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Seward, Alaska
Along the AK1 Seward Highway in Alaska, runs a single train track for both directions of the 60 miles between Whittier and Anchorage with stunning views of the Chugach Mountains and the Turnagain Arm seaway. I chose this location on this night as a sort of bon vouage to my mother, the incredibly talented Canadian fine artist, Diann Haist, who painted here for 22 years before passing away just the day before. This was one of my ways of sending her into infinity with peace and the beauty of a landscape she loved.
End of an Ice Age
On a rainy summer afternoon passing through the Talkeetna Mountains along the Matanuska River, Alaska, we arrived at the entry way to the Matanuska Glacier only to find the roads leading closer to it had been washed out and unpassable. Determined to capture a glimse of the ice I could feel in the summer breeze from a mile away, I ventured in the rain to find a clearing, and within a few minutes of arriving at this spot, the rain cleared over head and settled directly over the glacier for this view. And as I watched the rain rinse the glacier of its grand form and definition, it occurred to me that I was witnessing right there and then, the dimise of an Ice Age.
Milky Way Silo
Once upon a time, there was a farm on this spot. The farming family and their livestock must have seen this view of the Milky Way a thousand times, but now all that remains is this lone silo standing like a monument to the farm and the people it served under this incredible night sky.
Moon Over the Lifeguard Station
Full moon rising over the Leuty Lifeguard Station, one of Toronto’s most iconic landmarks since 1920. This photo of "the Station" was taken not long after Toronto's Beach Residents celebrated its 100th year anniversary with a plaque commemorating the milestone, as well as safeguarding it as an official historic treasure. Lifeguards based here are credited with saving more than 6,000 lives, and it continues its service still today. In fact, two former lifeguards have been friends of mine and of my family for many years, one of whom raised the funds needed to save and restore the old Leuty, and the other who has recently purchased a copy of this print.
Pelican Watch at Clam Pass Beach
Clam Pass Park is a magnificent, must-visit nature reserve in North Naples, Florida. I probably shot a thousand frames at this location, but this one rules the roost! This very last shot of the day before sunset disappeared altogether, was of this lone pelican standing watch over the flock of beach-fishing-birds. The almost motionless pelican reminded be of a school teacher watching over the happy horde of children playing in the yard at recess to be sure no one got out of hand, wildly out of hand they were. 1st Place Winner: Scenes From A Beach - YOUR MOST VIVID SUNSET CONTEST out of 1094 entries - 20210126
Bicycle at the Boathouse
Bicycle at the boat house was taken during the final sunset of Spring 2020; a Spring no one in the world will soon forget. And thanks to a child who left their bicycle on this pathway, I found a positive forecast for the first day of summer... signs of life! I’ve taken many photos of this boat house, but this is my new fav by far.
Sunset Fishing
County Cottage Life... summertime at the peaceful East Lake Shores of Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada
Fort Myers Sunset
I was honoured to have this photo was featured by Fort Myers Lifestyle Magazine to celebrate Earth Day 2020 while promoting doing our part by remaining in isolation during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Super Moon Over Broadview Hotel Toronto
The first Super Moon of our year in lockdown presented itself as an irresistible backdrop for the iconic, and beautifully restored Broadview Hotel in Toronto's Riverside neighbourhood.
Sweet Dreams Toronto
Twilight has a soothing effect for people, even in the city; but with scarcely a soul in sight because of the pandemic lockdown, it can feel a little eerie, as well. And as we settle in our homes for a long winter's nap during this second total lockdown beginning one minute past midnight, I wish everyone good health, safety, and peace until we can meet again in the streets. Sweet dreams, Toronto.
Queen Street Night Moves
Driving home late the one night, I was taken by the solitude of the Queen Street Bridge with almost no traffic except the occasional streetcar. It was very quiet and still with a light mist following a warm summer rain, and I couldn't help but notice the early 20th Century industrial-age feel of the scene, and had to juxtapose it with the 21st Century LED lighting of the new Toronto streetcars. I hope you like it as much I do.
Sunflower Sunset - Prince Edward County
End-of-summer sunset on a sunflower field at Cherry Valley in Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada. While driving through the county on our way home from a last summer-stay at the cottage, my wife wanted to stop for one last ice cream from the local roadside creamery. Pulling into the front of the shop, I noticed a trio of local young teens playfully galloping down the side of the shop and into the vast sunflower field where I had typically only seen corn stalks planted in previous years. The sun was just about setting, so I grabbed my camera from the back of the car and ran down to the field along the path the kids had followed to catch this shot just before the sun disappeared below the horizon. And if you look closely, you'll see the nest of teens huddled just off the beaten path. :D
Meet Cooper... a Mini Golden Doodle, and his ball of the wild! He’s one of a fun group we call the “Wishing Well Dogs”, affectionately coined for our neighbourhood, and name of the park where we congregate. But on this snowy Family Day in February, we met for the first time at our local golf course, where I was asked to bring my trusty Nikon mirrorless camera, to capture the freedom on the dog’s faces as they ran amok on the barren fairways. The dogs were particularly excited about the new environment with their best pals, and although Cooper was the smallest of the pack, he was by far the most animated! 12Mar21 - 1ST PRIZE WINNER - 2021 Neil Dankoff International Photo Competition to be featured in the Kandy Gallery with locations in Toronto, Montreal, Memphis, and New York.
Blue Moon Silo
On this rare occasion of a second full moon appearing in the same calendar month, and here on Halloween, no less, I had to stake my claim or it with the enchanted old silo on our cottage resort in Prince Edward County.
This is Autumn, one of the most exuberant of our Wishing Well Dog Group buddies running free in the snow this special day at the barren local golf course here in Toronto.
For the love of Labrador puppies! This is Otis. A Black Lab puppy just six months old at the time I took this photo. He's one of the dozen or so dogs belonging to a fun group of dog-owner-friends in our neighbourhood we call the Wishing Well Dogs, affectionately coined for our community, and the name of the park where we congregate. But on this snowy Family Day in February, we met for the first time at our local Tam O'Shanter golf course. The dogs were particularly excited about the new environment with their old friends, and in this single moment, little Otis suddenly went from the adorable inquisitor, to the mighty ruler. This photo was also awarded with an Honourable Mention in the 2021 Neil Dankoff International Photography Competition - Children/Pets Category. By coincidence, a photo I shot this same day of one of Otis's play pals, Cooper, won 1st Place in the same competition.
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