Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead
Member - Island East Tourism Group
Sean Landsman’s love of photography began with a need for a creative outlet. At the time, he was living in Chicago and was relatively uninspired by the cityscape, but he was increasingly drawn to the rural areas around his family's home in central Illinois. Still, he always found himself longing for something beyond the big skies and vast agricultural expanses of Illinois' "Corn Belt". When he moved to PEI in June or 2013, he discovered what he’d been missing: natural beauty and easy access to it. Sean discovered he could drive 30 minutes to the North Shore and be watching the Northern Lights, or during other night excursions, he could stare into night skies so black that the Galactic Core of the Milky Way was easily discernable to the naked eye. That was previously unheard of - save for maybe a Chicago-wide power outage - during what he refers to as his city-slicker days in the Windy City.
Favourite Memories and Places – Perhaps the greatest gift that photography has given me is that it's stirred a dormant sense of curiosity that was previously untapped. I find myself curious to see all sorts of things or to explore new-to-me locations, be they the night sky over Point Prim or what lies beneath the coastal waters of Murray Harbour. I have so many images swirling in my mind over eastern PEI that it’s nearly impossible to isolate individual choices. So I’m forced to create a pretty lengthy list: searching for breeding seals during winter in the Cape Bear/Beach Point area, kayaking and hiking South Lake with my wife, wandering Lakeside Beach and St. Peter's Lake Run looking for migrating shorebirds, snorkeling the eel grass beds at the outer edge of Murray Harbor, scuba-diving for scallops (in the recreational scallop fishery) in waters off Beach Point, countless hours spent hiking in all seasons through the Dromore Woods near Pisquid, hiking the PEI National Park trails at Greenwich with my family after my wedding in 2016, catching smelt from the Pisquid River and Clark's Creek every spring, fishing for giant bluefin tuna off North Lake, looking for abstract patterns in PEI's landscape with my drone, such as along the shoreline near Panmure Island, and the most amazing dining experience EVER at Chef Michael Smith's picturesque Inn at Bay Fortune.
Sean’s Outdoor Adventure – Visit the MacPhail Woods for a short morning hike, take in the cliffs at Belfast, visit the Point Prim Lighthouse for a lunch of chowder, dart to the North Shore for a not-to-be-missed hike at the Greenwich Dunes, and finish the day with a sunset visit to the St. Peter's Lighthouse.
Sean’s Culinary Adventure – Start your morning in Charlottetown grabbing breakfast at Casa Mia, hike the Dromore Woods, lunch in Montague at Windows on the Water, grab pre-cooked lobster and accoutrements for dinner, and head to Cable Head East for a sunset lobster dinner in-the-rough on the beach.
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