Born in Québec, Ingrid's career began at an early age and evolved to include photography and fine art. Inspired by a family of photographers, artists…
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There is a STAGGERING 16,000 applications for wolf tags (hunting), in the state of Wisconsin (pop. 5,712,000) which is comparable in land size to New Brunswick (pop.751,000). Wolves were almost extinct in the United States. The average pack requires no less then 35 squ km to hunt. In 2011 there were an estimated 850 wolves in the state. (not counting the 2011 hunt) Do the math...
Thank movies like The Grey and Liam Neeson for his generous acting contribution for the 2012-2012 wolf hunt season..(seriously?)...what a man :-(
Donated Canada Goose Art to be auctioned off in New York City Humanscale faces in the wild September 16th 2009.
TRUST AND OBLIGATION Fine art print 20" X 48"
Photographer and artist: Ingrid Dion, Canada www.ingriddion.com
TRUST AND OBLIGATION was a slow process of observation and patience. When hiking in the Ottawa Valley I noted a couple of geese making a nest on a small mount in a bay of a pond within a private waterfowl reserve. Geese mate for life and these two characters were inseparable, be it swimming in the small area that was not covered by the receding ice or gathering bits of dry grasses and mud for the nest. I returned to the area several times a week to observe them. Then one day I saw the female on the mount keeping her eggs warm whilst the male was away. The countdown began for the hatching. On the day of the hatching I saw with my binoculars that a bit of yellow fluff could be seen under the mother goose. I dressed in my waders and gathered my camera equipment and headed out toward the mound. Slowly approaching so as to not frighten the mother goose or the attention of the protective male! I situated myself in the mud and waited for that special moment all photographers wait for. Out from under the large wing emerged the gosling. The mother with her head flat and eyes never wavering from mine, wary yet trusting. I quietly told her that I was not there to harm her or her baby and how beautiful she was. When I was finished with the photo shoot I slowly retreated and marvelled at how very fortunate I was to have not been attacked by the male despite my very close encounter with the nesting site.
This opportunity brought to mind the awfulness of the habitat degradation that our respective countries are responsible for. How these wild and wonderful geese are forced to nest closer and closer to urban areas. That these geese must reinvent new habitats in order to survive.
This work is in memoriam to the 2000 + Canada Geese that were gassed by the Mayor of New York City, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the USDA-APHIS State Director. Despite the best efforts of letters sent in, bad publicity and the NYC protest of the Canadian Geese slaughter organized by on June 16th 2009...no other alternative was considered and they were killed.
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