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An afternoon of geocaching and unexpectedly chasing a storm

August 28, 2016 @ 23:32 By: gordon Category: Geocaching, Out and about, Weather

The sky at the Experimental FarmAfter editing photos for most of the morning, I decided to head out and do a little geocaching. My first find was a puzzle cache in the Experimental Farm that I had solved a while ago but hadn’t gotten around to finding. While there, I heard rumblings of thunder in the clouds to the north and the rain started just as I made it back to the car. (more…)

Weekend geocaching wrap up

April 27, 2016 @ 16:53 By: gordon Category: Geocaching, Out and about

So, I had a busy geocaching weekend.


Night photography

November 29, 2015 @ 01:20 By: gordon Category: Out and about, Photography

I love taking pictures at night because the low light lets you take long exposures and get some rich colours and other effects that you simply can’t get during the day, so I headed out Saturday evening to see what I could find downtown.

People standing around the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill:

Cars and buses on Wellington:




Up a creek with a paddle

October 11, 2015 @ 00:10 By: gordon Category: Out and about

I started writing this on September 26th, but I set it aside because my browser was giving me grief. Apparently, I didn’t return to it until now.

I went kayaking one nice day a couple of weeks ago at Rideau Rowing and Paddling, which is at Chapman Mills. My friend Sarah is the owner and she asked if I minded if she came along. She mentioned there was a small creek a little ways downstream that might be worth exploring. So, off we went.

Paddling a few hundred metres downstream, we found the mouth the creek hidden amongst some reeds. Making our way upstream, we found a number of sheltered docks belonging to a few houses. The water must have been quite deep because there were several motor boats tied up. Heading upstream a bit further, the creek narrowed and took us under River Road and then Leitrim Road.

Continuing upstream, we picked up a few pieces of trash, took some pictures and enjoyed the paddle.

Until the Incredible Stench.

Sarah was about 20 meters upstream of me when I caught a faint whiff of something rotting combined with methane. Judging by her reaction, it was much stronger where she was. Deciding that since the creek was getting narrower, the fact that it looked like there was a tree blocking the way at the next corner, and the Incredible Stench, we beat a hasty retreat.

In all, our excursion up the creek took about 2 hours from the time we left the dock to the time we got back to it.

Hopefully, there will be one nice day to get out for a paddle, but we’re approaching the end of the season and soon she’ll put her fleet away for the winter.

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Watching a satellite being launched

March 28, 2015 @ 14:04 By: gordon Category: Amateur radio, General, Out and about, Photography, Travelling

I used to work in the space field when I was the operations administrator in Satellite Acquisition Services at the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing in the late-1990s. While I programmed various low-Earth orbit satellites to take pictures of the Earth, I never had the opportunity to see a launch in person. On Wednesday, however, that changed. (more…)

Documenting Holland and Scott for OSM

January 04, 2015 @ 14:22 By: gordon Category: Out and about, Photography

A comment on OpenStreetMap about turn restrictions at the intersection of Holland and Scott that I’d resolved was reopened because information on Mapillary suggested there were. (To be fair, there used to be turn restrictions from eastbound on Scott heading into Tunney’s Pasture, but they were lifted a while back.)

So, I headed out into the freezing rain and took a few photos of the intersection: (more…)

This morning’s implosion

July 13, 2014 @ 09:25 By: gordon Category: Out and about, Photography

I headed out to Dow’s Lake this morning to watch the Sir John Carling Building be demolished. Shortly before 7am the sirens went for the last time, there were some booms and the building disappeared from Ottawa’s skyline forever.