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Never one to ‘sit with folded hands and listen calmly’ to stories of the Canadian Rockies, Mary Schaffer was an adventurer. When she heard about a near mystical and mysterious lake laying deep in the heart of the Stony Nakoda First Nations hunting grounds, she decided to go.

Shaffer set out in 1907 and didn’t find what we would come to know as Maligne Lake until the following year. In her book though, Old Indian Trails of the Canadian Rockies, Schaffer writes that that the real purpose of her quest was to “learn daily those secrets which Mother Nature is so willing to tell to those who seek”.

The secret is the search itself.

I too am such a secret seeker and the purpose of my quest, my artistic journey, is to see, with heightened awareness, the natural beauty of the world around me. And it begins by following Mary Schaffer’s example - go!

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