I first discovered Ryan Tatar’s photography quite a few years ago, through a shared love of the work of Thomas Campbell, and I’ve been following him ever since. I have a huge soft spot for ethereal surf imagery and cross-processed photography, so his stuff warms my heart. He recently launched the Sea-Farer, a collection of imagery that inspires him, and it has quickly become a daily visit of mine.
Chad Brealey, a friend of a friend, is busy working on a new TV project about sourcing wild food and the teaser above is a very seductive introduction. Also, I think I might have a bit of a man-crush.
I spent the past weekend bicycle camping with my kids on Galiano Island and it’s a weekend I’ll never forget. It was a Father-child weekend with a group of friends and included a lot of relaxing on the beach, crab hunting, exploring and eating. For the kids, our tent is quickly becoming their second home. I couldn’t be happier.
I recently posted about some photos that Bill McTigue took while surveying the Arctic in the 50s. Bill also took this photo of Sir Edmund Hillary after arriving on the first plane to land at Marble Point, Antarctica in 1957. Actually, this was the first wheels-to-dirt landing in all of Antarctica. Wheels down, indeed.
Parks Canada has set up a number of motion-activated cameras to monitor wildlife activity within their parks and they’ve produced a video of highlights from one year in one location. Pretty amazing.
Last night we had dinner with some friends in our neighbourhood and, because of their Japanese heritage, they served us delicious home-made sushi. This led to discussions of Japan; its food, language and landscape. I’ve been fascinated with Japan for many years, so it was nice to get some authentic insight. Soon after, with beer, wine and tuna coursing through our veins, we excitedly made plans to go on a camping trip together to Japan.
At the moment, our youngest children are two and, while they’ve both been camping plenty of times, we figured it would be better to wait until they’re five. A lot can happen in three years, but I really hope this trip happens.
Terry McTigue’s father was a part of the team that surveyed the Arctic in the 50s in preparation for the DEW (Distant Early Warning) Line and she has been kind enough to post a number of his photos online.
Challenge of the Yukon began life as a local radio show in the 30s. It told the adventures of Sergeant Preston of the Northwest Mounted Police and his dog King as they battled evildoers during the Yukon gold rush. It proved to be very popular program, was turned into a comic in 1951 and made it’s way onto TV in 1955.
In 1947, the radio show gained Quaker Oats as a sponsor and this lead to a very successful ad campaign — well, successful for Quaker, but maybe not for their customers. As a tie in with the show, Quaker began adding deeds to one inch of land in the Yukon as prizes in their boxes. Imagine that, owning a piece of paradise. If I had been around at the time, I can guarantee my 10-year old self would have been all over this. I would have eaten Quaker Oats at every meal just so my Mom would buy more.
By the end of the campaign, Quaker had given away 21 millions deeds. Unfortunately, they failed to pay their taxes and the land was eventually repossessed by the Canadian Government, so no deed holders actually got their land. This story is told in the 2006 documentary film Cereal Thrillers. I haven’t seen it, but NPR has small piece on it.
So, the deeds didn’t bear fruit, but we still have the radio program. The Old Time Radio Researchers group has collected a number of episodes and made them available for download. When my kids are a little older, I can see us sitting around the campfire, listening to episodes and dreaming of the North.
Lantern Rock, Challenge of the North, October 16, 1943