On July 18th, 2015 a group of four made the journey north along rugged logging roads to the shores of Wolf Lake and the majestic stands of old-growth red pine. The goal of this trip was to continue the visual documentation of this at-risk area that began three years ago.

This team was led by the Creative Director of the Wolf Lake Coalition, Rob Nelson, and also included photographer and videography Christoph Benfey of Low Key Studio in Hamilton, and volunteers James Horner and Ian Muller.

Save Wolf Lake Photography Team: Christoph, Ian, Rob & James (from left to right)

Wolf Lake Expedition 2 placed a greater emphasis on videography, and the variety and volume of equipment transported into basecamp allowed for the collection of an impressive selection of creative and visually stunning footage (we're keeping most of it under our hats for now). 

Superb weather conditions maximized the team’s ability to not only capture the beauty and wonder of Wolf Lake during the day, but also under the glow of an awe-inspiring canvas of stars and a glimpse of the milky way.

Evidence of previous mining. 

A brief visit to a former exploratory mine shaft on the west side of Wolf Lake punctuated the lasting scars left by this historical industrial presence. Recognizing the continuing threat that exists to this important ecological area as a result of renewed mining leases reinforced the state of urgency needed to permanently preserve the world’s largest known contiguous ancient red pine forest.

It is impossible to return to, or visit Wolf Lake for the first time, without recognizing the size and magnitude of these towering pine trees. The early morning sun, rolling mists, sparkling waters, and late day light continually catch your eye and make you pause to reflect the natural wonder you are immersed within.

We are incredibly excited to share this new footage with you and hope it creates a window into a part of this great province that deserves environmental protection. Keep an eye on this blog and @SaveWolfLake on Twitter for updates on this project!

A very special thank you to Bob Olajos, President of Friends of Temagami, for graciously loaning us two canoes! 

- Wolf Lake Expedition 2

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