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The Valley of Fire-Nevada (PSW13)

I think every photographer should have a bucket list of photography they want to try. Last month was my annual conference in Las Vegas, Photoshop World 2013. I have met some wonderful people over the last few years. Darren is the logistic man from San Fran, Mike is the a technical wizard from Hollywood and Kentucky Matt is one of the best sport portrait specialist in the industry. Check out http://matthernandezphotography.com/  The Valley of Fire

Anyone who knows Vegas realizes there is no point in sleeping. We hit the road at 3am on day 2 to photograph the Valley of Fire before the conference. We scouting out the location on day one but unfortunately missed sunset. On our third day we managed to do a little light painting and sightseeing.

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It is amazing how different photographers find unique perspectives and techniques to show their vision. The same arch in the daylight inspires me to call it "Heart of the Dessert".

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Down the road we had some photo wars...SERIOUSLY someone should do a reality series on this. Matt and I are down low getting the windy dips in the road in the Valley of Fire. photog-war This year I worked very hard on my portfolio and had an opportunity to meet with Dave Black. Dave has over 30 years in the industry shooting assignments for Sports Illustrated, Times, Newsweek, NFL, NBA, MLB, 12 Olympics and so much more. What was to be 15 min. turned into hours of precious advice and direction...Thanks Dave!

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The Westcott Shootout is one of my favorite parts of the PSW Expo. I won a crazy amount of lighting for first place last year that has really brought my photography to a whole new level. Crossing my Fingers!!!

Note:  A Big Thank YOU to Mike Ingold for the images of me photographing and Darren Yamashita for organizing another fabulous excursion! Matt, I look forward to shooting University Kentucky with you too! 

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Bulldogs Shutout Comets in Dundas

Source: Bulldogs Communication | Hamilton Scores | October 3rd, 2013 | J.L. Grightmire Arena

Hamilton Bulldogs rookie forward Sven Andrighetto scored the only goal of the game at 3:57 of the second period to lift the ‘Dogs to a 1-0 pre-season win over new division rivals, the Utica Comets, Thursday (Oct 3) evening at J.L. Grightmire Market Street Arena in Dundas, Ontario.

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Things opened slowly in the first period. The excitement of the opening frame was a fight between Hamilton forward Jordan Owens and Utica forward David Pacan. Owens dropped Comets forward Alex Friesen with a big hit at the Utica blueline before Pacan stepped in looking to settle the score. After one, the two teams were scoreless.

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Andrighetto scored the only goal of the night nearly four minutes into the second period when he ripped a feed from defenceman Nathan Beaulieu off the post and in.

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Utica pressed hard to tie in the third period, but Hamilton goaltender Dustin Tokarski, who replaced starter Robert Mayer midway through the second, held the fort for the Bulldogs.

Mayer and Tokarski combined to make 28 saves for the shutout. Joacim Eriksson played the entire game for Utica, making 19 saves on 20 shots.

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Hamilton went 0-for-4 on the power play. Utica went 0-for-2.

Scoring Summary

1st Period: No scoring

2nd Period: HAM – Sven Andrighetto – (Nathan Beaulieu) – 3:57

3rd Period: No scoring

Great times in Dundas last night! A Big Thank You to the Hamilton Bulldogs organization for assisting the DMHA in their fundraising efforts. Congratulations Bulldogs on your 1-0 win over The Utica Comets.

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Young with BIG Basketball Dreams!

September 27-29 2013 | National Girls Select Invitational Basketball Camp | Atlanta, Georgia

When Aerial Wilson received the email from Ganon Baker Basketball saying “Congratulations you have you have been selected to come to our “Live” NCAA College Coach – National Girls Event…”, she jumped at the opportunity.

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Unaware of the tremendous talent in the Deep South and the only Canadian invited, Aerial’s goal was to learn from the experience. The weekend presented itself with an abundance of skill training, testing, game experience and a ton of basketball knowledge. Some of the top ranked basketballers from grade 7-12 in the country attended. The athletes, families and coaches were very supportive and encouraged all involved. The number 1-2 ranked player in the USA, A'ja Wilson is an exceptional athlete to watch and phenomenal young lady. Knowing Aerial was the youngest at camp she took some time to speak with her. To have a mentor speak about the hard work and sacrifice she makes everyday really grabs Aerial's attention.

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Aerial is in love with basketball. At 11yrs old she wants an academic/athletic scholarship and to play in the WNBA. “I’m gonna dunk”, she states with conviction.

