Our top 12 Instagram photographers for July 2019

Every month, we share the work of local photographers from across the Kawarthas

This photo of a spectacular $2.7 million luxurious century-style estate at 124 Lily Lake Road in Selwyn was our most-viewed photo on Instagram in July. (Photo courtesy of The Galvin Team / RE/MAX Eastern Realty Inc.)
This photo of a spectacular $2.7 million luxurious century-style estate at 124 Lily Lake Road in Selwyn was our most-viewed photo on Instagram in July. (Photo courtesy of The Galvin Team / RE/MAX Eastern Realty Inc.)

July 2019. I’m not going to talk about the heat or the mosquitos — I’m going to talk about our abundance of amazing Kawartha-area photos!

I’m late posting our top Insta photos from last month, but it’s been a busy summer for all us at kawarthaNOW. That’s why we had several top photos in July from our own editorial posts, and so we’ve increased our top posts this month to 12 from our typical nine to include more photos from talented local photographers. Enjoy!

Want to get on our top photographers list? All you need is an Insta account and to tag us using our hashtag #kawarthanow when posting your photo.

We share photos from across our readership area, which is the five-county area surrounding Peterborough which includes Peterborough, Northumberland, City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton, and Hastings (we sneak in the occasional Algonquin Park picture as well, particularly if it’s by a Kawartha photographer).

To see our daily shares of photos, follow us on Instagram @kawarthanow and check out our feed’s highlight reels for recaps of every month in 2019.

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#1. 124 Lily Lake Road by The Galvin Team RE/MAX @galvinteamremax

Posted July 9, 2019. 8,826 impressions, 223 likes

Our followers obviously love local real estate! Our top-viewed story for July was our editorial about this $2.7 million luxurious century-style estate at 124 Lily Lake Road in Selwyn.

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Every now and then, a hidden gem springs onto the real estate market across Ontario. Whether you are a lover of vast acreage or a city dweller with a penchant for luxurious cottages, 124 Lily Lake Road in Selwyn may just be the dream getaway for you. ????????? “It’s the nicest property I’ve seen in my 30 years in the real estate business, in terms of overall packaging, privacy, view and quality finish,” says Andrew Galvin of The Galvin Team, broker for RE/MAX Eastern Realty Inc. ????????? Set way back from the road and high on a hill, the stunning stone villa, located on the west edge of Peterborough, rests on an ultra-private, leafy 100 acres, and is an architectural haven in every way. The magnificent stone exterior was built over 160 years ago and is reminiscent of one in the English countryside. Inside, you’ll find approximately 6,200 square feet of luxurious modern living space and interiors harmoniously inscribed in the frame of the house. ????????? Did we mention the large stunning kitchen, unique wine room, formal dining room, five bedrooms, three full bathrooms, one half bathroom, large family room, office, open concept main living area,finished basement with a pool room and gym, spacious laundry area, main floor wing, expansive patio overlooking the heated in-ground pool and tennis court, large rear deck with beautiful views, private rear yard, and two-story, triple-car garage? ????????? With an asking price of $2.7 million, most of us can only fantasize about owning this picturesque getaway … but if you know someone who might be interested (or if you just want to dream), check out our feature story about the property by Paula Kehoe (with lots of photos), created in partnership with The Galvin Team @galvinteamremax, in our Lifestyle & Family section at kawarthaNOW.com (link in bio). ????????? #realestate #luxury #retreat #selwyn #peterborough #ptbo #ptbokawartha #ptbocanada #kawarthas #kawarthanow #realestatenow

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#2. The Highlands Cottages by Highlands Cottages @thehighlandscottages

Posted July 22, 2019. 8,515 impressions, 240 likes

Yes, our real estate editorials were popular in July: this top story was for our editorial about a $1.7 million estate at 3133 Peterborough County Road 36 in Buckhorn on the edge of Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park.

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“There’s something magical about this property.” Devin MacDonald, current owner of The Highlands Cottages (3133 Peterborough County Road 36, Buckhorn), stands on a large deck overlooking the water with husband David. In front of us are literally tens of thousands of acres of pristine wilderness, the Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park, a patchwork of green and blue. In a few hours the sun will set over the river. A fish turns lazily in the water just off the sand beach. Pink granite stone shimmers in the sunlight. It’s spectacular, and we haven’t even been inside yet. Read the rest of our writer Eva Fisher's story, and see more photos and a video of @thehighlandscottages, in our Lifestyle & Family section at kawarthanow.com (link in bio). #realestate #resort #cottages #buckhorn #wildlife #nature #airbnb #peterborough #ptbo #ptbokawartha #ptbocanada #kawarthas #kawarthanow #realestatenow

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#3. PedalBoro by kawarthaNOW @kawarthanow

Posted July 16, 2019. 7,248 impressions, 345 likes

This photo by our writer Paul Rellinger accompanied our editorial story about @pedalboro unveiling Peterborough’s first party bike in downtown Peterborough.

