Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Fellow 1000 Islanders,
I imagine I’m not the only one who dreads late fall. Beyond the shorter days and coming winter (for those of us who brave it out up here that is), it means leaving the river, which I did just a week ago. It was time. As unpleasant as leaving the islands always is, perhaps being away is what makes going back so incredibly special.
In the meantime, I hope another season of 1000 Islands computer “wallpaper” scenes will help ease the withdrawal. The last image, sent in May, was from the cover of my new book; Water, Wind and Sky. The intention with this second book has been to produce a work just for “us”. The pure beauty of the river wherever it is found, rather than a primary focus on the tourist icons. And so it is with the cover image.
I remember flying near “The Bay” that morning under overcast skies, but a hole opened up and shafts of golden light spilled through on an otherwise grey morning. I hustled downstream to capture it before it closed. No castle, lighthouse or bridge to be seen, but a very unique and unusual mood of the river, shimmering both gold and silver under a skylight in the cloud cover.
Predictably, it is not easy to identify. In fact, I received only a single correct reply, from Steve Slagsvol of Pleasant Valley, New York:
“The arrival of the May Mystery comes just as Mae and I are planning our trip to Goose Bay – how appropriate. I think this is a down-river view of the American side with part of Goose Bay in the background.
Even if we are not correct – your views of the area are beautiful and the monthly mystery is a ton of fun!”
Congratulations Steve and thank you for your kind words. A set of prints of the 6 lighthouses of the 1000 Islands is headed your way.
We’re going to start this season off with a shot I’ve been enjoying as my screen saver all summer long. It makes for a great “where is it?” shot because it’s actually very well known, but not so easy to identify from this perspective and in this lighting, which again was quite magical.
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I’ve always felt the aerial view is a privileged one and this shot illustrates that well. You’d never see this from water level. Another set of lighthouse prints awaits the person who can correctly identify the shot and can share with us some interesting information about it. Don’t give up. You know this island.