David Omerod of Saltfleet High School organizes the Ganon Baker basketball camp every year (2012 Video, 2013 Post). MJ was six months pregnant running the camp with Ganon in August. An amazing role model to watch, as she did push-ups, drills and inspired the young athletes. It was MJ who saw Aerial’s potential and believed Aerial is talented enough to attend the Girls National Skills Select Showcase.

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Aerial Wilson: “Ganon Baker’s camp is the best. It gives me a new, tougher basketball mentality. It makes me a bigger threat on the court with more knowledge and moves. When I was approached by Ganon himself, I was thrilled and overjoyed to be invited to an NCAA camp. Originally I had to wait a couple of more years, but my countless hours of practice and hard work paid off.  Everyday I think of my dreams and passion for basketball.  I am now one step closer to my goal.”

Unfortunately MJ and Ganon Baker could not attend expecting at almost 9 months. Everyone at the camp wish the couple all the best. Kelly Kline, Editor of Full Court “Your Ticket Inside Women’s Basketball” and her team ran an exceptional event.

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Aerial Wilson: “On the first day of camp, I couldn’t stop thinking about how big the girls were. I wasn’t going to let height hinder my performance. I played aggressive, strong and confident with the ball. I gave my best on both ends of the court, always trying to be a part of the play. I had some moments and a lot of room to grow. Playing along side and against some the top ranked players in the nation is an honor. I met so many great people and learned a lot from this camp. Playing against these girls has made me jump higher, run faster, pound harder, stronger and tougher. This experience has shown me what I need to do to accomplish my goals and live my dream. Thank you!!!!!”

Team Ignition ran a series of tests to analyze athleticism of the girls. Aerial had a 22" vertical and ranked 9th overall in lateral agility out of 130 athletes tested. More results to come.

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The girls of The Full Court Fresh 50 Invitational had the honor of meeting Basketball Legend Chamique Holdsclaw. Prior the game Holdsclaw has a heart to heart with the girls about her basketball career path to the WNBA.

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The Full Court Fresh 50 Invitational National Game featured girls basketball players ranking in the top 100 and was followed by a Regional Game. http://www.fullcourt.com/prep/24104/stars-shine-expected-full-court-fresh-50-invitational Both Games were streamed live on FullCourt.com and the iHigh Network. Commentators for the games will be ESPN women's basketball analyst Nell Fortner and Full Court/Max Preps staff writer Clay Kallam.

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At the end of the Full Court Fresh 50 Invitational National Game Chamique Holdsclaw embraces the opportunity to present the MVP award to fellow New Yorker Sierra Calhoun. Erykah Davenport announces to the crowd that she will be attending Miami in the Fall. Thank YOU to Kelly Kline for allowing me to be a part of your inaugural event. (You can throw me into the fire any day! LOL!)[More Photo's Here]

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Slam Dunks to Dunkaroos! I am a huge fan of Dr. J (Julius Winfield Erving II) and I want to be entertained! Dunking a basketball is exciting and basketball players are getting more and more creative. Many people are not blessed with the ability to jump over 6' & only dream of dunking like a pro. Visualization is half the battle, so as a photographer I can make real time images. With the aid of technology & specific equipment, I am able to shoot different angles, be creative with my athletes developing their mental image to peak performance realty!  [More]

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Real Basketball Mentors Making Time!

What an amazing surprise for the girls at David Johnson Basketball Camp. Natalie Achonwa is arguably one of the best women’s basketball players EVER. A seasoned veteran on the international circuit. Natalie is Canada’s youngest Senior Basketball team member at the age of 16. She is a 2012 London Olympian, FIBA World Championship Competitor and repetitive Final Four NCAA Contender. Achonwa is the first international player to suit up for Notre Dame in the program's 36-year history-Read More about Natalie Achonwa-University of Notre Dame [Here]

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The Hamilton girls were preparing for fall tryouts at David Johnson’s elite basketball girls camp, when Natalie walks in. In awe of the hometown St. Mary's Catholic Secondary School Graduate, the girls gathered in close to take in every word. Natalie explained the discipline and hard work it takes to get a scholarship to university.

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DJ’s daughter, Little Ms. Jayda made the trip from North Carolina. She stole the hearts of all the Canadian basketballers. Jayda is a big fan of Natalie’s and caught a few games with her family leading up to the NCAA women’s basketball championships last year. Natalie took some time out of her busy schedule to take some playful snaps with all her fans.

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Actually Natalie is so easy going, she stood with each girl from the camp for a photograph opportunity [More Photographs].  It means the world to these girls to meet a basketball mentor like Natalie Achonwa. A heartfelt thank you goes out to Natalie as she signs a few autographs for her adoring fans.

