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Picnic Tables in a field of Dandelions, Niagara-on-the-Lake: photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography

Niagara on the Lake 3 May 2016 low res photo by John Ecker pantheon photography

PICNIC TABLES IN A FIELD OF DANDELIONS, NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE:   Pastel painted picnic tables dotted a field of thousands of dandelions on a recent weekend visit to Niagara-on-the Lake, Ontario, Canada.  Shot handheld with a Nikon D3100, Nikkor 18-200 DX zoom lens at 28mm, f20, 125/sec ISO 800.

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Sunflower, Arsie, Veneto Region, Italy: photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography

Dolomite Mountains Sunflower photo by John Ecker, pantheon photography

SUNFLOWER, ARSIE, VENETO REGION, ITALY: This beautiful sunflower stood out against a blue sky in the Dolomite Mountains of northern Italy. I like the shot because of the way the leaves create a feeling of motion.  It was also one of my big sister’s favourite flowers. The photo was taken in the town of Arsie, which is located roughly 80 kms. northwest of Venice in the Veneto Region. Arsie sits on a plain surrounded by mountains near Lake Corlo, an artificial lake created in 1954 along the slopes of Monte Grappa for the production of hydro electricity. At its height in 1911, approximately 11,000 people lived in Arsie. Now, there are roughly 2,500 people living in the town. 6 Catholic parishes, 5 schools and 2 banks and 1 pharmacy serve the town.
Shot handheld with a Nikon D300, 18-200 DX zoom lens at 82mm, f25, 1/250 sec, ISO 1250
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Transylvania, Romania Haystacks: photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography

Transylvania 6 photo by John Ecker pantheon photography copy

TRANSYLVANIA, ROMANIA, HAYSTACKS: A drive through the rolling countryside of Transylvania is a great way to spend part of a day. Meadows, creeks and distant mountains paint a pretty picture. But the picture would not be complete without the famous Romanian haystacks. Some say they are like this nowhere else in the world. In a country where 60 per cent of the milk is consumed right on farms with 2 or 3 three cows, it’s no wonder that the haystacks—the feed for the animals— are everywhere. At harvest time you’ll see people young and old walking the roads with pitchforks and scythes over their shoulders. Hay-making is a family or community exercise that’s been going on for centuries. The process starts with a central pole with, typically, three angled poles forming a tripod. After the hay has been cut in the field and dried out substantially, it is tossed on to the frame. The whole pile is groomed to a gentle slope so that the water runs off it. That’s the simplified explanation. Search the ‘net and you can practically find dissertations on the art of haystacks! Fun fact/myth: A ‘love fork’ is the name for scars on young men who’ve been stabbed by angry farmers whose daughters have cavorted inside the haystacks.

Shot handheld with a Nikon D3100, 18-200 DX zoom lens at F32mm, ISO 3200, 1/320 sec., f25. Copyright photo by John Ecker   |    pantheon photography

 


Abandoned building, Agira, Sicily, Italy, photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography

Agira Sicily 2 photo by John Ecker pantheon photography copy

AGIRA, SICILY, ITALY:  This long abandoned building is near Agira, Sicily. It’s now home to a sizeable pigeon population that calls the old building home. The building is not far from the Agira Canadian cemetery which is the only exclusively Canadian cemetery in Italy from the Second World War. Elsewhere in the country, Canadian war dead were often buried with other Commonwealth soldiers. Agira is the final resting place for all 490 Canadians killed during the Sicily campaign.

Operation Husky was the code name for the invasion of Sicily. On July 10, 1943,160,000 British, Canadian, and American troops landed in southern Sicily in advance of future Allied landings on mainland Italy. The terrain in southern and central Sicily is very hilly and was mostly barren in 1943. The German defenders put up great resistance and the Canadians had it tough in their advance toward Agira.  Still, today, one can see the locations of the German defences and the route Canadian troops took in their attack on the town.

After the taking of Agira, most of the Canadian troops were merged with the British for the final advance toward Messina on the northern tip of Sicily.  Sicily finally fell on August 17th, 1943, just five weeks after the landings.  Shot handheld with a Nikon D300, ISO 250, f/20, 1/40 sec. 56mm on Nikon 18-200 lens, photo by John Ecker  |   pantheon photography