Ontario Postcards: Rock-cuts
Here are a couple of shots taken during our recent trip down to London, Ontario. I decided to see if I could emulate the style of old postcards. The first one has the colour saturation that I associate with the postcards I remember from the 1960’s. They were often of highway scenes and “lookout vistas” . Somehow they manged to be both mundane & exotic at the same time. For myself, they bring back memories of sitting in back of the family car and going on what my folks called ” summer outing/jaunts” into the country-side.
The second image is an attempt to create a vintage style tinted postcard. I don’t know if it quite works. I played with an extra blurred layer and it reminds me a bit of an old stereo-scope without the appropriate double image . Don’t stare too long, it will get trippy & you’ll get a headache.
As to the rock-cuts, this is what to expect once you travel up to Muskoka country and go north. This is land of Canadian Shield – lakes, rivers, trees, bogs, and rock, …. lots of rock; Precambrian rock to be exact. It provides us with our mineral wealth, wonderful natural beauty, and demanding challenges when it comes to land transportation and construction. You want a rail line, a highway, a basement or a sewer/water pipes ? Then get ready to blast and drill. There is a reason the miners of Sudbury On. are hard rock tough.
If you are wondering where all the nice useful soil went, it is in southern Ontario and the rich farm lands on the American side of the border. The Glaciers scraped it off and deposited down there.