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Canada's U.S. Tip
Photograph by Penny De Los Santos

A straight line of houses clearly marks the border between the town of Tsawwassen in British Columbia, Canada, to the left, and Point Roberts, Washington—a small chunk of the United States that looks like an oddity of mapmaking. It's more an orphan of precision: In 1846 the U.S. and Britain adopted the 49th parallel as the dividing line between America and Canada. Point Roberts—a five-square-mile (thirteen-square-kilometer) tidbit—fell below that line and has belonged to the U.S. ever since. The community has something of a split identity where the traditions of both nations blend.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS 1N
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100
Lens: 20-35mm f/2.8
Speed and F-Stop: 1/250 @ f/5.6
Weather Conditions: Clear skies
Time of Day: Early evening
Lighting Techniques: Available light
Special Equipment: I used a Minolta V handheld meter...and bracketed!


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