Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Bikes and Sights: Around The Neighbourhood

“Ride as much or as little, or as long or as short as you feel. But ride.”
- Eddy Merckx -

There are so many things you don’t notice around your neighbourhood when you’re in a car. But when you are walking or cycling, a whole new world opens up. And because bikes cover much more ground, that world is even bigger.

Here are a few shots of things we noticed while riding close to home...

Crossing the train tracks. The pole in the image looks like it's going to collapse.

This path runs right through a residential area. There are many of these throughout Kingston.

There were so many beautiful flowers in this area.

It's amazing what Mother Nature has gifted us, isn't it?

After over five years of living here, I still can't get over how much green space is all over the city.

This is far from being Disney World. Can anyone guess what it is?

A lone tree in an open field.

We have so many of these gorgeous green areas near home.

This is one of my favourite views.

As the sun began to set, we rode through Lake Ontario Park; one of our favourite places.

And we made friends along the way. 

The view is always beautiful by Lake Ontario.

Our last stop? An ice cream cone at McDonald's. The best way to end a wonderful day.


Thanks for coming along for the ride. Have a great day, everyone.

34 comments:

  1. I like the old railroad communications pole, most are gone in our area. In the old days they carried railroad signal transmission and company phone lines. Some had telegraph lines if you go back over 50 years ago. It is all obsolete now and I used to collect the colored glass insulators when they took the lines down.

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    1. Kingston is a an old city (well, old according to this country), and you catch glimpses of things like that. I think that's what I like best about being here; that there is a mix of old and new.

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  2. You are so right Martha, sometimes when the feeling's right I'll walk and what you see and what you photograph would be impossible inside a car, I'm going to guess a Parliament Building...it looks like one mind you could be a theatre or restaurant, but there aren't that many cars, so I'll stick with Parliament Building after work. lol Love all photos, always sweet Martha xx enjoy the warm weather, what is going on ? lol good for you

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    1. Well, it's a federal building, but not parliament. It's actually a prison!

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  3. What a lovely outing! What is that castle?

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  4. Great photos! I'm going to go out on a limb and guess -- Kingston's Royal Military College?

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    1. Nope. It's the Collins Bay Penitentiary. The locals refer to it as "Disneyland" because of the way it looks!

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  5. I'm with Debra on this one! RMC.
    The beauty around you Martha is breath-taking! You are very lucky to have this so near by. Kingston is indeed a very beautiful city.

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    1. It truly is, Jim. I think a lot of it has to do with Kingston being an old city, which makes it that much more interesting. Well, by now, you've realized from my response to the comments above that it's a prison!

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  6. I think that's a young boy duck, right?
    I like the McDonalds picture.

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    1. I think so, Susie. From the colours, it's certainly a male, but I wouldn't be able to venture a guess on how old it is.

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  7. I usually explore my neighborhood while running (when I was training for my marathon, I explored far and wide!). You're right - it's a great way to discover many hidden "gems." Nice collection of photos.

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    1. It's wonderful to be able to notice things you normally don't if you're in a car. And it's fun to be surprised by those discoveries. I don't know how many times this summer I said "I didn't even know that was here..."

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  8. I'm guessing that's a government office.
    Looks as though it'd be a crime to stay inside around here.
    Be well and be blessed. Smiles.

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    1. Very close, Robyn. It certainly is a government office. It's the Collins Bay Penitentiary, informally called "Disneyland" by locals.

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  9. I agree on cycling exposing you to much more. I could write quite a few posts on that topic...like the time I almost hit a moose.

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    1. You almost hit a moose? That would make a great story! You should post that on your blog.

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  10. Is that the prison? I am not sure which one though.

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  11. Two things. You have an incredible eye for photography. And you clearly live in a gorgeous little corner of the world :)

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    1. Thanks, Wendy, and yes, we live in a gorgeous part of the world! Definitely a reason why we love to be outdoors.

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  12. Martha for your guess, no it was not for Disney princess.. I never been there, neither my wife but it was the women jail ;)

    The picture of the McDonald restaurant, does it use to be a Tim Horton on Princess? I'm not sure, there is 2 bikes hiding the place ha ha ha

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    1. Ding ding ding...we have another winner. Well, except for the 'women jail' part. But still, that's close enough.

      That McDonald's is on Gardiners Rd near bath. It's a fairly new one.

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  13. Oh I just did a research on wikipedia, I was a little off on my guess

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    1. That's okay. You were close enough. I will give you a sticker for your homework :)

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  14. Enjoyed the photos! The open field and the Queen Anne's Lace are beautiful, and I really like the shot of the lone duck!

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    1. There is always something to see when you're outdoors! That's why I never leave home without a camera.

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  15. The shot of the bikes are my top pick. Not for the picture itself, but for what the picture represents. Love it.

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    1. Yup, the end of the day treat. And well-earned at that :)

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  16. It's a beautiful neighborhood. I like those greens and the lake view too. I was just feeling nostalgic of the nature. You are right about not seeing much when you stay on the road. I like offroads side trips very much.

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    1. I love those types of trips. Even if you're in a car, you slow down!

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