A Snowy Owl On Christmas Eve At Peterborough Airport

[UPDATE: December 28th: After seeing our post, Peterborough Airport says in a tweet that the snowy owl lives at the airport every winter. “She can be seen perched all over the airport and stays well clear of the runways.”]

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ORIGINAL POST

We’re not sure if this snowy owl was at the airport hoping for a flight to warmer parts but whatever the case naturalist Drew Monkman was there and caught beautiful pictures of the bird there on Christmas Eve.

Photo by Drew Monkman

Photo by Drew Monkman

Drew says he first saw the adult white owl perched on a red-roof building adjacent to Flying Colours at the very end of Brealey Drive, and then it flew to the runway taxiway sign where Drew caught these amazing pics.

Photo by Drew Monkman

Photo by Drew Monkman

Drew tells PTBOCanada the pictures “were taken with a 600mm lens and then cropped, and photographed from Flying Colours parking lot.”

Photo by Drew Monkman

Photo by Drew Monkman

[UPDATE No. 2]: Drew also snapped another picture of the owl more recently at the airport…

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Instagram Worthy Alleys & Urban Spaces Of Peterborough Perfect For Photo Shoots

Peterborough has awesome alleys and cool urban spaces downtown that make perfect backdrops for photo shoots for Instagram. Here are just a few great options that Rob “Electric City” James captured on a recent trek around town…

Location: Water & Hunter Street

Location: Water & Hunter Street

Location: Water & Hunter Street

Location: Water & Hunter Street

Location: Water & Hunter Street

Location: Water & Hunter Street

Location: Chambers & Hunter St. W.

Location: Chambers & Hunter St. W.

Location: Chambers Street at Hunter

Location: Chambers Street at Hunter

Location: Charlotte & George Street

Location: Charlotte & George Street

Location: Hunter & Aylmer Street

Location: Hunter & Aylmer Street

Location: Hunter & Aylmer Street (reverse angle)

Location: Hunter & Aylmer Street (reverse angle)

Location: Water & Hunter Street

Location: Water & Hunter Street

Location: Water & Hunter Street

Location: Water & Hunter Street

Location: Hunter Street facing Simcoe Bus Terminal

Location: Hunter Street facing Simcoe Bus Terminal

Location: Near the corner of George & Hunter Street

Location: Near the corner of George & Hunter Street

Know any other cool urban spaces and hidden alleys? Email here!

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PTBOCanada Autumn Photo Contest

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We're hosting a Fall photo contest over on our Facebook page.

Simply post a scenic photo of our beautiful city to be entered for a chance to win a copy of the book Audubon Society Guide to Nature Photography. Have a look below at some of the gorgeous photos that our readers have already submitted on our Facebook page...

Photo by Brenda Mac. This photo was taken while sitting on the upper deck of our houseboat at the Peterborough Marina, and enjoying the beautiful sight of Peterborough's waterfront at night!

Photo by Brenda Mac. This photo was taken while sitting on the upper deck of our houseboat at the Peterborough Marina, and enjoying the beautiful sight of Peterborough's waterfront at night!

Photo by Hilary Quint. Early autumn, late in the day at Jackson Creek.

Photo by Hilary Quint. Early autumn, late in the day at Jackson Creek.

Photo by Nicole Stricker.

Photo by Nicole Stricker.

Photo by Shawna Colvin.

Photo by Shawna Colvin.

Photo by Jessica Hobbins.

Photo by Jessica Hobbins.

Photo by Kayleigh Hindman.

Photo by Kayleigh Hindman.

Photo by Rebecca L Carpenter.

Photo by Rebecca L Carpenter.

Photo by Trace Jay

Photo by Trace Jay

Photo by Vicki Gray.

Photo by Vicki Gray.

Photo by Lauraann Hickey Frost.

Photo by Lauraann Hickey Frost.

Photo by Jen Cowey.

Photo by Jen Cowey.

Photo by Sandy Scammell.

Photo by Sandy Scammell.

Photo by Angela Ferguson.

Photo by Angela Ferguson.

Photo by Amanda Mertens.

Photo by Amanda Mertens.

Photo by Brenda Mac.

Photo by Brenda Mac.

