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KAREGNONDI

Great Lakes Series

Lake Huron is the second largest Great Lake with a surface area measuring 59,588 sq km (23,000 sq mi), just slightly smaller than the state of West Virginia.

Home to the largest freshwater island, Manitoulin Island, and approximately 30,000 other islands, Lake Huron is considered the most diversified landscape of all the Great Lakes. 

 

With a unique shape, Huron is comprised of hundreds of bays and inlets, including notables like Georgian Bay, Saginaw Bay, and the North Channel. 

 

This is a two-colour screen print done on Mayfair paper.

The paper size is 11x17". 

I've made several references to historic landmarks, and events that have influenced the surrounding provinces and states.
 

  • Directly in the middle, "Karegnondi" is a Huron word translated to mean "Lake of the Hurons."

  • The American Star is placed in Saginaw Bay, and we see several sailboats sailing towards it. Sailing is a popular hobby among locals due to the high winds and open terrain. Saginaw Bay is also home to nearly 1,000 shipwrecks.

  • In the middle, a wind swept pine can be spotted. Due to high winds, many coniferous trees become deformed and manipulated over time. The wind swept pine was also a popular subject of study for Canada's infamous Group of Seven. The Group of Seven shaped the identity of Canadian art and culture. 

  • Up the right side, there is a Lake Trout stretched up the North Channel. Lake Trout are the most populous fish in Lake Huron. The largest Rainbow Trout is Canada was caught by Joanne Verdramin in Lake Huron in 2005, measuring 39.1 inches in length and weighing in at 40.68 lbs!

  • The Huron people are represented in the middle left. The historical Wyandot (Huron) emerged in the late 17th century. They were located in the southern part of what is now the Canadian province of Ontario around Georgian Bay.

  • In the bottom left, the Pointe au Baril lighthouse is featured. In the late 1800s, the lighthouse was used to guide boaters along deep water stretches between very treacherous shoals to the north and south of the channel into Pointe au Baril. Although rich in history, the lighthouse is on the Canadian Coast Guard’s list of lights to be decommissioned. On a personal note, this still remains a frequent visiting spot for my family during our fishing trips on Georgian Bay.