The Essential Catchall

I've raged against the inflation of grades and streaming to minimize expectations on otherwise capable students before.  I'm at the end of another semester of teaching essential students and once again I've been injured by the process.  Just as in last year's essential English class, I'm given a single class…

Replacing Perished Rubbers

I got replacement rubber bits for the now fifteen year old Triumph Tiger 955i in before Christmas, but the weather has been so diabolically cold that even with a propane heater in the garage, the floor is still radiating negative thirty degrees and working in there is a misery.  We…

Bike Pickup in the Black Hills

The Dakar has me all dual sport fixated at the moment.  To pass the never ending Canadian winter I've been looking up hard to find bikes and then seeing what it would take to go get 'em. For $3000US there is a Yamaha Ténéré for sale at the Power Brokers of…

Why On Earth Would They Do That?

A conversation with one of my students at lunch today: Lyndon demonstrating, 'it's hard'  "What are you watching?" "Footage from today’s stage of the Dakar race." "What's that?" "The hardest race in the world." "Why is it so hard?" "It's thousands of kilometres of dangerous off road racing with cars,…

Autumn in the Canadian Woods

Autumn colours and mushrooms in the wet Kawartha Highlands woods. All photos taken with the Olympus EPL-3 micro four thirds camera in October of 2014. These are the typical settings for the macro shots below: E-PL3f/5.6   1/20   42 mm   ISO400 Long shutter night shots with flaming sticks and flashlights! The ruins…

Toronto Zoo Photography

The trick to zoo photography is to catch your subject without the enclosure, which becomes an exercise in framing.  The Toronto Zoo is a particular nice place to do zoo photography because of the quality of the enclosures.  It also happens to have one of the finest plant collections in…