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.

 

Elora Photowalk

Scott Kelby’s Annual Photowalk was held today and I joined some fellow photogs in Elora, Ontario for the walk. Elora was all dressed up for an annual Halloween parade which meant we had some interesting things to photograph. I’m not sure if this lizard was part of their decoration for the parade or if he’s an art installation. Personally, I think he’s pretty cute.

Lizard Art

Lizard Art

I particularly like the creepy paper mâché creatures they’ve put up all around town. (If you’re friends with me you know how much I love creepy, horror type stuff). The creature in the photo below was hovering over an artist’s studio door. Not exactly a welcoming site. When leaving the studio it could potentially come to life and jump on you. That would suck. Hehe

Come Right In

Come Right In

Then there were these mushroom type of creatures hanging out in alleys. It reminded me of something that should belong to The Labyrinth or maybe Lord of the Rings. Whoever the artist is I love his work. I must find out who it is that has this amazing imagination.

Mushroom Monster

Mushroom Monster

Okay so his name is Tim Murton (rhymes with Tim Burton…okay that was lame) and he’s dubbed The Monster Guy. While  checking out his website I discovered that I need to go back at night – the monsters light up! Check out some of his work at timmurton.com

Put me down for next years Halloween event.