Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Blog Guelph: Patience

IMG_2801-2 by fishwithme55
IMG_2801-2, a photo by fishwithme55 on Flickr.

Good Morning!

We are almost there! The long, dark days of winter are on their way out, twelve days til we change the clocks. Dare I say.....spring? I know it is on its way because I have been listening to the cardinals singing their hearts out in the morning.

It is quite 'splooshy' out there. Please, please be mindful while you shovel. That snow is HEAVY. Remember, slow and steady for the pace, this isn't a race. Take a break if you need to, no need to be a hero clearing the snow today.

That said, off I go to move some of this lovely white stuff around.

Bunny Safari

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Blog Guelph: And snow it begins...

sometimes snowflakes are magical... by *HUI*

Tonight we may well be experiencing winter's last blast. As you're no doubt aware, it's predicted that Guelph and area may receive 15-20 centimetres of snow accumulation by noon tomorrow. That's a fair bit of snow!

In a way, i'm looking forward to it. Yeah, it might be difficult getting around Guelph in the morning, but fresh snow is beautiful... and hopefully I'll have time to take a few photos before work.

Here are some resources that might come in handy during the snowpocolypse. Fun stuff first:
Happy snow day!

- Kim

Blog Guelph: And snow it begins...

Walking in snow by @klawrenc
Walking in snow, a photo by @klawrenc on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: And snow it begins...

tiny snowflakes by NaturesEssence
tiny snowflakes, a photo by NaturesEssence on Flickr.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Blog Guelph: Horse Feathers



January 2012 / Guelph

ALANNA GURR - October from Southern Souls on Vimeo.

‘So Hard’

Download the audio from this sessionVideos by Mitch Fillion
Thanks to Tammy Ratcliff for her studio space

Friday, February 22, 2013

Blog Guelph: Bright

Tight and Bright, originally uploaded by ontarion.

Apologies for the lateness, but I went back to school for the day and am on the run. A one shot wonder will have to suffice.

Immersed in learning reminds me to maintain the dream I've had for the longest time - to live each year as follows: 
  1. 4 months of study
  2. 4 months of travel
  3. 4 months of work
Yes, I do realize that I'd need a killer job in those 4 months to fund such a life, but dream I will. It's my imagination's prerogative.

The best part of today was simply getting outside of my small world. Things were more colourful. The diversity of people and the languages overheard were a sight for sore eyes and new music to my ears.

Everything I encountered today was so bright.

It may not be the dream year yet, but I'll tuck that hopefully into my back pocket and be satisfied with the difference of today.

Get out there and stretch your boundaries, if you can.
May you each have a great weekend trying.

-Downtown Lynn

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Blog Guelph: Restaurantouring

Fine Dining by peterkelly
Fine Dining, a photo by peterkelly on Flickr.

I was brought up to believe in cooking for myself and I do dislike microwaves, dishwashers, and short-cuts. Anything that can heat your food to blazing hot and not the plastic container that it's in – well that just has to be wrong. Dishwashers use chemical soaps and besides, you have to wash your dishes before you put them in there anyway. I use cast iron frying pans and won't go near those toxic coated magical no-stick varieties…

Eating out can be a test of faith, confidence, and trust.  Hygiene, chemicals, short-cuts, freshness, nutrition, safety – all factors that people likely don’t consider as they sit down to examine the delicacies on their plates.

There is the emotional side though – eating out is social, it marks occasions, it creates memories. It’s totally convenient.

Restaurantouring in Guelph can be quite an adventure I would say.  While I've had some great experiences, I've had some terrible ones too.

I've had waitresses rudely argue with me about putting my coffee in a take-out cup instead of a mug when I was in a hurry.  I once literally found a hair-ball in my coffee.  I was once served a creamer that had a used napkin stuck in it. My friend went into a restaurant for lunch the other day and was shushed by the waitress who was talking on the phone! Once, several years ago a waitress actually spent her evening pathetically trying to hit on my boyfriend (I paid that tab just to see the look on her face when she got no tip).  I've even been trapped at my dinner table, forced to watch inappropriate public fraternizing among establishment staff and management. Wait, am I in a culinary establishment or did I accidentally visit a petting zoo?

And then there are those places that are really “cliquey” – you feel awkward if you’re not dressed for Woodstock 69 or if you washed your hair that day.

Yet, there are times when eating out is such a pleasure too. When you run the risks and you actually have a really winning time. I have some very fond memories with family, loved ones, friends - memories that span more than a decade now here in Guelph.

If others are like me and they don’t go out all the time, when they do go out, they want to be treated with a professional attitude, with care and diligence, respect, and politeness. In fact, everyone should be treated this way all the time.

