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Sudbury Ontario 150 Bondar Challenge Submissions

We’ve gone from “Nickel Capital” to “City of Lakes” in a single lifetime! Hard to be humble when our Greater Sudbury surrounds 330 freshwater lakes. We’ve had a regreening program since 1978 — that’s almost 40 years of action planning plus over 13 million trees planted and counting. Every day we are greener, fresher, even more sensational! Could our city motto become Aedificemus viridi?

So — with all our lakes and trees and over 200 km of trails, is there one natural outdoor element that you hope would still be here for Sudburians and visitors 150 years from now?

Can you capture that special scene or animal or plant in a photograph to show others what you’d like them to see?

Our photos from our Greater Sudbury world and the whys of their importance to us and the future.

“I enjoy colours inspired by nature. Let’s treat our environment with care.”

Image of orange and red autumn leaves

“The sun sets and offers it’s final act on another perfect Canadian summer day. One reflects and anticipates on the next morning’s opening act.”

Image of a sunset over a lake

“The Lily of the valley flower has such a beautiful smell and is a wonderful reminder of spring in Northern Ontario.  I truly hope it is still around in 150 years from now.”

Image of small white flowers

“This photograph represents the possibility of exploring Canada from coast to coast.  An epic journey!”

Image of a railroad from a low angle

“The lake reflects the sky on the summer evening. Hard to tell where one starts and the other ends.”

Image of the sky reflected on a lake

“​This is just off the highway connecting Garson to the town of Falconbridge. It falls in between mining areas, it would be nice to continue to see the marshland remain there instead of being taken over.”

Image of a marshland in the mist
Image of sunset over a pond with rushes in the foreground

“I love wildlife and I hope that we will be able to see more moose and wildlife in the future.”

Image of a moose lying down in a field

“I’ve chosen a photograph of a bee collecting pollen due to their current population decline I sincerely hope that in 150 years they’re still around and still plentiful.”

Image of a bee on a dandelion

“This beautiful painted turtle was found sunning near Moonlight beach. I would like for the conservation of turtles to continue in Sudbury, Ontario and across Canada so that seeing them sunning becomes the norm, rather than a rare experience.”

Image of a turtle in dried reeds

“Buzzing with activity in my honeybee hive.  Pollinators of all kinds are so important to our natural ecosystems and they are all in decline.  I hope that this picture inspires others to plant native flora and encourage pollinator conservation.”

Image of bees in an artificial hive

“I chose this cicada because it was amazing to see it newly emerged from its old skin.  In 150 years, I would hope we are still hearing the cicadas singing in the summer heat and that people will have the opportunity to see them emerging.”

Image of a cicada emerging from old shell on tree trunk

“I am sending this photo because in 150 years from now I want people to enjoy the waterways and the nature around them.”

Image of river rapids
Image of a pink and yellow flower

“I am sending this photo to preserve and stop the extinction of the raccoons population for the next 150 years.”

Image of a racoon in a tree

“Our friend the moose hung around most of the day….thinking maybe that the horses were his friends.”

Image of a moose on a lawn

“Photo was taken in the early morning mist on the day of the Horse Riding competition at Hillsview Riding Stable.”

Image of a moose in mist

“I hope we are able to observe wild life in nature in 150 years.”

Image of a moose in the mist

“In 150 years (hopefully even more than that) I hope people will still be able to enjoy such beautiful forests within walking distance from their homes as we do today. A natural place such as a forest gives one a chance to explore the world and see something new, outside from the stresses of day-to-day life.”

Image of a chickadee taking seeds from a human hand

“There is a certain nostalgic feel to a northern midwinter sunrise–the chilly air, the instant frost of one’s breath, and the excitement of another beginning. In contrast to our sunsets, the earlier the frosty sunrise, the earlier our hibernating Sudburians can hope to see spring.”

Image of a sunrise over a sports field

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