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Life in the Wilds

Early 19th century, New England and Canada. My brother recently found a batch of negatives and photographs on Ebay - of my father's cousins. The photographer was Dad's cousin named Guy who documented their nomadic life hunting and fishing.

My father told me they earned their living doing lumber work in the fall and winter months (to avoid bugs), and then lived off the land the rest of the year in the forests of New England.

They helped build cabins but as the population in the White Mountains grew, they pushed up into more remote areas of Canada.

1939. The Mattagami First Nation, Ontario

Eventually they married and settled down, Guy living on a farm in Maine.

His photographs are beautifully composed. One of my favorites photograph's is this Great Horned Owl photographed in Nova Scotia. Looks like he may have caught this beautiful owl by surprise.

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