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Old Yesterday, 07:27 PM   #1541
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Thanks, Silvia, George, and Roman for your kind comments.

Thanks for visiting my Norway album, Roman. I've been tempted to add new threads to Urban Showcase, but in the end I find it sufficiently demanding to keep my Dundas thread on track and have decided that I don't need to overcomplicate things at my advanced stage of life.

To continue where we left off ...

King Street East and West, Dundas 1: Olympic Drive to East Street (continued)

KSE039 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr

Here’s a reverse angle shot from the west (Dundas) end of the Desjardins Canal looking east.
King Street East runs parallel to the bank on the left.


KSE040 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr

Here at the west end of the Canal, there’s a butterfly garden.


KSD081 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr

The terrain here is a jungle of plants and weeds favoured by butterflies.


KSD080 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr

Stick around long enough here, and you can be almost sure that a monarch will alight photogenically on a butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii).


KSD086 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr

Occasionally you’ll meet a fellow stroller on one of the overgrown gravel paths.


KSE023 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr

We’re now back on King East, which still lacks a sidewalk until you get beyond that puddle.
The wiggly lines on the yellow sign indicates that the Canal often overspills the road after heavy rain.


KSD116 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr

On the north side of King Street are some important, if unromantic, Dundas institutions.
There’s the waste water treatment plant (i.e., sewage works), a Little League baseball complex ...
... and one of the town’s main school bus depots.
It may seem incredible that a town as small as Dundas needs so many school buses.
But thanks to Canadians’ dependence on the car, our smaller settlements are typically sprawling and have poor or no public transit.
As we have seen, their outlying areas often have no sidewalks, making the streets dangerous for pedestrians.
So all those school buses reduce the number of car journeys and make life a bit safer for kids.


KSE044 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr

Before King East turns suburban, there’s another, unexpected Dundas institution.
It’s the clubhouse of the Hamilton Air Force Association, at this location since 1959.
(Dundas doesn’t even have an airport ... there’s no room for one in the Valley.)


KSD090 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr

On permanent display outside is a Canadair CT-133 Silver Star, the Canadian version of the Lockheed T-33 jet trainer.
It seems to yearn to join the swallows swooping over the Canal.

(To be continued)

Please check out my new Flickr albums, Norway: From Oslo to Lofoten Islands, and Sweden 2019 covering Malmö and Uppsala.
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Great, very nice updates once again
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Yellow school buses; such an American icon.

Fabulous butterfly photo.
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Again enjoyed your update very much, Nick!

Phantastic butterfly shot - the pattern of his wings reminds me of stained glass...

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At first glance, you think: "oh, such a nice nature photo", but then you notice the signs of civilization in the background... Great set, as always!

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