Friday, March 22, 2019

Living in a Winter Wonderland

Hoar Frost on Trees

Panorama of Hoar Frost on Trees

I have heard a lot of people on social media, complaining about how they are already tired of Winter and longing for Spring, and it’s not even the middle of December yet.  Some loathe winter and some as they get older find it harder to be out in.  I used to be like many of these individuals and always stated that I hated Winter and was thinking about moving away to a place where I wouldn’t have to deal with this anymore.  Then I began thinking about how when I was much younger I loved Winter and even went camping during this season.  So I made a decision to embrace Winter equally with all the other seasons we have in Manitoba and make a point of going out and enjoying myself, despite the extreme cold and somewhat blustery conditions.

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100 Years of Remembrance

21 Gun Salute

21 Gun Salute

Every year for the last 100 years, we take the time to remember our war dead, starting with those who gave their lives in WWI (The Great War), WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam, and the list goes on and on.  We have been involved not only in various wars to fight for the freedom of people around this home we call Earth, but have also contributed to Peacekeeping missions in volatile areas overseas, where soldiers have put their lives on the line, some being injured, some coming home with PTSD and too many shipped home in a coffin to take their final ride to their resting place.

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The Many Faces of Music

I have spent my entire life as a lover of music, both as a performer in the past, as someone who enjoys listening to good music of all genres and now as someone who loves to photograph the musicians and other performers who play to and entertain the crowd.  But there is much more to this than just the performers.  What about those who work behind the scenes and those who introduce the performers to the audience, and lastly, what about an audience, without which the music would be just another time for the musicians to jam together and practice what they love doing the most.

What would music be without the MC for the evening... introducing each performer or group of at the nights comes alive with the sounds that stir our souls.

MC Introducing the Performers at Gordie’s Wang Dang Doodle Extravaganza Open Mic

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St. Andrews on the Red

St. Andrews on the Red Anglican Church and Cemetery

St. Andrews on the Red Anglican Church and Cemetery

My first memories of this beautiful old church are from days many years ago, when I was just a young boy, bicycling out to Lockport, Manitoba with a few of my friends.  Whenever possible we would take to the back roads and avoid the busy traffic of the highways, and so as we cycled along River Road on our way north, the most prominent building we would see from many miles away was the the bell tower of St. Andrews on the Red.  And of course, being young boys looking for adventure, we would always stop along the way there and back and explore the cemetery, amazed at the old dates that we would find.  But this was also a time when things were not so fast paced and when people respected one another and their property, with graveyards and tombstones being right at the top of the list. 

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Facebook

In August of 2007 my sister told me about this cool new way to communicate with others online and sent me a link via email, where I was able to create an account on Facebook.  At the time I found it both daunting to try and figure out how to use this, yet at the same time something I thought would give me an opportunity to stay in touch with some of my friends and family across Canada and at the same time share some things with the rest of the world.  Over time I realized that this was an amazing way to share some of my photographs with others and be able to see the photographs that fellow photographers, many of whom have become good friends (some who I have never met in person) and keep in touch with these new friends from around the world.

 

Facebook Personal Timeline

My Facebook Personal Timeline

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