7.27.2013

Bowring Park, St. John's











I am enjoying my last day on holidays before we have to head back to the real world. That pesky real world. When we first arrived in St. John's we had some time to kill before our ride came to take us up north. We decided to walk around Bowring Park for awhile... Even the ducks use the crosswalks there!

7.23.2013

Frank, Alberta








This set of photos is from a rock slide that happened over 100 years ago. Much of it is left untouched, except for the highway and a railway. David was in his happy place. It's not everyday you get to chip away at rocks from the top of a mountain without having to actually climb the mountain!

7.20.2013

Pincher Creek, Alberta






Well we have arrived in Newfoundland and went for a lovely walk today and not I am editing photos. I wish I had more time to travel but alas... work. These photos are from a pit stop near Pincher Creek, Alberta.


7.16.2013

Self Portrait Challenge



So I am doing a bit of a different post today. I want to join the girls at A Beautiful Mess on their 30-day Challenge of self-portraits in celebration of their new book launching all about photo ideas.

Now I know what you may be thinking..... especially with the plethora of "selfies" we are inundated with in instagram, twitter, facebook, ect. Self portraits seem to go hand and hand with self-absorbed. I am certainly not against selfies. I am often a culprit of this myself. Sometimes there's just no one around to take your picture... sometimes you don't feel comfortable with other people taking your picture... and sometimes your hair just looks freakin good and you need to remember this moment because it may never happen again!! Whatever your reasoning is I think there is something to be said for capturing a little moment in your life that no one else could get. I know when I am in front of the camera I tend to do the same pose with the same smile because that's what my fail-safe is. It's that "classic" picture. When I am behind the camera I am yelling at whomever to run around, jump, do a serious face, look up, twirl and so on... yet stick me on that subject side and I feel weird doing all that same stuff! My shy (no pun intended) tendencies leave me with pretty much 1000 of the same pictures of me in different backgrounds. I have been challenging myself this whole year to be more comfortable in front of the camera and to not feel weird doing all those things that make an interesting and REAL photo. I love my photography and editing but I also want some memories of me in there as well. I don't write a journal and I don't scrapbook so I feel like a self-portrait every now and then gives me the creative control over how I capture my feelings in a moment. Whether it be setting up a tripod and capturing me in front of an expansive mountain or just a quick snap of my toes in the ocean. These photos bring me back to that place and I look at them and all my memories come a'flooding. You can smell the mountain air again or feel the cool ocean on your toes. Sometimes only you can capture that moment best and that feeling is why this photo challenge really resonates with me!

I know this is going to be a busy month for me but I am going to try and get some self-portraits up here. The top one I took quite awhile ago but it's one of my favorites... I just woke up on a spring morning by myself and had absolutely nothing to do all day... That's it. That's the moment in this photo but it's my moment!

Check out the hashtag #ABeatuifulMess to see other peoples portraits. Leave a comment if you are joining in too!

7.10.2013

Bon Voyage




And we are off! There may be a sporadic post here or there for the next few weeks but we are in vacation mode, which honestly I am in dire need of. 


7.08.2013

The Places I Will Go

July is one of the busiest months I have had in a long time. We are heading out on some travels across Alberta and then of course over to Newfoundland. Here is a quick look at the places we are going to hit throughout the month. Come August this place will be flooded with pictures!



Frank Slide, Alberta

In the heart of the Crowsnest Pass is Turtle Mountain and the town of Frank. In the wee hours of the morning in 1903 90 million tons of limestone slid down Turtle Mountain in just under 2 min at 112 km/h. The huge rocks (some the size of houses) covered the railway, sealed off the men trapped in the mine, and completely destroyed part of the town on Frank. Multiple factors lead to the landslide, which is one of the largest and deadliest in Canadian history. General unstable rock formation, coal mine operations, and a wet winter with a cold snap the night of the slide all are blamed for the disaster. What was left was a huge swath of boulders strewn over an area of 3 sq.km with an average of 15m deep. Some spots are up to 45m deep! We are heading down south for a wedding and this will be our first stop pre-wedding. I have driven through it numerous times on my way to the states but David has never been. He loves his geology (calls himself a genuine prospector) so I thought this would be a great place to visit while we are down there.
photo cred: here



Porcupine Hills, Alberta

As I mentioned I am a bridesmaid in my cousins wedding which is being held in the Porcupine Hills of Alberta. I spent many summers down here with her when we were little so it will be fun to re-visit and take some great pictures of this landscape.
photo cred: here



Waterton, Alberta

Since the wedding is only a half an hour or so from Waterton we had to make a a quick stop there again before heading home. Waterton is a great national park bordering on Montana. Last time we did some great hikes and canoe trips. The town is so small that it seems less touristy than Banff or Jasper. Too bad its so far from Edmonton!
photo cred: here



Fogo Island, Newfoundland

A few days after we get home from Southern Alberta we are off again and this time waaaaaaaaay over to Newfoundland to visit David's family. This time I hope we have a better travelling time then our last trip. It took us 4 days and 6 cities despite originally having one 8 hour plane ride... Still annoyed at that clearly. Anyway! Now obviously we arn't spending all our time at Fogo but after all my trips to Newfoundland, I have yet to hop the ferry over. The island has these amazing artist studios designed by Architect Todd Saunders, who hails from Newfoundland. I am usually not a fan of such modern architecture but the contrast with the huge open ocean and the desolate landscape really, really intrigue me. Artists from around the world come to stay in the studios on retreats for months at a time. How can I get in on that?!! Here is an interview with the Todd Saunders.
photo cred: here



7.04.2013

Spontaneous Drumheller Trip Pt. 2












Notes: This group of photos was taken in the fastest time possible. The mosquitos were the size of trucks and we were in the middle of rush hour. It was horrible!! I like the colours in the pictures. The recent flooding has made Drumheller the greenest I have every seen it!

7.02.2013

Spontaneous Drumheller Trip Pt. 1












Notes: Sorry about the photo explosion that just happened. I'm usually so good at narrowing down a select few photos to show! On our way home from Calgary this weekend we were driving past the Drumheller sign and thought... What the heck? So we made a pitstop. I really liked the three sets of photos from that day, they seem so different even thought they were all taken within a few hours. Here is part 1 of 3. Also I don't know why we are jumping. David jumped for a picture and I thought, "I wanna jump too!!" and the jumping commenced.
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