Daybreak On The Jetty by David McMahon

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Sometimes you have to look away from your main subject to find unexpected beauty.

This shot was taken in September 2005, while I photographed sunrise at Canoe Lake in Canada’s Algonquin Provincial Park in Muskoka, Ontario.

I followed my own simple rule and looked left, right and behind me just to ensure I wasn’t missing out on Nature’s beauty – and I was rewarded with this tranquil scene to my immediate right.

The silver-blue dominates the scene, even to the soft light playing across the wooden pier and on the hulls of the upturned boats on the lake’s bank on the right of the image.

Can you see a hint of red in this shot? It’s the red-and-white buoy which is barely discernible as it bobs just above the longest of the piers.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. This was taken with a little 3-megapixel point-and-shoot, a Pentax Optio 33LF which I still have, for purely sentimental reasons.

Featured in WHICH WAY, September 2009.

Featured in BEAUTIFUL, September 2009.



sunrise, ontario, canada, jetty, pier, muskoka, algonquin provincial park

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  • Nancy Polanski
    Nancy Polanskialmost 5 years ago

    Now see, if you were the kind of guy who didn’t mind touching up your images, you could make that red buoy a little redder and I could see it. As is, I can’t tell it’s red. But I am commenting NOT because of the buoy, but because I am in love with this scene~~

  • Yes, I value that comment, Nancy – and I hear you loud and clear. I’m delighted to hear that you like this image. Interestingly enough, my second novel, shortly to be published by Penguin, is called Muskoka Maharani.

    – David McMahon

  • midzing
    midzingalmost 5 years ago

    beautiful shot,,, very tranquil.. well done David

  • Thank you very much, Midzing. The sunrise was amazing, but this is a shot I really treasure. Glad you like it.

    – David McMahon

  • John Vandeven
    John Vandevenalmost 5 years ago

    Lovely shot David.

  • Thanks very much, John. Muskoka took my breath away, because it is such a beautiful part of Ontario. Not surprisingly, when I began my next novel, it took its title and key chapters from this region of Canada.

    – David McMahon

  • Varinia   - Globalphotos
    Varinia - Gl...almost 5 years ago

    Gorgeous blue tones, beautiful capture, Canada is amazingly beautiful wherever you glance….

  • Thank you very much, Globalphotos. I have been fortunate to visit several provinces in Canada, a country that has has a strong influence on me since my teenage years. You might have seen in some of my replies here that my forthcoming novel is actually set in Muskoka!

    – David McMahon

  • Varinia   - Globalphotos
    Varinia - Gl...almost 5 years ago

    I love Canada as well and yes I did, good luck with it :-))

  • Thank you very much! Appreciate the good wishes of a wonderful photographer.

    – David McMahon

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1almost 5 years ago

    Stunning capture and beautiful tones!!!

  • Thanks very much, Cheryl – the frost on the wooden jetty really gave me an interesting hue.

    – David McMahon

  • frogster
    frogsteralmost 5 years ago

    Lovely shot David

  • Thanks so much, Frogster. It was so silent there, and I was the only person on the edge of the lake, so it was like I had my own private audience with Nature.

    – David McMahon

  • Tomi10
    Tomi10almost 5 years ago

    A great place David, so seren and tranquil. Beautiful picture

  • Thanks very much, Thomas – it was really serene and totally silent.

    – David McMahon

  • Anni Morris
    Anni Morrisalmost 5 years ago

    Very tranquil image. What time of day was it David evening? ~ Anni :)

  • Thanks very much, Anni. It was dawn – and I had driven all the way from Huntsville to be there before sunrise!

    – David McMahon

    JUSTARTalmost 5 years ago

    beautiful shot

  • Thanks, JustArt. I think I set my alarm for 3am that day. It was a long drive from Huntsville!

    – David McMahon

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