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Spring around Manotick

It’s amazing how quickly the weather changes around here.  Earlier this week, we had a massive fall of new snow, followed by rain.  By the end of the week, however, the snow had melted, and the temperature soared into the 20s.  Last night we barbecued hamburgers on the back patio!

One of the consequences of a fast melt is that the rivers get very high.  I jumped out of bed this morning, grabbed my camera and shot a few photos of the spring sights in and around Manotick.   Enjoy!

These are crocuses sprouting in A.Y. Jackson Park, on the island.

A shot of Watson’s Mill, from the park. 

Here’s a close up of the dam.  The water is fairly bursting through.

A little downstream from the dam, you can still see the ferocious motion of the water. 

Here’s a red-wing blackbird, heckling me from a tree while I was taking my photos.

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  • Jason Yeung April 21, 2007, 11:21 am

    Very nice pictures Alec. What were these taken with?

    – Jason

  • Alec April 21, 2007, 12:28 pm

    Nikon D50. The water pictures were all shot on long exposures — half second or so — to capture the effect of the motion in the water. As a result they were all overexposed, and had to be level corrected afterward.

  • Miriam April 21, 2007, 8:03 pm

    Wow, nice pictures! It's been grey, cold and rainy in the bay area over the last couple of days.

  • Alec April 22, 2007, 4:11 am

    Thanks Miriam! Hope it's nicer when I get out there later this week.

  • Mum April 22, 2007, 6:07 am

    Great pictures, Alec, but where are the the leaves on the trees?

  • Alec April 22, 2007, 6:52 am

    Three weeks. They're budding out now. I was out this morning spraying dormant oil on the oak, which is infested with scale insects. I hope I wasn't too late.

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