It is interesting to keep returning to the same spots through the four seasons. Today I noticed that with all the foliage down, I could now see from a slightly different position a view of the Sturgeon River, little more than creek sized, that during the full grown season was invisible. This section of the river was the water supply for a 17th century Huron village. A haunting spot.
Earlier in December this year the bay had begun to ice over almost completely but then the daytime temperature rose above freezing and the ice changed state back. Colder temperatures returned since this shot and the ba y is iced with a thin solid cover as of Dec. 29th.
if you click the image you will jump to my flickr account and will find in the Tugfest set several more shots taken at Tugfest 2013 this morning in Midland, Ontario, Canada. Nikon DSLRD3100 mostly with the 18-55mm lens.
The Ross rifle was a straight-pull bolt-action 0.303 inch calibre rifle produced in Canada from 1903 until the middle of the First World War.
Although the Ross .303 was a superior marksman’s rifle, it performed poorly in the dirt and mud of trench warfare and often jammed. After numerous complaints by troops it was replaced in the three Canadian Divisions by the Lee-Enfield. Some Ross rifles remained in use by snipers.
The Ross Rifle was selected for use by the Canadian Army by Sam Hughes.
The rain stopped after overnight steadiness and I headed off along Highway 12 for the Fall Fair at Orillia but soon after I began the monsoon avalanched heavy rain. So I stopped partway to Orillia and had lunch at Tiffany’s Restaurant in Coldwater, Ontario.
I ended up in conversation with a senior couple and their daughter. He is 88 years old and was a truck driver for Canadian Ordnance Corps in Northeast Europe. He described meeting a school buddy in Ghent who was too embarassed to admit he that he was shot in the buttocks during the Battle of the Hochwald Forest (Operation Veritable and Operation Blockbuster).
from the wikipedia article “After the war, General Dwight Eisenhower, the Allied Supreme Commander, commented this “was some of the fiercest fighting of the whole war” and “a bitter slugging match in which the enemy had to be forced back yard by yard”.”
This gentleman weighed 140 lbs when he went in the Army and weighs that today. It was a great pleasure and privilege to speak with a World War Two veteran. This gentleman has a razor sharp memory. We talked about lake levels in the Great Lakes and fierce local weather. He has an avid interest in weather and runs his own home weather station. He remarked on the extreme low pressure that followed a harsh storm that blew through on Friday, barometric pressure was as low as that experienced with hurricanes.
old signs on side of store front in Coldwater, Ontario
This fish trap hangs inside the blockhouse near the entrance to Ste. Marie Among the Hurons, reconstructed fortified French mission 1640s era. Midland, Ontario, Canada. It measures about 3 feet in diameter at its widest point and here is collapsed, in use it would be pulled out to its full length, placed in the river or lake and the fish would enter the wide mouth and end up trapped in the narrow end. Of wood stick construction.
I have to confessI had a moment in episode two where I was pleading to the tv screen begging Emily Mortimer to stop yelling. But Using Rogers On Demand I rejoined the show and got caught up in three episode bursts this week. Tonight I watched the finale to season one. It was a terrific finale and ended with a lift not the usual dark and brooding cliffhanger. I am thinking of NCIS.
I have half admired John McCain till the quote they showed of him stating the US is historically a Christian based government. I am a Canadian and pay some attention to American history and politics and even I know that the founding fathers separated churh and state. Religious tolerance. The denial of facts, the vicious political climate that is not just polarized but is heading to something more like the US in 1859.
I look for Aaron Sorkin to do even more next season.