It was snowing again so we decided on a day at home whilst Ken whizzed around the 51km Freestyle (Skate Ski) Loppet*. He’d planned on only doing part of it due to his cold, but the conditions were good and he got round the whole course (the same course as the classic loppet in which we took part in 2012 – see link from yesterday’s posting) in a bit over five hours.
He kindly collected Sue’s bronze medal for coming third in her age category yesterday. She was as surprised as she was pleased!
So all we managed today by way of exercise was a 4km stroll down by the Rideau River with Helen.
That left us with time to finally get around to judging the entries in the Austrian Alpine Club’s 2015 photographic competition. There were lots of nice images to choose from, especially in the landscape/general category. Unfortunately we can’t publish them here, or even reveal the winners, so you’ll have to put up with more of my snapshots I’m afraid – today’s having been photoshopped in an effort to make them more interesting, scenes by the river on a cloudy day being of limited variety…
Thanks go to Ken and Helen for their input during the judging process.
If you do enter a photographic competition, please do pay attention to cropping your images, which should preferably have their main subject in focus. Take yourself back to the days when you slaved over chemicals in a darkroom, with various gadgets to lighten and darken certain areas and to print just the part of the image you wanted to look at.
This may be the last posting from Ottawa as we go home tomorrow.
* The Freestyle Loppet was won by a Frenchman, in Ottawa as a waxing technician for the French World Cup Sprint team, who started in the second wave two minutes behind the elite skiers. The ‘elite’ Norwegian who came over the line first was not impressed!