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Our cabin sits on the Ste. Mary's river, a few miles from the Sault Locks. I often get my reference by canoing or pedal boating with my camera to watch the boats come or go at an angle. It is so much more dynamic than seeing the 1,000 foot freighters at the side view I see as they glide past our dock. My husband sailed on these freighters and I am mesmerized by how such a man-made device can look so beautiful and graceful gliding through nature. I used to work diligently to make sure the boats show their specific markings and architecture. Now I am more concerned of portraying their grandeur and beauty.Although I see them pass by several times a day I can still feel the thrill I felt at my first sighting of them when the light is right and the river sparkles like diamonds. Sugar Island is within swimming distance and Canada is less than a miles away. Our location on the river is truly a safe harbor away from the unpredictable waters of the great lakes. In fact the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald happened right past Whitefish Point which is on the way to the 'St. Mary's river about 30 nautical miles away where the water can be treacherous. for sailors. This painting has a feminine twist unlike many freightor paintings which tend to express the strength and size of these massive boats. I felt this peacefulness as I watched her come in just prior to twilight.
March 27th, 2010
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