He calls himself an amateur, having made his living manufacturing a snowmobile part he created from his own patent. Yet, publications are starting to take notice of his talent. Down East magazine used his shot of Mount Katahdin in winter as the cover photo for its January 2013 issue. His wildlife shots, close-ups of bears, moose, and snowy owls that he spots on his property, have shown up in calendars, coffee table books, and on websites across the globe. In summer he loves taking aerial shots of Aroostook County and its many potato and broccoli farms from a motorized paraglider.
Cyr knows we’ll see no northern lights tonight, but he tries his best to humor me. It really doesn’t matter. Just one look at the brilliant night sky in these parts and I’m smitten. Having grown up on a farm in nearby Hamlin, Cyr knows the backroads better than most and he leads me to another one of his favorite backdrops, a shed in Fort Fairfield. He reaches back to grab a camera and starts taking photograph after photograph, just a few of the more than 200,000 images he will create this year.
“Look at the way the apple tree frames the picture,” says Cyr, and I’m sold as soon as I see the lonely shed under the vast, sparkling sky. In fact, if I saw the piece at an art show, I’d happily purchase it for my office wall. It dawns on me that in these parts, the northern lights are simply the icing on the cake.
Stephen Jermanok can be reached at www.activetravels.com.