Since moving to Guelph, a passing hobby has become something of a passion. While I have always taken pictures of places in which I’ve lived or visited, it was usually to serve a practical purpose: to show friends and family back home what I’ve been up to since joining the Jesuits.

It wasn’t until I arrived in Guelph to begin my Regency assignment at the Loyola House retreat centre that this practice became less practical and more personal. It has become an end in itself.

 Take, for example, the tree featured in these pictures. If one is looking north from inside Loyola House, it stands very prominently, alone, in the middle of a field. It’s hard to miss, and so when I first visited here, I took a picture of it; and satisfied that the tree had now been ‘documented,’ I promptly moved on and forgot about it.

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