Big Ben clock tower, also known as the Great Bell at the north end of Palace of Westminster, London England

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Thank you to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for vacationing on Vancouver Island this holiday… and a huge black eye to the British press for continually bullying this family, including today with their decision to take a new and modern approach to living as Royalty.  I am confident we Canadians will welcome Prince Harry and Meghan and will leave them alone to enjoy life in this country.  This is a picture of Big Ben clock tower, also known as the Great Bell at the North end of Palace of Westminster, London England, taken summer of 2016.

Someone’s Very Merry Christmas House In Mississauga

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Merry Christmas and best wishes to your family and friends. I tried to get the natural elegance of this house to come through, and not sure the picture does it full justice. Light snow and low clouds are providing the nice glow. And kind of wish I could pull that telephone pole out… but maybe that’s what helps make this house feel ‘real’ in the neighborhood.

Vancouver’s Granville Island and Bridges Restaurant from Burrard Street Bridge

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While in Vancouver for work late September, was able to find time for an afternoon walk along the board walk and partway across the Burrard Street Bridge for this picture. We are looking into False Creek, Granville Island and the (famous?) Bridges restaurant painted yellow. Vancouver is a pretty sweet city to visit, particularly on days like this with the fresh ocean air.

Johnny Reid My Kind Of Christmas Tour In St. Catharines

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Fantastic performance by Johnny Reid this past week in St. Catharines, singing only Christmas songs from his ‘My Kind of Christmas’ tour. This was my first introduction to Johnny Reid and will say he did not disappoint. More than any singer I’ve seen – ok similar to Sarah McLachlan – he has a way of involving the audience that makes you feel part of the show. Guess it helps there were a cozy 3,500 people in the arena 🙂

Atlanta Braves’ Chop House baseball field seen from Omni Hotel at the Battery district

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Looking into the Atlanta Braves baseball field, known as the Chop House, from the Omni Hotel in the Battery district of Atlanta.  Its the end of October in this picture, and into the World Series featuring the Astros and Nationals.  The Braves last played September 29. The ballpark looks fantastic and ready for another game.  Kind of wish our SkyDome/Rogers Centre had this feel!

Cottage Life On North Muldrew Lake, Gravenhurst

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Can someone call up Cottage Life magazine and tell them we have their next front cover right here? Sometimes the lighting and mother nature just works in your favor… Very thankful to our friends for hosting us this weekend at their cottage on North Muldrew Lake, south of Gravenhurst.  Sunset was at 4:56pm and this is around 5:15pm Saturday, during a period called blue hour. It works particularly well when there is fresh white snow to reflect the light.  Going to print this on canvas as a thank you gift!

Day break over 16 Mile Creek

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We are a few minutes after 8am on Saturday October 26, standing on the Dundas street overpass looking south down 16 Mile Creek. The sun came over the trees about 15 minutes ago, slowly bringing light and life as the birds got going. Mist from the creek rose and a sun haze stretched out across the tree canopy.

Bracebridge Fall Fair Horses: Equally curious of the camera as I was of them

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Two horses paid a fair amount of attention to me as I walked by while at the Bracebridge fall fair. My own curiosity picked, I took a few pictures and then watched them watch me for quite some time. Looking at the photo afterwards, it sure feels like they want to start a conversation. Or maybe their trying to say ‘leave us alone’!

Peak fall colors this week in lake of bays township

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We hit peak color this week in the Baysville area, punctuated by a bright sun and shadows of the forest. This is along Browns Brae Road, a gravel route connecting a few of the lakes in the Lake of Bays Township.

Sharp-shinned Hawk on its Migration over Hawk Cliff, Lake Erie

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Had my initiation into the world of hawks and falcons a few weeks back when visiting Hawk Cliff on the north shores of Lake Erie to watch the migration. This is a Sharp-shinned Hawk, distinct for its three white stripes on the tail, plus stripe bands on the underside of the wings. Was fortunate to grab pictures of Red-tailed Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Bald Eagles, and an American Kestrel. And the one I missed while fumbling with the camera… a Northern Harrier.

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