Dawn Of A New Day At Woodland Caribou Provincial Park

My friend Craig Hanson emailed me a photo this morning that was too good not to share.

An avid outdoorsman who makes annual canoe trips to Woodland Caribou Provincial Park in northwest Ontario, Hanson, of Grand Forks, took this photo of canoeing partner Dave Osowski of Grafton, N.D., standing next to one of the park’s remote lakes.

It’s dawn, there’s fog on the water, the campfire’s lit, and the lake is as smooth as glass.


The lighting in Hanson’s photo gives it a pastel-like appearance that reminds me of the pictures I used to see in old photo albums — black and white images that were colorized.

There’s nothing in the photo to betray the fact it was taken in 2013 and not 50 or 60 years ago. Which is a big reason, I guess, why people are drawn to places such as Woodland Caribou Provincial Park — places that have escaped the ravages of modern technology relatively unscathed.

The fishing’s often as good as the scenery, and Hanson said they caught several lake trout, along with the usual abundance of northern pike. Many of the lakes in the 1-million-plus-acre wilderness park also teem with walleyes. No surprise, that, considering the park has more than 1,200 miles of canoe-navigable waterways, according to the park’s website.

The lighting in Hanson’s photo is subtle, yet striking, and confirms what I’ve often said: Morning is a beautiful time of day — it’s just too bad it has to be so early.

For more information about Woodland Caribou Provincial Park, click here.




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