Northern Life

Greetings from the Cree Nation of Chisasibi, on the southern bank of the La Grande River in northern Québec. Was it worth the 1500-mile drive…?

Excerpt from our group conversation:

“Hurry! The orange moon is rising above the river.”
“Ooooh! The northern lights are starting!”
“Ack! Which should we shoot first?”
“Can I squeeze them both into one frame…maybe…?”

I’ve been lucky enough to see and shoot the northern lights in 2013, 2016 and 2019. Guess I know when to schedule my next northern adventure.

Below, Mireille watches the lights. I was especially happy to have enjoyed this event with a group of people who, despite living in northern Québec, have not become jaded by these displays and were just as fascinated with the show as I was.

Looking up at the stars through the mikiwahp poles. The shot below was Isabelle’s idea. (Thank you!) The poles in the upper part of the frame are illuminated by moonlight, the others by house lights. A shooting star can be seen in the upper right.

All 25 photos from this night can be viewed in this gallery, where you can also purchase prints.

Petting Zoo

One of the earliest known photos of Carl on a road trip, April 1965 (age 2). Per the notation on the slide, we’re somewhere along the Mohawk Trail. We lived in Northampton, Massachusetts at the time. Perhaps we’re seeing the genesis of my interest in car travel and my fondness for wildlife. This photo was taken by my grandfather with an Argus C3 camera.

FYI, I’m home now after my recent journey through eastern Canada. Not quite ready to begin sorting and posting photos, but I hope to do so starting next week.

(Decaying) Kodak Ektachrome film