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C'mon Canada, Let me hear you CHEER!

Natalie Achonwa is in Xalapa, Mexico playing in the FIBA Americas Championship for Team Canada. Support hometown basketball star Kia Nurse and the rest of the best Canadian Sr. Women's Basketball team. Follow Canada Basketball [Here] Tweet-Like-Post your photos on social media with an inspirational message to our Canadian Sr. Girls Basketball Team in Mexico at the FIBA Americas Championship! Lets get some Canadian Spirit Going Girls!!!!!

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Thank You DJ for making things happen!!!!!More about David Johnson Basketball [Here]

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Soccer Flare

It was an amazing year for these u10B DYSC talented soccer players. I always get excited to see the peoples expression when they get their composites or prints.  I wanted to try a new concept with full sun and natural lens flare. The shoot was outside on the pitch starting at 5pm...probably on the hottest day of the year! The sun started out pretty strong where it was filtered with a large black muslin over the soccer net. I used Nikon remote small flash with two 7' Westcott Parabolic Umbrellas. A reflector and Westcott Ice Light was used on occasion. The boys were encouraged to do whatever they wanted.  I did my best to capture it.  Soccer-Flare_650

As the sun moved and changed intensity we also moved to one available soft light coming from above. Photoshop, Lightroom, Nik Software and the Wacom Cintiq was used for extraction and design. So much character came from the headshots. I love working with the kids. Some need a little more time to get there, but when they do....WoW! I don't like to rush it and in the end it is so much worth it. I gotta say thankyou to all the coaches, manager, parent volunteers and families for being incredible people to work with. Although photography is my job, its means so much more when the experience is wonderfully memorable! Headshots_650 Now this is funny...Cassidy Ross drew this photo of me photographing (THANK YOU-THANK YOU-THANK YOU).  I must photograph like this a lot because my friend Scott Thomas just sent me a photograph doing the exact same thing. When shooting in The Valley of Fire, in Las Vegas my friend Mike Ingold sent me another similar photo. I am surrounded by talented people who inspire me to keep creating and I am forever grateful....THANK YOU!!!!!

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The City of Waterfalls

It's hard not to go waterfall hopping when you live in the "City of Waterfalls". My friend Scott Thomas and Merrie joined me from NY and in one day we visited over 10 waterfalls. Some were spectacular and some were not so great! Midsummer is difficult because the water is not flowing as much and the scenery is overcrowded with onlookers. For a photographer ambiance is everything and it's nice to catch a sunset or sunrise too.

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We started out in the morning to view Webster's Falls, Tew's Falls, Pioneer Falls, Darnley's Cascade. By mid noon we photographed the spectacular Sherman Falls and Albion Falls. The day ended at Tiffany Falls in Ancaster. There was no water running down Felker's Falls, a few of the smaller falls or the Devil's Punchbowl Falls. Regardless the Hamilton City view was nice to see from the lookout. [More about Hamilton Waterfalls]

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Because there is no control of the elements on the day of an excursion, the best thing to do is make the best of it.  NO! NO! NO! don't photograph directly into the sun...you can't do that....the photo will not turn out. At the mercy of full sun, I just did that.  I have been in awe of lens flare and sunblown images since I started looking at photographs. I believe it evokes a sense of character and emotion to the image. A new series "soccer lens flare" will be posted soon.

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I am local to the area and very privileged to be able to photograph the Hamilton waterfalls anytime during any season. Unfortunately many visitors make the trip only to find caution tape or security guards limiting the access to our beautiful waterfalls. A letter by Tracey Carr of Greensville was published in the Dundas Star [Read Article].  It describes the frustrating conversation I had with my fellow photographers from New York. The photos in the marketing material show waterfalls from inaccessible areas. Kinda disappointing for a photographer trying to get a similar shot! _____________________________________________________________________________________ The lookout is the only vantage point to photograph Websters Falls. A wrought iron fence and security guard deter people from accessing the trail to the bottom.

