THE DOGS

 

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WHAT IT IS

While on an Amtrak train leaving Beaver Falls and heading to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, these two dogs refused to get off the tracks, bringing the passenger train to a complete stop.  The dogs, Chuckles and Jasper, were especially trained to sniff out cracks in the steel rails and bring to a halt a passing train until required repairs were finished.  While mulling around for repair crews to arrive, Sapphire took this photo of the two serious canines.

WHAT IT IS NOT

Every Friday morning at 7 am, these dogs board a small train known as the Budd Car which Runs through parts of Northern Ontario, Canada. It is believed these dogs, who travel on their own, are heading out to a camp near Amyot, Ontario, Canada, to do a bit of fishing and general relaxation.

Some years ago, this duo missed the train and they now place themselves on the track so this unfortunate situation will not be repeated.  Sapphire took this photo just before the famous “all aboard” was shouted by the conductor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE DUCK

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WHAT IT IS

Cricket and I attended an outdoor concert in Wingfield Park, Reno Nevada. When Canadian roots/blues/rock band “Blackie and the Rodeo Kings” broke into a rousing version of “Swinging from the Chains of Love”, this duck started to really enjoy the music.

 

WHAT IT IS NOT

 

Rumours of a new ballet being performed by the National Ballet of Canada were spreading throughout the waterfowl community. The word on the pond was that the ballet company was hiring two ducks, three geese and five swans. Sapphire took this photo of one of the hopefuls.

THE LANDSCAPE

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WHAT IT IS

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.

WHAT IT IS NOT

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.

 

 

 

 

 

THE GOOSE

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WHAT IT IS

This Canada Goose is part of the 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group. The goose is equipped with a GPS and small HD camera and is tasked to patrol the waters near Peawanuck Ontario, Canada.

In its first assignment, this goose was partially responsible for the rescue of two sea kayakers who were floundering in the waters of Hudson Bay.

After being released from hospital, Sapphire took this “thank you” photo and sent it to the Patrol Group.

 

WHAT IT IS NOT

 

While hiking along a mountain trail near Denver Colorado, Cricket lost his eyeglasses. My brother’s eyesight is negligible without his glasses. When we came across a huge sign stating “Why not came to the Denver Rodeo?”, he thought a close-up photo of the question mark would be interesting!!!!

 

THE DEER

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WHAT IT IS

 

After 18 gruelling days in the Australian outback with famous bushman Shucks Founddit, Sapphire and I had all but given up on seeing him. It was 9 am, February 16 – we just broke camp – we saw him:  a North American white-tail deer running with a mob of Australian kangaroos.

 

WHAT IT IS NOT

I can still see Cricket walking Hwy 6. He twisted his ankle on a rock and fell down a 30 foot embankment, his camera firing the whole time.

 

THE MUNK

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WHAT IT IS

This munk was trained in Oslo Norway by the Handelsbanken to help their customers at the ATM machines. It seems many of the banks clients were dropping their money as they counted the currency. Handelsbanken responded by training this munk to retrieve the notes and give the money back to the customers. However, the program has been temporarily hauled because some startled customers have slapped the munk across the vestibule, causing some injury. Sapphire spent several hours going from ATM to ATM before finally getting this photo.

WHAT IT IS NOT

Annual chipmunk races are a popular pursuit in North western Ontario, Canada. Just before the end of September, chipmunks are gathered together near Ignace Ontario for the event. My brother Cricket took a photo of this last place finisher in September 2012.