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Camp Three Arrows

2007.07.14
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wildflowers
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Bottom of the blue canoe.
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found in the lake
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just tip me over and pour me out
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First visit to the great outdoors.
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Awesome! Totally Awesome!
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peaceful evenings
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On long driving trips with my family when I was a child, I would be hypnotized by the drops of rain blowing against the glass of the side windows. I was a passenger on this grocery run into town, so I could fall into this old habit, watching the water race along the glass.
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Country garden
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hole in the plate glass window made by a bb gun shot.
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Gordie was a bold explorer who made himself right at home. Each time I let him out, it was harder to bring him back in. The lake was obviously a bit of a shock the first time he saw it, but he began exploring right away.
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I have two cats, but you'll notice all the pictures are of Gordie. The other cat approached the weekend from a slightly different perspective. For him, it was more of a spiritual retreat. He spent the entire time in the darkness of his modest cell (the empty recess of a pull out couch) silently meditating on the nature of change. He's very Zen like that.
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New Lily
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(This is the follow up of 'Road Trip')

Camp Three Arrows was born in 1952 as a recreational facility for the
youth wing of the CCF. The Co-operative Commonwealth Federation was Canada's first socialist party, which became the NDP.

The 20 acres of former farm land on a lake was used as a summer campground. Some trees were planted, and most of the land was gradually naturalized. Some old apple trees are still on the property.

As members began raising families, a kitchen building was added on the land, and later, a bunkhouse. Finally, a large wood cottage/cabin was built (by the members). Some of the original members moved away or left the collective. Others remained, and their children and grandchildren are now members.

Over the years, new people have joined. As far as I know, membership does not require affiliation with a political party. Joining means participating in two work weekends a year, as well as paying member dues and looking after the area. There is an annual general meeting and a president.

A friend of mine joined a few years ago, and now I've been invited to become a member. It's like having a cottage in a very big family. Only without the bitterness and old grudges.

The lake is very quiet - very few cottages and mostly wild land. No speedboats, lots of space, and very clear water. And it seems the cabin isn't used all that much. I'm looking forward to my first work weekend sometime in the fall, when I'll be able to meet other members.
16 Comments
davidcardona Great concepts and subjects! Great post! Lovely selection. Thanks for Sharing!
davidcardona · 2007-07-17: 11:17
Fasterbit very creative! I like them!
Fasterbit · 2007-07-17: 11:31
tricky Nice set, the first montage is great
tricky · 2007-07-17: 12:41
monkeyface lovely!

LMAO! Jack is very zen.....
monkeyface · 2007-07-17: 12:56
????? Now that's a club!
????? · 2007-07-17: 16:24
natasa7 ...and now you have your camera with you to show us that amazing rain drops on the side window.
yor cat simply fantastic, like a child who is on holyday.
great set thanks for sharing.
natasa7 · 2007-07-17: 16:30
Carley What a wonderful reward for your road trip! Thanks for sharing it with us!
Carley · 2007-07-17: 19:49
t2d4th Beautiful. What a great opportunity to meet some new people. It looks like a wonderful place.
t2d4th · 2007-07-18: 09:08
zsofette ....when I look to your photos, always I put the question : How could You so real , so beautiful, so alive and sensibile to reproduce the little life moments in your photos? It's a blessing. And I'm happy, that You share for us. :)
zsofette · 2007-07-19: 07:08
tortoise What an amazing idea, and a magical place. The canoe is one for the ages. You know what the Gordie pics are doing to me.

You rock.
tortoise · 2007-07-19: 17:01
t2d4th The collage is terrific!
t2d4th · 2007-07-19: 17:35
PIXELPUNK10010 wow, the wild flowers and country garden are my favorites!
PIXELPUNK10010 · 2007-07-20: 00:08
slowpete great set. love the garden shot
slowpete · 2007-07-25: 05:06
dadlak such beauty in such ordinary things --canoe bottom, painted chair, hole in a plate glass window--you have a wonderful eye.
dadlak · 2007-07-26: 22:28
noemi Beautiful. Thank you!
noemi · 2007-07-27: 10:04
domino lovely serie!!!!
domino · 2007-11-21: 06:19
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