Interview with Darryl Blazino, author of A Brief Time In Heaven

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Interview with Darryl Blazino, author of A Brief Time In Heaven

Posted on May 16 by Darryl Blazino
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Darryl Blazino, author of A Brief Time in Heaven, chats with us on the blog today about this book.

Caitlyn: Tell us about your book.

Darryl: A Brief Time in Heaven- Wilderness Adventures in Canoe Country, chronicles how a simple fishing trip developed into profound life-changing experience. After travelling to some of the most incredible places on our globe I could not believe that the most beautiful and fascinating of all was a mere two hundred kilometers from where I had lived my entire life. Travelling silently and gracefully via canoe across the magnificent landscapes of Quetico Park allowed me to achieve a level of tranquility and awareness which I had never known.  I became completely enveloped in an overpowering sense of peace and fulfilment.  I felt humbled and insignificant yet empowered and profoundly alive all in the same instant.

By the half-way point of the trip I realized that I would never be the same. I knew that I would return again and again, to explore and discover, both the land and myself. And in over thirty trips spanning twelve years, Canoe Country has never disappointed. 

A Brief time in Heaven features the very best and worst days of these adventures. Through both photography and prose it features the most incredible landscapes of Canoe Country, numerous rare and intimate wildlife encounters, several harrowing events where death and injury were narrowly avoided, incredible fishing tales, and the joys and tribulations of wilderness camping with small children. More importantly it tries to make sense of our place in the universe and discover the true meaning of happiness.

Caitlyn: How did you come up with the title?

Darryl: Imagine for a moment that you could leave this world, travel to, visit and explore Heaven before returning back to your everyday life. What would it look, sound and feel like? This for the lack of a better analogy, is what I experience with each and every excursion I take into Canoe Country and the reason for the title of this book. To me every time I venture into its pristine wilderness I feel like I am in Heaven.                                                                                                                                     

Caitlyn: Did you have a specific readership in mind when you wrote your book?

Darryl: I feel the book is primarily intended for the hundreds of thousands of people that love wilderness camping, yet I believe that it will resonate strongly with anyone who enjoys the beauty of nature. If you have ever thought about one day visiting Alaska, or Yosemite, or anywhere known for breath-taking scenery than I think you would enjoy this book.                                                                                                                                                

Caitlyn: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Darryl: The most difficult aspect of this book was the photography because the opportunity to create images was so limited. The canoe trips themselves were very busy affairs with little time to simply experiment. Virtually all of the photographs were unplanned so I had to be ready at any time when an image came to light. All of the images, in retrospect, have imperfections but I take pride that none of the photos were staged. Other than simply asking a companion to stay put until I ready my camera, all represent true aspects of a real canoe trip. I feel the candid nature of the photos helps bring the stories of the book to life.

Caitlyn: What are you reading right now?

Darryl: I read mostly non-fiction. I find there are an infinite number of incredible true-life stories and I love anything of a historical nature. Currently I am reading The Little Bighorn Remembered by Herman Viola. I thoroughly enjoy reading about the Lakota (Sioux) peoples and their battles with whites in the so called “Indian Wars” of the nineteenth century.  I have read about a dozen or so books on the subject in the last few years and it is always interesting to view a topic from different perspectives. This particular book  is a collection of stories from the descendants of Lakota, Cheyenne, Crow and Arikara survivors of the battle of the Little Big Horn.

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Darryl Blazino

Darryl Blazino has explored, camped, and fished on hundreds of lakes over the past two decades and spends nearly 50 days a year pursuing his love of the out-of-doors. His articles and photographs have been regularly published in The Boundary Waters Journal. He lives in Thunder Bay, Ontario.