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Impromptu hockey game on the St.Lawrence – one net, three boys and a dog. How’s that for Canadian, eh?
In the background is the cemetary of the Precious Blood Church in Glen Walter, plus various waterfont houses and way back are the twin stacks of the now defunct Domtar Paper Mill in Cornwall, along with the first span of the Seaway International Bridge.

Glen Walter, Ontario, Canada
Fabruary 14, 2010

Sont Alpha 700, Sigma 28 to 300 at 200mm, circular polariser
iso 100, spot metered, aperture priority F13.0, 1/90 second

In love with Ma Nature! Always have been, always will be. Let’s keep her safe, eh?

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  • Lynne Morris
    Lynne Morrisalmost 5 years ago

    Fabulous capture, that is some amount of snow brrrr.

  • Many, many thanks, Lynne. It was just a tad chilly – about minus 5, but with a wind chill of about minus 15.

    – Mike Oxley

  • Brenda Dow
    Brenda Dowalmost 5 years ago

    So the St. Lawrence gets cold enough to freeze??? This is a Mikey shot for sure…. all about fun and character and life and being involved!!!! I would have know this was yours in a snap!!!! Great to view your world!!!! Hope this day is treating you well!!!!
    Miz Brendy

  • Thanks so very much for your wonderful encouragement, Brenda! The favourite is so greatly appreciated. Many thanks for that lovely compliment, too.
    The river does get cold enough to freeze over, although there is the odd open area where the current is a little too strong. They usually have a bunch of ducks or geese on them – the ones too lazy to fly south!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaalmost 5 years ago

    very cool, completely Canadian shot!

  • Cheers, Al! Greatly appreciated, my friend. Can’t get much more Canadian than that, eh?

    – Mike Oxley

  • Esther's Art and Photography
    Esther's Art a...almost 5 years ago

    Wow, what a great image. Full of life and action. Reminds me of my childhood. Fav4me!

  • Many thanks on all counts, Esther! Definitely an unforgettable part of growing up!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Carla Maloco
    Carla Malocoalmost 5 years ago

    A lovely capture of people having fun.

  • Thanks so very much, Carla. Greatly appreciated!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 5 years ago

    Nice work Mike, truly Canadian, even the dog gets into the fun!!

  • Cheers, Larry! Greatly appreciate your very kind words. I think the dog was having the most fun!

    – Mike Oxley

  • jamesmhe
    jamesmhealmost 5 years ago

    This reminds me of my childhood on the St. Lawrence (I was born in Canada but now live in England)..Great shot…captures the atmosphere perfectly.

  • Many thanks for taking the time to stop by and add your most encouraging comments, James, and many thanks, too, for adding this to your favourites!
    This, by the way, was taken from the dock/parking lot of Marie’s, a.k.a. “The Blue Anchor” to the younger folk!

    – Mike Oxley

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47almost 5 years ago

    My mother was an absolutely entrenched hockey fan (though she got pretty sick of the way the game was going by the time she died in 1996), would have been an exceptional scout. While watching games, one of her favorite cries when things started getting chippy or sloppy was, ‘Shinny on your own side!’ But a pick-up match in conditions such as you show here was The NUTS! Great stuff, Mike.

  • Thanks so very much, Sheila. As I drove along the river yesterday, I think I counted at least 8 mini rinks cleared out on the ice. The “Blue Anchor” Bar and Grill where this was taken usually clears off a couple of curling rinks, too, for the Glen Walter Winter Carnival this month.

    – Mike Oxley

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradouralmost 5 years ago
    OMG what a fantastic site, & to be able to play on Natural Ice, so exciting, great shot Mike,
  • Many, many thanks, Malcolm. A big part of the Canadian Winter, for sure. In the background, by the way, is our Cornwall. Not quite the same as yours, eh?

    – Mike Oxley

  • Jonice
    Jonicealmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful Mike!

  • Thanks so very much, Jonice! An essential part of growing up in the Great White North!

    – Mike Oxley

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