Saturday, February 22, 2020

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 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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The Music’s in My Soul

Have you ever thought about what your passions in life are and discovered the gifts that you were born with?  Each of us has these passions and gifts, sometimes buried deep within our souls.  My first passion and gift in life, I felt very strongly inside of me from the day I was born.  That is the music that lives within me and has an effect on everything I do in life.  I wake up each morning with a beat in my heart and the sounds of music fill my very essence.  I spent a lot of time as a teenager and a young adult following this passion, playing in bands, singing in choirs and living the gift that I was born with.

The Drummer

The Drummer

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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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Old Buildings of Manitoba

As a wildlife and nature photographer, I am always traveling the back roads and trails of Manitoba looking for birds, animals, flowers and other photos of nature that appeal to me.  However there are times when I don’t find very many or any of these items, so I am always on the lookout for other items that I can take a picture or two of.  When I first began taking photos, it was with a point and shoot camera my work had given me to take shots of the various places I did business with, but I also found myself taking photos of the many old buildings and other structures that dot the Canadian Prairie landscape. 

Welcome to my Humble Home ~ Snow Valley, Manitoba

Welcome to my Humble Home ~ Snow Valley, Manitoba

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