Guelph, Ontario

May 24, 2015 08:36 – 08:36

Yesterday, I asked my friend Jess for any recommendations about photogenic places around Guelph. Following her suggestions, I visited the Guelph University Macdonald Stewart Art Centre’s sculpture garden, the Guelph University Arboretum, and The Covered Bridge. I also did a drive-by to take some photos of the Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate, a “minor basilica and parish church located in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. A Gothic Revival style building designed by Joseph Connolly. It is considered Connolly’s best work.” (Source:

The Macdonald Stewart Art Centre’s sculpture garden has a number of unusual but still expected sculptures. I didn’t find information on any of them, so I have no back-story, but the pictures. I parked next door in an other-wise empty parking lot, and I had a feeling somebody was watching me.

I have a problem distinguishing between sculpted faces unless they are very different. I’m not positive, but I believe these were all busts of the same head. To me, busts of famous people never look at all like the famous people.

I’d like to know the title of this one, but for my purposes, it’s untitled.

This one looks like a bear and an ancient Aztec representation of some kind. I’ve forgotten its name.

And, here’s a giant feather!

And last, but not least, the cell phone and sickle!

After leaving the University, I went to see The Covered Bridge. It is set near the confluence of the Speed and Eramosa Rivers.

I couldn’t find a land vantage that would allow me to get both ends of the bridge in the same picture.

But, the best views were of the Speed River, rather than the bridge.

When I got off the bridge, I was able to descend to the mudflats on the right in this picture, which is where I got the shot of most of the bridge.

There were also three girls who were engaged in naughty public behavior. Yes. That’s right, folks—they were feeding the Canada geese!

Hard to see in that picture, but the geese were accompanied by a pack of goslings, which looked to be about two weeks old:

After leaving the bridge, I made my way to the Guelph University Arboretum. It’s modeled after the Harvard University Arboretum. I was carrying my tiny Canon PowerShot SX260 HS. In the arboretum, I did see a humming bird, but it was too fast for the PowerShot—I wished at that point that I’d lugged the bigger Canon. I did get shots of a cowbird and a mourning dove, though.

There were also some beautifully complex flowers. I have no idea what kind they are. Here are two of the ones that caught my eye.

I also took some sunset shots, but I neglected to bring the SD card in from the car. So, they’ll have to wait. Now, I need to get ready to go sing a couple of songs at my friend Rev. Jess’s church, Grand River Unitarian. After lunch, I plan to head back to the U.S., where I’m booked at a hotel in Rochester.

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