Meeting Minutes - Jim Mottin: Animal Adventures - January 10th. 2019
This meeting was opened at 9:55 am by President, Martin Alderwick. There were 47 members present plus two new guests, Tony Hayes and Michael Peters, welcomed and introduced by President Alderwick.
President Martin took several minutes to name and thank all of the Club members who volunteer to sit on various club committees plus the Board to keep the Club functioning. He also stated that the bi-weekly coffee gathering has become a “must do” type of event and that it seems a guy has to get there early to get a seat at the table. During the winter months this takes place at the Symposium Restaurant on Stone Road.
Announcements Activities – Ray Biffis Upcoming events in 2019 are: - January 30th @ 10:00 am – Visit to the Art Gallery of Guelph at a cost of $5:00 per person and spouses are included in this event; - February 14th @6:00 pm – Valentine’s Day Dinner at Ben Thanh Restaurant on Woodlawn Rd. at a cost of $20 per person.
Get Well Announcement by Tom Beale - Tom informed the membership that member John Pawley is very ill and is seeking long term care. A card of get well greeting is on the sign-in table for members to sign to send to John.
Next Meeting: January 24th, 2019 with Ian Evans presenting on his adventure of bicycling across Australia
Julian Sale introduce Dr. Jim Mottin
Bio: Retired now for 16 1⁄2 years, Dr. Jim Mottin of the UoG Psychology Department presents his Elora Adventure Club talk called “Animal Adventures.” Jim was trained as a hunter at a very, very early age, but put down the gun at 17 and took up photography. He was nick named Deep River Jim (DrJ) by a hiking buddy, retired UoG English prof Marshal Matson, the name coming from an author of books on the wild in the 40s that Marshal new as a youth. Marshal was always amazed at the ability of Jim to spot wildlife on their many all day hikes together. With numerous accompanying photos, Jim will share some of his wildlife adventures from the jungles, the canyon lands, and beyond, though some adventures precluded photos.
Jim Mottin Dr. Jim Mottin began his talk by telling us of an early hunting experience whereby he shot an animal from a great distance and the animal dropped. He ran up to the animal to see where he had hit it and while rubbing the fur the animal came to, got up and ran away. That was the last time that he hunted with a gun and from then on took up hunting with a camera.
He said he needed to learn what to shoot at with a camera. The thing is not the shooting but what to shoot at. You need to spend as much time outdoors as you can and to look around. You should walk, keep looking and if you see movement you should freeze. Then you should look at where the movement came from. This is because the “prey” that you are looking for will probably also freeze at first before deciding what its reaction to your movement will be. Once you have identified what you are seeking to photograph you should immediately take you camera shot. This is the classic freeze response to animal hunting. Jim showed photographs of animals that he has seen in the wild. Along with the photographs he relayed stories of where he had been and what he was looking for to photograph. Some photos he took in Costa Rico were of spider monkeys and their young, squirrel monkeys, water lizards, and toucans, and sloths. He showed pictures of dinosaur tracks he took in Utah, porcupines, loons and otters in the 30,000 Islands. Locally he has pictures of bald eagles and osprey taken near Guelph.
He mentioned signs of climate change that he has noticed such as seeing earwigs on snow and seeing mosquitos in winter.
Jim said his best day of photography “hunting” was a day in the Grand Tetons in Wyoming where he was camping with his family and in one day they saw moose, bald eagles, swans, sand cranes, elk, and grey wolves. At one time grey wolves were considered extinct in Wyoming but Jim spotted a grey wolf pack hunting elk and he reported this to the state wildlife authorities who confirmed it.
Jim also showed photography taken in some of the canyons in the mid-west such as Saw Canyon, Zion Canyon, and the Blue John Canyon. This latter canyon is the canyon in which Aron Ralston cut off his own arm when it became trapped by a fallen rock and was depicted in the movie “127 Hours.” Other photography He showed was from trips Jim took in the Grand Canyon.
Jim Mottin is an enthusiastic photographer and story teller and he is passionate about this and his hiking experiences.