Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Tilting At The Windmills Of My Mind

I'm finishing up shots from Guelph today, and a reminder that tomorrow is a new City Daily Photo Theme Day dealing with the theme Squares. Also, for those of you in North America (I'm not sure if the tradition extends elsewhere in the world, but that's possible), the first Saturday in May at comic book shops is Free Comic Book Day. If you've got a shop in your area, it might be a good photo opportunity this weekend, particularly if people turn up in costume.

Riverside Park stretches along a portion of both sides of the Speed River as it flows through the city. This windmill can be found at the south end of the park, close to the river's edge.


It stands out rather nicely against that sky.


Much of the Speed River in town stays open through the winter, running swiftly enough that ice doesn't form. Ducks and Canada Geese take advantage of the open water.



This footbridge is further along in the park, offering a link over to the west side.


Even in winter, it gets a good deal of pedestrian traffic.


A glance back downstream gives us this view of the river. Sure, it looks cold, but this was in the dead of winter, and after all, cold's a good thing. I will have to photograph this river in warm weather.






38 comments:

  1. That's a lovely windmill, William! I also really love the light and expanse in your last photo!

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  2. You and cold are a happy pair! Apparently the ducks like it, too.

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  3. That windmill is very cool.

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  4. Nice windmill. But gosh, is it still that cold???

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  5. Interesting - that second shot of the windmill is particularly good, too. I've never heard of Free Comic Day - not something we do in the UK, though 1st May used to be quite an important day in the calendar. Maypoles and all that stuff!

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  6. Wonderful shots of that windmill, I feel home right away. :-)
    The last shot is beautiful with that light on the streaming water.

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  7. Gives me shivers just thinking about all that snow and ice. Brrr!!!

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  8. I agree William, cold is good :) Looks like every city has a windmill, looks fab standing there in the snow.

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  9. I think I need to explore Guelph. My husband and I tend to drive right through it, but I can see we are missing great photo ops.

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  10. looks cold. i have a real fascination with windmills ... since childhood. i wonder if we have similar ones here in the states? most around here are made of metal. this type has so much more character & style. ( :

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  11. Linda: thank you!

    Petrea: these ones don't mind.

    Stuart: I think so!

    Rob: most of the snow is gone but there are still days here when it is wise to wear a coat.

    Mike: here the first of May has labour unions quite busy.

    Jan: I wondered what Dutch readers would say!

    Revrunner: snow is a wonderful thing, though I am now very low on remaining winter shots.

    Grace: this one looks well kept.

    EG: it is a place worth exploring.

    Beth: I know there is a place near Grand Rapids with a big one.

    Luis: thanks!

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  12. i like both sets of railings on the footbridge - makes a neat effect. cool windmill, too!

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  13. Yes, please DO photograph in warm weather...hot weather...stinking hot weather!
    Jane x

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  14. Wonderful windmill. we have several out this way and north--thanks to the Dutch pioneers.
    I like the shot of the Church in the previous post. In our travels last week we found some beautiful Catholic Churches in some very tiny towns. MB

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  15. Windmills, ducks and geese. Almost makes me overlook the s***!

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  16. I love the windmill and your title is perfect.

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  17. Love the windmill and the ducks are quite brave in that cold water, but the footbridge looks really dangerous...

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  18. Very charming windmill. I'm happy that the ducks and geese still have open water in your coooold winter. We can use a bit of cold right now.

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  19. @Tex: it's quite a pleasant bridge.

    @Jane and Chris: so noted!

    @MB: anywhere there's a sizeable Dutch community, you're likely to find windmills.

    @Norma: not much snow left among my reserve shots, believe me!

    @Sharon: I knew I wanted something to do with windmills, and combining the two terms seemed ideal!

    @VP: I suppose if it gets icy, it might be, but it was fine walking across when I passed over.

    @Hilda: where there's open water here in the winter, ducks will find it and congregate.

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  20. I would get excited if I could find a windmill like that in such a beautiful setting. Lovely shots. Never get tired of your snow! Careful on the bridge...looks icy!

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  21. Windmills are neat though sometimes I see ones that look scary.

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  22. That mill looks lovely in the snow :)

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  23. Pretty windmill but I think you're fighting an uphill battle for snow/winter love, lovely as it may be.

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  24. Like the windmill! Keep the geese up there though!

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  25. @Lauren: Canadians are used to snow and ice... except in the lower west coast around Victoria and Vancouver, where they don't really get winter.

    @RedPat: there are a few that I know of around the province.

    @Whisk: that one in Sleepy Hollow that gets blown sky high, for example.

    @Marleen: quite a contrast to the ones in Holland, where snow's more of a rarity around the mills.

    @Kay: I know, I'm outnumbered.

    @Cheryl: they go where they please!

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  26. Quite lovely spot! (And I have to throw in an obligatory BRRR along with that :)

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  27. I love that cute windmill! I'm also glad to see that there is some water that doesn't freeze over so the birds can enjoy it in the winter.

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  28. The windmill is the scene stealer. No, cold is not a good thing.

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  29. Lovely shots. Free comic book day?? I've never heard of it here, then again I'm not a comic book fan. Though some shots of people in costume would be much appreciated.

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  30. How lovely! That windmill definitely reminds me of the photos I've seen of Holland. I think we get Free Comic Book Day here too. In fact, think our son mentioned something about that not so long ago.

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  31. I like the windmill. The snow? Not so much.

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  32. This will definitely be part of my tour on Saturday! (Hamilton's Doors Open is the same weekend, but I've already been to most of the buildings open this year)

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  33. Great windmill! I really like that last shot too.

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  34. @Meradeth: I figured I'd get reactions like that!

    @Lois: the river does flow swiftly enough through much of that town. The birds know it too.

    @Mari: I'll have to photograph it in summer.

    @Krisztina: I'll hit a couple of shops here... and hopefully one of them has some people in costume!

    @Denise: it's been going on for several years.

    @Jack: well, I'm down to just a handful of shots featuring anything remotely resembling winter.

    @Hamilton: have fun on Saturday!

    @Jim: thank you!

    @Linda: thanks!

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  35. Gorgeous windmill, so different from ours.

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