Sunday, October 14, 2007

Perth on the Tay River

Last week as I was heading out to the ghost town of Balaclava (pervious post), I decided also to drive by the town of Perth since it was somewhat in the general direction I was heading.

Perth is a very picturesque town about 75 km west of Ottawa that has a small meandering river winding through the town. Perth has become an artistic and retirement community and also a tourist destination with its many craft shops and restaurants

I was hoping that the fall colours would be at their peak but this was not the case. Most of the maples were in brilliant plumage but many of the other trees, which add the many hues of yellow, were still in the finest green with just a hint of yellow on their fringes.

In one of the parks along the river, this one behind city hall, there was a group of ornamental grasses that I managed to position in front of a colourful orange maple. A shallow DOF keeps the background colours.

In a corner of the same park along the river I saw this perfect tranquil setting with a picnic table under a larger willow tree. It just seems to call you to sit, ponder and reflect on the rich and colourful world we live in or to enjoy reading a great novel in the warm morning sun.

In another park I was able to look up the river towards the central areas of the town and capture the river winding around the buildings surrounded by a canopy of trees.

I can definitely see why this has become such a popular retirement location.

Earlier in the summer in a pervious visit (I do like dropping by), I captured this image which I think clearly demonstrates the tranquility and beautiful vistas of this town.

Here we have a couple sitting on the bench and starting to share a lunch while this magnificent panorama unfolds before them.

One final parting image, I couldn’t resist the contrast of the brightly lit ornamental grass against the old stone wall.

If you have a chance, do take the time to drive to Perth and enjoy some the local and fine hospitality of this interesting town with a river winding through it.

Niels Henriksen

A Photographer's Adage

Seeing, in the finest and broadest sense, means using your senses, you intellect, and your emotions. It means encountering your subject matter with your whole being. It means looking beyond the labels of things and discovering the remarkable world around you. -Freeman Patterson, "Photography and the Art of Seeing" by Freeman Patterson , ISBN: 1550130994 . (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1979), page: 7

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