I’m fairly confident that most of us are not voting 2020 into our “best year ever” lists. The good news is that this disaster of a year is half over.
Even better news is that summer weather finally arrived in June. For the most part, the outdoors is a safe space during the pandemic, so there’s been no shortage of beautiful photos of natural vistas and wildlife.
We are so fortunate to be located in the Kawarthas! Enjoy our top photos for this month, follow us and our photographers on Insta, and be sure to get outside (but please physical distance).
Do you 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 2020.
#1. Sunset on Cox Lake by Adam @aarmitag
Posted June 28, 2020. 7,813 impressions, 792 likes
#2. Twilight fisherman by Tonio Whitters @yyz416
Posted June 13, 2020. 7,326 impressions, 869 likes
#3. Big Cedar Lake by Senning Luk @senningluk
Posted June 7, 2020. 6,571 impressions, 656 likes
#4. Peterborough immigrant entrepreneur Shahab Stanikzai from New Canadians Centre @newcanadianscentre
Posted June 6, 2020. 6,520 impressions, 452 likes
These photos of Shahab Stanikzai, and his international grocery store Goodies on George in downtown Peterborough, accompanied the first of five stories kawarthaNOW wrote in partnership with New Canadians Centre about local immigrant entrepreneurs who are at different points in their settlement experience and careers — stories of hope, home, community, and belonging in Peterborough.
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Shahab Stanikzai never dreamed of selling spices when he fled the Taliban in Afghanistan. The owner of Goodies on George in @downtownptbo only dreamed of keeping his family safe and making sure his daughter had access to education. And now that he’s in Canada, like a true entrepreneur, he’ll do whatever it takes to make things work from his international grocery store — which has become a go-to destination for spices, international foods, and fresh foods including samosas and pakoras. This is the first in a five-part series called #PtboIsMyHome, commissioned by the @newcanadianscentre to celebrate this year's virtual Multicultural Canada Day. In this series, you will meet local immigrant entrepreneurs who are at different points in their settlement experience and careers. These are their stories of hope, home, community, and belonging in Peterborough. Our writer Barb Shaw interviews Shahab about his life before and after coming to Canada. Read Shahab's story in our News & Community section at kawarthanow.com (link in bio). ????????? #newcomers #entrepreneurs #diversity #newcanadians #canadaday #peterborough #ptbo #ptbokawartha #ptbocanada #kawarthas #kawarthanow
#5. Mama and baby whitetail deer by Garry Turgeon Photography @getgarryt
Posted June 9, 2020. 6,493 impressions, 695 likes
#6. Sunrise on Stony Lake by Ward Strickland @ward.strickland
Posted June 6, 2020. 6,427 impressions, 591 likes
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Good Saturday morning our #kawarthapeeps from @ward.strickland on #stonylake at #fairylakeisland. It is warming our hearts today to know that #wardstrickland is back on #ston(e)ylake. #stoneylake #northkawartha #ptbokawartha #kawarthas #thekawarthas #summerinthekawarthas #cottagers #cottagecountry #cottager #kawarthacottagers
#7. Nesting loon by Caroline @goodenough.images
Posted June 16, 2020. 6,407 impressions, 640 likes
Did you know that both male and female loons incubate their eggs when nesting? They share incubation duties equally, although females tend to incubate more than males at night and towards the end of the nesting period.
#8. Stand-up paddling on Pigeon Lake by Travis Tedford @travistedford
Posted June 20, 2020. 6,344 impressions, 581 likes
#9. Clouds over Eels Lake by Olivier Sigrist Photography @oliviersigrist
Posted June 4, 2020. 5,890 impressions, 602 likes