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I had a great day photographing with Scott and Merrie. Websters Falls has so many beautiful features besides waterfalls. I enjoy shooting backgrounds for my composites. I am currently working on one for the Westcott Shootout this year (soooooo excited to share it). The background image below lends itself to an interesting photo on it's own too [Fisheye 10.5mm at  f10 |1/200]

[caption id="attachment_6313" align="alignnone" width="650"]Robins Background Websters Falls Park, Dundas, ON[/caption] Scott and Merrie, Thank YOU for a wonderful waterfall day in Hamilton! My favorite moment was when I called my friend Tara for directions and I complained about the falls being dried up...She replies, "Well if you're trying to find some falls with water, have you heard of Niagara Falls?" Autumn is just around the corner and things will be flowing. Looking forward to the next shoot! [Scott Thomas Blog]

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That time of year again PSW Las Vegas 2013

Every year thousands of people come to Photoshop World to listen to international renowned speakers, learn from the best in the industry and keep up to date with the latest technology at the Expo. I'm proud to say, I was the PSW Las Vegas 2012 Westcott Shootout Winner. It's not hard to be creative when you have an opportunity to photograph monsters created by the hit show "FaceOff" (BTW-My New Favorite Show). Read Full Post "I Can’t Believe I WON the Westcott Shootout!" [Here]

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My PSW portfolio review was with the famous Bert Monroy and truly inspirational. I never realized that my work would be considered as fine art and could be viewed in galleries as collections.  I always thought of myself a sports photographer and having "The Man" Scott Kelby review in San Francisco was a career highlight. Read Full Post [Here]  Sports Illustrated photographer Dave Black is my favorite speaker from last years conference. Dave is an exceptional sports photographer, but beyond that he is true to his values and is not afraid to be real. He is not fearful to be vulnerable and show his passion for photography. 

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When not in class, I had so much fun hanging out with my photo buddies photographing Red Rock Canyon, some local basketball and good Ol'Downtown Vegas. Keeping my wallet close to me this year (;)Darren!) I even had time to do a photowalk with the boys from NY-Lens Baby. This year is sure to be bigger and better than the last...just like I strive with the next picture I take!

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PSW last year became a pinnacle point in my photographic career. I feel that I have grown tremendously as a photographer. Portraiture is part of my steady workflow. I have had many actors and athletes who book work straight from my headshots (Thanks Peter Hurley) The encouragement from my mentors and investment of big glass brings my photography to an all new level. My sports photography has taken leaps and bounds. I'm toning my arms carrying around my dinosaur lens...I LOVE my 400! Sooooooo looking forward to meeting Brad Smith Director of Photography Sports Illustrated in NY!!! "How to edit your photos by Brad Smith" View [Here]

I ’m on a journey and I’m seeking beauty in life. It may be gone tomorrow, but life is picturesque. It may be captured in a moment and experienced for a lifetime. This is what inspires me! Read Full Post [Here]

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Can't wait to see what models they will bring this year! Above: 2012 Westcott Shootout Las Vegas 1st Place Photo

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Nostra Famiglia

When I was asked to do a photoshoot for four siblings who wanted to give their mom a going away gift, I had no idea how much fun I would have. Trying to get schedules to align is always an issue, but they all made it happen. Even the final output deadline was very tight. MPixPro who I use for my high end quality products leaped over the moon to get me my order on time. I wanted to try some new items to add  to my product line. I packaged the images and video on disc, pearlescent prints mounted on matt board presented in a custom memoir box and accordion book. When Mom received her gift on her departure to Italy the emotions were overwhelming. A heartfelt thank you means the world to any photographer. Working with great people makes the experience memorable to me! Thank YOU-Darcy, Veronica, Cassidy, Lexy and Remy!

The Custom Memoir Box: Present prints in a professional, polished way. A Custom Image Box is great for proofs or as a modern alternative to the traditional album. Product Highlights: Available in 4x6" and 5x7", Can hold 50, 100, 200, 400 or 800 prints, Prints are sold separately, Handmade and wrapped in textured satin, Printed with custom design or image, Option - For a small fee add an image to the book's inside flap, CD holder option available on 5x7" boxes

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Testimonials

"Robin, It was so great working with you on this project that was so close to the heart of our family. You captured so much of everyone's personality and you made the shoot so much fun, the girls just loved the whole experience. The customized albums you suggested were stunning and when you added your beautiful photos and finishing touches they literally took Nad's breath away. Your creativity, attention to detail and love of your work shines through the albums, making them  stunning to view and priceless to my family. Your personality and energy made this an unforgettable experience for us all and made it almost impossible for us to keep this secret. It was a fantastic experience and I can't thank you enough for the whole experience. Thank you so much, you made this so much fun and a totally wonderful experience. Darc" 

"Thanks so much Robin for doing this, I would be lying if I said I didn't cry a little when looking at all the pictures and moms reaction! The photoshoot was fantastic, and that says a lot coming from someone who hates being photographed! You managed to make it fun till the final snap three hours later. Who would have thought the four of us in the same picture could look so great, at the same time? The final product was an unparalleled keepsake of timeless, beautiful memories. Thanks so much"

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Bring Back Play Canada!

