Friday, September 30, 2011

Blog Guelph: albion hotel

albion hotel, originally uploaded by kim/ber.

Friday night is rocking in and September is rolling out. The temperature is dropping, rain is certain and The Center of the Universe - aka The Albion - awaits your arrival with open taps and a warm glow.

Here's some Albion trivia for you: The Alb holds the second-oldest liquor license in Ontario and was the first hotel in Guelph to create an outdoor patio.

Imagine the hangover history of this 155 year old limestone gem. I certainly clocked a few hundred hours of my youth sucking back my share of brews, seeing fabulous bands and dancing the night away.

Not that I'm promoting excessive drinking - just saying - fun can be had at the Albion.

Please enjoy today's photo retrospec of the Alb.

Go. Do. Be.

Sue Richards

Blog Guelph: the old

the old, originally uploaded by digitalambitions/ Valerie Hogg.

Blog Guelph: It was all a blurr.....

albion, redux

Blog Guelph: Empty

A Night at the Albion --- Empty Glass

Blog Guelph: Downtown Guelph

Albion Hotel

Blog Guelph: Alb Art by MJ Stubbs

Albion Hotel

Blog Guelph: Bar Art

Bar Art, originally uploaded by blairware.

Blog Guelph: The Holy View

View from the Albion Hotel

Blog Guelph: empty bar-room

Blog Guelph: The Albion Hotel Gets a Facelift

albion_1, originally uploaded by kevinhansenphoto.

Blog Guelph: Cheers!

Cheers!, originally uploaded by woodygraphs.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Blog Guelph: Isolated

Hello all

Fall is upon us and I speak from recent and current experience when I say that the cold is going around and people are getting sick with the coughs, running noses and sniffles.

People say to drink lots of liquid, take vitamins and stay in bed/take it easy. I know sometimes when I'm in bed sick, I feel isolated and that's the theme of my blog, isolated colours.

I hope you enjoy MY photos that I've taken over the years from the area and isolated the colours. All the work is done right on my camera, no computer software involved


Matthew Wren

Blog Guelph: I'll never forget you

RIP Grandma/Grandpa by matt-wren
RIP Grandma/Grandpa, a photo by matt-wren on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Cardinal (Isolated Red)

Cardinal (Isolated Red) by matt-wren
Cardinal (Isolated Red), a photo by matt-wren on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Blue without the red

Blue without the red by matt-wren
Blue without the red, a photo by matt-wren on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: The town is blue

The town is blue by matt-wren
The town is blue, a photo by matt-wren on Flickr.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Blog Guelph: The People In Our Neighborhood

Good Day, Fellow Photo Enthusiasts,

I thought I would share some great images taken by the members of the Flickr group; the Guelph Photography Club. This group is open to all and to all levels of photographers. They meet once a month at The Albion, in lovely downtown Guelph.

I thought this was an interesting study on those around us, especially if you spend time in the downtown. You may, like me, have walked past this man for years and never knew his name. Now, thanks to Julia's fantastic portraiture, we know he is Randy. The images add a connection to someone perhaps unknown to us in the community. We are given permission to linger a little longer with Randy from the distance of your computer screen. To me, this image reminds me to have compassion and that we are all just humble humans doing the best we can in a chaotic society.

Hopefully, this series The People in Our Neighborhood will entice you to pop out to the next meeting at The Albion. Bring your camera, a sense of adventure and explore with a great group of people who are just as curious about the city we live in as you are.

Have a fabulous day!
Bunny Safari

Blog Guelph: Silver Fox and Molly

Silver Fox and Molly by felixtrio
Silver Fox and Molly, a photo by felixtrio on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Downtown photo shoot

Downtown photo shoot by thomevered
Downtown photo shoot, a photo by thomevered on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Downtown photo shoot

Downtown photo shoot by thomevered
Downtown photo shoot, a photo by thomevered on Flickr.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Blog Guelph: Play Fog

Play Fog by Royal_Rivers
Play Fog, a photo by Royal_Rivers on Flickr.

Happy Tuesday Blog Guelph!

I'm really late today, and so sorry for that. It seems that between evening courses that run late, and sick children I am stretched a little bit too thin this week.

I picked handful of fog photos for you today, because that's how I am feeling. A little bit foggy.

Plus, fog can create some of the most beautiful and mysterious images.

See you all next Tuesday!


Blog Guelph: misty morning farmhouse

misty morning farmhouse by D J England
misty morning farmhouse, a photo by D J England on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Last Morning of the Summer

Blog Guelph: Misty Morning

Misty Morning by Alan Norsworthy
Misty Morning, a photo by Alan Norsworthy on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Floating bridge?

Floating bridge? by thomevered
Floating bridge?, a photo by thomevered on Flickr.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Blog Guelph: Monday

Thought I would start today with a lovely little flashback to summer. This video features Dan Mangan performing two songs from his newest album (it comes out on Tuesday). The neat thing about this video is that it was filmed in the Speed River in Guelph this July as Dan and band headed to Hillside. The rest of the photos are a little more appropriate for the current season.


DAN MANGAN - Rows Of Houses / Leaves, Trees, Forest from Mitch Fillion (

Blog Guelph: Niska Trail

Niska Trail by felixtrio
Niska Trail, a photo by felixtrio on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: DSCF3769

DSCF3769 by Craft_zilla
DSCF3769, a photo by Craft_zilla on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Signs of Fall

Signs of Fall by thomevered
Signs of Fall, a photo by thomevered on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: DSCF3775

DSCF3775 by Craft_zilla
DSCF3775, a photo by Craft_zilla on Flickr.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Blog Guelph: THE BEAR COMES HOME by Aidan M.D. Ware

Almost everyone has at one time driven or walked or cycled past this large bronze sculpture known fondly as 'The Bear.' Icon, mascot, chameleon, and silent friend, The Bear has inspired a wellspring of creative interaction between groups and people. From birthdays to marriages to holidays, this sculpture has marked the passage of life's ceremonies with humour, intensity, and grace.

