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“The Hollow” – Papineau Creek

“The Hollow” - Papineau Creek

“We don’t realize that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert

My wife and I discovered this magical place a few years ago on a “fall colours” tour of the area where we spend our summers. I was following the local waterways, looking for a few named waterfalls when I came across this place, who’s location I will not divulge.

The locals, apparently, call it the “Hollow”. It is a wonderful, private park, just off the highway, yet unmarked and hard to find. The Hollow is a deep swimming hole, just beneath a beautiful set of rapids on Papineau Creek, in North Hastings.

On this day, the water was warm, the bugs were few, and we spend several hours in the water and lying on the shore, just enjoying the peace here. It’s the kind of place I could spend hours, just unwinding and enjoying the wonderful, peaceful places nature has provided. Staring up at summer clouds and the circling dragonflies, oblivious to the world.

This is a place I will return to, time and time again, just to drink in the beauty and think back on simpler times, when life slows down, the sun warms my face, and I smile at creation. This, is living in the moment.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 70 mm
1/250 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200

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“Mink on York River II” – York River, near Bancroft, Ontario

Mink on York River

This is the second shot of this little fellow. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I was walking along the York River, planning on  taking some long exposure shots of the rapids when this mink appeared among the rocks. He tried real hard to avoid me seeing him and I found myself dodging and weaving between the rocks to get a clear shot of him. At one point he even went into the rapids and was briefly washed downstream, where he eventually came to shore (that’s why he’s wet). Fortunately for me, my wife, who was also along for the photo shoot, happened to be on the shore and that forced him to come back towards me. After lots of hide-and-seek, he eventually popped his head up long enough for me to get this shot of him, before he disappeared for good.

It is so nice to see wildlife around me and to be able to share those moments and experiences through photography.

Nikon D300
Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm
1/60 sec @ f/3.0, ISO 200