORIAL TO FALLEN CANADIAN DOCTORS

Memorial to the brave and dedicated doctors who died delivering care to the afflicted and who now lie with their patients.  Ave Atque Vale!!

 

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ST. DAVID’S DAY

Happy St. David’s Day to all my Welsh friends.

KAYAKS ON LAKE VYRNWY

HIKING MEMORIES OF WALES

CHIRK CASTLE GARDENS, WELSH MARCHES

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WORLD HIJAB DAY

Remembering Aqsa. Gone but not forgotten.

AQSA PARVEZ MEMORIAL, PELHAM, ONTARIO

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HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day.

YAD VASHEM CATTLE CAR MEMORIAL, JERUSALEM

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ROBBIE BURNS DAY

Happy Robbie Burns day to all my Scottish friends.

HAGGIS ADDRESS

HIGHLAND DANCER IN FULL FLING

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FEAST OF SAINT STEPHEN

Today is the 26th of  December, or Boxing Day throughout most of the Anglosphere.  It is also celebrated as the Feast of St. Stephen in many Christian jurisdictions and features prominently in my favourite Christmas carol, Good King Wenceslas. 

Stoning of Saint Stephen by Giovanni Battista Lucini

Stephen was the first Christian martyr and was stoned to death in front of the gate subsequently named after him in Jerusalem’s Temple Mount shown below in an image I captured last July.

SAINT STEPHEN’S GATE, TEMPLE MOUNT, JERUSALEM

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DAVEY TREE CALENDAR 2019

The Davey Tree company, established 1880 and North America’s oldest and largest tree service company, has just released their 2019 promotional calendar, “The Trees of Davey“. The calendar presents a spectacular display of 12 remarkable trees throughout North America currently under the care of Davey. For the month of October, they have used my image of the Comfort Maple (Canada’s oldest sugar maple ) in Pelham, Ontario. 

All subsequent images copyright of The Davey Tree Expert Company.

 

THE TREES OF DAVEY

THE COMFORT MAPLE

QUOTE FROM THE CALENDAR

“TREES REDUCE STRESS: The longer you stay in a park filled with trees, the less stress you feel. Unwind as you look at Ontario’s Comfort Maple. Situated on a serene nature preserve, it provides the perfect place for a getaway”. 

I couldn’t agree more!!  Check it out the next time in you’re in Niagara.

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SPITFIRE

Sad news out of Yellowstone today. Wolf 926F, otherwise known as “Spitfire” of the Lamar valley pack, was shot outside the perimeter of the park.  

This incident recalls my encounter with a member of the pack during my last visit to Yellowstone a few years back. 

FIRST SIGHTING

At extreme distance I spot a single black wolf harassing buffalo in the Lamar valley. 

I break out a telephoto lens to capture a closer shot of the encounter. OK, I’ve seen a Yellowstone wolf and this is probably as close as it gets. Or so I thought!

COYOTE HUNTING VOLES

The next day I spot a cooperative coyote hunting voles under the snow in an open meadow of the Lamar valley.

SNUFFLING OUT THE PREY

DINNER IS SERVED!!

COYOTE RUNNING FOR HIS LIFE

All of  a sudden I spot another coyote running at full tilt toward me.  I swing the camera around to catch the action. What’s all this about I muse as I excitedly click away.

PANICKED COYOTE

It’s rare for a wild animal to be running straight towards you and I was so concentrated on the coyote that it wasn’t until moments later that I realized what was causing all the fuss. 

BLOOD THIRSTY WOLF IN HOT PURSUIT

A wolf, fresh from a kill that the coyote had foolishly tried to dispute, was in full pursuit. Holy Cow!! Both animals are coming straight for me.  In the open meadow, the only refuge for the coyote is my car, parked on the road just behind me. Had I had both rear  doors open, I’ll swear both animals would have run straight through!!

SPITFIRE?

Whether the wolf that day was the famous Spitfire or merely one of her Lamar Valley offspring, I’ll never know.  Nevertheless, thanks for the memories Spitfire, it was a hell of a thrill!!  AVE ATQUE VALE!!

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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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