Sunday, June 30, 2013

Floating homes of Lemonville 浮宅之鄉

In a sunny afternoon, I was driving north bound along McCowan Road in Toronto. In 30 minutes, I arrived Lemonville at the Bethesda Road and appreciated the beautiful view of the ponds one after the other. The scenery throughout York Region looks fairly ordinary. There is, however, a stretch of countryside atop a sandy hill in Whitchurch-Stouffville lies a series of elegant homes which appear to be floating on water.

These homes do not have swimming pools but rather have ponds which appear quite rare and extraordinary. The water does not come from river or lake but an underground natural "water pool". The soil of the small hill is permeable. Rainwater falls on the topsoil and goes through the permeable soil creating high water levels at the bottom of the hills. The water then flows through the soil near the top of the elevation, it encounters a harder layer of earth. Some of the water moves very quickly to the bottom while the remaining stays near the surface forming an underground lake with only a layer of dirt above it. When the force of the upward flow of the water is so powerful that the top layer of the soil eventually cracks and the water flows out to form a natural pond. The builder takes advantage of this geological phenomenon to design and build these beautiful ponds. 

Photo equipment:
Nikon Coolpix P7700

在一個晴朗的下午,我駕車沿多倫多的麥高雲公路向北走,約三十分鐘抵達了巴士達路,沿途觀賞了一個個美麗的池塘。 多倫多約克區的風景祇是一般,但沿麥高雲公路以南,自巴士達路一公里,西至堅尼地道,在史托維爾一帶的小山崗上都建了不少的住宅,看來似是建在水面的「浮家泛宅」,因為住宅的周圍都不設泳池,卻設有池塘,這是比較特別和少見的現像。



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#1: A sunny afternoon
Nikon Coolpix P7700 @7.6mm, 35mm (35mm equivalent), f/7.1, 1/3200 sec, ISO 400

#2: The sandy hill in Whitchurch-Stouffville on McCowan Road has permeable soil.
Nikon Coolpix P7700 @14.1mm,55mm (35mm equivalent), f/8, 1/320 sec, ISO 400

#3: Looking back south from the slope of McCowan Road
Nikon Coolpix P7700 @19.7mm, 89mm (35mm equivalent), f/8, 1/800 sec, ISO 400

#4: Atop a sandy hill in Whitchurch-Stouffville lies a small hamlet of elegant homes
Nikon Coolpix P7700 @6.5mm, 30mm (35mm equivalent), f/6.3, 1/500 sec, ISO 400

#5: A close shot of a giant house
Nikon Coolpix P7700 @19.7mm, 91mm (35mm equivalent), f/8, 1/800 sec, ISO 400

#6: This cyclist rides up the slope on McCowan Road
Nikon Coolpix P7700 @42.8mm, 197mm (35mm equivalent), f/8, 1/500 sec, ISO 400

#7: An eye-catching view of a charming pond
Nikon Coolpix P7700 @7mm, 32mm (35mm equivalent), f/6.3, 1/500 sec, ISO 400

#8: Shadows of a small bridge and reflections of the blue sky
Nikon Coolpix P7700 @17.7mm, 82mm (35mm equivalent), f/8, 1/1000 sec, ISO 400

#9: The pond is filled with underground water
Nikon Coolpix P7700 @8.2mm, 38mm (35mm equivalent), f/7.1, 1/1600 sec, ISO 400

#10: Enjoying a free swim in a beautiful pond.
Nikon Coolpix P7700 @42.8mm, 197mm (35mm equivalent), f/8, 1/1250 sec, ISO 400

#11: Met a rider across the road.  With her permission, I took several snaps and sent her this one she likes best.
Nikon Coolpix P7700 @17.7mm, 82mm (35mm equivalent), f/8, 1/800 sec, ISO 400

#12: I pulled my car on the shoulder to see this big waterwheel.
Nikon Coolpix P7700 @7mm, 32mm (35mm equivalent), f/6.3, 1/400 sec, ISO 400

#13: A floating house surrounded by green trees.
Nikon Coolpix P7700 @8.2mm, 38mm (35mm equivalent), f/7.1, 1/160 sec, ISO 400

#14: Another pond seen at the intersection of Bethesda Road and McCowan Road
Nikon Coolpix P7700 @6mm, 28mm (35mm equivalent), f/6.3, 1/320 sec, ISO 400

#15: A pond built by the Bethesda Road
Nikon Coolpix P7700 @6mm, 28mm (35mm equivalent), f/6.3, 1/400 sec, ISO 400

#16: A road side pond flourished with green weeds.
Nikon Coolpix P7700 @8.2mm, 38mm (35mm equivalent), f/7.1, 1/320 sec, ISO 400


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  1. 謝謝分享,真的很美!

  2. Peter先生你好!这十多年来收到的唯一邮件,好漂亮!

  3. Wow! very beautiful and peacful, you are so lucky to have chance to go there............I like it !!

  4. I like #7 and #14 the best! They are the pond scene. It is so nice to have a natural pond right on your lawn. I wonder if they are more expensive.

  5. 是否専程走去取景.或途经无意发掘?

    1. 當日下午,百無聊賴,想去獵影,便選擇這條30分鐘車程的地方取景,拍攝一些眼前容易忽略的勝景。

    2. Your photos are very good. You caught a true feel for this very special artesian well area. I'm the rider and appreciate such a great photo of my horse.

    3. Dear rider: The appearance of you and your lovely horse in the scene is a surprise to me as a landscape photographer. Your joy of horse riding adds token in this album. Many thanks

  6. 好棒呀!当我欣赏#1和#2時,耳边仿佛听着一首经典的歌【希望在田野上】,从这俩张作品中还给我們有了一个好提醒:只有健康的幼苗才可以結出好的果子。现在一代是否应该花多点精力和时间去培养,关心,爱护我们年幼的小朋友?

    1. Derek: 這輯照片引起你發人深省的思考和感受,令我有意想不到的驚喜。也希望我的網誌能與諸君繼續「畫意書情」。謝謝!

  7. All pretty pictures...hard to select...but if I really had to pick out one or two, I would go with #5 and #9. Then again, all of them are beautiful, really!

    1. Dear Louella, We may have come across places like these every day but we may have ignored them because we are too inattentive or over-occupied by other matters. It is until the moment when we can stop for a while and select and compose these shots carefully, we eventually notice their beauty! Remember, always love and appreciate things and people around you. This is the essence for a peaceful and beautiful world! Thanks for your appreciation and preference of these shots!