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On a cold October night, Cricket loaded the wood stove with dry sugar maple. We sat up for an hour watching the fire, then decided to go to bed for the evening. When we woke, the camp was completely engulfed in fire. We barely made it out alive.

The hours passed slowly as we sat in the car waiting for first light. Cricket took this photo of what we once saw from our front deck.


The phone call came at noon.  Cricket’s great uncle, Buddy Gallant had passed away in Rustico Prince Edward Island, Canada. The aging relatives asked Cricket if he could come down to the island and “take care of things”.

Cricket was gone nearly a week. On his last day, he found an oil/canvas painting and took this photo. Cricket still believes it is a long -lost John MacWhirter original.






Author: whatitiswhatitisnot

Member of Camerauthor, a cooperative that writes on the blog What It Is/What It is not. Our membership includes a fantasy writer, a general fiction writer (Ellie) and two amateur photographers. All photos on the blog belong to Camerauthor.

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