Lake Erie

Alfred Watson took numerous photographs of bodies of water although he usually remained ashore due to his propensity for seasickness.  His one exception to that rule came after he discovered Gull Island, a small uninhabited land mass in Lake Erie.

   To photograph the birds there meant meant a 40-mile trip to Port Maitland, Canada followed by a 2-mile ferry ride which always brought on an attack of malaise.Yet he made many visits to the island and took hundreds of photographs there including the self-portrait below of the island’s gulls surrounding him as he guarded his camera and tripod.