|The Canadian Shield. Trees down to the water's edge.|
I've made it back from the wilderness!
|A typical "Canadian sunset" picture.|
Actually, I've been back for three days now, and it wasn't that wild. While the Mattawa is significant as part of the original "river highway" of Canada, used by the fur traders as part of the route from Montreal to the Great Lakes, today it's paralleled by a highway, dammed and is home to many summer cottages.
|A rapids on a small stream as it enters the Mattawa.|
Still, it's an inspiring landscape, evoking thoughts not only of the early days of European exploration of North America and the founding of Canada, but also of far older civilizations (Algonquin, Ojibwa, etc.), and of the deep power of the Earth itself.
|The Stepping Stones reach about halfway across the river as it leaves Trout Lake.|
I find these pictures spark ideas for stories and essays. What about you? Can you attach a story, or at least the beginning of a story to any of these pictures? Share in the Comments section if you can.