The Canadian Landscape Contest – Eleanor Marsh
The morning of September 15, 2009 I had wanted to take photo’s of the rising sun at a little place further west of Windy Point, called Preachers Point – but I drove right past the entrance in the dark; this despite scouting out the area in the afternoon the day before. Oh well! Some weeks after I returned home to Vancouver I was thinking about what it means to be a landscape photographer, and this photo of a lonely car, it’s headlights illuminating the road ahead as it travelled alongside Abraham Lake, highlighted my thoughts. My own time on the road opened my eyes to the diligence and self-discipline an outdoor photographer needs to have – to not crawl back into bed under the still warm duvet before the crack of dawn, to determine where best to take photo’s at either end of the day and to have Plans B and C at the ready; of what it means to be responsible for yourself, a fully charged cell phone, emergency medical supplies, tank full of gas, munchies for the road, filters in one set of pockets and bear spray in the other… While I had a fabulous 2 weeks away taking photos and eventually catching up with friends at the end, it was at times lonely and there were occasions where crawling back into bed seemed a far better notion, but the reward of possibly seeing a magnificent sunrise or wildlife were too much to resist, and so for a few days in September while most other tourists slept I found myself hitting the road , marveling at the great Canadian Landscape!!