July 1st. Canada turns 152 years old. I am proud to be a Canadian.
The past few years we've been talking about travelling more, seeing more places. But when it comes to which country we'd like to go to, I think "I don't want to leave THIS one!"
With all its oceans, lakes, mountains, rivers, cities, backroads, and more it seems I will never have enough time to see all of Canada. And it's true. According to the Canadian Encyclopedia there may be as many as 2 million lakes in Canada!
There are so many things I want to photograph. This loon above has been on my list to photograph up until yesterday afternoon. Just in time for Canada Day, eh?I was happy just to float around on Eena Lake not far from home yesterday afternoon. This was the first time I had ever been in a belly boat. Why the heck was I ever afraid of doing this?
I've had a fear of water, at least the kind where I can't see the bottom, all my life. I recall being in an aluminum boat with my dad and uncle, and sister and brother on Purden Lake n the 70's fishing. When the water got rough, my uncle Clair grabbed me and said "Don't worry, Terry, we'll both go down together!" I think he was telling the truth, but luckily we made it to shore. I'm not a very good swimmer.
And whenever I am on a boat sight-seeing or whale-watching, or taking a ferry, I try not to think of what may lurk below me. The Loch Ness monster isn't in Canada, so I should be safe. But those big grey whales near Tofino this month made me a little uneasy but a whole lot more in awe of nature. (That's my grey whale image below, in case you think it was just a rock.)
Two years ago we were in Newfoundland on Canada Day. I expected thousands of people would have been out at sunrise to welcome Canada's 150th birthday. Ha, wrong! Aside from Rob and I there were maybe 20 people who took the half hour drive from St John's to Cape Spear. A few younger ones sang Happy Birthday at 5:30 in the morning when I was setting up my camera for the iconic shot. Rob told me I had better hurry because I was going to miss the shot! And when I finally got my camera onto the tripod and looked up, the lighthouse was disappearing before my eyes.
If you read this far, then HAPPY CANADA DAY! Leave a comment if you wish!
Terrill Bodner, MPA is an Accredited Professional Photographer living in Prince George, BC, specializing in Family Portraiture, Lifestyle, Headshots, Real Estate and Fine Art photography. Terrill is a member of Professional Photographers of Canada, accredited in Fine Art/Photo Decor, Animals, Wildlife, Nature, Ornithology/Bird, Botanical, Pictorial/Scenic, Travel Illustration, and Night Photography and holds the designation of Master of Photographic Arts from Professional Photographers of Canada.