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With a ‘We’re all in this together’ spirit at its centre, @pedalboro unveiled Peterborough’s first party bike on Tuesday (July 16) in @downtownPtbo. ????????? Owned and operated by Hillary Flood and Peter Rellinger, the 15-passenger group pedaling experience went on its inaugural tour, travelling from The Olde Stone Brewing Company on George Street North to The Publican House Brewery on Charlotte Street before heading off to its final stop at Millennium Park. ????????? All along the way, the eco-friendly transportation alternative drew the attention of motorists and pedestrians, many of them taking cellphone photos or offering a friendly wave. ????????? Our writer Paul Rellinger was on the bike for its inaugural tour. Read his story in our Business & Tech section at kawarthanow.com (link in bio). ????????? #business #transportation #tourism #cycling #environment #ecofriendly #peterborough #ptbo #ptbokawartha #ptbocanada #kawarthas #kawarthanow @ptbochamber

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#4. Canada Day fireworks in Bobcaygeon by Fred Thornhill @kawarthavisions

Posted July 2, 2019. 7,101 impressions, 355 likes

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#5. Fairy Lake Island by Ward Strickland @ward.strickland

Posted July 28, 2019. 6,688 impressions, 466 likes

Fairy Lake Island on Ston(e)y Lake — a magical place captured dozens of times over the summer by the one and only Ward Strickland.

 

#6. Loon beauties by Vanessa Dewson @vanessadewson

Posted July 4, 2019. 6,257 impressions, 371 likes

 

#7. Picnic Island on Eels Lake by Jeannine Taylor @wired_woman

Posted July 21, 2019. 6.087 impressions, 211 likes

Okay, I admit it: I was surprised to see one of my own photos on this list. I don’t often post personal photos to our kawarthaNOW account. I’m going to give full credit on this one to Mother Nature and the natural beauty of Picnic Island on Eels Lake in North Kawartha.

 

#8. Old-growth tree by Ancient Forest Exploration and Research @ptbo_oldgrowth

Posted July 10, 2019. 6,068 impressions, 182 likes

This photo was featured in our editorial about the Ancient Forest Exploration & Research (AFER) group, a non-profit charitable scientific organization founded in 1992, which recently launched a new citizen science project to find, map, and document old-growth forests in Peterborough County.

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If you have an interest in science or just love trees, a group of researchers could use your help. ????????? The Ancient Forest Exploration & Research (AFER) group, a non-profit charitable scientific organization founded in 1992, recently launched a new citizen science project to find, map, and document old-growth forests in Peterborough County. ????????? You may be surprised to learn that there are thousands of hectares of old-growth forest — an undisturbed biologically diverse forest containing trees over 120 years old as well as standing dead trees — in the Peterborough area, including 26,000 hectares in the northern part of Peterborough County alone. ????????? Over this summer and into 2020, AFER is working to locate these old-growth forests and study them to better understand their composition and structure, and to determine how best to conserve these rare and vital ecosystems for society’s benefit. ????????? But the Peterborough project team needs help from volunteer citizen scientists to help identify local old-growth forests. ????????? If you’d like to learn more about identifying old-growth forests, AFER is also hosting a series of free public events featuring tree identification workshops and special guests. ????????? For details and to find out how to get involved, read our feature story in our News & Community section at kawarthanow.com (link in bio). ????????? #nature #ecology #citizenscience #forests #oldgrowthforest #peterborough #ptbo #ptbokawartha #ptbocanada #kawarthas #kawarthanow

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#9. Tuesday morning on Big Bald Lake by Joe Yusiw @kawarthajoe

Posted July 16, 2019. 5,938 impressions, 460 likes

 

#10. Rice Lake morning road by Jim Babbage @jimbabbage

Posted July 25, 2019. 5,783 impressions, 425 likes

 

#11. Kingscote Lake in Algonquin Park by Tim Haan @tim.haan.photography

Posted July 21, 2019. 5,712 impressions, 398 likes

 

#12. Stand-up paddler on Coon Lake by Barry Killen @theburleighridge_beareh

Posted July 17, 2019. 5,697 impressions, 3,78 likes

It would not be summer in The Kawarthas without Barry “Captain of Coon Lake” Killen making the list with this iconic SUP and sunset shot on Coon Lake.

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