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Joan Sullivan · Columnist | Posted: Dec. 11, 2021, 6 a.m. |

“My personal definition of what I do is simply image capture and creation,” Ray Mackey explains, introducing this attractive, hard cover album. Inside are page after page of alluring photographs.

Colour photography debuted in 1861, and landscapes were a favourite subject from its earliest days. For one thing, they didn’t move — in its pioneering methods, exposure time could measure eight hours.

Some photographers also employed “pictorialism,” applying paint to black and white photos, for example Edward Steichen’s striking and influential “Moonlight: The Pond” (1904). In the early 20th century, landscape photography was largely an American genre, dominated by figures like Ansel Adams, an environmentalist and precedent-setting artist.

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Lost Kootneys interview Castnet

Two friends with a passion for the Kootenay region have helped uncover some of the history of the area, giving it new life.

Eric Brighton and Greg Nesteroff run a Facebook page called Lost Kootenays, which represents the diverse history of the east and west Kootenays.

The success of the page has now spawned a book.

At the start of this year, we got a message from a publisher in Nova Scotia, MacIntyre Purcell, who asked if we were interested in turning it into a book. I guess one of the ways to come up with ideas for books is to search for Facebook sites, particularly historical ones with a lot of followers" said Nesteroff.

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Adam Zyglis WIVB Bullafo Interview

by: Marlee Tuskes Posted: Nov 10, 2021 / 06:20 PM EST / Updated: Nov 11, 2021 / 09:46 AM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Adam Zyglis said many little steps have led him to where he is today.

"Being open to whatever the journey is I think is important," Zyglis told News 4.

For almost two decades, the Western New York native has been sharing a piece of himself with The Buffalo News readers through his art.

Zyglis said he started drawing at a young age, and that his mother recalled how he would lay on the floor and draw for hours.

After graduating from Alden High School, Zyglis has a decision to make: whether to follow his passion, which was just a hobby at that point, or to study something practical. He chose both.

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Author Vernon Oickle puts Hot Country 103.5's Ian Robinson's knowledge of Nova Scotia to the test. 

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If you're from Nova Scotia and love trivia then this is the book for you!

Local author Vernon Oickle from Liverpool, Nova Scotia, come up with 1000 questions in his latest offering called "So You Think You Know Nova Scotia: The Ultimate Bluenoser Quiz Book."

Being a life-long Bluenoser myself, even I had a job answering some of these questions.

Vernon quizzed me on a few and you can hear how I did below:

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And there's much more from which famed American gangster was said to be a regular visitor to a small fishing village on the province's South Shoe during the era of prohibition, to what Nova Scotia bank was said to have been the site of the first recorded bank robbery in North America in 1861.

Find them all in the book that's a great way to try out any Bluenoser's knowledge of "Canada's Ocean Playground!"


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Ian Robinson

Nov 9, 2021 | 12:40 PM


By Elizabeth Patterson · Multimedia Journalist · Saltwire

Tunes and Wooden Spoons Saltwire article

We've all hankered for her cinnamon rolls but now Mary Janet MacDonald is getting ready to release a cookbook of her favourite Cape Breton recipes. CONTRIBUTED • LEN WAGG PHOTOGRAPHY

PORT HOOD, N.S. — It's only been out since September but the first cookbook from Port Hood's Mary Janet MacDonald is already a Canadian bestseller and has even landed on the top 10 list, beating out such well-known chefs as Gordon Ramsey, Snoop Dogg, Stanley Tucci and Mary Berg.

"It's in excess of 10,000 copies," said Vernon Oickle, managing editor of MacIntyre Purcell Publishing Inc, the publisher of "Tunes and Wooden Spoons: Recipes from A Cape Breton Kitchen."

"This is a Canadian bestseller three times over in Canada. It's been in high demand since Mary Janet started talking about it on her Facebook page. We had a long list of backorders even before the warehouse received any books."

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