Cottage Country, dipping my toes in the water

Cottage country, dipping my toes in the water

Cottage country, dipping my toes in the water: copyright jmeyersforeman

We have been in Calgary for a few days, visiting with friends and family, but I wanted to share a few more images of our time in cottage country, Ontario.

Growing up in Saskatchewan we as a family did not head to the lake for weekends or holidays, and while I love to sit beside the water, and it doesn’t matter if it is a lake, seaside or ocean or even a pool,  I am not to likely to get much more than my toes wet! Sitting up at the end of the dock with a cup of coffee or glass of wine, feet dangling in the water is wonderfully relaxing. The view so peaceful, the air so fresh, and the world so quiet I can understand why so many people are drawn to cottage country. 

Monochrome Madness; The Thames River in Infrared Black and White

Thames River, United Kingdom, infrared image.

River Thames; copyright jmeyersforeman

My cousin’s in England live in the area of Reading, and while we were out touring the countryside visiting several little towns and enjoying the sites we crossed the River Thames several times. We found several pretty views, as we crossed bridges and walked in the parks. It seems like it would be a lovely peaceful way to spend a couple of weeks during the lazy days of summer, provided the weather was sunny.

I haven’t been doing a lot of black and white images lately, but I wanted to participate in Leanne Cole‘s a weekly blog post of Monochrome Madness.  Photographers from around the world submit their favourite monochrome image for the week. I recommend you head over to her site if you are interested in seeing more monochrome images.

For this image I used Nik Color Efex Pro 4, Infrared black and white to process the image. I like using the Nik Software, there is a lot of presets, but each preset has many ways to customize the affect to one that best suits the photograph. For this image I was able to adjust the highlight and shadow sliders, preserving detail in the image that had been eliminated with the original present and I was able to achieve that dreamy feel of a quiet afternoon landscape.

Reflections of Bath in the River Avon, Bath England

reflection of Bath in the River Avon; Bath England; copyright jmeyeresforeman

reflection of Bath in the River Avon; Bath England; copyright jmeyeresforeman 

While we were in Bath we walked across the Putney Bridge, through the garden and down the riverbank early one morning, commuters were on their way to work, few tourists were around and it was wonderfully quiet. The morning light was perfect for getting reflections of the church steeple in the water.

It was a beautiful start to the day.

Caerphilly Castle; Caerphilly Wales

Caerphilly Castle; Caerphilly Wales, copyright jmeyersforeman

Caerphilly Castle; Caerphilly Wales, copyright jmeyersforeman 

After Bath England we travelled by train to Caerphilly Wales. The Caerphilly Castle is the historic site in this lovely little town, built-in the 11 century in just 3 years, it occupies 30 acres of land, the river had been diverted  to create the moat.

The castle was fun to visit, many of the rooms have exhibits set up telling visitors about the building, the weapons and life in the 12th century. It is now used for events and weddings.  It would have been wonderful if the water had been still we would have had a wonderful reflection! oh well, maybe another day.

I hope your weekend was a wonderful on.

Bath England

The Pulteney Bridge over the River Avon, Bath England.

The Pulteney Bridge over the River Avon, Bath England. 

Before heading to Caerphilly Wales to visit cousins we stopped for a night in the beautiful city of Bath England. This is probably one of the most famous views of the Pulteney Bridge and the River Avon with its crescent shaped weir.

Considered to be one of the most beautiful and romantic bridges in the world, is one of a handful of bridges with shops built into it.

The English Channel; early morning seascape

Blue; sky, clouds and ocean

Early morning seascape; copyright jmeyersforeman 

Yesterday was a long day, 11 hours in transit; bus to ferry, ferry across the English Channel,  and finally a train from Portsmouth to Bath. We started our day at 5:30 in the morning and arrived in Bath about 5 pm. I am always amazed at how tired I am on days like this, because it seems the majority of our time is spent sitting watching the world go by, reading and eating, but exhausting it was.

I did promise photos of Caen, and I will get back to those before too long, but we have one day in Bath, so we are  off to visit the Abbey and see the sights. Photos to follow

Reflections of Bordeaux France in the Water Mirror/Miror d’eau

Miror d'eau/(water mirror; Bordeaux France; copyright jmeyersforeman

Miror d’eau/(water mirror; Bordeaux France; copyright jmeyersforeman 

If you have followed the blog for a while you will know that I love reflections and I think that Water Mirror here in Bordeaux is about the best one I have seen so far. One of the reasons it is the best is that it was created expressly for the purpose of reflecting the architecture that surrounds it. Also called the “Miroir des Quais – the Quay Mirror” it covers a massive 3450 m2.

An ingenious computerized water system underneath alternates supplying 2 – 3 cm of water which when drained give the mirror effect alternates with a two meter high fog effect.

mist on the Miror d'eau/(water mirror; Bordeaux France; copyright jmeyersforeman

mist on the Miror d’eau/(water mirror; Bordeaux France; copyright jmeyersforeman 

During the summer the mirror becomes a popular place where both kids and adults play around

kids and reflections in the water mirror; Bordeaux France; copyright jmeyersforeman

kids and reflections in the water mirror; Bordeaux France; copyright jmeyersforeman


Baiona Spain

long exposure, fast moving water

long exposure, fast moving water 

Near Baiona Spain there are a number of beaches, and it is a popular summer resort town, some of the beaches are beautiful sandy beaches suitable for enjoying the sun, watching the waves, and collecting seashells. Some of them are rocky and the waves don’t roll in, they crash in against the rocks, sometimes with big a big splash.

The trick to getting the beautiful white water is a neutral density filter, finding the right setting so catch some of the splash, and not smooth out the water too much is also a consideration, and personal judgement. For me I could sit there all day, watching the waves, trying out different settings, each image a little different. Different not just because of the settings, but on just how the water hits the rocks, if the tide is going out or coming in, the clouds in the sky all change the light on the water! So many variables!

Beach Day; Tarragona Spain

Beach Day

Beach Day

I have read that Tarragona has 15 kilometres of soft sandy beaches along its coastline, and after a couple of days of wandering the city we thought we would head out to the beach is which is just minutes from the apartment we rented for the week.

Ocean View and watching the clouds roll by.

Ocean View and watching the clouds roll by.

More about the beach later.