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    April 22, 2016
    Happy Earth Day! Let's celebrate the small things in life as much as the big ones !
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    April 15, 2016
    Some of my images of Leo Mol's exquisite sculptures were recently published in a Russian Art Magazine called Золотая палитра. If you are like me, you may not speak much Russian so I asked the author, Maria Lakman, to translate the title of the magazine; it is 'Golden Palette Art Magazine'.


    There is a short series of events leading to my involvement with the above article which I would like to mention. Maria first introduced herself in December of 2012 following a telephone conversation I had with one of the daughters of the famous painter Nicholas de Grandmaison. After years of trying to connect, finally I was able to chat about this painter of 'indian portraits' who also carried the same name as me. I mentioned to his daughter that Nicholas has written a letter in 1954 to one of my relatives asking him whether he was related to our family. The letter was printed in a book called 'Sur les traces de nos ancetres - Jean-Baptiste Grand'Maison , ses descendants et le Drame acadien' (2003) by Dr. Reginald Grand'Maison. It is essentially a book about my Grandmaison family from the time my first Canadian descendant (Guy-Jean-Baptiste Guillot) landed in the Province of Quebec (likely in Ste-Anne-de-Beaupre) from France in the period between 1700-1712. Maria Lakman contacted me and asked whether she could read the letter as she was currently involved in writing a book in Russian about Nicholas de Grandmaison. I eventually received a copy of the book (2013) but, unfortunately, I can only 'look at the pictures'!


    Maria contacted me again in 2014 and asked if she could meet me at the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden in Winnipeg as she was now writing an article about the sculptor. I had a very pleasant walkabout through the gardens with Maria and her husband and later I submitted a selection of images of the sculptures that I had created over the years. The above images were those selected for the article, along with other photos from other sources. Incidentally, if anyone is interested in reading a translation of the article, you can do so by clicking here. Should you like a challenge and wish to read the article in Russian, please contact me and I will forward you a pdf of the article. Interesting how one event can lead to another!


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    April 15, 2016
    I first saw this iceberg the day before and photographed it from the shoreline near Eastport, Newfoundland in the afternoon as well as later that same evening and then again the following morning at dawn. On my return to a local B&B for breakfast, my traveling companion and I made one more stop to have a look at this amazing iceberg. Living on the prairies, I don't see these every day! As I was composing the first image, I suddenly heard a very loud CRACK and I told my buddy "Get ready, it's coming down"! A few seconds later, the iceberg began to tilt to the left and proceeded to crumble during the span of less than three minute as I captured this sequence of images of an event that I was indeed privileged to witness. Only days earlier, I had been much too close to other large icebergs floating in the Atlantic Ocean. Because most of the mass of an iceberg is actually under the water and not visible, a tidal wave could easily cause you to overturn and drown should your boat be too close. Life is always full of unexpected events!
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    April 15, 2016
    Spring has been a lingering affair this year with a greater than usual repetition of melting and freezing events. A few weeks ago, I meandered into the Seine River Forest and made a few images of ice that formed on pools and puddles at the edge of the trees as well as images of the melting ice on the Seine River itself. The late afternoon sun created a lovely contrast between warm and cool colors. Click on the main image to see the other images in the gallery.
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    April 6, 2016
    The Spring / Summer (2016) issue of Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine (OPC) is now on Canada's newsstands. Through entertaining, interesting and informative articles and imagery, the Contributing Photographers of OPC Magazine share their love and passion for photography and the outdoors. In each issue, subscThe Spring / Summer (2016) issue of Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine (OPC) is now on Canada's newsstands. Through entertaining, interesting and informative articles and imagery, the Contributing Photographers of OPC Magazine share their love and passion for photography and the outdoors. In each issue, subscribers get a glimpse of what's involved for myself and each and everyone of my colleagues in pursuing our passions. Kudos to editor Roy Ramsay for his vision, hard work and perseverance in making this happen.


    For almost 10 years now, I have been writing and illustrating about my travels and adventures across this great country we call Canada. Next year, on July 1, 2017, Canada will celebrate it's 150th Anniversary. This latest issue of OPC features my 37th article since the magazine launched back in 2007; how time flies! In my latest installment of 'Discovering Canada', I explore 'The Dempster Highway' which crosses through parts of the Yukon and the Northwest Territories. I know some of you will be heading up that way this summer so I hope you enjoy. Happy Travels!ribers get a glimpse of what's involved for myself and each and everyone of my colleagues in pursuing our passions. Kudos to editor Roy Ramsay for his vision, hard work and perseverance in making this happen.


    For almost 10 years now, I have been writing and illustrating about my travels and adventures across this great country we call Canada. Next year, on July 1, 2017, Canada will celebrate it's 150th Anniversary. This latest issue of OPC features my 37th article since the magazine launched back in 2007; how time flies! In my latest installment of 'Discovering Canada', I explore 'The Dempster Highway' which crosses through parts of the Yukon and the Northwest Territories. I know some of you will be heading up that way this summer so I hope you enjoy and Happy Travels!
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