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July 14-18 Event

I’ve worked with Dave Brosha in the past during the production of his first ebook, we’ve traveled and photographed a bit in Banff together, and last summer during his cross country workshop tour, Dave invited me to attend his PEI stop to see what it was all about. Dave was a distant friend living in Canada’s north.

That all change only a few short weeks after that PEI workshop event when I received an email from Dave claiming he was selling his home in Yellowknife and moving his family to PEI. A task that he accomplished in less than 4 months. In a blink of an eye, Dave was now a neighbour.

But what happens when a photographer moves to PEI, buys a property with a large barn (now studio) and loves hosting workshops? Obviously to invite others over for a week long event to explore, teach and share stories. And that’s exactly what Dave is doing at his new home under the title Land and See. A new annual event for anyone interested in portraiture or landscape photography.

This event promises to be excellent and I’m excited for the speakers that have been invited to attend. I’ll will be one of those attending and leading the group to some great island locations. If you were ever looking for a push to visit PEI or were maybe interested in taking a class on landscape photography, this may be a good time to do so. Stop by landandseephoto.com for complete details and registration information.

Flat Rock, Cavendish - © Stephen DesRoches

Playing in the waves during Dave’s 2014 PEI Workshop.

I’m Doing the Best I Can

Branded as the biggest thing David Suzuki has ever done, the Blue Dot Tour is quite likely David’s last cross-country project in one final effort to encourage change. Now 78, Suzuki’s message to his grandchildren is: “I’m doing the best I can”.

On Sept 29th 2014, the tour stopped in PEI with a clear and emotional message to encourage change. A change to ensure Canadians have a clean environment to live. And a change in laws at all levels of government to force responsible development. If we completely depend on clean air, clean water and clean food… why do we not value it as our top priority?

While the tour was in PEI, I offered my time and camera as part of the volunteer team.

Blue Dot Tour - David Suzuki

David Suzuki – Blue Dot Tour

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A Little Bit of Local Press

If you happened to pick up the local PEI newspaper this morning, and pulled out the Island Weekend section — you might have noticed a full page front cover feature with my mug shot. If you did not happen to see it in print, it can also be found online at theguardian.pe.ca.

It’s a nice little feature and interview with Mary MacKay about an ebook titled: A Photographer’s Guide to Prince Edward Island.

The PDF book is all about photography but even more about exploring Canada’s smallest province — suitable for any traveller.

Guardian Feature

The 95 page ebook with over 45 location suggestions is available for download at www.photographersguidetopei.com.

Basin Head Beach - Clear Water Sand

The Best Beach in Canada

Vacay.ca believes that answer is Basin Head, located (N 46 22.853 W 62 06.590) on the eastern end of Prince Edward Island, roughly a 1 hour and 15 minute drive from Charlottetown. This title of #1 has had the local media buzzing. Here is what Vacay had to say:

For reasons scientists are still trying to figure out, this beach makes a strange swishing sound whenever the wind swirls or when a visitor walks on it. Tourism officials on Prince Edward Island suggest the reason may be because of the texture and consistency of the quartz sand. Nevertheless, the sound is a unique feature of a beach that has some of the warmest waters north of Florida. In summer, the water temperature will top 21 Celsius degrees (70 Fahrenheit) at Singing Sands and other sandy spots on PEI, which has more than 800 kilometres of beaches to explore.

Why This Beach Rocks: Some of the warmest waters in the northern hemisphere. The supervised beach is in a day-use (summer) park that has a play area, food, washroom, shower facilities, and the Basin Head Fisheries Museum.

- Vacay.ca

Basin Head Beach - Clear Water Sand

Today’s Image – Singing Sands at Basin Head Beach

I have not yet made the drive to Basin Head this summer, but here is an image from the archives of this clear water beach on a foggy day.