Porte Photo’s Daily Quote: September 21, 2022

It’s okay to take time for yourself.
We give so much of ourselves to others and
we need to be fueled both physically and mentally.
If we are in balance, it helps us in all our interactions.

~ Faith Hill
American – Musician / Born: September 21, 1967

Porte Musings:

This week is a big week for the Strathroy-Caradoc Horticultural Society. We have a meeting tonight and a 150th Anniversary Brunch this Saturday. I’ve volunteered to provide a photo booth for the Brunch. My favorite background is a garden with a gate. I’ll e-mail everyone a copy of their picture and provide a 4×6″ picture at the next meeting. I’ve designed and printed out a permission/contact sheet and am still thinking of ways to keep 80 participants in order and send the right one to the right e-mail. I’m thinking a white board to take placemark photos.

Looking on the web for solutions they recommended immediacy rather than sending to individual e-mails but, sending by e-mail will ensure they have my e-mail/contact information for future bookings. Yes, I’m shamelessly advertising and providing a free service for one of my favorite charities.

Porte Photo’s Daily Quote: September 20, 2022

Mistakes are a part of the
dues one pays for a full life.

~ Sophia Loren
Italian – Actress/ Born: September 20, 1934

Porte Musings:

Yesterday I went for my first Motorcycle ride with CMC 021 (Canadian Motorcycle Cruisers). I was very nervous about joining a group of strangers for a ride. Luckily they were a very welcoming group, I even discovered I knew some of the people. We met at Tim Hortons in Strathroy and went for a short ride to Glencoe via Muncey (the long scenic route). The leader gave clear directions and was easy to follow. Because I was new to the group I got to ride directly behind the leader. It’s been a long time since I rode with a group and never with a formal group. When we reached our destination the leader said I followed well and there were no problems that he saw. Everyone had a coffee then we left our separate ways. There are only 2 more weekly rides left in 2022, but I’m glad I joined. Looking forward to future rides with CMC.

Porte Photos Daily Quote: September 19, 2022

If you paint a picture and I paint a picture,
we each want to do it our own way.
And we’ll stand or fall on whatever we did.

~ Adam West (Batman, Mayor West)
American – ActorSeptember 19, 1928 – June 9, 2017

Porte Musings:

Summer is almost gone.

Celebrate while you can.

Don’t rush the pumpkin spice.

Porte Photos Daily Quote: September 17, 2022

There ain’t a man livin’
who hasn’t talked to his dog.

~ Hank Williams
American – MusicianSeptember 17, 1923 – January 1, 1953

Porte Musings:

The last Saturday of the Summer and the weather is giving us a mini heat wave to enjoy. The trees have already started to turn red. Less than a month and it’s the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend.

Group fitness activities have finally resumed. Zumba for the first time in 3 1/2 years. So glad to get out there and shake it a bit to get fit again.

The local motorcycling group has a new president and sent out invitations to all the inactive members. Monday night family dinners or motorcycling? I think we should try family dinner nights on Tuesdays. I haven’t gotten my motorcycle out since July.

Porte Photos Daily Quote: September 16, 2022

The real secret of magic
lies in the performance.

~ David Copperfield
American – Entertainer; Born: September 16, 1956

Porte Musings:

Today is my middle son’s birthday. A little bit more serious and sensitive. A hardworking great father and husband. Always finding a new project to work on. This year’s project is a gazebo in his backyard.

Sunsets are always magical and a reason for celebrating. The one in today’s quote was in Port Stanley as the water was calm.

Porte Photos Daily Quote: September 12, 2022

The thing generally raised on city land is taxes.

~ Charles Dudley Warner
American – JournalistSeptember 12, 1829 – October 20, 1900

Porte Musings:

Happy Birthday to my first Grandson, turning 11 today going on 40. Enjoy all the adventures life has to give you. ❤

While we were kayaking on the Old Ausable Channel the Cormorant in todays pictures swam beside my grandson and then climbed onto this branch to pose for us.

In the summer of 2020 the Ontario Government introduced hunting seasons for the Cormorants. Not based on science or the preservation of birds in Ontario, but because of a general fear that cormorants fish. I’m not against hunting for food but this is just killing for sport. Contact your local MPP and demand they stop this slaughter. There is no scientific proof that Cormorants are dangerous to the environment and no justification for the daily numbers of kill permitted. See this article for further information: https://euc.yorku.ca/research-spotlight/ontarios-cormorant-hunt-and-what-it-means-for-its-future/

Porte Photos Daily Quote: September 11, 2022

God sleeps in the minerals,
awakens in plants,
walks in animals,
and thinks in man.

~ Arthur Young
English – Writer September 11, 1741 – April 12, 1820

Porte Musings:

Today is my oldest son’s birthday. Just a little more than a week after my greatest sorrow of loosing my mother, my greatest joy was born. He brought us hope and a reminder of the circle of life. He has always enjoyed living on the edge and doing the unexpected. He has grown into a hard working man, a father and husband.

Porte Photos Daily Quote: September 9, 2022

If you want to be happy,
be.

~ Leo Tolstoy
Russian – Novelist September 9, 1828 – November 20, 1910

Porte Musings:

Yesterday I went to the Port Stanley Festival Theatre with my sister to watch “Sisters”. It was very well done, but we had to wear our masks and I thought this whole mask-wearing COVID requirement was done.

We spent some time on the beach and had supper at one of the beach side restaurants, then walked out on the pier. The water was nice and calm. The pier has been upgraded since our childhood so the danger of falling off was greatly reduced.

Testing

Prior to a photo session I like to set-up and test the lighting as well as the types of shots I will be taking. Here are some lighting tests with my favorite models. I start with the stuffed toy then used my dog Rickie. I found out that my lens was set to DX and was able to change the mode to Full Frame before shooting with the live model. Lens cleaned again for dust, batteries ready, and everything is ready for my time with the guest of honour.

Porte Musings: Kayaking Season 2022

Provincial Parks are open and back to almost normal use. Kayaking season is well underway. The Ontario Government was kind enough to extend my Provincial Park Pass until the end of the summer 2022. I aim to go Kayaking at least once a week to make sure I get the most out of my 2021 Provincial Park Pass. At least this year all the washrooms are available (you don’t have to pee in the woods). I’ve learned to get out of the kayak at the far end of the Old Ausable Channel at the Pinery and use the facilities before heading back downstream.

I also bought a 2nd kayak so I can take friends with me. My husband rigged my trailer to accommodate the 2 kayaks. My first outing with the new setup was with my Sister. We counted 159 painted turtles and 2 snappers. I’m certain there were more turtles, but I kept loosing count and need to buy a manual clicking counter. We also were lucky enough to see 2 muskrats, turkey vultures, Blue Heron, King Fishers and King Birds. The slide show below includes photos from my last 2 trips on the Old Ausable Channel. I loved seeing the Juvenile Bald Eagle. The new to me kayak is a fishing kayak and is a bit more stable for taking photos.