The Tower and the MAAT

After spending a couple of hours at the monastery (see the previous post) I had to move on as they were closing for the day. My next stop was to Belém Tower to catch the sunset. On my way over I noticed this little lighthouse that perfectly aligned with the sun. 

The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse

Not much further from the lighthouse was the Tower (you can see it in the distance in the photo above). A couple of nights before they had quite the celebration here and the scaffolding was still up so I didn’t have a lot of great angles to play with as I took my photos of Belém Tower.

Belém Tower

Belém Tower

I was lucky enough to catch the sun off the side tower as it was setting. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a vantage point that worked for what I had in my mind. After checking out all the angles I decided to move on and make my way over to the MAAT. The MAAT is the Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology located on the other side of Belém close to the train station. Since the sun was going down I wanted to get some fun night shots of the museum and the Ponte 25 de Abril bridge before heading back to the apartment.

Ponte 25 de Abril

Ponte 25 de Abril

As I walked the long road toward the MAAT I was greeted by this modern art piece lit up on dock just in front of the bridge. I”m not sure who the creator is or why it’s there but it’s definitely a conversation piece for those walking along the river.

Maat and Ponte 25 Abril

Maat and Ponte 25 Abril

I waited patiently to get the photo above as there were quite a number of the people on the steps in front of me when I arrived. Surprisingly they all left quickly once the sun disappeared. I think they missed the most beautiful part of the day but it was a bonus for me. The MAAT is a uniquely shaped building, as you can see from the photo above, and what I loved most was the fact that you could walk a ramp up its roof to get some great views.

MAAT Roof and View

MAAT Roof and View

I had a great evening out here in Belém. I’m also a little sad as there is only one day left before I leave this beautiful city behind for home. But there are a couple more places I have to visit in central Lisbon not too far away from the apartment before that happens.

Island Lake

On a whim I decided to visit Island Lake in Orangeville. Its not too far of a drive and it gave me something to do with my day as I was feeling unmotivated.

Island Lake Bridge in Colour

Island Lake Bridge in Colour

I didn’t spend much time here (as I said, I was feeling unmotivated) but I did walk along the two sections of boardwalk and played around with some infrared while I was here.

Island Lake Bridge in InfraRed

Island Lake Bridge in InfraRed

And that was the extent of my outing. Just some bridge shots. Okay there were a few others but they were on the blah side and not worth editing because it was that kind of day today.

The Covered Bridge

Today I went out to a yarn festival quite a ways west of town. It was a fun outing but it was the drive home where I had the most fun. The small town of West Montrose has a beautiful covered bridge, called the Kissing Bridge. It is the only wood covered bridge in Ontario and one of the oldest in Canada.

Montrose Covered Bridge

Montrose Covered Bridge – built in 1881

Unfortunately, there is no way to get down to the river to get better views of the bridge as all the surrounding area is private property. It’s a shame really but I guess they’ve had a few problems because previously there weren’t so many “No  Trespassing” signs up. I guess it didn’t help matters that the recent movie “It” was filmed here. So, in the end it was a short stop here as photographic angles were limited.

To the Bones

To the Bones

When driving through the country side it’s not that hard to find ruins of one barn or another so it wasn’t too much of a surprise when I came across this one. I’m not sure why but there is something about them that always makes me stop and take a photograph. 

Stone Bridges and Wildly Shaped Plants

I traveled up to the Ottawa area this weekend with a my friend Nigel to meet up with our friend Paul. And of course, going anywhere with Nigel means a lot of pit stops before we even get anywhere close to Paul’s place. First there was the waterfall:

Flinton Falls

Flinton Falls

Then there was the burnt out shell of a home:

Burnt Home

Burnt Home

And finally the small river:

Broken Branch in the River

Broken Branch in the River

Okay this last one was my pit stop – I had Nigel pull over to get this shot.

Finally we got over to Paul’s home in Carlton Place, a small city outside of Canada’s capital, Ottawa. Once we got the tour of Paul’s new home we got back into the car and headed to Quebec. Specifically we were headed to Jacques Cartier Park where MoasicCanada had a beautiful display of plant sculptures. What are plant sculptures? Well, its sculptures made out of plants and plant material.

Shanghai

Shanghai

This submission by Shanghai is made completely of flowers, plants and branches. I mean, WOW! Isn’t it spectacular? But check out this amazing creation of Mother Earth. You can see just how large some of these plant sculptures are. 

Mother Earth

Mother Earth

And there are some that are even taller. It was an amazing afternoon here. I could have stayed forever. 

The next day we checked out areas close to Paul’s place. One of them was one of the only 5 span (arch) bridges around – the Pakenham bridge. It was built in 1903 and reinforced in 1984 for car and truck traffic rather than being torn down and replaced by a newer bridge. 

Pakenham Bridge

Pakenham Bridge

Unfortunately it was time to head home but before we did we had to make one pitstop along the way.

Tractors

Tractors

This pitstop was my doing. There was something about these tractors sitting just inside the barn. Originally I thought the colour version would be what I would choose in the end but I love the black and white. The texture in the wood was what did it for me.