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Collaboration for Peace – 31

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Photo: Mish

Photo: Mish


Self Reflection


gazing into the still lake
I see a stranger’s face
staring back –
distorted with worry
brows knotted
mouth a tight slash
and then
I trail my fingers through
the cool water
inhale deeply
and watch as ripples
sweep away my cares
allowing peace to
settle over me


© Candace Kubinec

Weekly Photo Challenge: Early Bird

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Agawa Canyon Tour Train in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario offers an amazing sightseeing tour beginning in the early morning. I took this photo of the flat screen monitor inside the train. Digital cameras mounted on this locomotive  give you the engineer’s view. Eerie and beautiful.

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Mist rises from a northern lake as we make our way towards the canyon.

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Reflections from the morning sun only intensify the beauty framed by passenger windows. Some things are worth getting up early for.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry

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A slightly late submission for the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge. On a very memorable day with my step daughter and grand-daughter, this photo was one of a hundred others that I took at the Butterfly Conservatory in Niagara Falls, Ontario. These little beauties showcase symmetry with their striking design, while maintaining their individualism. It’s a beautiful thing!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Depth II

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Here is another interpretation of depth for The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge. Again, I was drawn to some photos taken in Lion’s Head, Ontario.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Depth

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This has to be one of the most interesting hikes I have ever taken. Lion’s Head, Ontario is named for it’s lion shaped rock formation carved into the landscape. The winding trail to the top of the escarpment is a bit challenging but worth every step. You can take your time along the way, admiring a fairytale forest full of mossy rocks, twisted cedars and ancient birch trees. It is surreal. The story ends with this view over Georgian Bay. The varying depths of the water play with the palette of blue.


Wild Water

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Don’t ever lose what you came here for

Dreams lost between fingers

Float aimlessly so

Haunting you, taunting you

Forging the flow

Of what you cannot

And what you will sow

Like they know

Hah! Like they know


Don’t ever lose what you came here for

Thoughts and faint hearts

Will easily dissolve

Diluting, polluting

Your streams of resolve

Diverting your course

To bowers and bays

That lead you astray

Hah! Sail away

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

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 Dreams drawn in ink

Patiently waiting to

Come to life



Just a short time after taking this photo from the shore of Lake Huron, the cable on this boat was my lifeline as I para sailed for the first time.

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Sunsets of Pelee

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Pelee Island is the most southern point of Ontario. Actually it is the most southern point of all of CANADA.

Canada is larger than the U.S.A.  (just sayin’)

In the summer months, temperatures range between 75 and 81 degrees Fahrenheit with fairly high humidity on the island. Where I live it is not uncommon for temperatures to be in the high 80’s or low 90’s with the humidex factor during the summer.

From Leamington or Kingsville, Ontario you travel by ferry on Lake Erie (with or without your vehicle) about an hour and a half to reach one of the most peaceful places I have ever been. Our American visitors can hop a ferry from Sandusky, Ohio.

What do you do on Pelee Island?


That’s the beauty of it.

You will not find a Starbucks, a McDonald’s or even a grocery store. There are only a few restaurants (no chains), a fabulous little bakery and some unique craft stores. Pelee Island Wineries has 550 acres of vineyards, tours and a pavilion where they let you “grill” (or barbeque as we say in Canada) your own meat for a minor fee as you sip on a glass of your favorite wine. (We spell favorite…”favourite”, by the way).

You can camp here but I would recommend a cottage or one of their unique B&B’s.

Pelee Island is a migratory paradise for many varieties of birds so there are lots of photo opportunities. Nature surrounds you here and without the convenience of internet or consistent cell phone service, you can easily succumb to it’s lure.

Then there is something we’ve come to refer to as the “Pelee wave”. It is courtesy here to wave at every car in the oncoming lane. If you don’t…well…you are just grumpy.

You can rent a bike and in about four hours, ride the perimeter of the island. Sandy beaches on one side. Rocky terrain on the other…equally beautiful.

But nothing beats the sunsets…



Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

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Meet “Anne”,  a sculpture by Leo Mol.

We met her on a visit to Sculpture Park in Windsor, Ontario near the Ambassador Bridge to Detroit.

I don’t think she was expecting this fellow to use her head as a look out.


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Bird Brain

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From heron in

To heron out

I watch you

As I focus

But it is bogus

To you



You watch me

Fumble, fiddle

I am your riddle

If you could laugh

You would

All for a picture

Of a bird

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Lines to Patterns

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Oh Canada!! This week’s photo challenge was a great opportunity to share these shots of the Canadian Snow Birds giving a very heartfelt and patriotic performance over Lake Huron, Ontario. It was a bright, sunny July 1st (Canada Day). I love my country. I love the Snow Birds. I love the lines, angles and patterns […]

u.s.a. (unidentified sleeping animal)

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My husband and I decided to take  advantage of a cool but sunny spring day and take a hike at a nearby conservation area. A man passed by and told us there was “some kind of animal” sleeping up in a tree  not too far ahead.

Sure enough, there it was……

….all curled up in the crook of a tree about 30 feet above us.

After taking a few pictures from the trail I quickly decided to get closer.

I always want to get closer!

I was afraid the sound of crunching leaves under my feet would wake him from his nap, but he did not move a muscle as I edged closer to the tree.

He (or she) was the size of a baby bear, but we were fairly confident that there were no bears in this neck of the woods!

He was completely undisturbed by our conversation and at one point, we wondered if he was actually alive.

His creepy little “hands” reminded me of a character in a fantasy movie.

At the same time, I was captivated by him.

He looked so snuggly, covering he eyes from the daylight as he slept.

We finally left him to his slumber. He’d never know that we were ever there.

After some photo editing and debate, we decided he was an EXTREMELY large……..


This was a moment in nature I will not forget.