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Saturday, April 03, 2010

Marc Lowell - Metal Detector

On a recent photo hunt the other day, I came across an interesting fellow who was out on a regular hunt of his own. Marc Lowell, an Ottawa resident, has been metal detecting around the world for many years. Drawn by the lure of lost money and potential treasures just below ground he sweeps his machine and listens for the telltale audio signals.
Marc Lowell - Metal Detector
Marc, as seen from the pedestrian foot bridge, paces back and forth, sweeping for treasures big and small.

Marc Lowell - Metal Detector
A path is swept for hidden finds under the earth. This place is frequented by many people sitting on the grass who occaisionally lose coins, watches, rings, or keys.

Marc Lowell - Metal Detector
On this dig Marc finds a vintage soda/beer can pull tab. The metal detector does not discriminate between this piece of tin and a gold ring as they are both circular in shape. Each find has to be dug up to distinguish between treasure and trash.

Marc Lowell - Metal Detector
Once there is a strong enough signal, out comes the knife or trowel to search for the treasure.

Marc Lowell - Metal Detector
After the metal is detected and dug up, Marc carefully replaces the divot in the earth. It's a best practice of all good metal detectors.

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