If I had to choose my favourite subject to photograph, my answer may change depending on the day you ask me or what I thought were my most recent best photos….flowers, animals, landscapes and sunsets are all tops on the list. So, today, let’s say sunsets are my favourite, because how can anyone get tired of watching a sunset and I keep glancing out the window to see how tonight’s sunset may develop….
Here’s one from earlier this summer at Waskesiu in Prince Albert National Park …
I enjoy planning trips – I like doing the research just as much as actually going on the trip. Usually the trips are planned well in advance, but this one was planned with about two weeks notice – a look at work schedules and a desire to get out of the city for a few days on the August long weekend were the catalysts. Oh, and I’ve been to “the mountains” every year since about 2000 and I didn’t want to break the record. So, the trip had to be in the mountains. Banff was tops on the list – but because of the long weekend and the late planning pretty much everything was booked, then checked out Waterton Lakes National Park (ran into the same problem), and then I started checking out places around Fernie, British Columbia.
And lucked out, and found Island Lake Lodge, and they weren’t fully booked. Success! The place was amazing – the view, the accommodations, the food, the walks in the woods while rarely seeing another soul, waking up and seeing all the stars in the middle of the night with the silhouette of the mountains as a backdrop. Super nice place. Here are some pics of this super nice place…
And after a nice long walk in the woods….
Lunch with a view on the Bear Lodge Patio….sandwich was a smoked beet reuben – really, really good. And the Stella was drunk after a hike on the second day….
Can’t say enough good things about this place. As much as I love Banff, this place was uncrowded, peaceful, and so pretty. If you’re into camping, looks like there is a nice campground at the base of the mountain. (Island Lake Lodge is a 12km drive up the mountain with towering cedars on either side of the road).
I just wish the mountains were closer to Saskatchewan! And the ocean, too! (but the prairies are pretty nice, too!)
While I put together a longer post with pictures of a place that according to their website National Geographic Traveler Magazine called one of the most unique and authentic places to stay in Canada, here’s a pic I snapped of a little creature lucky enough to call that part of the world of the home. This chipmunk has a pretty awesome view!
Work’s been busy, and I want to be outside and away from a computer when I’m not at work, so the post with pics of this beautiful place I visited recently won’t likely be until a hopefully, lazy, coffee drinking morning on the weekend.
I always have a camera in my bag (well, two if you count my phone)…but these are the results of actually taking a camera out of my bag! Work has been a little stressful, and as an antidote to that stress, I’ve been taking more pictures, and thinking about why I started my blog so I can come up with a tag line/slogan. There are two reasons… the possibility of a strike was looming at work and I wanted something to do when I wouldn’t be walking the picket line (our contract ended up being settled before that happened).
The second reason, and the one that still guides me, is that we are inundated with so much negativity in all forms of media everyday, and I wanted to put something out into the world the opposite of that. A negative free zone, if you will. My goal continues to be to showcase the simple things in life…a pretty flower, a funny animal, cool things I see in my travels, and just the beauty and wonder around us if you take the time to look. Photography has become a way to share how I see the world, a stress reliever, a great motivator to get out and see things, and allows me to exercise my creative side.
In that spirit, these are pictures I’ve taken over the last few days during everyday events – on my lunch break at work, taking the long way to walk to a neighbourhood store, and just stopping to look up at the sky…
I’ve shared this quote before from George Santayana, but it’s one of my favourites, and goes with the theme of this post:
“The world is not respectable; it is mortal, tormented, confused, deluded forever; but it is shot through with beauty, with love, with glints of courage and laughter; and in these, the spirit blooms timidly, and struggles to the light amid the thorns.”
You don’t always get to choose the things that happen in your life, but you always get to decide how you handle things. (I wrote that mostly as a reminder to myself!!!)