Photo by Vanessa Maynard.

Photo by Vanessa Maynard.

Photo by Sarah Busby.

Photo by Sarah Busby.

Photo by Lori Bridges.

Photo by Lori Bridges.

Photo by Danielle Kelly. Beavermead Park at sunset

Photo by Danielle Kelly. Beavermead Park at sunset

Photo by Kelly Bruce.

Photo by Kelly Bruce.

Photo by Alan Cummings.

Photo by Alan Cummings.

Photo by Rodica Manea.

Photo by Rodica Manea.

Photo by Kelly Pagett Russelle.

Photo by Kelly Pagett Russelle.

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Local Photographer Releases Zine On Back Alleys Of Peterborough

Since moving to Peterborough 13 years ago, photographer Kevin Collins has been fascinated by the back alleys in the downtown core.

"Most of these alleys are only accessed by discrete tunnels or 'holes in the wall' and open up into a whole other world," Collins says on his website introducing the "Backwater" series, which has been released in zine format (more on that below). "In spring 2017, I set out to try and capture downtown Peterborough from a different perspective."

Photo by Kevin Collins

Photo by Kevin Collins

"While many of the buildings in downtown Peterborough have gone through multiple restorations and renovations over the years, the backsides of these buildings are relatively untouched," Collins writes.

Photo by Kevin Collins

Photo by Kevin Collins

"Many of these areas are covered in graffiti, and held together with crumbling bricks, rotten wood and corrugated sheet metal, and in that, I’ve attempted to capture the dilapidated beauty of these nooks and crannies and that they still function as part of local business or provide living accommodations," says Collins.

Photo by Kevin Collins

Photo by Kevin Collins

"I wanted to capture downtown Peterborough differently than most of the other photos I've seen," Collins tells PTBOCanada. "We walk by these alleys and corridors everyday and never give them a second thought. To try and convey some of the grit, all the photos were shot on black and white film."

Below are a few more of the photos Collins took in the series, which has been released in a new zine called Backwater that you can order a copy of by clicking here

Photo by Kevin Collins

Photo by Kevin Collins

Photo by Kevin Collins

Photo by Kevin Collins

Photo by Kevin Collins

Photo by Kevin Collins

Photo by Kevin Collins

Photo by Kevin Collins

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Portrait Of Peterborough Artist Series Launches Showcasing 40 Local Artists

Peterborough photo artist Mike Taylor has launched an awesome "Peterborough Artists and Artisans Portrait Project" showcasing the tremendous talent in the arts community in Kawarthas.

Jeffrey Macklin, photo by Mike Taylor

Jeffrey Macklin, photo by Mike Taylor

Taylor is creating a portrait of 40 select creatives (some of those are featured in this post) as they work, and is hoping to exhibit the entire collection when it's completed at a gallery show (he has four portraits remaining to shoot).

Shannon Taylor, photo by Mike Taylor

Shannon Taylor, photo by Mike Taylor

"I started this project about 10 years ago, but it was pushed to the side as life got in the way," Taylor tells PTBOCanada of the series. "This past February, I decided that I was ready to pick it up again. So I started researching the local arts community, began sending out email letters and booked my first few portraits."

Megan Ward, photo by Mike Taylor

Megan Ward, photo by Mike Taylor

"The first to shoot was Rob Niezen in his home studio, and the most recent was Lakefield artist Marilyn Goslin," Taylor tells PTBOCanada of his series which is nearing completion.

Rob Niezen, photo by Mike Taylor

Rob Niezen, photo by Mike Taylor

"Most of the time, an artist I approach will accept," Taylor says of the series. "I’ve been turned down only twice. A pretty good success ratio I think."

Victoria Wallace, photo by Mike Taylor

Victoria Wallace, photo by Mike Taylor

"In most cases, the day that I shoot the artist is the first time I meet them," Taylor says. "I go in cold, not knowing what sort of person or environment I will encounter. The challenges are many [he documents some of them here]—and I revel in them all."

John Climenhage, photo by Mike Taylor

John Climenhage, photo by Mike Taylor

"When I moved to Peterborough in 2002, it was very apparent to me this is a very richly artistic community, Taylor tells PTBOCanada. "Being a creative myself, I saw this series as an opportunity to build a body of work that could stretch my skills, while bringing more attention to these talented people. They deserve it. The city deserves it. I’m happy to be part of such a great group of people."

