Back from the Brink: Trumpeter Swans make remarkable recovery

Back from the Brink: Trumpeter Swans make remarkable recovery

Story and photos by Robert Ferguson

This is a story about great loss and a subsequent remarkable recovery. It is a story of hardship and perseverance, tragedy and triumph. It is a factual account of how dedicated conservationists, led by one distinguished man, brought one of our most magnificent birds back from the brink of almost certain extinction. 

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Healing Through Creativity: Driftwood sculpture offers rebirth for North Hastings artist

Healing Through Creativity: Driftwood sculpture offers rebirth for North Hastings artist

Story and photos by Sarah Vance

Ingrid’s garden is a vibrant collage of hostas, daffodils, phlox and orchids, carved out of the Canadian Shield wilderness. The banks of Lavallee Lake are where Ingrid gathers the canvases needed for her driftwood sculptures and where many pieces will eventually find a home. 

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Witching you well: Exploring the age-old tradition of dowsing for water

Witching you well: Exploring the age-old tradition of dowsing for water

By Michelle Annette Tremblay
Photos by Sean Buk and Michelle Annette Tremblay

Sixty-five years ago Floyd Shatraw broke a stick. Specifically it was a hazel crotch: a forked branch from a hazelnut tree. He didn't mean to break it. He was a young lanky teenager, and had watched earlier as a visiting cousin had used it as a divining rod to find water, in the ancient tradition of dowsing, or witching for a well. 

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