As an active community member part of my photography mission is to assist development in sport and keep children active. I believe in building confidence, promoting amateur athletes to aspire and do great things. 

I couldn't be more proud to be a part of Canadian Tire's new "We All Play for Canada" national marketing campaign. In association with the Canadian Olympic Committee and a number of amateur sport organizations the project is to encourage play among Canadian youth. Read the full article in Marketing Magazine: NEW CANADIAN TIRE CAMPAIGN BIDS US TO GO PLAY | August 16, 2013 | Chris Powell

This message is so strong and endearing to me because as a child I was active and driven to be an elite athlete. I worked hard with a wonderful community behind me. They helped to assist with all the issues that deter kids from play. It was because of these people and the innate ambition I desired which helped me to achieve my goals.

Lifestyle changes and motherhood becomes my priority and I see a technological society hypnotize our children. I photograph action to inspire these children to continue to participate. These young athletes love the movement, expression and experiences captured. I laugh now because I only have a couple of photos from my play days. I really wish I had more to reflect on those amazing memories. I have taken hundreds of thousands of photos of amateur athletes and love to share them. I believe in my personal mission to boost excitement in sport and personal development through my photography. [Special Posts: What inspires me as a photographer | Vision to Reality ) 

I was excited to create a timeless piece when the families of the Dundas Jr. Real McCoys Select Hockey team asked me to do something for the coaches and players. [Post1 | Post2] We had the most magnificent season. Who knew some stuff in the back of my car and impromptu photoshoot in a hockey dressing room could get any better!

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Amanda of Blake Talent is Login's agent. When she heard of the casting for real teams, she contacted me because I am a sport photographer. At the time we thought that the entire team would be casted for the commercial, so a blanket email went out to all interested. Although it was summer and some families were away and committed, we had a 100% response rate of support!

Then five boys from Dundas were selected to be in the "Drum Roll" please......"Canadian Tire" National commercial-Woohoooooooooo! There is no other brand more Canadian than "Canadian Tire"...oh and to represent hockey? WoW! See because LJ (Login) has been doing this for a while, he knows how much work is involved to book. He was on cloud nine to wear the Johnathan "Toews" jersey. LJ cheered the Blackhawks all the way to the Stanley Cup!

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Now going back to the photographs, I am in awe that the boys booked from their headshots. We are used to going through Toronto traffic for casting, callbacks and wardrobe etc. Mississauga was a stone throw away and the rain...really what rain? We were so happy to be there and the boys had the time of their life! LJ was thrilled to be with his teammates and doing something he loves with a hockey stick in his hand. 

The outreach to the grassroots level is profound. The involvement of genuine athletes playing the game is a real strong inspiring message. As a photographer I will continue to motivate and excite activity within our young athletes. I hope the “We All Play For Canada” campaign touches your heart and inspires your strength to bring back play! http://weallplayforcanada.ca/ #WeAllPlayForCanada #CanadianTire

onset As most of you know, on occasion I will offer my photography services to follow my personal mission as a photographer. You are welcome to use the posted images for personal use only with watermark. I love my social media network so please give me a shout out for photo credit. Oh and like Aerial Promotions on facebook! All of my social media links are listed below because I really want to connect with you.  The high resolution prints are available to purchase at www.Present it Photo.com. For multiple images I would be happy to quote a custom collage, prints or design work. Sport Portrait Session Packages Available.

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Jordan Harbour Mystery Ship

Driving down the QEW is quite scenic and inspiring. Many photographers have taken photographs of the mysterious ship in Jordan Harbor. It was difficult to find some information about the "La Grand Hermine" shipwreck off of exit 55.

La Grand Hermine Ship

In paraphrase of the video footage from CHCH's Fred Anderton's "You Asked":  La Grand Hermine is a 140 ft replica of the largest of three ships French Explorer, Jacques Cartier sailed to Canada in 1535. The replica is a 70 yr old Quebec ferry converted into a bar/restaurant for the Expo 67 in Montreal. The ship was even used as a haunted pirate ship to raise funds for a hot lunch program for students. Ironically, some kids lit a fire to keep warm one winter night. The La Grand Hermine burnt down to the original steel hull in 2003. Locals say that the original business owner who commissioned the ship to rest in Jordan harbour had big plans for the ship to be a casino in Chippewa. Unfortunately, the owner has passed since.  

Here are a few other places along the road that I really enjoyed photographing. I hope you like my artistic vision!

Jordan Orchard

Dead Tractor at Sunset 650

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