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Old 08-05-2010, 06:47 PM   #16
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Smith Falls QC Fly-in

2009-06-07 Smith Falls QC Fly-in

Having successfully infiltrated one "open house", it was time for another. An intel update indicated that there'd be a fly-in at the Smith Falls airport to check out.

First, a bit of the airport's history:



Security at the fly-in was remarkably lax - I even managed to get some shots of their stealth aircraft:





and catch the locals observing an incoming aircraft:



An example of their airborn amphibious capability:








An aircraft with attitude:



"The Other woman":



This little guy did some sneaking and peeking of it's own:





And - I even managed to find the lair of some aircraft I'd spotted the day before. HQ'll love this...





Meanwhile, sneaky-copter snuck up on behind me, which gave me cause to wonder if my cover was blown.




All for naught - it was interested in something else...



Going against regs and trying something artsy -



It wasn't all aircraft - some other vehicles managed to gain entrance to the area:





There was even a buzzed bike powered hemp-based beer:



All in all it was a quiet day although there was suspicious display of aerobatics.

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Old 08-07-2010, 08:56 AM   #17
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Near Packenham Ontario

2009-06-08.1 Near Packenham Ontario

After I'd logged my Gatineau imaging data, I took off for the Agency safe-house in
Pakenham Ontario which was the home base of Agents Delta and Holiday, and a heaping helping sample of some of the big fields and trees that populate Ontario's country and farm land:







Signs of civil unrest?



A sample of local infrastructure:



The
RCMP breed the horses used in their musical ride at their Pakenham Breeding Farm:





but they discourage interaction with visitors....



After leaving the breeding farm, these horses either go to the
RCMP Musical Ride stables at the Rockcliffe Park Equestrian Centre or they go up for auction.








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Old 08-09-2010, 05:46 PM   #18
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Packenham Infrastructure, Park, and Church

2009-06-08.2 Packenham Infrastructure, Park, and Church

After the debrief at home base, Agent Holiday took me to check out some local infrastructure:









After we finished the infrastructure shoots, Agent Holiday took me to another location that needed imaging. We started with someone fishing on the peninsula:



A sailboat puttering back into port carrying - contraband? Opposing agents?







another angle at the fisherman - although I'm starting to wonder what this person's really about.



Some of what I shoot was a bit contradictory:



Can you see the contradiction? If not, take a closer look:



Some local domiciles:



There's jungle growth to be found everywhere you go:



I've never seen tower cladding like this, so I had to shoot this church:











Before returning back to the park we passed through a cemetery behind the church:











before returning to the park above our lone fisherman:



Looking at this picture now, I can't help but wonder if this fisherman's real, or if his fishing rod's a decoy for something else.
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Old 08-11-2010, 06:25 PM   #19
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Who'se prettier?
Mustang!

Cool to see it in RCAF livery

You know I love aircraft!
Is that a permanent museum in Gateneau?
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Old 08-11-2010, 06:35 PM   #20
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Mustang!

Cool to see it in RCAF livery

You know I love aircraft!
Is that a permanent museum in Gateneau?
Yes - it's at http://vintagewings.ca.

AFAIK, the hanger full of vintage aircraft at Smith Falls was part of a private collection.

And if you love these aircraft, wait until later in the trip.
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Old 08-11-2010, 06:37 PM   #21
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Mustang!

Cool to see it in RCAF livery

You know I love aircraft!
Is that a permanent museum in Gateneau?
Please, the Gullwing "Whistling Death" Corsair is the prettiest.

Even the name is better.

And Pappy Boyington flew one....

C'mon!!!! They didn't make a tv show out of the P-51!!!!

Love the story! Great style!
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Old 08-11-2010, 06:47 PM   #22
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Pakenham ON - What have we here?

2009-06-08.3 Pakenham ON - What have we here?

On returning back to Delta and Holiday's home base, we found mini-agent Rho aspiring to new heights of spy-dom:



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A short chat later convinced her that her time would have to wait.

Disclaimer: No secret weapons were activated in the taking of this picture.