You don’t need to offer me love or a side-show, but you could offer me a really clean, smooth, visit with a good meal and attentive wait staff.

~ Aidan M.D. Ware

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Blog Guelph: Chilly Stroll

Canadian in the winter by fishwithme55
Canadian in the winter, a photo by fishwithme55 on Flickr.


My apologies for being tardy with my posting. I have had to contend with a burst water hose in my basement which played havoc with my internet connection.  Being rudely awoken at 3am to the sound of rushing water may be nice if I was camping next to the Zambezi River, not so much in my own house! The two inches of water that pooled on my 90 year old basement floor was a reminder that things may have been worse if we hadn't woken up. The trusty old WC Woods freezer could have been more conveniently placed near the kitchen, floating on our own mini Guelph Lake. Hilarity aside, I now know how to turn the main water supply off, which is a red lever connected to a bunch of old pipes should there be another water emergency. 

I wonder if the pictured chap didn't have a similar calamity in his abode. If the water line to his laundry machine burst, I can forgive him for not wearing socks nor pants in the middle of a Canadian winter. He could be on a dare or perhaps suffers from Sweaty Calf Syndrome (FYI, I made that up, but if I were to google that, I'll bet there is a similar affliction that some poor soul has uploaded to youtube). My mothering instinct tells me not to worry because he seems to be wearing a sensible jacket. Don't blame BlogGuelph when he gets a terrible cold.

All in all, just another typical day in a Guelph neighborhood.

Bunny Safari

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Blog Guelph: I keep thinking about that coyote

Winter Surroundings by ~Stingrays~
Winter Surroundings, a photo by ~Stingrays~ on Flickr.

Years ago I opted for a vegetarian diet because eating animals, fish and birds didn't feel right for me. I respect others' choices, but really don't care for the food chain. In my ideal world, all animals – humans included – would eat a plant-based diet. It just seems kinder.

Coyotes have been in the news a fair bit lately and, as you're no doubt aware, there have been sightings in Guelph. We've been advised by the City and the Guelph Humane Society to supervise small children and dogs playing outdoors and keep cats inside as a precaution.

Last week Toronto police shot and killed a coyote near Cabbagetown. Huffington Post’s article, Did Our Ignorance Kill a Toronto Coyote?, states:
 “According to Toronto Police, who cited "public safety" as their primary concern, "the animal was acting aggressively." This claim was called into question for many when video footage of the incident was released showing a small, calm coyote looking every bit like a lost dog and nothing at all like a rabid, menacing killer.”
I felt bad for that coyote and it prompted me to do further reading about coyotes and urban wildlife in general. I still dislike the food chain, but subscribe wholeheartedly to these words from an Ontario SPCA fact sheet:
“In an effort to coexist with wildlife, consider the enormous hardships these intelligent and fascinating wild species encounter because so much of their habitat has been destroyed. Each year they are forced into closer contact with humans and must compete with us for food, shelter and space. With a little understanding, patience and a few precautions and common sense steps, we can all enjoy the wonderfully interesting wild animals who share our backyards and cities” 
For information about dealing with urban wildlife, including coyotes, visit the City of Guelph's website.

- Kim

Blog Guelph: I keep thinking about that coyote

Coyote.. by Natures Caretaker

Coyote.., a photo by Natures Caretaker on Flickr.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Blog Guelph: Retro Re/View

community, originally uploaded by randysutherland.

All hail Friday.

Perhaps you didn't know that Blog Guelph began as one of Sue Richards many artistic brainchildren on February 25, 2006 with this:

"Call it what you will. Cow Town, G-town, Royal City, City of Music, or home sweet home, Guelph is a vortex of creative genius.
If you happened to be from Guelph, or know someone from Guelph who's Blog you'd like to see on these pages, send it on over. I will give them a posting, and a link.
If you are having pronunciation problems try this: Goow-Elf. Or try throwing up. The sound you make is the name of our city.
Sue Richards"

In these many years, there have been hundreds of thousand pageviews, quite possibly a million unique visits, and assorted comments. We've had a proper Guelph-centric schooling and our hearts roused along the way.

Through all these photographers eyes, we've seen ourselves both overexposed and faded; contrasted, blown out, up close and from a wide perspective; blurred and tweaked, bokeh brightened, at our best and sometimes at our worst. We've been observed in need and everso strong. 

A brilliant celebration of Guelphness.

Our musicians and artists, Guelph's heritage and history, our children and pets, municipal and street politics, philosophies that have been scrawled on walls, events, events, events! including a long loving annual look at Hillside Festival; it's all been visually expressed. And oh, the food. Shots have been snatched while on foot, on wheels, in the water, and even sometimes, while flat on our bellies.

