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Polar Bear

On a recent trip to Cochrane, Ontario,  my family and I caught a glimpse of a polar bear who is lives in a sanctuary. He did little but rest and sun himself on a 100F June afternoon.

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Acme, MI

Stunning photo of a sunflower patch, photographed with an iPhone. It's not the violin its the violinist.

Stunning photo of a sunflower patch, photographed with an iPhone. It's not the violin its the violinist.

Daisy Doo

Meet Brian the cat. He visited Daisy one afternoon last fall. He seemed like a friendly Mancoon, but Daisy was very unsure of her new friend.

Meet Brian the cat. He visited Daisy one afternoon last fall. He seemed like a friendly Mancoon, but Daisy was very unsure of her new friend.

Andy

My beautiful tuxedo cat Andy will be 18-years-old this November.  I found him in 2000, while on assignment for the Standard-Freeholder newspaper.  About three years ago, a small bump appeared on his eye lid. My mom and I,  thought it was a bug bite but it grew into a small tumor. Although, it didn’t seem to cause him any harm, in the summer of 2014 it was determined the bump was a mast cell tumor, if not removed, his next flare up could grow twice the size or larger taking over his face and causing much discomfort. We were very lucky to find Dr. Rob from the Charlevoix Veterinary Hospital who helped Andy.  Today he has a much better quality of life, thank you Dr. Rob.

My beautiful tuxedo cat Andy will be 18-years-old this November.  I found him in 2000, while on assignment for the Standard-Freeholder newspaper.  About three years ago, a small bump appeared on his eye lid. My mom and I,  thought it was a bug bite but it grew into a small tumor. Although, it didn’t seem to cause him any harm, in the summer of 2014 it was determined the bump was a mast cell tumor, if not removed, his next flare up could grow twice the size or larger taking over his face and causing much discomfort. We were very lucky to find Dr. Rob from the Charlevoix Veterinary Hospital who helped Andy.  Today he has a much better quality of life, thank you Dr. Rob.

For Terri Saunders

Terri at work at the Ottawa SUN. 2010

Terri at work at the Ottawa SUN. 2010

I will never forget my friend.
It is very difficult for me to say goodbye to a woman whose charisma could fill the sky, to meet Terri was to love her… I sure did.

We met in the summer of 2000. Terri was hired as an intern at the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder newspaper, where we became fast friends.

Over the next six years, our working relationship gave way to a friendship and a way of collaborating that produced quality content recognized by both the Ontario Newspaper Awards and the biggest honour in Canadian journalism; the National Newspaper Awards.

Terri or T (a nickname I gave her) was given the court beat and often covered politics. She wrote the words and I took the photos.

One of Terri's biggest stories was the Public Inquiry, her work on this subject was published across Canada and the United States. Not bad for a girl from Gander.

Our friendship continued for the next seven years, even after I moved to Sault Sainte Marie. Terri visited and we explored Michigan's Upper Peninsula and Mackinac Island. I visited her in Ottawa countless times as well, we created many adventures and made memories that I will forever cherish.

I am proud of my brilliant friend, and will never forget her laugh, her guidance, and her ability to problem solve anything.

Rest in peace my dear friend.

Much Love,
Rachele,
xoxo         

                           
                                                                              -30-

Old School Photo Booth

My husband and I, stumbled across an old photo booth in the basement of the Andy Warhol museum in Pittsburgh, PA., last week. A cost of $3... 10 minutes later,  it was amazing to see these prints. There is a real magic to this old school type of photography.

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Civil War Artifacts

A display of toys from the Civil War, found at a museum in Pittsburgh, PA.  I am curious about the story of these dolls and who they once belonged to.

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Winter 2013

Finding an interesting weather photo each day, can be a challenge. This photo, I snapped of a statue Dr. Roberta Bondar's (Canada's first female astronaut) with a giant dusting of snow....was different look at a weather picture, yet told a story about a snow-filled winter. Often a weather feature can be found, by just looking at your surrounding environment.

Finding an interesting weather photo each day, can be a challenge. This photo, I snapped of a statue Dr. Roberta Bondar's (Canada's first female astronaut) with a giant dusting of snow....was different look at a weather picture, yet told a story about a snow-filled winter. Often a weather feature can be found, by just looking at your surrounding environment.

KISS Concert 2010

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Possibly one of the coolest shows I have ever photographed is the band KISS. The over the top stage, lights and flames.... well it was the perfect cocktail for AWESOME concert photos. A fan, posted my photos, on www.kissopolis.com

This concert was in summer of 2010, and I have not seen this images in 3-years. I am amazed how I can recall the heat from that July summer evening, the energy in the air at this concert. This was my favourite concerts I photographed in my 15-years career....well, a close tie to Meatloaf  :)

Canadian Olympians

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I cannot believe it's almost been 10-years since I photographed Canadian Olympians Jamie Sale and David Pelletier. The two were  part of Christmas skating tour, that made a stop in Cornwall, Ont. This was the first time I ever photographed professional figure skaters, it was truly an amazing shoot. Growing up in Timmins, Ont., I watched figure skating and followed it with great enthusiasm as a kid. This photo was among, a dozen selected by Globe and Mail newspaper, to illustrate happier times before the couple divorced.

Beautiful Rainbow

In my 15-year career one of the hardest things to photograph, I think is a rainbow. They are naturally spectaculor to see with the human eye but photographing it is often a different story. In late September close to 7pm, I photographed this beauty, about a block from the newspaper office.

A rainbow on Old Garden River Road in the Sault. (Rachele Labrecque-Sault Star)

A rainbow on Old Garden River Road in the Sault. (Rachele Labrecque-Sault Star)

AndiCat

My beautiful tuxedo cat, I found while on assignment in 2000. Almost 16-year old, he now calls Timmins, Ontario home.

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