Sunday, April 27, 2008

New Growth

It's really amazing how fast the spring plants grow once the snow has gone. The weather has been hot for spring, and the plants have sprouted with amazing speed. It seems like only a few days ago, the trees were bare, and the forest floor was nothing but crushed fallen leaves. I photographed these wild leeks this morning, as well as the trout lily below -- my first spring flower of 2008.

. . . Rob Williams

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Recent Work: The villiage of Pakenham from the five-span stone bridge

This photograph shows the village of Pakenham in eastern Ontario from an arch in a five-span masonry bridge over the Mississippi River (the Canadian version is much smaller than it's American cousin). The bridge was built in 1901, and is evidently the only stone arch bridge in North America with five masonry arches.

. . . Rob Williams

Monday, April 7, 2008

Spring, finally.

Spring is finally here, at least for a while. The massive snow pack is melting, and the rivers are filling up. Fortunately, the snow isn't melting too fast, so the risk of flooding isn't too high around here. The photograph above is from the Hog's Back Falls which is on the Rideau River inside Ottawa's city limits (for other photographs of these falls, see Ottawa is actually in the middle of a fault zone, and Hog's Back is located where a fault line crosses the Rideau River. It's a small but spectacular falls in the summer, and the volume of water in spring is amazing.

This photograph is a combination of a photograph of the water using a slow shutter speed (1/10s), with a photograph with a high shutter speed (1/500s). It combines the smooth lines of the blurred water with the sparkle of the high-speed image.

. . . Rob Williams