First it was a road trip to explore the Almaguin Highlands. Finally made it to Algonquin Park.  A truly Canadian landmark. Being in the same locations as some of the Group of Seven artists was pretty special. There was a rather spiritual presence in the air that is for sure.

To take in nature and the fantastic colours that the trees showed us was kind of magical. With the red, yellow and even mauve coloured leaves you sure could imagine what the likes of Tom Thomson had envisioned for his paintings. I even had a thought of local artist Shane Norrie. The sun on the leaves gave me the impression of looking through a stained glassed window.  I can see how artists are inspired by nature. And yes, I took a few leaf photos and finally got some waterfalls.

Then it was off to the Screaming Heads, Midlothian Castle, near Burk’s Falls. There we met renowned artist Peter Camani. A retired inspirational art teacher, Mr. Camani has created an immense, surreal Artscape with his cast-concrete sculptures on his 310 Acre canvas.  The 3 of us photographer explorers were like kids in a candy store with the numerous photo ops. And yes you can imagine the energy that was surrounding us.   
All this was followed by my visit with photographer Jeff Tribe to the home of Gail Mackey of the Ingersoll Pipe Band. What an honour it was to have Gail allow us to photograph him for this month’s cover of The HUB magazine. Gail has been a member of the Ingersoll Pipe Band for 67 years. In 2020 the Ingersoll Pipe Band will celebrate its 110th year.  Ingersoll, Oxford County and surrounding areas are very fortunate to be able to listen to the Ingersoll Pipe Band in the upcoming Christmas Parades – Ingersoll, Tillsonburg then the evening parade in Woodstock. Saturday November 16th.

We found it fitting and a privilege to have Gail represent Remembrance Day and to lead us into the holiday season.

Screaming Heads , Midlothian Castle with Artist Peter Camani

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