Wallpaper January 2018

Wallpaper January 2018

Paul Matthews of Vestal, NY got last month’s image exactly right: “It looks like a September shot....water was back down a bit and we had a 3 week stretch where we hardly had a ripple...day or night. I’d never seen the river so…..relaxed." Spot on Paul. I took the opportunity to snap it just before we made the transition to shore and then on to France.

Every image has a story. The story behind this month’s began in 2001, when I was crafting my first book. Life Magazine used to print an interesting image on the last page of each issue. After the cover, it was usually the first page anyone looked at and I thought I’d try to do something similar.

I had been captivated by six Adirondack chairs on a neighbor’s dock, each very unusually (at the time) painted a different shade of pastel. But every picture I took was bland, even though their interesting mix of colors was anything but. Finally, at dawn on one of those still and sultry late summer mornings, a combination of haze, calm and a golden hour sunrise lighting them dramatically gave me what I’d been hoping for. The book came out in 2002 and caught on strongly, selling out very large printings that summer plus two more in 2003 and 2004.

Along the way, John Durand of Wellesley Island Building Supply began offering the books. When we first met, he shared with me that since the first book had been released, increasing numbers of customers had come to his store for these colors. Before long, pastel chairs began popping up all over the place, even far beyond the River, eventually offered in resin like these which so beautifully compliment Clayton’s waterfront.

Credit where it’s due. This all began when my neighbor Cliff Sifton suggested to his mom Heather that their dock area would look better with more color, flowers perhaps. She had a better idea. And the rest is (kind of) history. Please don’t be shy to share your thoughts if they prompt happy memories for you.

I’d like to remind you that Lyne and I have a cottage at the entrance to Jones Creek (part of the Thousand Islands National Park) which serves as our access point to the island. It’s available as a summer rental should you know of someone responsible looking for a beautiful spot on the River.

We’re also fortunate to have a small home in Provence, France, which is available for summer vacation rentals. For more information and extensive images of "What's Nearby" in the south of France, check out our site. Two extraordinary places to keep my camera happy. It's hard to get any luckier than that!

Best wishes for the New Year,

Ian Coristine

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Oh my gosh Ian, I simply love this picture...I love all of your photographs, but this reminds me of all of the coloured houses in Newfoundland...you have started quite a trend my friend...now Blockhouse Island in Brockville has three giant coloured Adirondack Chairs....it will continue for sure...thank you for your commitment to our 1000 Islands and the books that you have published.....I have sent them to many provinces, to friends far and away....thank you again. All the best in 2018 and continued success. Hope you can visit my home province of Newfoundland and shoot pictures of the colours there.....it is amazing!!

Phyllis Chipman

I think these chairs, when located in the Thousand Islands, should be called “Thousand Island Chairs”. Why should the Adirondacks get all the publicity!! Some might even call them Muskoka chairs. But around these parts, they ARE Thousand Island Chairs!!! Happy New Year, and all the best for 2018! Doug

Douglas Rawlinson

Craving summer in the 1000 Islands.

Shelli Warren

I wanted to use this pic for my Xmas card! Love it!! Happy New Year!!

Martha Sansoucy Schond

Happy New Year from Texas! Love the art!

Melinda Potosky

Hi Ian, always nice to start the new year off with a cheery picture of our favourite place. I am currently reading the book by Tad Clark about Comfort Island. Nice way to feel connected to the 1000 Islands. We hope your stay in France goes well and all the best for 2018, Dave

David Fownes

Dear Ian, What a lovely start to our day, and to the new year. We wish you a peaceful and successful Happy New Year! All our best,

Mae and Steve Slagsvol