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Pix Of The Day – Vancouver The City Of Glass and Light


Pix Of The Day – Newlyweds in front of their Bonnyville Home, Bonnyville, Alberta

You might think these folks were having a garage sale but it actually was their yard display which they setup each spring. This brings kitsch to a whole new level, never mind trying to keep up with the Jones, how about making them pack their bags and head out-of-town or at least for a new neighbourhood? Nevertheless, they loved their yard and without question these two newlyweds were the most colorful characters I met in Bonnyville, if not in the region.

Newlyweds in front of their Bonnyville house, AB. August, 2004 - M


Pix Of The Day – Spending the night in a Saskatchewan Ghost Town

I must admit in the past 11 months I’ve spent the night inĀ  a lot of wild places. In Toronto it was on Bay Street, in Ottawa I spent the night outside the fence of the RCMP detachment (they did stop by to see what was going on), at Halifax I spent two weeks in a vacant lot etc. But this particular night it happened to be in Fusiler, a real, true blue ghost town. Out of all the places this one un-nerved me the most, Winnipeg, the “city of sirens”, was a close second. There’s just something spooky about a bunch of abandoned building and being by yourself miles from the nearest inhabited town. Nothing out of the ordinary happened this night, i didn’t sleep so great because I guess I just excepted something bizarre to occur. In the morning I was greeted with a fly by from the only other inhabitant, a Great Horned Owl. Fusiler has possibly the best elevator to photograph in all of the prairies. This was the second time I’ve spent the night there and hopefully the last.

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Day 231 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: The Cabot Trail

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trees in morning fog on the cabot trail

rain drops in river

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bird fishing on the cabot trail


fisherman finished work in cheticamp


Day 230 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: The Cabot Trail

The Cabot Trail is hard on brakes, suspension and gas!

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Not many fishermen fish on Sunday, but there were a few boats out in the waters this morning.

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Donald MacIassic

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Can you believeĀ that I stopped at the MacIassic’s place just to take a photo of the barn, and ended up having Lobster bunch?

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Good thing I dressed up for Sunday brunch!

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Donald and his beloved “Shylow”.

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Putting Shylow in the stable.

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Faces Of The Day

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Blessing of the Boats in Dingwall

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Once the boats have been blessed, they parade out of the harbour and circle around and come back to the wharf.

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A young boy looks out at the deep, dark sea.

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The Rusty Anchor Restaurant

lobster folk art

A young girl follows her father up the driveway.

father and daughter in farm yard

Cape Breton Highlands National Park

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Mya catches a nap after doing the dishes.

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Day 229 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: The Cabot Trail

McPherson’s Cemetery

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A man in his yard with his barking dog near Bay St. Lawrence.

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Young Evan


Faces of the day, Cabot Landing

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An early morning talk on the beach at Cabot Landing.

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Breakfast in their home away from home.

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Wharf at the Bay St. Lawrence

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Steaming into port with the first day’s catch of Lobster…today would normally be the season’s biggest catch, however many fishermen were less than impressed with their haul.

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Allan re-hook’s his fishing line with brand new hooks.

allan the fisherman rehooking fishing line

Hines the Fisherman

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A father and son take in the sights and sounds down at the Bay St. Lawrence.

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Sorting the Day’s Catch

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Heading home after a day of fishing on the Bay St. Lawrence.

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This young boy was out helping his father fish.

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Two Thumbs up!

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Joe “Buck” has been collecting moose and deer antlers for over 23 years.

joe "buck"

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Meat Cove is at the northern most tip of Nova Scotia.

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Meat Cove

meat cove from cliff side

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A room with a view!

a room with a view


Day 170 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: The Switzer Bedford Tugboat, Nova Scotia


Jean is the captain of the Switzer Bedford, and was our host for the hour and a half adventure.

We took a tug boat across the Halifax harbour to tug a tanker which has unloaded its load and was now heading out to the open sea.


Getting ready to leave the harbour.


Looking back at Macdonald Bridge


Heading Out into the Harbour


We followed the lead tug to the tanker called the Norient Solar.


The workers head from the warmth of the ship to the open deck to untie the tanker.


On Deck


Tim shoots as the tugboat approaches the side of the tanker.


The Switzer Bedford pulls the Norient Solar out from the shore so that it can turn around.


Checking the Rope


With both tugs pulling the tanker, the job gets done epediently.


With the job all done, the rope is released and dropped down.


Jean is in control, and all goes according to plan, despite a slight delay.


Back from the job in time for another boat to head out.


The lighthouse helps to guide the way.


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