At Walt Disney’s they try to show a goose as lazy and fat. Always trying to find a way to eat the most and deliver the least of effort. Visibly Walt Disney Studios never came to Canada in spring…

The Canada Geese DO come to Canada in spring, after a flight of several thousand kilometres through wind, rain and snow.

Arrival of the Canada geeseArrival of the Canada geese

When they arrive, they are tired and rather noisy. The ice is still not gone from the water, but still they arrive. In Canada they announce spring…

By now, you may know that water and electricity are nearly family. Both represent energy, in different forms. The old dam in Pinawa, now in ruins, was the start of our journey.

Water from the canal, rushing into the forebay of the Pinawa Dam. Water from the canal, rushing into the forebay of the Pinawa Dam.

The water, rushing into the forebay, kept there to be used at a later time. But why build a dam in a place where originally there is no water?

Like many other photo enthusiasts in the world, let’s welcome the latest beta version of Adobe’s Lightroom.  Often enough we see updates to programs, adding a few options that we probably will never use. But this looks different. Now I’m not a Lightroom specialist, even if I use it for all my pictures. Currently a “meagre” 11,000 of them. My collection is growing fast. It needs care and attention. Lightroom 3 has a whole bunch of improvements that are worth talking about. I will take two of them here for a closer look.

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Camera NIKON D90, 1/25 sec F/5.6 52 mm Auto exposure ISO-6400

The pictures I will present here will be a little different than what you are used to until now. But let’s take a look anyway, ok?

Anyone will say that these two do not go together. Certainly not in your bathroom. On the other hand, the two are closely related, one may be the result of the other. If you hold back enough water to create pressure, you can use this pressure to get electricity or any other kind of energy. Our ancestors knew this already for a long time. As “general” public there is normally no chance to get close enough to such a power installation, for obvious security reasons. However, there are places where this is possible in Manitoba.

You are warned! You are warned!

Despite the safety warnings we’re going to take a look! Shall we go?

Mother Earth has many things to offer us, poorly developed humans. Although for a long time we have been able to extract everything we could from the earth, we haven’t found a way to renew the things we took. Apart from that, the spaces that have been created years and centuries ago by our ancestors in need of heating, food and fuel may now give us a nice place to be and spend the day.

Fochtelooerveen, Holland Fochtelooerveen, Holland

The place left behind in Holland has the not-so-easy-to-pronounceable name of “Fochtelooer Veen”. Let’s go and have a look at this historical piece of nature…