The 2021 calendar is an aggregate of many special places and moments from the past. This article will tell the story of each picture. Other images in the blog will duplicate some of my previous entries.

The cover was the result of five hours of concerted effort to master photographing these marvellous birds. It was taken at Wolsley Lodge. A quaint fishing lodge on the French River. I was blessed to have an opportunity to photograph these birds. It was a great test, next step up, is use flowers, for now, I’m ok sticking near the feeder.

January

“A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence” Jim Watkins

French River – taken on our annual fishing trip. As usual, I have divided attention.
Shinrin-yoku or Forest Bathing is a way to be at one with Mother Nature. You are supposed to use your five senses – without technology, phone or camera. My problem is I just can’t leave the camera behind. I have been blessed with an eye for capturing nature in all its splendour. “My thing” is sharing that special place with those that can’t see it for themselves.
I know I’m not being absolutely faithful to the Forest Bathing concept – but I ask you to believe me when I say I may be taking it in better than most because I’m truly seeing it, listening for birds, looking at light and texture might lose me points because I’m working overtime for that shot.

February

“Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures.” The Dalai Lama

This was taken on our Safari in Tanzania in 2019. The wildebeest migration happens every year. Hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra migrate in search of food and water. Along with them so do the cadre of carnivores- lions, hyenas, and cheetahs.
We drove for over two hours through the migration averaging twenty five to thirty miles an hour. In most places and as far as you can see, there were as many animals as in this one spot.

March

“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” Maya Angelou

Tree farm owned by Bobbie Munroe’s family in Havana Florida. Bobbie is one of those people who will leave an indelible mark on you. I have never left a conversation with her without feeling better for having spent time with her.

April

“Nature speaks in the call of the Loon,” unknown

French River near Wolseley Lodge. There isn’t a more haunting sound than listening to a loon on a quiet lake.

May

“The beauty you see in me is a reflection of you.” Rumi

Professor’s Lane, University of Toronto, Mississauga campus

There are hidden gems everywhere you go. You just have to look.

June

“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.” Jo Walton

Serengeti Tanzania sunset. We booked the sunset Safari dinner experience…wow! It was an extra bonus to arrange one of the most stunning sunsets we have ever seen. ( I will let you in on a secret – every one is special. As nice as the sunsets are, sunrise is even better!

July

“Reflection of the Soul is like looking at a pond. You can only see what is, when there is calm.” Andy Fox

Sylvan Lake, Custer South Dakota. I travel with many a friend. Sometimes I wake them up to join me to experience just how special every place is in its own rights. Other times they need to sleep more than I do. I was fortunate to share this amazing spot with Yvonne. An hour and a half later we returned – the wind picked up and it got chilly, as special as it was. It was no where near as amazing as it was at sunrise.

August

“The country is lyric, the town dramatic. When mingled, they make the perfect musical drama.” Henry Wedsworth Longfellow.

It was raining and foggy in parts. We were exploring the countryside – as I drove past this spot, something said “this place is special”. The car screeched to a halt and as I backed up I knew.

September

“Our lives are but specks of dust falling through the fingers of time. Like sands in an hourglass, so are the days of our lives.” Socrates

Hidden Canyon, Page, Arizona. We had visited the slot canyons in page 15 years prior to the latest visit to the area. The first trip was for tourists and half an hour long. We were over 30 people and I didn’t have my opportunity to take the photos I wanted.
This time, we went on a photographers three hour shoot. There were four of us – Donna included. We had the whole place to ourselves. Amazing rock formation

October

“I don’t know what lies around the bend, but I’m going to believe that the best does.” Anne of Green Gables

Windy Point Trail, Algonquin Highlands. That’s the lane way to our cottage. I’ve travelled far and wide looking for special fall colours and roads since 1969. This is still one of my favourites. As many times as I have walked up that road, I still find special opportunities.

November

“A tree’s beauty lies in its branches, but its strength lies in its roots.” Matshona Dhliwayo

Hwy #60 Corridor, Algonquin Park. As a ten year old I went with my family to Algonquin Park for a camping trip. I wouldn’t believe who had the time to plant all these trees!
My previous camping trips were pure desert wilderness camping on the shores of the Red Sea in Egypt. On those camping trips, as far as one can see in every direction – not a tree in sight. It was basically a sea a couple of hundred feet of shoreline, a two lane roadway partly covered by sand, then more sand before the hills. Now you know the rest of the story – why the Algonquin area has been so magical?

December

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” E Sitwell

Our rogues gallery – in other words our family. What a great journey we’ve had. From our house to yours, may this holiday season be memorable in a nice way. May next year be the first in a long, long run of best ever years.

4 Responses

  1. These photos bring me such joy…thank you for always being so willing to share your art with us, you are a blessing!

    1. My greatest pleasure is sharing the special places and things I’ve seen with others. To me it’s the equivalent of breaking bread and very cathartic. Thank you for taking the time to let me know your feelings.

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