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 “Oh, my cherished home… Dear God, don’t let them cut down all the trees…"

Jim Bryson - Ontario, from the album, “Somewhere We Will Find Our Place” [2016]

“There’s a town in North Ontario…”

K D Lang - Helpless Lyricsfrom the album, “Hymns of the 49th Parallel” [2004]


This was made for the City/Country Challenge, hosted by we-Heart-photomanip


Guidelines:  Show us where you’re from. Make a photo manipulation/mixed media manipulation about your country town or city.

Level: Novitiate, Beginner

Due Date:
November 30th, 2017 

to December 8th, 2017


Thanks to all the Stock Artists, the Administrators, and everyone.




Glacier National Park Lake, by c09567812

Lake Louise 12, by raindroppe

Lake Louise 14, by raindroppe

Destination, by c09567812

Canadian Pacific 4001, by Yesterdays-Paper


Beaver (stock)115August 23, 2012, by SabrinaFranek

Butterflies 4 PNG Stock, by Roy3D

Butterflies 2 PNG Stock, by Roy3D

Dragonfly silhouette, by TinaLouiseUk

[Beaver] nutria, by two-ladies-stocks


tree 34 png, by gd08

Pine Tree Stock 02 PNG.., by AledJonesDigitalArt

Fir tree Cut Out, by ManicHysteriaStock

Fresh-pine-trees, by makiskan

Pine Tree Stock 01 PNG.., by AledJonesDigitalArt

PINE TREE PNG, by Moonglowlilly

Pine Tree, by zememz


Grass PNG, by Jean52

Grass 02, by Brizzolatto55

Wild Flowers and grass/weeds PNG_KL, by cactuskim

Other Resources:

Sunset Stock 3, by Idle-Emma-Stock

Sky, by TinaLouiseUk

Cutting Room:

[Memo: The original idea was for the train to pull the city behind it. But, it didn’t quite work.]

Building Stock 10, by meifu-stock

Stock 65, by Marina-Stock


Autodesk-Sketchbook Pro and 7

PSE10- Photoshop Elements 10


Asus EP121B Eee Slate

Wacom Tablet



Canada, like so many places in the world, has astounding natural wonders, resources, and communities.

But, too often these irreplaceable treasures have been exhausted to the brink of ruin and extinction, traded for a pittance.

As my Gaffer used to say, “Money is only paper. They print more of it every day." Then, added, “And, it isn’t even paper, anymore.”

Canada's sense of self-identity has been as a Socialist Deomocracy and Multicultural society; and, a Constitutional Monarchy, within the Commonwealth of Nations

Although, as Pierre Trudeau (1919 – 2000), Prime Minister of Canada [1968-79, 1980-84], famously said, Canada is not unaffected by events in the US, 

“Living next to you [the US] is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered… one is affected by every twitch and grunt.”

After the Shamrock Summit, the Mulroney Government and Harper Governments, and the cutbacks to social programmes in the 80’s and '90's, Canada developed more interests in mining, GMO’s, and Tar Sands, despite their costs to limited glacial watersheds;

Often betraying the environmental concerns, social justice, and treaty rights, which many Canadians consider prima facie as part of the Canadian identity.


If paper was made of Hemp, a grass that a person can literally watch growing, in a season; instead of trees, that a person probably won’t live to see grow to maturity; maybe, it would actually be worth something; instead of such a waste. Now, in Canada, some of the bills are plastic.


Hemp For Victory (1942)


One of my Geography teachers said if water was properly assessed and valued, simply in terms or limited resources, it would be worth more than a single drop of oil, wrung out of the oil sands, or slouched out of the earth, by fracking.


Oil Sands 101

Hydraulic Fracturing 101

The true cost of oil | Garth Lenz | TEDxVictoria, TEDx Talks


Listening to:

Canada Vignettes: Log Driver's Waltz

Expo 67 - Canada (The Centennial Song)

Sarah Harmer - Escarpment Blues


Sometimes it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed by the beauty in the universe;

And, helpless, when others don’t value it.

“There’s a town in North Ontario…”

K D Lang - Helpless Lyrics


“Oh, my cherished home…”

Dear God, don’t let them cut down all the trees…

Jim Bryson - Ontario, from the album, “Somewhere We Will Find Our Place” [2016]


Take Care of Each Other.

Home is where the heart is.


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yellowicous's avatar
Love this idea! Great imagination!