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.

Big Duck

My friend Nigel and I headed up to Owen Sound to check out the Bruce Trail. The trail has some great views from the top of the Centennial Tower located not too far from the parking lot.

Centennial Tower

Centennial Tower

We didn’t last very long on this scorcher of a day on the trail. I think we barely got through a kilometre before we decided we were too hot and just not up for the hike. So instead we did the next best thing. We headed over to the main street in Owen Sound to find a big duck. It wasn’t long before we found it. I mean, it was bigger than a boat.

Bigger than a Boat

Bigger than a Boat

We had some fun taking photos of this large duck that is making its way around Ontario. (You may have seen it if you visited or lived in Toronto, its first stop).

Reflections on the Big Duck

Reflections on the Big Duck

Even though we didn’t make it far along the trail we had some fun photographing the duck before we headed home. Sometimes you have to go with the flow of the day.

Happy 150th Canada!

It was a work day for me today but I tell you I can’t beat the views from the yacht club to the city. Especially when it comes to fireworks going off on the CN Tower for Canada Day. If you look closely at the photo below you can almost make out the Canada 150 logo. 

Canada 150 CN Tower

Canada 150 CN Tower

And then came the light show! It was pretty spectacular.

After the first few fireworks things got a little smokey.

Fireworks CN Tower

Fireworks CN Tower

Sailors from the club went to watch the fireworks from their yachts. If I wasn’t taking photos I would have tried to get out on one too. 

Night Sailing

Night Sailing

A wonderfully special evening for Canada’s 150th anniversary. Happy Canada Day!

Infrared

Nigel and I decided to have some fun this evening at Brampton’s four corners with some infrared cameras. Now, you have to understand that Nigel at all times has at least two IR cameras in his possession along with his regular Canon cameras. So being able to get out to try this is good for me as I get some experimentation in.

City Hall IR

City Hall IR

Above is the only image I really liked from the evening. Light trails were an interesting experiment but the lens I was using wasn’t great so I won’t show those here. Although not a successful night for images. We did have a blast trying out new things.