Trying out local food is usually one of the enjoyable adventures on holiday, and this was definitely the case when I was in Canada last year. I’d previously tried one traditional Canadian dish, poutine, which is essentially chips, cheese, and gravy… and that set the bar for some fantastic culinary experiences.
The trouble with food photography is that usually I’m too hungry to worry about getting great quality photos. Some of the photos here were taken with my mobile phone. Enjoy the photos below and don’t drool on your keyboard!
Another ten photos from my Canadian adventure last year; this time from my trips to two aquaria – Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium in Newfoundland and Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in Toronto.
The two aquaria are vastly different – Petty Harbour was small and intimate and it’s whole building could probably fit into one of Ripley’s tanks. Although it’s on a much smaller scale, the enjoyment factor was no less.
Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium is only open for a few months a year. It gets most of its’ exhibits from the local area and then releases them back to the same place at the end of the season with a ‘critter release event’. See here for a video of their 2014 event. Some of the animals can be picked up and held, and friendly staff are happy to chat and educate about the environment.
Petty Harbour itself is a very pretty fishing harbour and home to the excellent Chafe’s Landing restaurant where I got to eat moose… more on that in an upcoming blog post.
By comparison, Ripley’s Aquarium is huge. Literally in the shadow of Toronto’s CN Tower and next to the Blue Jays stadium. The number of exhibits and the size of the tanks is amazing. I particularly liked the tunnel under the ‘dangerous lagoon’ tank which has a moving sidewalk to allow you to watch the sharks and other fish swim over you.
Whilst I love aquariums, they’re definitely at the ‘challenging’ end of the photography scale… tanks are often dimly lit, animals move fast, the tank glass and moving water mess up optics, and there’s reflections everywhere. Packing my Lenskirt was a wise move, and then it’s wide aperture, high ISO, fast shutter, and lots of patience and luck.
For the first blog post of 2016, some photos from last year when I went to Canada. I’ve got lots of photos to share form my Canadian adventures… just ten at a time of course.
One of the things I was looking forward to seeing and photographing was some of the wildlife that inhabits Canada. On my list of wildlife to shoot, well photograph, was a whale, a moose, and a beaver. I managed two of three, but had to cheat a bit with both of those as you’ll see below. It’s disappointing to miss out on some of the wildlife I wanted to see so I guess I’ll just have to return to try again some time.
Most of the photos are from the Avalon Peninsula in Newfoundland where I spent the majority of my holiday.
I did a whale spotting boat tour with O’Brien’s Whale and Bird Tours from Bay Bulls. When I went, on an overcast day in September, it was just out of whale season and no whales appeared. But I did photograph some puffins and eagles in the wild. It was very cold out on the water so if you ever go be sure to take a big coat! Ironically when we got back to dry land the weather started to improve and quickly became warm and sunny.
I also visited Salmonier Nature Park which is a government run conservation park. The park is so vast that all the animals have lots of space which is always nice to see.