Taking a break in BC

I was hoping to do some outdoor activities while I was back in BC last week but work took priority.  I only went out once to West Dyke Trail with my mother to do some bird-watching.

We were hoping to see the eagles in their nest but no luck.

Panning skaters on Rideau Canal

Here are some photos I took the week I flew back to BC (I just returned back to Ottawa early this morning at 3AM because of a 2-hour delay).  I tried to do some panning shots for the first time, but I am not very good at it.

Skating in the afternoon
People skating in the afternoon.

Not a good shot at all, but I like the motion.

Only a part of the leg is focused.

Again, only the back foot is focused.

Definitely need more practice.


2014 Winterlude in Ottawa

Winterlude is a pretty well-known festival in Canada that celebrates winter.  The 36th annual event began this year on January 31 and will end on February 17.  I have been too busy to check it out extensively, but I took some time on Tuesday to check out some of the displays and ice sculptures, as well as this afternoon just to feel the atmosphere with so many people around.

Skateway on weekday
The weather was really nice on Tuesday.


Quick update about life

2014 is very slow-going at the moment.  I am currently taking a course in plant-animal interactions, assisting a laboratory course in cell biology, as well as figuring out what I will be doing this summer.  Also, my father had a car accident two weeks ago while returning home from work (in BC).  He is fine although the family car is totaled, so life is kind of difficult at the moment.  Between working at school, returning home every night, and buying grocery during the week, I haven't done as much in Ottawa as I would have liked.  Anyways, here are some photos of the Rideau Canal Skateway from last month and a few snowflake photos I took a few hours ago.  Back to work after this post.

Rideau Canal Skateway
Another photographer on the bridge taking photos.
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