This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Seascapes and/or Lakeshore.
Having been living close to various lakes since settling in Canada in the late 1990s I had rather a lot of lakeshore options for this challenge.
So I decided to go with a selection of shots of the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada. I lived a few blocks from the lakeshore for a few years in the 2000s which means that the photos are a mix of film and digital.
Storm clouds over Lake Huron at sunset. Chantry Island and its lighthouse is on the horizon. Taken from close to Dominion Lookout on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton.
Canada Geese and Canadian flag at sunrise from The Long Dock in Southampton. The flag is 50 x 25 feet and the flagpole is 135 feet high to celebrate the town’s 135 anniversary.
The range light at the mouth of the Saugeen River at sunrise. Taken from close to Dominion Lookout looking north.
A section of the shoreline at dawn. Looking north from The Long Dock.
A longer and very different post from what my regular readers are used to. I want to talk about my experiences at the Tobermory Hyperbaric Facility and The Meeting Place in Tobermory, Ontario.
As I may have hinted at in some earlier posts from 2019 I have had an ongoing health issue that started late in 2018. I had a sore on my right calf that I couldn’t get to heal and that became infected. As a result, between Christmas and the new year I found myself in the local emergency room being put on intravenous antibiotics.
Six weeks later a succession of doctors and a surgeon had managed to almost double the size of the sore and it was also deeper into the leg. I was beginning to wonder if it would ever heal and was getting very frustrated with the medical treatment I was receiving.
One of the nurses dressing what was by now a wound realised how frustrated I was and arranged for me to see Dr. George Harpur who runs the hyperbaric chamber in Tobermory on the northern tip of the Bruce Peninsula. Dr. Harpur took over my treatment and after a few visits I was ready to go into the hyperbaric chamber.
After 22 sessions (11 days) in the hyperbaric chamber the wound had shrunk from over an inch in diameter to the size of a small pea. I’m still surprised at the speed the wound healed.
Having two sessions in the hyperbaric chamber each day I went over to The Meeting Place between sessions. There’s a lounge area, various rooms and a kitchen where you can use the microwave to warm something up for your lunch. It’s open to anyone and has Wi-Fi, some of my blog activity over the past couple of weeks has been from there.
A very useful facility with a nice atmosphere. With a wide variety of activities held there I would describe it as a hub for the local community. It’s a popular place and a great concept, other communities in the area could take note.
To the photo and its connection to this post. I first visited Tobermory in the summer of 1985. I took a glass bottomed boat tour out to Flowerpot Island and took this photo from the back of the boat as it was leaving Tobermory.
One from the archives, taken 11 years ago on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.
The Canadian flag is at the bottom of High Street in Southampton. It was erected to commemorate the 135th anniversary of Southampton and is 135 feet high. The flag is 50 feet by 25 feet.
I had the tripod set up on the beach to the south shooting a variety of compositions of the backlit flag when a family party of Canada Geese flew north along the shoreline. I waited for them to fly into the frame so I could get a shot of them and the flag.