Just go!

Posts have been few and far between for a number of different reasons, but quietly in the background, a trip to Paris has been planned! It’s getting very close to lift off, and I hope to have many pictures to share in the weeks to come.

somewhere over Minnesota, March 2016

Everyone I’ve talked to about Paris seems to have a strong opinion. It’s beautiful! The food was amazing! Wine is cheap! Paris in the Spring! You’ll love it! People are rude! Dog poop is everywhere! I would never go back!  I’ve tried to take those opinions with a grain of salt because travel is very personal, What one person thinks is an amazing destination, is on another person’s “I would never go there!” list.  (Jamaica is on that list for me.) My only travel advice is if you want to go somewhere, just go!

I thought it would be fun to pick just one photo from each of the last few trips to capture what I liked the most about each one.

Elk Island National Park, near Edmonton Alberta, Summer 2017 (one of the best places to watch a sunset!)

 

Puerto Vallarta, Banderas Bay, March 2017

 

Island Lake Lodge, August 2016 for a classic Canadian wilderness scene.

Prince Albert National Park, June 2016 (another classic Canadian wilderness scene)

New Orleans, March 2016. This was a hard one because I pretty much love everything about New Orleans. But one of my favourite things was walking along Royal Street at night in the French Quarter to take pictures of the window displays. This was in the window of the Red Truck Gallery.

Jasper National Park, July 2015. I love talking animal pictures.

Watching surfers, Maui, March 2105

This is not far from home at all…near Regina, summer 2015

Butchart Gardens, Victoria, BC, June 2014

…and still one of my favourite pictures I’ve ever taken…Great Bear Rainforest, June 2013

All of these pictures make me realize I’m very lucky to be able to travel and to see and experience many different places.

Canada 150 – My Beautiful Country

Summer in Canada to me means going somewhere and seeing some of my beautiful country.  Canada is such a wonderfully diverse country and I appreciate it all…prairies, mountains, ocean, and our cities, too. I’ve only been as far east as Quebec City, and would love to see the east coast of Canada someday.

Summer Solstice, English Bay, Vancouver 2013

Summer Solstice 2013 2

Quebec City, 2010 (wow, seven years ago already!)

 

Banff (these pictures are from 2014)

Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, June, 2013

Seaplane Perspective

Prince Rupert to Hartley Bay in a seaplane

Bishop Bay Hot Springs in the Great Bear Rainforest

Bishop Bay Hot Springs Sparkle 3

Near Gull Lake, Saskatchewan, July 2016

summer storm

into-the-storm

Prince Albert National Park, June 2016

Prince Albert National Park sunset - June 2016-2

Near Mankota, Saskatchewan, September 2016

morning-on-the-prairies-at-harvest-time

 

 

 

Great Bear Rainforest

You only need sit still long enough in some attractive spot in the woods that all its inhabitants may exhibit themselves to you by turns.  Henry David Thoreau

In the case of these photos, the attractive spot was on the water, in a zodiac with six other people being as still and quiet as possible to observe this grizzly in the Great Bear Rainforest in June, 2013.  I can’t believe it’s been four years since that trip!  I still think about it often and I’m grateful to have memories of spending eight days on a boat exploring a very unique, beautiful, wild, and amazing place in my own country.

Great Bear Rainforest 4Great Bear Rainforest 2Great Bear Rainforest 1

Great bear Rainforest

One of my favourite photos ever – look at that face!!!

 

 

 

 

animal therapy

For when you have a week that needs a little cute animal therapy to get you through it!

donkey posing

curious donkey near Craven, SK

Mountain Goat Kid Jasper

friendly face in Jasper National Park

Surfing Goat 4

Surfing Goat Dairy, Upcountry Maui

And my favourite animal picture I’ve ever taken….just look at that face.  The Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia is beautiful in so many different ways, but to get this close to a bear who trusted that you were only there to admire it in awe and capture it in a picture was pretty amazing.

great-bear-rainforest-2013-2

counting down the days…

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” – Anonymous

Less than two weeks until the next trip!  🙂

Great Bear Rainforest inlet reflection

In my last post, I said that a lot of the pictures I took in the Great Bear Rainforest two years ago were of reflections in the water….this is one of my favourites.  It’s such a beautiful place, far off the beaten path (which, truth be told, was a bit of an odd feeling). Some days we didn’t see any other boats.  It took a few days to get used to all the peace and quiet and solitude.

mountain reflections

look at that face

An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.
– Martin Buber

Great bear Rainforest

I’m not a vegetarian. I like crispy bacon and juicy steaks and bison burgers and chicken fajitas, and I’m not opposed to people who hunt in order to have meat in their freezer, but I am strongly opposed to hunting for sport.  When I went on my trip to the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia in June 2013 with Trish and Eric of Ocean Adventures (http://www.oceanadventures.bc.ca/), we anchored in inlets where hunting was not allowed.  We watched bears from a respectful distance (from the safety of the zodiac), and I was amazed just how calm and peaceful they were with seven people documenting their every move.  We had the privilege of witnessing a wild animal in its own habitat far off the beaten path.  To take pictures and have mementos of these amazing, living breathing animals seems so much more satisfying than hunting for sport.  (I still am deathly afraid of running into a bear while camping or walking in the woods, though!!!).

Great Bear Rainforst 2013 1 Great Bear Rainforest 2

It’s been exactly two years since the trip.  It was on this trip that I really started to pay attention (and learned the lesson of patience) when taking pictures of animals. (I do take pictures of people, I just don’t post them here!)  Anyway, here are a few more pictures from the Great Bear Rainforest – someday I’d like to go back!

scariest plane ride of my life

Flying to Hartley Bay , a small Aboriginal fishing village to meet the boat – beautiful scenery! I’d never been on a bush plane before – the ride there was fine, a little bumpy, but fine.  But on the way back there was a young woman from the village flying with us to Prince Rupert to see a doctor. She was in so much pain and was having such a panic attack, that I thought she was going to pass out before we made it back to Prince Rupert.  It was a very long 45 minutes.  I saw her later that day when we were walking around town and she was smiling so at least she was okay.

heading out to the Great Bear Rainforest

Leaving Hartley Bay and heading out on the Douglas Channel

Great Bear Rainforest zodiac

I loved being out on the zodiac!

inlet in the Great Bear Rainforest

This was at the end of a long afternoon out on the zodiac – it was so peaceful out on the water. There were seven of us in the zodiac and since the point is to be as quiet as possible so as not to disturb the wildlife, we barely said a word for five hours while seeing some pretty amazing sights!

entering anchorage in the Great Bear Rainforest

I bet close to half the pictures I took on the trip were of reflections on the water!