Vikings Sail Again

Draken Harald Hårfagreis (lit. “Dragon Harald Fairhair” – named for the first King of Norway) the largest Viking Longship built in modern times – quite a feat considering there are no existing plans for the original boats! The ship left Norway in April 2016 with Capt. Björn Ahlander and his…

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Ravenscliffe Neighbourhood

This is an old neighbourhood in Hamilton, Ontario (Canada) – named for one of the largest properties located there – Ravenscliffe. Nestled at the foot of “Hamilton Mountain” (part of the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve), the homes range through many architectural styles and eras seldom seen today in their original…

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It’s not everyday you can photograph something this rare & unusual… Nosfur…what? Nosfurrytooth aka Sciurus Carolinensis Sanguinarius – the legendary (Albino) Vampyre Squirrel! Stories told to terrify children (and unwelcome visitors) in the Carpathian Mountain region of Romania mention the vampir veveriță (vampyre squirrel) – a mutated Gray Squirrel that…

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Old Fort Erie

Ft. Erie Field Cannon

Old Fort Erie (Ontario, Canada) is the oldest British Fort in Ontario (built in 1764 during Pontiac’s Rebellion). It has been restored and a museum added to share the long history of the Fort and this area.

Perched on the north shore of Lake Erie on land that originally belonged to the Onguiaahra & Chonnonton First Nations; called “The Neutral Nation” by early French explorers because they tended to avoid conflict with most of their neighbours – specifically staying neutral in the wars between the Huron & Iroquois Nations. Much of the Chonnonton (lit. “Keepers Of The Deer”) land was rich in flint deposits – useful for tools & weapons – and a good source of trade.

These photos were taken during a recreation of the Battle Of Culloden (near Inverness in the highlands of Scotland) – the final confrontation of the Jacobite Rising (against British rule) that took place 16th April 1746 and was led by “Bonnie Prince Charlie” (aka HRH Charles Edward Stuart)…unfortunately, the Scots lost.

The tree is an ancient American Beech tree (+300 yrs) – it is over 80 feet tall and about 18 feet around the base of it’s trunk. It is probably the oldest tree on this property…and just barely alive.

Fort Erie has also been…

  • a base for British troops, Loyalist Rangers and Iroquois Warriors during the American Revolution (1775 – 1783)
  • Canada’s bloodiest field of battle with over 3000 troops killed and wounded during the Siege of Fort Erie August 3 to September 21, 1814
  • the major crossing point into Canada of the Underground Railroad 1793 – 1865
  • occupied by the Fenians (Irish Republican Army) during their largest raid, 1866
  • visited by Pontiac, General Brock, General Winfield Scott, Lord and Lady Simcoe, Prince Edward (future King Edward VII), Mark Twain.