As tried and true Canadians, we've loved lamenting the weather - from the stormy days to the daze of a deadly hot summer, the silence and traffic mayhem of a snowfall and always the crunch through fall leaves.

These two handfuls of  17 shots chosen today represent but a slice of Blog Guelph posts throughout the years.  But to experience it at its best, you'll need time, perhaps a bottle of wine, and a long weekend to devour them all. Lucky for you, here comes the perfect moment.

Note the change in photo technology, in the voice and perspective of guest bloggers - the ones who have tried to keep things going during Sue's health challenges.

But mostly notice Guelph.

This city is us, and we are equally incomparable and unstoppable.

-Downtown Lynn

Blog Guelph: Retro Re/View : Our Sue

anyone lived 242, originally uploaded by Gregory Clifford Denton.

Blog Guelph: Retro Re/View

Hacky Sack, originally uploaded by Dom Cruz.

Blog Guelph: Retro Re/View

2011-07-23_11-44-01, originally uploaded by Aaron G Stock.

Blog Guelph: Retro Re/View

snowing & blowing, originally uploaded by lizlio.

Blog Guelph: Retro Re/View

Elder Tree Spirit, originally uploaded by Gregory Pleau.

Blog Guelph: Retro Re/View

_MG_6305_1, originally uploaded by randysutherland.

Blog Guelph: Retro Re/View

cold one 8848, originally uploaded by blairware.

Blog Guelph: Retro Re/View

Untitled, originally uploaded by Ned Bekavac.

Blog Guelph: Retro Re/View

Blog Guelph: Retro Re/View

42, originally uploaded by TheGiantVermin.

Blog Guelph: Retro Re/View

something big is coming..., originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Blog Guelph: Retro Re/View

albion hotel, originally uploaded by @klawrenc.

Blog Guelph: Retro Re/View

Untitled, originally uploaded by NaturesEssence.

Blog Guelph: Retro Re/View

From Small Acorns...., originally uploaded by BunnySafari.

Blog Guelph: Retro Re/View

alpha dog, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Blog Guelph: Retro Re/View

Autumn, originally uploaded by ICT_photo.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Blog Guelph: Love On

run lil red run by jen linfield photography

I have the auspicious opportunity to blog on Valentine's Day today. 

And so, today, I was thinking about what love means. 

Is it coming home to the comfort of a friend?
Is it a marauding passion in the night?
The memory of arms that once held you?
A dream buried?
A hope playing out?
Does it stay?
Is it real?
Is it just an emotion? A thought.
A reflection of ourselves. A smoke.

What does it mean to love someone.

How long will you be on that road?
How far will you go?
How much will you handle?
How deeply will you offer?

How will you survive?

It's difficult to know anything when it comes to matters of the heart. It's rugged and wild country and you can be out on the trail a long time, far into the mystical or far into the reality. Some people love easily, some hide from it. Some find it, some will never let it find them. And it changes. Love changes. It runs like the river, disappears like the dawn, goes ragged like a cloth, turns wild like a wolf. It's unpredictable and free. Unlike us.

We hang on. We push on. We hope on. We forge on. 

And hopefully, we always find ways to love on.

~ Aidan M.D. Ware

Blog Guelph: Love On

Untitled by NaturesEssence
Untitled, a photo by NaturesEssence on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Love On

It's all in the lips by BunnySafari
It's all in the lips, a photo by BunnySafari on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Love On

bouquet by NotT00Shabby
bouquet, a photo by NotT00Shabby on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Love On

Red Venus by Julia Busato Photography
Red Venus, a photo by Julia Busato Photography on Flickr.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Blog Guelph: In a different light

Japanese Garden by Bruce Shapka
Japanese Garden, a photo by Bruce Shapka on Flickr.

Today I've opted to showcase Guelph "in a different light"... via the dreamy, otherworldly 
infrared (IR) photography of Bruce Shapka. The photos I've chosen are reminiscent of landscapes I've been drawn to in 3D virtual worlds.

IR, as it applies to photography, is the art of capturing invisible light, and when done right the results, as you can see, are really attention grabbing!

If you're interested in learning about this technique there are numerous tutorials on the interwebs. For those with a DSLR, a good place to start might be's Introduction to Infrared Photography. iPhoneographers can check out infrared app reviews on or

Want to see more of Bruce's IR work? Check out his flickr set.

Guelphonographers, if you create any share-worthy infrared images, tweet them with the #guelphonography hashtag and/or add them to the guelphonography flickr group, okay?


