Niagara Falls in Winter

Niagara Falls in Winter

When it gets cold enough in Niagara Falls, the Falls freeze.  Well, they don’t freeze entirely, it has to be pretty damn cold for that to happen. And it has.  But recently it was cold enough for lots of ice to happen.  It was over the Christmas break 2017.  It was very cold and I was amazed/shocked at how many people were out braving the cold.  Likely because the Christmas break is the only time when some can get away with the children.  School and all.  Anyway, it was really cold; so taking photos wasn’t easy on the hands but the resulting photos made it so worth while.

This was all hand held.  Next time I’ll get some kind of gloves that allow me to handle my camera and bring a tripod.  That way I can catch some evening pics with the coloured lights on the ice.

No-one is doing the ‘under the falls’ walk!:

martin glyn jones
Above the Falls: 
marty's road trip

Long exposure without a tripod:

yvonne matheson

These really show the ice and snow:

gwen van kleef

Gwen Van Kleef

Martin Glyn Jones
Evening Lights at Niagara Falls: 
martin glyn jones photos
Cars lined up at the Falls: 

martin glyn jones

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More catch up. This one from Niagara-On-The-Lake.  We arrived in Ontario it was still Summer.  And it stayed that way well into October.  The colours came but the warm weather stayed.  We played tourist to a large extent when we first arrived.  One of the more picturesque places in the area is Niagara-on-the-lake.  
Instead of the classic pics of the horse drawn carriages and the architecture of the old buildings, we did some close ups of the flowers.  Niagara is nothing if not known for its flowers.  Oh yeah, and the wine…:) 
Later I’ll post some from the Botanical Gardens.  They are quite amazing.  It was very late in the year when we went there but still managed to see some roses.  Here are some close ups of the plants around some of the buildings …
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Snowshoeing Niagara Botanical Gardens

Snowshoeing Niagara Botanical Gardens

Great bunch of snow from early this morning…wanted to get in a good hike/snowshoe while it was snowing and before the masses descended.  I figured most would wait until the snow at least stopped.  We went to Botanical Gardens because didn’t have to traverse any nasty roads – they are kinda scary today.  And we have an annual parking membership there.  Mostly overcast but the sun did try and sneak through early in the hike.  
Temperature was about perfect at about -3-4˚C.  This is great for winter hiking.  We have boots that are good for -20˚ to -40˚C and we wear a couple of layers on our legs. I wear long johns and Yvonne wears some snow pants.  As long as our feet aren’t cold we are good to go.

We were at the north end of the park and I saw movement but couldn’t nail it then a couple minutes later we saw a herd of about 30 white tail deer cross a small clearing in front of us.  They went in to the woods at the right and stood real still – I’m sure they thought that we couldn’t see them.  

Our obligatory hiking selfie:

martin glyn jones yvonne matheson
Some cones on the snow trees:
marty's road trip
martys road trip
Winter at the Botanical Gardens:
marty's road trip
martin glyn jones
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Northern Ontario Trip

Northern Ontario Trip

Playing catch up on Marty’s Road Trip.  Moved to Niagara Falls from Calgary in September.  Loaded a trailer and drove across the country.  It was a bit of nightmare and I’m not going into the details of that.  It is an unbelievably beautiful country that we live in.  Normal gorgeous skies in the midwest.  I had driven through Northern Ontario in the winter once a number of years ago.  It was pretty but I was alone and a lot of it was dark.  I know, silly, right!?  This time it was September – not Fall yet and we were forced to travel slowly and with the longer days we were able to experience more of the beauty. 

We stopped for gas at one point and felt like we were back in the ‘50s.  Two young men of High School age filled the tank washed the windows, washed the headlights, asked if we wanted fluids checked all while smiling and being all chatty with us and each other.  We tipped them $5.00.  Made us so happy. These boys obviously didn’t do drugs and we enthusiastically looking forward to life.

The ‘Living Sky’ in the Canadian Prairies…
martin glyn jones in the prairies
Sunset in Northern Ontario
martin jones; yvonne matheson
I love humour…
…and if you are not sure where you are going…
#martysroadtrip #martinandyvonne #northernontario 

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Haunt Manor – Campark Resort – Niagara Falls

Haunt Manor – Campark Resort – Niagara Falls

Haunt Manor opens tonight at Campark Resorts.  I walked around and took a few photos(more to come in the next few days.)  Some of the props are more than a little intense – and this is in the daytime!  I’m pretty sure that I wasn’t alone in the some of the buildings that I was checking out.  There were noises.  And certainly someone or something was watching me…

I was planning on walking about and taking a few photos later at dusk – I’m much less sure that I will do this now…

Haunt Manor runs

September Dates:  Sept. 29, 30
October Dates:  6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

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Hooking up with a childhood friend

Hooking up with a childhood friend

Tom and I grew up together.  Our mums were pregnant at the same time.  We were born a few days apart.  They lived directly across the street.  We hadn’t seen each other since about 1972 and hooked up about 7 years ago – seeing each other once a year up until a couple of years ago. He finally came out to visit with his girlfriend.  She was visiting and really wanted to see the mountains.  We hiked Grotto Canyon and I took them up to Spray Lakes where Tom went in for swim.

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Rawson Lake Hike (Kananaskis) Alberta

Rawson Lake Hike (Kananaskis) Alberta

Trailhead for this hike is about a kilometre from the entrance to the Upper Kananaskis Lake trail.  South end of the lake.  Park in that last parking lot.  You will cross one bridge – then you will come to a fork – take the left one up the mountain.  There is a sign pointing the way.  From there to Rawson Lake it says 2.7 km.  Once you get to the lake is about another kilometre to the other side. Spectacular views from there.  About half the trail from Upper Kananaskis to Rawson is steady climb and the top half is almost flat.  At least a very easy slope.

If you are energetic, at the back end of the lake you can climb up the trail to the peak.  I went about half way but didn’t have enough water with me and was trying to tackle a rock face climb with I was not set up for.  There is a trail to the right of that (about half way up) that is a better bet.  Several people told me that the hike up to the top was about an hour.   I was at that half way point in about 20-25 minutes so that sounds about right.  Was very hot and dusty when I went – middle of the day.  Would be better on a cooler day or earlier or later in the day.

Here are a few pics from the day:

View arriving at Rawson Lake:
Yvonne walking the trail at the top:

Snow cooling off my hot feet after the climb:

This from half way up at the back of Rawson Lake:

Later in the day the water got very still: 
My evening cigar: 

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Millarville (Alberta) Rodeo 2017

Millarville (Alberta) Rodeo 2017

I managed to get out to Millarville to photograph the rodeo again this year.  Sunday this time.  Kinda bright.  Last time I photographed it, was rainy.  Made for great photos but had to be careful with the camera.

Some close ups:

Curios broncos: 

(The idea is to still the bull – you’ll never get me near that!)

Who do you think is winning?

“Oh shit!”

This horse is in the wrong sport – should be jumping.
Barrel Racing: 

Some more close ups:

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