Friday, March 22, 2019

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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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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Orchids ~ Wild versus Cultivated

I recently had the pleasure of attending the 2018 Manitoba Orchid Show, where along with other photographers were allowed to enter this venue an hour before the public, in order that we could bring our tripods and not have people tripping over them.  There were a lot of beautiful orchids set up for judging, most of which I had and still have no idea about.  I do own a Hybrid Phalaenopsis Orchid, but am by far no expert in this area, and much prefer the orchids I find in the wild in Manitoba.  So this got me thinking I should write about the wild orchids that are native to my Province, versus the cultivated ones that I saw at the Orchid Show.

Phragmipedium Hybrid Orchid from the Manitoba Orchid Show today at the Assiniboine Park Conservatory in Winnipeg.

Phragmipedium Hybrid Orchid from the Manitoba Orchid Show at the Assiniboine Park Conservatory in Winnipeg.

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A Thousand Journeys

I was thinking about all the trips I’ve made back and forth across Manitoba, mostly in the southern part of the Province, looking for wildlife and nature, and started thinking about the different photographs I’ve taken both on the journey and home again.  If I go back as far as 2007, when I got my first DSLR and started counting the number of trips I’ve made, both weekend and weekday trips near and far, I think I have come close to that thousand journey mark. 

Old Trestle Bridge along Grass Lake, Manitoba

Old Trestle Bridge along Grass Lake, Manitoba

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A Walk on the WildSide

On a beautiful sunny September day, I decided to take my dog and my camera and head to eastern Manitoba and the Whiteshell Provincial Park.  I stopped at a few of my favourite spots to get some photos, but along the drive saw a sign for a place I had never been before and decided to park and make the walk along the trail to Pine Point Rapids.

Pine Point Self-Guiding Trail, Rapids and Falls.

Pine Point Self-Guiding Trail, Rapids and Falls

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