Ojibway Club Art Show 2024

A Loon’s Wings Catch the Evening Light

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As I paddled my kayak across the tranquil waters of Georgian Bay with my husband who held back to give me space, I couldn't help but feel a sense of anticipation. The evening light cast a golden hue over the landscape, painting the sky with hues of orange and pink. Suddenly, a haunting call echoed across the bay, drawing my attention to a solitary figure gliding effortlessly through the water.

It was a loon, its sleek black and white plumage glistening in the light. As I approached, I could see its ruby-red eyes fixed upon me, curious yet unafraid. With each stroke of my paddle, I drew nearer, my camera poised and ready to capture the moment.

To my delight, the loon seemed unfazed by my presence, a testament to the trust that had formed between us. It continued to swim gracefully, occasionally dipping beneath the surface in search of dinner. With each resurfacing, it offered me a glimpse of its sleek form, its feathers shimmering in the evening glow.

As I clicked away, capturing frame after frame of this majestic creature, I couldn't help but marvel at the beauty of the moment. Here, in the heart of nature, I found myself in communion with a creature of the wild, sharing a fleeting bond that transcended words.

Eventually, the loon veered away, its call fading into the distance as it disappeared into the horizon. Left alone once more, I couldn't help but smile, grateful for the opportunity to witness such a magical encounter. And as I paddled back to shore, my camera filled with images of the loon, I knew that this would be a memory I would cherish for years to come.


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