Small Industrial City

The City of Peterborough has a long history. It’s one of Ontario’s older cities and once, as “The Electric City,” vied for the capital of the province.

It got its start as a logging town where lumber pulled in from north of the city would be milled and sent on its way.

Our waterway and liftlocks were originally intended to serve industry, but the development of the highways and trucking as the major means of transport shifted the focus. Now the Trent-Severn is a pleasure route, used by leisure craft and vacationers.

image of the otonabee river with the london street dam and quaker oatsBut the industrial boom and history of the town is evident in much of its architecture. From the Quaker Oats building and water tower… Read more “Small Industrial City”

Ice Storm by the River (test post apologies)

image of the london street dam in peterborough after an ice stormThere was an ice storm earlier in the week.

Well, not exactly an ice storm. It was cold. It snowed. Then it started to rain. It was warming up slowly, but the rain still froze on each surface it touched. Read more “Ice Storm by the River (test post apologies)”

Snow Days

snow_dawnI’ve been up at dawn each day this month.

Well, actually before dawn.

Enough before dawn to watch the sky go from night blackness through that dim blue into a brief riot of colour as the sun launches into day. Read more “Snow Days”

High Water and (of course) Ducks

image of river and dam showing high water spring runoffA lot of snow combined with a lot of rain in mid April has created one of the highest water levels on the Otonabee in a long, long time.

Here, from a safe distance, is my favourite Dam at London Street. I often sneak out into the middle of the river at low water to snap shots. Read more “High Water and (of course) Ducks”

Seeds in Winter

image of seedy sunday, peterborough, jill bishop, peter hughes

Last weekend was Seedy Sunday. Jill Bishop is the mastermind of this great event. She and Peter Hughes (both pictured above) help co-ordinate The Peterborough Community Garden Network. Jill also runs the Wednesday Farmers’ Market in downtown Peterborough. Read more “Seeds in Winter”

Fog Town, roboteyes, Beekeeper and Family – Also Exhibition Reminder

Exhibition Reminder

image of forest path with fogWe’ve had another bout of fog.

This was a late afternoon fog that rose up off the snow and river in visible swaths. Read more “Fog Town, roboteyes, Beekeeper and Family – Also Exhibition Reminder”

Cloudy Spring Skies

image of spring clouds at sunset over the London St damI’ve been working a lot and missed a few good sunsets. One, in particular is embedded in my brain which, as I watched made me both wish I had my camera and glad I didn’t. Sometimes it’s nice just to enjoy. Read more “Cloudy Spring Skies”