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Wallpaper May 2010

Wallpaper May 2010

Last month’s wallpaper is the most important picture (to me) I've ever taken, because I never thought it could happen. I have it proudly displayed as a five-foot canvas print over my fireplace that I sit for hours in front of, exploring the intricate and unlikely scene of Fair Jeanne entering the Lost Channel in full sail. It actually did happen exactly this way 250 years ago when HMS Onondaga pursued French attackers into the labyrinth in the incident that gave this spot its name. Thanks to Simon Fuller who steered her in (very carefully) late last fall, history repeated itself.

There was an overwhelming winner amongst the responses, Paul Reilly, who captained the old Snider 1000 Islands tour boats from 1978 - '80 before purchasing Miss Brockville IV which he skippered under the name Island Heritage for almost twenty years. As Paul has an extensive tale to tell along with several pictures, I figured the best place to share it was in Susie Smith's outstanding Thousand Islands Life magazine, so you can read this month’s winning “caption” there.

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Wallpaper April 2010

Wallpaper April 2010

Last month’s image opened the floodgates with many great stories making for an agonizing decision over the choice of which to feature. Please know that in a very real sense there were several winners, but in the end, this one by Fritz Shantz stood out by a whisker. Please be sure to check the other comments for more great reminiscences.

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Wallpaper March 2010

Wallpaper March 2010

It would seem that many of you need to get out a little more to explore this summer. Only a few clever souls were able to identify this scene, but in truth, it is a tricky one. It is Crossover Island, famous for its historic lighthouse, but with it totally hidden behind the tree at the left end of the island, it’s little surprise so few identified it. Kudos to those who did, including my good neighbors, the Toltons.

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Wallpaper February 2010

Wallpaper February 2010

There were no shortage of submissions offering stories identifying last month’s image. One that I’m sure will resonate with many of you, paints the picture of a little boy in a tiny boat enjoying summer adventures in the narrow rifts and gaps around Trois Iles in the Lost Channel. That little boy now has a somewhat larger boat, providing quite different adventures, though I suspect his earlier ones are the ones he cherishes most:

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Wallpaper January 2010

Wallpaper January 2010

No shortage of correct responses identifying last month's image. It is of course St. Brendan's Church at Rockport, perched on a bluff above a small harbor well known to diners at the Boathouse Country Inn which offers one of the finest dining views on the River from their harbor-side terrace. The church has graced the River for well over a century and according to the late Hal McCarney's book "Chess with Violence," its basement was used for bootleg storage during the prohibition era. Unfortunately I never remembered to ask him if that was fact or fiction, but it wouldn't surprise me if it was true as the River has an endless number of fascinating stories.

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