Sunday, October 20, 2019

It’s Been Awhile

The last blog I posted was in 2015, shortly after moving from SW Manitoba back to Winnipeg.  At that time I underwent some things in my life and just didn’t seem to have the energy or desire to write a blog, or to deal with things I was going through.  Now, fast forward to 2018 and I have decided it’s time to write again and share some of my photos and experiences in a blog.  In June of 2016 I made a decision to change from an Olympus camera system to a Nikon camera system and chose a full frame body with a couple of lenses to get me started.  I figured it would be pretty easy to learn a new camera.  After all, I had been taking pictures with a DSLR for 9 years by this time, so how hard could it really be?  Well, it was a lot harder than I thought.  Sure, the basics are the same no matter which camera I use, but when you are trying to put a lens onto a body turning it the wrong way, because that’s what you’ve been doing for the last 9 years, you know you are in trouble.  So now after close to 2 years working with the Nikon, I feel comfortable with it and know where most buttons and menu items are, but there are a few that I don’t use that often and still have to figure them out when I am shooting my normal, every day pictures. 


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One of my first photos taken with the Nikon D750 was this old railway trestle bridge along Pelican Lake

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A Trip Down Memory Lane – The Destination

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Heading into the Valley that holds Pelican Lake and the Village of Ninette

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Looking For Spring

Today I went out looking for Spring.  Like many others in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, I’ve had enough of “Old Man Winter” and the extreme cold that keeps rearing it’s ugly head, so as the temperatures hovered today around -1 C I thought this would a good time to go and see if Spring was anywhere in the vicinity.

Perhaps I might find Spring hiding under a rock or buried inside an empty Bird Box somewhere just outside of town.  I searched high and low, but think I may have to try this again in a month or so, once Spring decides to finally show it’s face around here. 

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A locked gate to a snow covered field

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A Trip Down Memory Lane – The Journey

When I was a young boy my family would often travel to a small town of Ninette in SW Manitoba, located at the north shore of Pelican Lake, down in the valley and surrounded by hills and lakes.  This is where my Mom grew up and where my Grandparents lived for most of their adult lives, until age and health forced them to move to Winnipeg where there was better care and more things available to them

This trip would take us about 2 1/2 hours to get there and as young children often do, we would get bored quickly and want the journey to come to an end, so our parents would have to become creative to keep our attention focused on fun things and give us something to occupy our minds along the way.

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Although no longer an elevator in the town of Starbuck, this small statue of what used to be, sits proudly off the highway as you enter the town.

 

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‘Twas The Night Before Christmas Out on the Bog

Twas the night before Christmas, where out on the Bog
Not a creature was stirring, not even a Frog.

Leopard Frog, which is green with black spots and brown ridges, sitting in the grass
Leopard Frog Hiding in the Grass along the Marsh

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