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4 March 2012 ·

To celebrate the release of Facing the Mountain in Canada I’m posting some pictures of some of the origins of the story – which I’ll be talking about on Cheryl Rainfield’s blog on Monday/Tuesday. I did a similar post when it was released as Raven’s Mountain in Australia last February – I used then, which I found interesting but a  bit frustrating, trying to find the right images: this time they’re my own photographs of things that have sparked thoughts. 

Vancouver Island summer, with my 
friend Gay from Red Deer Alberta 

Inukshuk, Vancouver
My cousin’s horse, on a ranch north of
Lillooet, BC

fossilised shark’s tooth, found in Colorado
sheltering from hailstorm while climbing Pikes Peak
with my dad

foothills of Pikes Peak
Mount Rundle
waterfall on Vancouver Island

And the finished book! (Also available as e-book) If you don’t win one of the 5 copies in the Goodreads giveaway, look for it in good bookstores,   or  from, or  Chapters  


  1. Nathalie Nice pictures. It's so great to have memories and share them with people. I have very few pictures with my father as we lost most of them in a basement flood. Inspiration often comes from pictures for me as well. ~ Nathalie
    March 7, 2012 at 8:20 am · Reply
  2. Wendy Orr That's so sad, Nathalie. My parents lost all their photos when I was a baby, and I know what grief that still causes them. They were the first thing I packed when preparing to evacuate from bushfires a few years ago! (Then I digitalised special ones & stored online.)
    March 7, 2012 at 9:05 am · Reply
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Wendy Orr is a Canadian-born Australian writer. Her books for children and adults have been published in 27 countries and won awards around the world. Nim’s Island and Nim at Sea have also become feature films, starring Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin (Nim’s Island) and Bindi Irwin (Return to Nim’s Island.) Her latest book is Cuckoo’s Flight, a companion to the highly acclaimed Bronze Age novels Dragonfly Song and Swallow’s Dance. Read full bio