Wallpaper November 2013

Wallpaper November 2013

With November upon us, it’s time to begin the 10th year of sharing 1000 Islands wallpaper images each winter month to help with River withdrawal. With fall’s colors quickly fading, I thought it would be appropriate to rewind the clock a couple of weeks to the warmer colors of October 15th, one of those spectacularly calm and beautiful autumn River days that can only occur after summer’s traffic has evaporated. Don't be shy to use the comments section if you can identify the location and to share any stories you may have about this part of the River.

This image prompts me to remind you about Thousand Islands Life Magazine's second annual Christmas photo contest. Why Christmas? So we can all enjoy the Christmas gift to the community of the artists' talents in December's issue. Last year’s contest revealed many talented photographers and their work and we’d like to showcase more great artists with their images. It's open to all photographers of every level, including those who wish to resubmit an image that has previously been published (outside of this contest). Keep in mind details like straightening horizons, cropping, or adjusting the exposure, all easily done with the software that came with your camera. The goal is to share and enjoy the very best.

Please send your picks (a maximum of 3) with a short caption/explanation about each to TI Life’s editor, Susie Smith at info@thousandislandslife.com. The deadline is Sunday, December 8th at which point Susie will forward them to me blind (with no captions or photographers identified) and I’ll have the pleasure of revisiting the River in the same way that I hope you do with these wallpapers.

While there is no cash prize, we will present the top three photographers with framable gold, silver and bronze certificates and showcase their images along with all others that achieve “Honorable Mention” status in the magazine's December issue. You can check out last year’s winners here.

While on the subject of River images, inevitably I receive requests for prints for Christmas gifts in December. Because I have to print and ship them from Canada and with cross-border packages being outrageously slow, I’d strongly encourage you doing this in November. Signed books are shipped from the US, so are not nearly as much of a problem.

Lastly, I’ve had a number of inquiries about the live web cameras that were previously posted on this site. My camera bit the dust and John Street’s had so much traffic that it ramped up his bandwidth charges to an unacceptable level, necessitating his discontinuing it. In the meantime, Johnny Truesdell has done a terrific job of assembling several River web cameras for your pleasure at 1000 Islands Live.


Ian Coristine

Wallpaper November 2013

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Isn't that your island Ian, although I haven't ventured up river to your neighborhood in a while that looks all to familiar. The only thing missing is your little float plane that you used to have

Peter Clarke posted on: Friday, November 01, 2013

I agree with Peter. It sure looks like Raleigh Island.

Liz Aldridge posted on: Friday, November 01, 2013

Looks like Raleigh island.

Betty posted on: Friday, November 01, 2013

It is indeed Raleigh Island (AKA Spong Island). I first visited it just after Ian Coristine purchased it and have fond memories of times spent there and expect more to come. I mentioned to Ian years ago that you could spend a lifetime on that island with a camera and have unending photo subject matter to capture without ever venturing ashore.

Dave Griffith posted on: Friday, November 01, 2013

As far as the photos go, I believe that is true from any vantage point at the Islands.

Liz Aldridge posted on: Friday, November 01, 2013

My last canoe paddle this fall was around this island - Raleigh Island, home on the water for Ian. I sent the "Birds" in flight as I passed the shoal on my way back to Jones Creek.

Jack Bernhardt posted on: Saturday, November 02, 2013

Home sweet home! On the left, Islands at the mouth of Jones Creek. On the right the light speck on the American shore is my boathouse. Further downriver is the Brockville Narrows. Out of view to the right is Crossover Island. A beautiful exemplar of the amazing fall we just experienced. Balm for my soul considering having just left yesterday morning as strong winds were blowing downriver and kicking up whitecaps everywhere. Ian, you certainly did not have to go far to take this one. I'll be back up in a few weeks but all my boats have been pulled for the season so I personally won't be in a position to see this view again until next spring. A delightful location for a morning's coffee. When it warms up again perhaps you and Lyne can come over and have one looking back at your home from our view with Lisa and I? P.S. So grateful for all the off-season images and great puzzles.

Stephen Safarty posted on: Saturday, November 02, 2013

Very amazing island.

posted on: Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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