I had to be far enough away from this experience to share my loon photographs from last summer’s adventure. and that is why there has been a delay in sharing these images and this experience.
After a cold and windy spring I discovered that the loons on my lake had produced two chicks. I had been unable to go out daily to check on them because of the weather and by the time I saw the chicks they were two weeks old.
My usual routine would have been to go out in my open-topped kayak every morning from about 7 -9 am. It was, however, too cold and windy to be safe out there until almost the middle of July.
By that time the adults were still content to be close to my boat but the chicks were not. After a week or so the chicks were familiar with me and my kayak and came much closer. One of the chicks was obviously dominant by that time and in a couple of days the submissive one had disappeared. I have seen this happen several times on this lake, Lake Joseph and been involved with chick reintroductions with A Wing and a Prayer wild bird rehab centre.
This is a very small lake with not enough fish to sustain two chicks. Some people have suggested stocking the lake but that would bring in species not native to the lake and that could cause many problems for the native fish.
After awhile the loons came closer and closer and I decided to buy a GoPro camera and attempt to photograph them underwater. I got lots of underwater video and then took screen grabs from that video for large prints. Most of the video is just water with only a few parts with loons and most is not useable for anything.
As with most projects there was fun and lots of frustration.
This one is of the four-week-old chick with adult. All of these have been printed on Epson Ultra Premium Presentation paper at 30″ x 16″.
The next one, titled “Loon Feet” should probably be titled Loon Legs, is currently hanging in a show at the Summit Centre in Huntsville, Ontario, until mid-May.
I have been making my prints on canvas for the last few years but these images needed a different treatment. Because they are soft to begin with I felt that the texture of the canvas would blur them too much. The prints are applied to art boards which are then attached to cradles or stretcher bar frames. The prints are coated for UV and wear protection and fixed into black floating frames without glass.
I like the soft and mysterious, yet intimate, feeling of these images.
All images and video in these posts are the copyrighted property of Eleanor Kee Wellman and may not be used for any purpose without the written permission of the photographer.