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Vacation Photography: Thunder Bay, Ontario

I haven’t been to Ontario in a long, long time. I remember so many beautiful places and greenery that, when it came time to vacation this year, we hopped in the car and headed north. Thunder Bay is the provincial seat for many services, so although it’s not a massive city it is an important one. And a diverse one, not only with people but terrain.

Here are only a handful of all the photos I took. The others are on Flickr for your enjoyment.

The lonely tree

Outside of Thunder Bay we visited the top of Fort William with a view of the entire city from way on high. It was also a place of great information with references to the natives of this space.

Playing in water

Near the pier kids play in the water. It was a beautiful day for it as well, but the combination of silhouette and lens flare made me love this photo more. It also captures the feeling of serenity and simplicity we were going for on our trip.

Sunset sailing

Given that we were on vacation and I’ve never done one on a sailboat, we decided to take a sunset cruise around the bay. The sky was a brilliant color and other than the few clouds peppering the night it was a perfect day — especially for photography.

Red-shirt fisherman

A day trip took us to the town of Dorion off the Trans-Canada Highway. It was a total fluke that we visited this space. Nearly no one was there, except this guy fishing as his family played in the water not too far away.

Michigan: E’s coming!

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I’m waiting for E at very late in the evening. It was once an odd idea to travel with someone through life but now it seems natural and beautiful. Thus ends my work week at my parents’ home. Now it’s play and fun!

Michigan: At the car wash

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I’m taking time to do a task I’d rather do myself than give to a machine: wash the car. And it’s a dark-colored car so that doesn’t help especially with unpredictable weather. I’m sure this act will cause rain.

Michigan: Insulation in the trailer

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The priority of the week is insulation in our travel trailer. I’m learning as I go… Including now redoing some of what I did so that the wall panel fits. Go figure.

RI: The most beautiful engine

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We are on our way home. E got a great seat and so I have a wonderful view of the engine. And now I have a new desktop for my phone.

Bye bye sunshine

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On my way back from Aruba we are sitting on the tarmac. Reason? No clearance. Apparently they didn’t know we were leaving. I hate to imagine making connections now.


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And that’s Aruba. Good flight. No food. Or you have to pay $7 for a lousy sandwich. Still I’m here after 4 hours and it’ll be 85 degrees soon. I cannot wait.

Somewhere over the US…

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I’m off to Aruba… On my own. Apparently the six inches of snow got to the better of Detroit and so they’ll likely be re-routed through. Miami. Maybe today. Maybe tomorrow. Of course I expected them to be here so I have nearly no idea where to go when I land. We’ll see.

In North Carolina

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Just got to Charlotte. Grabbed some food and now waiting for my flight in about an hour. No sign of Aunt Carol or Jessie yet. Weird.

Work follows me

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Work follows me everywhere. Our agency did this ad for Fellows shredders.