Artist, Photographer, Filmmaker, Environmentalist, and Canoeist
Bill Mason could not fathom why every man and woman did not own a canoe.
Paddle to the Sea, Cry of the Wild, Song of the Paddle, Path of the Paddle Quietwater, Path of the Paddle Whitewater, and of course, Waterwalker.
Path of the Paddle, Song of the Paddle, Canoescapes.
Biographies about Bill:
Fire in the Bones, Spirit of the Wilderness.
Bill Mason could paddle a canoe comfortably in conditions that would make swimmers out of most of us. That’s the challenge: to paddle long enough to achieve that oneness with the water and the canoe.
The final scene of his film Waterwalker says it all for me. Bill is paddling a river of no name, through a landscape blanketed with snow, touching my soul like no other piece of film, art work, or photograph I’ve ever seen. He inspires me in that twenty-second clip to drop everything I’m doing and drift to the water in my mind, body, and spirit.
Thank you, Bill.