Killarney Provincial Park

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I spent five gorgeous days in July canoeing through Killarney Provincial Park in semi-northern Ontario. It was my first backcountry adventure and I loved every minute of it. I saw my first black bear and a merganser duck with a dozen or more little ones in tow. Loons and bullfrogs lulled us to sleep, and the loon calls echoing up and down the lake were spine-tingling. We canoed through Bell, Three-Mile, Balsam, David, Crystal, and Johnnie Lakes. There were only a couple of odd cottages, which predated the founding of the park, and one motor boat on Bell and Three-Mile. After the first portage it was just us and nature, with the occasional fellow canoeist passing by. I heard a float plane a few times, but the sky was beautifully free of jet contrails.

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A Tree for All Seasons

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I read a quote once about standing in the same place and watching the seasons pass. It was by Monet, I believe, in reference to his many paintings of his water garden at Giverny. I wish I could find that quote again, as it has been very influential. I love choosing a tree or building and photographing it as it changes throughout the year.

I vaguely remember my father planting this short row of trees when I was a child.

Comfort Me With Snowflakes

Comfort Maple, Pelham Township. Reputedly Canada’s oldest sugar maple.

9 December 2010

I shoot with a Nixon Coolpix P100 and am still in the beginning stages of experimentation with different ISO, f-stops and shutter speeds. This is my first winter with the camera so I’m looking forward to lots of experimentation to get creative, artistic shots.

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