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Pakenham 5-Span Bridge

2009-06-09.1 Pakenham 5-Span Bridge

The next day I assisted Agent Holiday in capturing more infrastructure imaging. Our first stop of the day was at the Pakenham 5-Span Bridge:



From a reconnisance perspective, it's a nice structure in a landscapey-sort-of-way, but it also served as a good opportunity to practice taking pictures in some overcast and drizzly conditions.



I wonder what interest HQ has in this structure - do they want to use it for dead drops in the future? One can only wonder....











Or maybe PostCard Section is running low on inventory?


























While Agent Holiday and I wandered around the area, some targets of opportunity presented themselves:





Do flowers give kisses? This picture would seem to indicate that they do:





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Love the story! Great style!
Thanks! There's lots more comin'.
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Pakenham 5-Span Bridge and Burnstown Bridge - Pt 2

2009-06-09.1 Pakenham 5-Span Bridge and Burnstown Bridge - Pt 2

After we took our fill of the Pakenham bridge, it was off for some food at a lovely little local restaurant run by the Watt family called, logically enough,
Watt's Cooking:



We got a seat with a nice (and dry!) view of the landscape and river out the back



and on the way out were tempted by their assortment of take-out fare. Tempting as it was, this time resistance was difficult,
not futile!



After we left Watt's Cooking, we rode to the
Burnstown area for some more colorful targets of opportunity:





the overcast made shooting from the Burnstown Bridge posed a challenge - and this is the result:







some more happy flower power:





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Ottawa and St Lukes Ev Lutheran Church

2009-06-09.2 Ottawa and St Lukes Ev Lutheran Church

We left Burnstown for Ottawa, home of this unique sculpture:



which seemed to be dedicated to human rights:



We stopped by a local church and got a few more shots:






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Packenham ON to Gatineau QC Part 1

2009-06-10 Packenham ON to Gatineau QC Part 1

Once my inspection of the Packenham safe-house was done, the next stop was in Gatineau Quebec. With a full day to make a one-hour hop, I decided to free-lance a bit and explore the area. Going off-track can turn up the most interesting bits of trivia - like how small-town country spies...er....residents share their community intelligence using strategically placed trees:





I also found some locals that looked like it'd be fun to try some mind games with.

The first step is to find them -



then get their curiosity going -





"come closer my pretties"



however, they weren't buying what I was selling...





there was some milling about - was I getting through? Would they take the bait?





this didn't looking good for my side -



nope...



not good at all...




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Packenham ON to Gatineau QC Part 2

2009-06-10 Packenham ON to Gatineau QC Part 2

Having failed to entice these locals into my snare, I cleared the area before the local authorities could arrive and investigate, and in the course of my escape and evasion I came upon the town of Blakeney, Ontario.



My GPS showed that it straddled the Mississippi river which could make it of tactical interest in certain situations, and that made it a photograph-worthy area.

Their bridge over the Mississippi -





Making my way into the area:



and then gathering the intel:











One observation I have to make about the areas is how aggressive and persistent the local airborn troops are - every time I tried to my riding jacket off, any exposed skin was promptly dive-bombed and munched on with great vigor.









It was a relaxing stop overall.

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Old 09-09-2010, 06:14 PM   #29
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2009-06-10 Packenham ON to Gatineau QC

2009-06-10 Packenham ON to Gatineau QC

Escaping from the Blakeney ON locals was hungry work, and my escape route brought me to the little town of Almonte Ontario.






After I'd secured my ride and activated all the appropriate booby-traps...



I left find some man-fuel. A short walk later I found a walkway that guided me on my way around some construction work upstream of a local waterfall:











Hmmm.... an electric plant - this intel could prove useful in the future....








after which I found the rear entrance to this local establishment:



After the food was done, I made my way out their front entrance:



and found yet more infrastructure to shoot - on the surface, this appears to be a railroad bridge, but in my line of work one can never be sure:



Upstream of the dam:















Mugging for the camera -



some more targets of opportunity:







The rest of the trip to Gatineau was un-eventful, but an encrypted archive of images taken during my passage through Ottawa can be found here.


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Old 09-12-2010, 10:52 AM   #30
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