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The Design Guy blog features articles on design, creativity, commercial photography, tech, tips, and life. I add to this journal as the mood takes me.

I am also an avid landscape photographer based in Niagara, Canada. This site is the home of my personal photography project, Somewhere In Niagara, in which I travel the back roads and trails to discover the hidden beauty of the Niagara Peninsula. Enjoy.

Carolinian Canada

I have not quite yet summoned the courage to venture into this particular wilderness. More accurately, common sense tells me this would be a bad idea. Courage has no relevance here. Let us, rather, not be stoopid. It is an area of significant import, biologically, geologically, and geographically. Carolinian woods and forests and, yes, swamps
Stop sign in Ontario

Stop Sign

Here in Ontario, Canada, we see STOP signs in back yards. I doubt they will worry traffic, except for the occasional speeding lawnmower. And as we all know, deer can’t read, so they won’t. Stop, that is. There’s a bad joke to be made about why we put ‘Deer Crossing’ signs in high traffic areas
Snowy Owl at the Canadian Raptor Conservancy

Up Close with a Snowy Owl

This owl is a resident of the Canadian Raptor Conservancy, a bird habitat / sanctuary on the outskirts of Simcoe, Ontario. This wonderful place is home to a wide range of birds of prey (raptors) from around the world, and also home to a large following of photographers like myself that regularly visit for a
Winter in the Welland Canal, Port Colborne

IOTW: Welland Canal

The Welland Canal connects Lakes Erie and Ontario and is a much safer transportation route for shipping than the nearby Niagara Falls, a few kilometres to the East. Our Image Of The Week is of ships wintering at the entrance to the Welland Canal in Port Colborne. The canal freezes during the winter months, making
Kakabeka Falls

Kakabeka Falls

A short drive from the centre of Thunder Bay, the Kaministiquia River flows through the Kakabeka Provincial Park. In the coincidentally named village of Kakabeka Falls, the river flows over the Kakabeka Falls. Kakabeka Falls is the second highest waterfall in Ontario. The water plunges dramatically 40 metres before sorting itself out and flowing again
Port Colborne Optimist Club accepts 2023 grant from Port Colborne Council

Optimist Club Wins Grant

At the Port Colborne City council meeting last night, I and several other members of the Port Colborne Optimist Club were present to see Port Colborne Mayor, Bill Steele present a cheque for $4000 to club president Kim Eros. Which was kinda cool. Funds are for use in our many community projects, which can be
Sugarloaf Marina from the air

Sugarloaf Marina

In winter, the boat slips at Sugarloaf Marina stand empty. Winter ice makes the marina uninhabitable for boats, which are lifted out and winterized until the return of warmer weather. When Spring begins, the ice clears. It leaves behind crystal clear ice-filtered water. Those brave enough to venture out can see right to the bottom
The ManhatTron Project

The ManhatTron Project

On a hot afternoon in July I found myself in New York with a couple of hours to kill between photoshoots. So I went up all 102 floors of the Empire State Building and enjoyed the view. It is rather spectacular. Even when repeatedly bumping shoulders on the observation deck with everyone else. It was
Morning sun


This view of the frosty sunrise was taken #somewhereinniagara and though it was a cold start to the day it heralded Spring. Throughout the drive I noticed buds appearing on trees. Animals were more vociferous, more numerous, and more visible as they sensed the turning of the world and began their courtship dances. The frosty


A Snowy Owl thinking really deep thoughts. There is not much else to do, in a field. This item shows several images of a Snowy Owl coming in to land on a post, above the main image of the same Owl after dropping to sit on a rock and scan for a tasty breakfast treat.
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