A View Inside SNOLAB (Sudbury Neutrino Observatory)

In early May of 2018, I applied to the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory`s first-ever Physics Photowalk Tour to be held in June. The physics photowalk is a worldwide event in which various facilities, such as CERN and Fermilab, open their doors to a selected of photographers, who are then allowed to explore around the facilities (under guidance for safety) and take photographs, presenting a new and creative few of the research environment to staff, scientists, and the public. I learned on May 18 that I was selected as one of the 20 photographers to visit the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, which has been in operation for nearly 30 years 6800 feet underground at the Creighton Mine site in Lively, Ontario (just outside of the main City of Sudbury). The original SNO experiment, which gave insight into the properties of neutrinos and the core of the Sun is complete, and resulted in the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics being awarded to Dr. Takaaki Kajita from the University of Tokyo and Dr. Arthur B. McDonald of Queen`s University in Kingston, Ontario. (An overview of SNO can be read here: “https://sno.phy.queensu.ca/).

Many other international collaborative experiments have been completed or are in progress at the facility and cover not only physics and astrophysics, but also biology. (E.g. FLAME – Fruit fLies in A MinE., which Dr. Thomas Merritt of Laurentian University is conducting to see the genetic and metabolic effects of the mining environment on the body, using fruit flies as the human analogue.) In addition to SNOLAB, the site is also an active nickel mine that operates down to over 8000 feet underground.

To give you an idea of the scale of the research facility, this is one chamber called the Cryopit, which is several stories high. This image is a composite of 30 20-mm focal-length photographs taken on a full-frame (35mm image sensor) DSLR. The images were merged in Adobe Lightroom on a cylindrical project. I left the edges uncropped, because I felt they added a dramatic touch to the scene.  #PhysPics18


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Aurora Borealis May 07, 2018

The solar activity was elevated starting on May 05th  to around May 08, 2018. This photograph was taken around 1:00 a.m. on Monday May 07th, 2018 in Dana-Jowsey Lakes Provincial Park, approximately 30km west of Timmins. There were some clouds that night, and the pink on the right side of this picture would be the lights reflecting from Lakeshore Mine near the Highway 144 turn-off.




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Miniature Robin’s Nest in Clay

RobinEggMiniature.jpgThis is a free-from, hand-built stoneware piece I made in Linda Guiho’s pottery studio on January 30, 2018. The scene is a robin on the edge of her nest with one egg and a hatchling (not seen from this angle), which sits in an egg (approximately to scale with an actual robin’s egg) on a stand. The model is resting on my knee in this picture with a quarter for scale. I photographed this with a tablet that has a low-resolution, non-focusing camera.

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Maneki Neko Painting


This is a quick 5 X 7″ watercolour based on a tiny black Maneki Neko (Japanese lucky beckoning cat) figurine I’ve had for over 20 years. The black lucky cat is for safety and wards off evil spirits; the original figurine is about 3/4″ in size. (A basic guide to the Maneki Neko symbolism can be found here. This painting was exhibited at Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre in December of 2017 as part of the Porcupine Art Club‘s themed show “Dark in the Light”.


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Northern Lights Near Home: An Artist’s Talk On The Science Of The Aurora Borealis


Aurora Show

Northern Lights Near Home opens formally at Black Spruce Gallery & Framing on September 19, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. I will be giving an artist’s talk on the science of the Aurora Borealis and will examine at the relation between solar activity and the Northern Lights.  Information on viewing and photographing the Northern Lights will also be included. This presentation is also a part of Science Literacy Week 2017 (http://scienceliteracy.ca/), an annual week-long celebration of science in Canada.

The show opening is free, and for all ages. The Artist’s Talk will start at approximately 7:30 p.m. Coffee/tea and light refreshments will be served. You may want to bring a small folding chair or stool.

Address: 42 Pine Street South, Timmins, Ontario.


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Photo Exhibit: Northern Lights Near Home

Aurora Show

I will be holding an exhibit of some of my Aurora Borealis photographs from around the Timmins area during the month of September at Black Spruce Gallery & Framing, 42 Pine Street South, Timmins. The exhibit will be running from the afternoon of September 05th, 2017 through to the end of the month.

The show opening will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 pm. on Tuesday September 19, 2017 and will feature an informative artist’s talk on the Northern Lights. More details on the opening will appear in a future post.

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Total Solar Eclipse: August 21st, 2017

I took my husband down on a 1700-kilometre trek to Hopkinsville, Kentucky last week to see the total solar eclipse, which lasted for 2 minutes and 40.5 seconds at the site. I photographed the entire sequence (99% of the time through a solar filter), which will then be put compiled into a time lapse sequence. In the meantime, here a is a photograph showing the Sun’s Corona during totality.


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Solo Exhibit Coming this September, 2017: Aurora Borealis Photography


I will be running my second solo show this fall, which will feature photographs of local scenes with the Aurora Borealis. The show will take place at Black Spruce Gallery & Framing, 42 Pine Street South, Timmins. More details will be posted over the next few months.

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Miniature Headframe in an Eggshell: Completed Last Week

The detailing work on the miniature headframe was completed on April 16th, 2017 and then it glued on to its display stand in a display case meant for a baseball. Here are couple of close-up shots before it goes off to the gallery for review.


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Miniature Show Next Month at Black Spruce Gallery (Shared from “A Northern Blog…”)

Here is the beautiful thing about living in a smaller community like Timmins. You get to meet really neat people like photographer and gallery owner Katelyn Malo. Katelyn will hosting the Tiny Art Exhibit in Timmins at the Black Spruce Art Gallery 40 Pine St. S. from May 2 to June 30th. All entries cannot […]

via A Northern Blog: The world seen through northern eyes — “Katelyn Malo and the World’s Biggest, Tiny Art Festival : Why its great to live in a smaller city!” — A Northern Blog

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