Kate hyde, photo by mike taylor

Kate hyde, photo by mike taylor

Recently Taylor started an additional page on the website where he writes about how a few of the portraits were accomplished. "Readers get insight into what is involved in the process, the challenges I deal with, along with what their artist-heros are like while at work," Taylor says.

Paul Nabuurs, photo by Mike Taylor

Paul Nabuurs, photo by Mike Taylor

Taylor's hope is to assemble an exhibition that holds all 40 portraits in addition to a piece of art by each artist. "The idea is that visitors who come to see their favourite artist will be exposed to potentially 39 others that they weren’t familiar with—it’s a win-win scenario," he says.

Peer Christiansen, photo by mike taylor

Peer Christiansen, photo by mike taylor

View more of Mike Taylor's photographs from the series here.

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Dramatic Lightning Pictures Over Peterborough Last Night

There was quite a lighting show Thursday night (April 27th) in Peterborough, and local weather photographer Jay Callaghan captured stunning pictures that he posted to his Facebook page CaltekDesign.

"All the shots were taken from Whittington Drive overlooking the airport." Callaghan tellls PTBOCanada. "The close strike was at the airport, the other three were in the direction of Kawartha Downs."

Look at them below...

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13 Super Cool Vintage Photos Of Peterborough

Have a look at these neat pictures that may make you feel nostalgic. What are your memories of these photos? Share on our Facebook page.

[h/t Stuart Harrison]

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Peterborough & The Kawarthas From Above In Winter Is Gorgeous

Aaron Harman took these beautiful pictures of Peterborough and the Kawarthas from a plane on the weekend. His buddy Todd Steenburgh is a pilot. Check them out...

Water Street, running along the zoo...

Lift Lock Canal skaters...

Taken of George Street running with Little Lake...

Chemong Lake ice fishers...

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Peterborough Photographer Samantha Moss Is A Local Star On The Rise

Peterborough-based freelance portrait/product photographer Samantha Moss is a local star on the rise with her growing list of editorial and commercial clients. "This time last year I still felt I hadn’t earned the right to call myself a photographer—I was just a person who liked taking pictures," Moss tells PTBOCanada.

Peterborough's Beau Dixon

Peterborough's Beau Dixon

But over the past year, much has changed. Her client base and profile in the community has steadily risen.

"I have had the opportunity to work with some incredible local talent and businesses," Moss tells PTBOCanada. "Getting involved and networking with groups such as FastStart, The Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster, and Arthur: Independent Press has opened so many doors for me."

Jill Stavely cover shoot for Arthur News

Jill Stavely cover shoot for Arthur News

"Fierce" Promo shoot for charity fashion show for Trent fashion

"Fierce" Promo shoot for charity fashion show for Trent fashion

"I don’t think I can really put to words just how much my Peterborough 'family' has helped me," says Moss, who is often seen covering local events. "I never would have had the courage to start a business or even known where to start without organizations like FastStart!"

"Urban Love"

"Urban Love"

"Horse Discovery"

"Horse Discovery"

Moss will be graduating in Spring from Trent University where she studied Media Studies, and has made roots here since moving here 6 years ago. She has found her calling in photography and photojournalism and plans to grow her business from right here in Peterborough. 

Beth, Trent bridge

Beth, Trent bridge

"There are so many interesting people doing exciting things in Peterborough and I want to help them with my photography," Moss tells PTBOCanada. "I want to give the movers and shakers a chance to tell their story through photos and personalized branding."

Entrepreneur Brooke Hammer

Entrepreneur Brooke Hammer

Entrepreneur Lindsay Brock

Entrepreneur Lindsay Brock

"Bride Emergency": Product shoot for Walton Wood Farm

"Bride Emergency": Product shoot for Walton Wood Farm

For more on Samantha Moss, visit her website and Facebook page.

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We Love These Bird's Eye Pictures Of Millbrook In Winter

Check out these beautiful pictures of photogenic Millbrook from above taken by Borealis Productions. Wow.

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