It was oddly humbling to see The Bear offloaded off of a cube van today - I saw it lying vulnerable with a bracing of cloth around its neck, the ties of the tractor strapping it and pulling it back to its vertical height. It was awing to watch as the tractor hoisted it to its new base, a pedestal of concrete and metal. The drills made way for the long pins and The Bear was gently placed back onto its perch as passers-by clamoured and smiled in the rain. Car honks resounded from Gordon Street; a cheerful and happy welcome home for our Bear.

It made me think about time. About community. About how we need to care for one another. The Bear's hand is outstretched... and so I for a moment reached out and held it, wondering what the coming years would bring; what celebrations it would banner, what causes it would forward, what imagination it would drive.

I hope many who have loved and shared with The Bear will come out to its re-unveiling on Saturday, October 1 at 7pm. I would love to talk to you and hear your stories and to share mine.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Blog Guelph: Fun Times

Autumn, originally uploaded by ICT_photo.

Happy Thursday!!

Today, I wanted to feature a great photographer that is creative by pushing the limit on simple everyday items. The details that he captures and the overall visual appearance is stunning.

That photographer is Ian Thomas aka ICT_Photos

I hope you enjoy the few pics that I'm featuring and that I hope you'll go to his flickr page and check out the many more creative shots that he's done.

Matthew Wren

Blog Guelph: Devil in a Wine Glass

Devil in a Wine Glass by ICT_photo
Devil in a Wine Glass, a photo by ICT_photo on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Whoooooosh!

Whoooooosh! by ICT_photo
Whoooooosh!, a photo by ICT_photo on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Don't Squeeze The Baby Powder.

Blog Guelph: iRecharge

iRecharge by ICT_photo
iRecharge, a photo by ICT_photo on Flickr.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Blog Guelph: Jazz Festival 01

Jazz Festival 01  by John Q6
Jazz Festival 01 , a photo by John Q6 on Flickr.
A Good Grey Morning to You,

Time to get out your wellies and your rain slickers as it would appear we have entered the rainy season. Don't let that get you down. Sit back with your cuppa and enjoy the visual delights provided by the photographic crowd hiding amongst us.

It is a bit of a whirlwind tour as far as the images are concerned today. A nice collection of film and digital imagery. This is what caught my fancy today.

Cheerie Bye,
Bunny Safari

Blog Guelph: morning gateway

morning gateway by D J England
morning gateway, a photo by D J England on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: the top of a church downtown

the top of a church downtown by kim/ber
the top of a church downtown, a photo by kim/ber on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: I Love Fall

I Love Fall by rubberschmuckie
I Love Fall, a photo by rubberschmuckie on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Barn at sunrise

Barn at sunrise by Alan Norsworthy
Barn at sunrise, a photo by Alan Norsworthy on Flickr.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Blog Guelph: 44

44 by xunicorn
44, a photo by xunicorn on Flickr.

Good Morning and Happy Tuesday!

I'm starting to believe the summer is really over. Slowly the trees are beginning to change, and the last of the flowers are dying off.

Today I wanted to focus on some of the beautiful late summer flowers that are still lingering.

It looks like it should be a good day, so make sure you get out and enjoy it!


Blog Guelph: Burdock

Burdock by felixtrio
Burdock, a photo by felixtrio on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: 46

46 by xunicorn
46, a photo by xunicorn on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: flowers on Arthur St N

Blog Guelph: Bumble Bee

Bumble Bee by felixtrio
Bumble Bee, a photo by felixtrio on Flickr.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Blog Guelph: I'm going to have to take this urine sample back to the lab for some additional analysis

Greetings Groovy Guelphites.

Should you be feeling artsy this week, you might be interested in attending This Side of Light on Thursday September 22 or Friday the 23 @ 8 PM in Goldie Mill (Behind the Guelph Youth Music Centre) at 75 Cardigan St., Guelph.

This Side of Light is an intimate, site-specific, full-length work by our very own Janet Johnson - choreographer extraordinaire - inspired by the role that light plays in our lives.
Featuring dance artists
Robert Kingsbury
Susan Lee
Lisa Prebianca
Lynette Segal
Kelly Steadman
Tanya Williams

And musicians
James Gordon (recorded) & Louisa Krafka (live)

And light
Fred Hunsberger

Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival
$15 at door & GCDF office, 123 Woolwich St.
Children under 12 free
Bring your own blanket & mug (hot cider served)

It's been a while since our friend Ryder graced our posts - but here she is stylin' with her coke bottle glasses. Who'sa good dog......

Other smile inducing images below. Do go for a scroll.

Sue Richards

Blog Guelph: The Interrogation

The Interrogation, originally uploaded by ICT_photo.

Blog Guelph: Pickled Eggs

Pickled Eggs, originally uploaded by ICT_photo.

Blog Guelph: Sour Cream

Sour Cream, originally uploaded by ICT_photo.

Blog Guelph: When Eggs Have Nightmares

When Eggs Have Nightmares, originally uploaded by ICT_photo.

For more great Guelph photos, try these links:

Downtown Guelph, University of Guelph, The Guelph Hillside Festival or The Guelph Lake Conservation Area.

On the other hand, you may be curious about what the City of Guelph looked like last October or maybe Spring.

Indeed you may be the type that would love to wade through our deep and refreshing archives. There are over 5,000 terrific Guelph photos, taken by a growing tribe of fantastic photographers, currently available for your viewing pleasure. Check out the Blog Guelph archives located 'back up there' and appropriately titled: Blog Guelph Archives.