In the Abraham Lake area for our fall photo workshops, Darwin and I came away with an image each of the effects of the high water from the June 2013 floods. This summer the reservoir was the highest we’ve ever seen it: the retreating water left a clear warning on the shoreline vegetation. Coincidentally, last night we also went and saw the thought-provoking film, Watermark co-directed by Edward Burtynsky. I would like to believe otherwise, but I’m afraid human memory is short, and short-term solutions tend to take priority over long-term issues. Maybe films like Watermark will help keep evidence of a possible future in our present memory.

©Samantha Chrysanthou - The forest was visited by the lake.

©Samantha Chrysanthou – The forest was visited by the lake.

©Darwin Wiggett - Watermarks on willows on the shore of Abraham Lake

©Darwin Wiggett – High water lines on willows on the shore of Abraham Lake.

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Photographing the incredible beauty of natural things, filming quirky videos, trying new foods with unpronounceable names, curling up with a good book, sharing ideas on how to live lighter on the Earth...these are a few of my favourite things!


  1. Mike katona
    November 22, 2013

    Not being picky just the old English teacher in me, “went and gone” is horrible English, even for a Canadian. Ha!

  2. Mike katona
    November 22, 2013

    Sorry, meant to say, went and saw.

  3. Samantha Chrysanthou
    November 22, 2013

    Don’t tell my mom (also an English teacher)!

  4. Ron
    November 27, 2013

    Nice shots. Initially I was under the impression the article was going to be about watermarking photos. Speaking of, perhaps a topic for another post? I use to watermark, than stopped, than started again but very small and justified as an ‘artists signature’. Currently I am going through my public profiles and replacing everything shot with pure and clean images. I couldn’t care a less if someone “steals” my work.


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