About Heart of Stone

Churchill Island Sunset, Churchill Islands, Georgian Bay. Photo by Sean Tamblyn.

Rock.  Water.  Trees. A familiar mantra to anyone who’s been to Georgian Bay.  The smoothly undulating curves of solid granite scoured clean by age old glaciers.  Pure waters that run from shades of offshore turquoise to mineral-rich reds in marshes and estuaries.  Windswept pines standing lonely vigil against twilight skies, improbably managing to hang on to the smallest of cracks in the rock.

Georgian Bay is a landscape like no other, one of those few places that instantly captures the mind, body, and spirit.  Even when you leave, you can’t help but think of going back.

Mink, Point au Baril, Georgian Bay

Curious mink.

Heart of Stone, the brainchild of kayak-based photographer Sean Tamblyn, is a visual exploration of all facets of the Bay: landscapes and wildlife, lighthouses and weather, insects and inukshuks.  Travelling by kayak, he can get his lenses into the wild places, areas that seldom see human footprints.  Some have fanciful names, like the Chicken Liver Channel, some are steeped in history like the French River or the Mink Islands, and some are so hard to get to at certain times of the year that the only way to get there is to walk.  Or trudge, really, six inches of muck in the Naiscoot River Delta is just enough to drag a kayak through, if you don’t mind getting a bit muddy.

So take some time to explore, and see the Bay as few people have, as we strive to uncover the soul of Georgian Bay and the 30,000 Islands, the landscape with a Heart of Stone.