Category Archives: Photos

PHOTO: Almonte on the Mississippi River

Barry Gray: Almonte / Mississippi River
Almonte / Mississippi River. Photo by Barry Gray.

Photographer Barry Gray writes: “Stopped in at Almonte on the way back from Pakenham and went to the Mill there.  I didn’t get the photo I was looking for…there was too much ice. But I did get this photo from the back of the Heirloom Cafe and Bistro looking up the Mississippi River, then played around quite a bit in Photoshop to make it look a bit like a painting.”

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Stittsville Goulbourn Horticultural Society holds annual photo contest

2014 winning entry by Marise Dube
2014 winning entry by Marise Dube


The Stittsville Goulbourn Horticultural Society is running their annual photo contest again this year.


  1. Photos will be accepted in original (CAMERA) .jpg or print format. Photo prints can be dropped off at the Stittsville, Richmond or Munster public libraries. Digital photos can be e-mailed to One e-mail entry clearly named and numbered with photo attachment per class. Please provide a self-addressed envelope (if you want to submit off line) your disc, memory stick or pictures to be returned.
  2. Memberships for new entries must be purchased before the deadline of 15 February 2015. Memberships must be in good standing for entry and include all rights and privilege for individual fee of $15.00 or $25.00 per family. Can be included with photo submission.
  3. We reserve the right to show entered images at our meetings, in our newsletters or on display in the Goulbourn Recreational Centre Trophy Case or at other public events. Used for the promotion of the Society only.
  4. Entries will be judged by an independent judge according to 40% horticultural value, 40% photographic value, and 20% impact and appearance.
  5. One entry per image.
  6. Colour and balance can be enhanced, removal or addition of images into a photo results in disqualification.
  7. The Judge’s decision is final.


  1. “Greenhouse Delights” –A plant guide to pre-season seedlings or extended season growth.
  2. “Garden Proud: A look at my garden” – Selfies accepted.
  3. “Faded Blooms” – Twisted petals, twigs, wilted or dried flowers from back, front or side view. Macros accepted.
  4. “Creations Constructed” – Flower or other seasonal arrangements.
  5. “Pollinators” – Bees our endangered friends busy at work.
  6. “Panorama” – A panoramic view of a field of any season in the Ottawa Valley.
  7. “Oh My Gourd!” – Jack O Lanterns, bumpy, knotted gourds of any size or colour.
  8. “Autumn Joy” – The best of a fall harvest….veggies.
  9. “Waves of Green” – Leaves of curly, round, light green, dark green stripes, dots on any plant, tree or bush.
  10. “Winter Scene” – Your best snow or ice covered plant, tree, leaf or bush in snow.


Can you identify the ladies in this old photo?

EDITOR’S NOTE, JANUARY 30: The women in this photo were identified, but we’ve taken down the photo at the request of the family. Here’s the background.

Earlier this month, Carol Wittebol’s husband Ron was doing home repairs on Pullman Avenue found an old photo of four women under a cold air return cover.  They turned to Facebook to see if they could find out who was in the photo.

“Before we knew it, we had 51 shares,” says Wittebol.

One of those shares ended up reaching a Stittsville woman, whose husband recognized the people in the photo as members of his family. They got in touch with Wittebol and arranged to meet up.

They met this past Sunday and traded some stories about the women in the photo as well as the house in which they used to live.

“I must admit that this event has brought a lot of joy and fun to all of us involved and because of it, we have made some lovely new acquaintances,” Wittebol wrote to in an email.

We were all set to share some of those stories with our readers, when we were contacted today by the family of the people in the photo who asked us to remove it due to privacy concerns.

We’re happy to comply with their request.  We can’t reveal the whole story, except to say that the family who lost the photo was happy to have it back after all these years.

Some good reminders here about the power of social media to connect people together, but also the perils of social media when it comes to privacy.



UPDATE: The women in this photo have been identified. We’ll share more details soon.

From Carol Wittebol on Facebook:

“Yesterday my husband was doing some work in our bedroom which required him to remove the cold air return cover. He found a treasure in there! Well, it’s someone else’s treasure, not ours. For us, it’s more of a mystery. Do any of my friends living in our area recognize anyone in this photo? My guess its that it’s from the 70’s…..our home was formerly Fourth Avenue in Stittsville, now known as Pullman Avenue. We do know that this photo was not taken in our home. I’d love to locate someone in this photo and return it to them. Thank you friends for any light you can shed.”

If you think you know these women, please add a comment below or send us a note at and we will pass the info on to Carol.


PHOTO: Sunset over Bandmaster Park skating rink

Chris Griffin took this photo of tonight’s sunset over the outdoor skating rink at Bandmaster Park in Fairwinds.  The rink officially opened for the season yesterday. People of all ages were outside skating on it today. Here’s a map of outdoor rinks in Stittsville.

Sunset over Bandmaster Park skating rink. Chris Griffin -
Sunset over Bandmaster Park skating rink. Photo by Chris Griffin –


SUNDAY DRIVE: The Pakenham Five-Span Bridge

Pakenham Five Span Bridge. Photo by Barry Gray.
Pakenham Five Span Bridge. Photo by Barry Gray.

Do you have a favourite “Sunday Drive” near Stittsville? Let us know about it on the comments below or send an email to

The Pakenham Five Span bridge was built in 1903 by Scottish Stone Masons over the Mississippi river and rapids at Pakenham in Lanark County, northwest of Stittsville.

The five-arch stone bridge is the only one in North America. It was original built to carry horses and carriages accross the Mississippi River to the mills in Pakenham.

It’s 268 feet long, 22 feet high and 25 feet wide. The largest stone
used in the construction weighs five tonnes.

Public pressure to preserve the bridge, rather than replacing it with a modern bridge, lead to the restoration of it in 1984 to make it suitable for truck and car traffic.  During the resoration, each stone was removed and labelled, and then placed back in its original location over reinforced concrete.

If you’re driving out to Pakenham and it’s a warm day, check out Scoop’s Ice Cream on Waba Road, right in the middle of town.

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Can anybody identify these planes?

Stittsville resident B. R. Ravishankar took these photos early on Tuesday evening.  He’s wondering if anyone knows what the planes were doing:

This evening as I was walking in my neighbourhood in Stittsville, I noticed several long contrails from airplanes. This is nothing unusual, but beautiful to see in clear blue skies. But what intrigued me today was that out of several planes with contrails, only one had another plane traveling right above it, at the same speed, with a much smaller contrail. It looked like a much smaller jet.

Jet contrails on September 24 over Stittsville. Photo by B.R. Ravishankar.
Jet contrails on September 23 over Stittsville. Photo by B.R. Ravishankar.

This is quite unusual, at least to me, since I believe no two planes are allowed to cross paths at the same time even at different elevations. I was curious about whether the media is aware of plane(s) being escorted by NORAD or Canadian airforce jets.


If you know what these planes were up to, leave a comment below or email us at


Photo of the week: Stittsville storm clouds

Storm clouds over Stittsville, by B. R. Ravishankar

Storm clouds over Stittsville, by B. R. Ravishankar


Stittsville resident B. R. Ravishankar snapped this dramatic photo of clouds over Stittsville on Friday, September 5.  The violent storm brought heavy winds and rain and caused several power outages in the area.

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