Featured by Ottawa Tourism This Week!

What a week this is shaping up to be! Beginning today, I will be taking over the Ottawa Tourism Instagram feed and showing off my favorite spots in Ottawa. They contacted me through Instagram last week to participate in a project called #MyOttawa, and I was obviously delighted that they asked.

For today’s image, I am sharing a cute little spot called Nepean Creek. It’s a 1km stretch of water that has become a favorite spot for my kids to explore. I’m not much of a landscape photographer, but this was my attempt at capturing the spot.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Adventure

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My life has moved in a completely different direction since the spring. As spring turned to summer, I spent my days working in the heart of Canada’s largest and busiest city, taking pictures of the people and things I saw on my travels around Toronto. Now, I live in a much smaller city, with beautiful, natural landscapes, and a winter that’ll be colder than anything I’ve experienced to date.

But the most significant change is the transition from being a working dad, to a stay-at-home dad. This change has had a massive affect on me both mentally and physically. It has been fun, exciting… an Adventure!

When I began this new way of life at the start of the summer, I had visions of planning exciting excursions, teaching my boys things they wouldn’t typically learn in school, and generally working toward making our family a closer unit than it already is. However, it was probably me who was the student, while my boys were the teachers. They’ve helped me forget about the trivialities of life that tend to bog us down as we grind it out to balance work and family; they laugh more than the average adult, which in turn makes me laugh more; and they’ve helped me see things from a different perspective… their perspective.

I’ve found it fascinating to watch them as they learn things for the first time, and experience their genuine curiosity for the world around them. It’s very refreshing, and because I know that not everyone has the chance to experience this kind of life I feel very blessed to spend this time with my wife and kids.

Besides, who better to have fun and exciting adventures with than a juggling Superman…

 

Ottawa Sunsets & Country Living

Though the summer is rapidly coming to a close, my family and I have had an amazing time over the past three weeks. We’ve spent a relaxing week at a cottage, we’ve taken several day trips in and around the city, and we’ve caught up with some old friends.

This past Saturday, we drove to visit some friends in the country as first-time guests of their annual end-of-summer bbq camp-out. They live on a beautiful 29 acre plot of land about a half hour outside the city, which is a stark contrast to what we’ve been used to from living in downtown Toronto for the past ten years. While the kids played happily on the expansive land, we adults enjoyed a relaxing bbq next to the old barn that houses chickens, which produce delicious eggs, and turkeys, which become wonderful organic ground meat to feed the family. We shared great stories and reminisced about the best 80’s TV shows, but best of all was the spectacular sunset that painted the backdrop for this memorable night. And, according to some, Ottawa sunsets are among the best in all of Canada.

These shots were taken with my phone, but after editing them with Snapseed, I think they nicely represent what we all witnessed that night.

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