Blog Guelph: In a different light

Pond by Bruce Shapka
Pond, a photo by Bruce Shapka on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: In a different light

Spillway Riverside Park by Bruce Shapka

Spillway Riverside Park, a photo by Bruce Shapka on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: In a different light

Blog Guelph: In a different light

Walk through Woods by Bruce Shapka

Walk through Woods, a photo by Bruce Shapka on Flickr.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Blog Guelph: Skies Will Fall

P2086092 by rubberschmuckie
P2086092, a photo by rubberschmuckie on Flickr.
This recent photo taken in the area, reminds me of a line in the lyric by the local band Mandroid Echostar. Have you heard the first track on their recent ep, Kingdom and the Crown? I would have never expected such poetry, from such a heavy band.

Also surprising is their clean and uncluttered sound, with every instrument clearly heard and balanced, including the vocals. Almost two years in the making, their first EP was released on their Bandcamp page for free download in the spring.

I hope you will take a moment this winter to check them out.

I've also found this "play through" video that was filmed in Guelph, with tabs promised to follow soon on their facebook page.  Any guesses on the film-shoot location? I thought it was worth sharing.

Kim Logue-like-Vogue

Friday, February 08, 2013

Blog Guelph: Show me the telling

X games, originally uploaded by blairware.

Personally, I'm hoping for a an old-fashioned snow day. No, no beleaguered parents, relax. I'm looking for a proper snow day. Not one that's called early due to some meteorologist 's undeniably mistaken promise of slippery roads 8 hours from now. We all know those calls, the 'safe' bets made for fear of litigation.

Nope, I want a snow day from way back in the day.

Sweet exhaustion from both the cold and the pure bliss of it all. Rosy cheeks, breathlessness, still wet socks despite the plastic bag lined boots, a runny nose, mitts hardened with iceballs.

A sore tailbone.
Damn, that would be nice.

I want to unhinge my eyes from the screen, slow my brain down just a wee, and see things in a different light.
At an alternate speed.
Then frame them just so in my minds eye, to create slow stories for the telling.

-Downtown Lynn

Blog Guelph: Show me the telling

good morning 3, originally uploaded by Flailchest.

Blog Guelph: Show me the telling

Snowy night on the Heff, originally uploaded by @klawrenc.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Blog Guelph: Take a Breath

frostine by Flailchest
frostine, a photo by Flailchest on Flickr.

It feels like we jetlined into 2013 and it's already February and the push and pull and drive and lists are all in full deadline action. Santa is barely put in the basement and people are flinging back out the hearts and advertisements for Valentines Day. 

At some point we have to remember to step back. Take a minute to just be.

Take a breath. 

~ Aidan M.D. Ware

Blog Guelph: Take a Breath

Untitled by crisscrossgirl
Untitled, a photo by crisscrossgirl on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Take a Breath

drops by Flailchest
drops, a photo by Flailchest on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Take a Breath

hiway 6Na by Flailchest
hiway 6Na, a photo by Flailchest on Flickr.

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Blog Guelph: Windswept III

Windswept III by Alan Norsworthy
Windswept III, a photo by Alan Norsworthy on Flickr.

Good Morning!

How is this for the perfect winter image? I hope they are wearing their wooly thermals. If it wasn't so cold outside I would take my hat off to those winter fisher-people for their tenacity.

Bunny Safari

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Blog Guelph: Double Exposures

11 by sami k (the k stands for potassium!)

The photos I've chosen today were shot with film 

I'm hoping to create some equally cool shots on my iPhone with Hipstamatic's Multi-Exposure kit in the near future. I've read that it works a lot like film. 

The kit adds an extra switch to the back of the "camera". Flip it, and your next shot will be merged with the following one. Flip the switch again for a "merge à trois"... and so on. Just be careful not to over-expose.


If you shoot any cool multi-exposures with Hipstamatic or another app share them to the Guelphonography flickr group or tweet them with the #guelphonography hashtag. I'd really like to see them! 

By the way... have you heard about Peter Morabito's iPhoneography Show

It's this Saturday, February 9 - 8:00 p.m. at Bikram Yoga on Woolwich. You should go! Peter was one of the 30 Guelphonography 2012 winners. His photo of Market Square was displayed at Guelph Civic Museum. 


Blog Guelph: Double Exposures

double dutch exposure by distortedlabs
double dutch exposure, a photo by distortedlabs on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Double Exposures

Guelph by chuck johnson
Guelph, a photo by chuck johnson on Flickr.

Blog Guelph: Double Exposures

Untitled by ConnorDobbin
Untitled, a photo by ConnorDobbin on Flickr.

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.