Ruthven Park is the former home of five generations of the Thompson family. Not the newspaper magnet or explorer, but an important family in their own right. With members of the military, actors, businessmen and politicians, the family contributed to the formative years of country and to the building of our nation up until the 1990’s. They were also active members of the Haldimand community.
David Thompson moved to the area from Wainfleet in the 1830’s. His interest in moving here was two-fold. First, he wanted to invest in the Grand River Navigation Company with funds he earned while being a contractor on the building of the first Welland Canal in the 1820’s. Secondly, he was interested in business. As a result of his move, David was instrumental in the laying out of the former 1200 acre town ofIndiana. He eventually owned two sawmills, as well as a gristmill, carding mill, cooperage and several stores. Overall, Indiana supported over 30 industries and was the largest industrial town in Haldimand County in the mid nineteenth century.
David was elected to the legislative assembly after the union of Upper and Lower Canada in 1841, and served as a reformer until his death in 1851.
I spent the day in Venezia (Venice) yesterday among the other thousands of people there to enjoy the beautiful weather and watch the Venice marathon!
I shot over 250 images during my visit. This is only a very small sampling as I don’t have the time to work on all of these images right now. Stay tuned in a few weeks for the rest!
When I was in Ottawa, Ontario earlier this week I spent a bit of time wandering around the parliament buildings. It was bitterly cold and I would have like to spend longer but the wind was just too much. I processed these images through an add on to Lightroom from Nik Software. This add on is called Silver Effects Pro 2 and is amazing! It does for Black & White what HDR does for colour images!