Photography · Travel · USA

A day out in Seattle, the emerald city

I have dreamt of visiting Seattle ever since I was a teenager. I can’t even tell you why. It’s always just  had a strange romantic attraction. And despite the fact that I have been staying only two hours north of the emerald city, I almost didn’t make it there. But earlier this week I drove… Continue reading A day out in Seattle, the emerald city

Photography · Travel · USA

Stepping way way (way) out of my comfort zone

Today I did something I practically never do: I went for stroll in a quaint, photogenic neighborhood without my Nikon, and with only my phone and a few dollars in my pocket. The second thing taking me out of my comfort zone is that I’m trying to write and publish this blog on my phone.… Continue reading Stepping way way (way) out of my comfort zone

Photography · Travel · USA

Twenty refreshing reasons to visit Victorian-era Port Townsend

Actually, I don’t have twenty reasons to visit Port Townsend. I have but two: it’s a quaint town, it’s easy to get to, easy to stroll about and boasts several good little eateries. Sorry, that’s four. But at least I’m keeping you on your toes. Port Townsend is a small seaside town on the north-east… Continue reading Twenty refreshing reasons to visit Victorian-era Port Townsend

Autumn · People · Photography

One of the happiest photo-shoot happenstances

For the last two days I’ve been writing about my experiences photographing the town I have been staying in. Earlier in the summer I had offered to let the town’s marketing department look at my photos to see if they could use any. This kept me on my toes trying to find the most flattering… Continue reading One of the happiest photo-shoot happenstances

Photography · Quesnel · Travel · Writing

Generally just down-to-earth, genuine people

Yesterday I wrote a blogpost about some of the challenges I have had taking photos in a small town here in Canuckistan. And I was given a real dressing down by a friend later who took umbrage at me generalising about Canuckistanis and how impolite and unfriendly they can be. Of course, one should never… Continue reading Generally just down-to-earth, genuine people

Humour · Photography · Writing

My shameful, secret life behind a camera

If you are all about being politically correct, no matter what, please stop reading this post. Equally, if you are fiercely nationalistic, showing an excessive, undiscriminating devotion for your country Canada, please also refrain from reading further. But this post is about Canuckistan, the country through which I’ve been perambulating for the last four months, so… Continue reading My shameful, secret life behind a camera

Autumn · Nature · Photography

About dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, sheep and a lone alpaca

Last month saw me on a farm in far northern Alberta, learning about harvesting and how to hunt geese. Yesterday, I found myself on a farm in the North Okanagan region of Canuckistan. A misty, chilly morning greeted us as we made our way to the barns to feed the chickens, dogs, barn cats and… Continue reading About dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, sheep and a lone alpaca

Photography · Travel

Chetwynd: the mill town with an “artsy” heart

Chetwynd, the small town of 3,100 inhabitants, in the foothills of the Rockies, is just a typical mill town – like the myriad of others in this part of British Columbia. Except, it isn’t. In 1992 the town commissioned three wood carvings of bears, which were used in their “Welcome to Chetwynd” sign. Apparently they… Continue reading Chetwynd: the mill town with an “artsy” heart

How to · Humour · Photography

An idiot’s guide to family photography

Occasionally I take photos of families. And very occasionally I make up a “shot list.” Like for weddings, where I am terrified of missing an important photo like “bride and groom with grandpa” or “bride high-fiving the family pooch”. But last week I didn’t bother with a list for the small family I was shooting,… Continue reading An idiot’s guide to family photography

Autumn · Night time · Photography

Harvesting, whatever it takes!

Winter came way earlier than normal in Alberta this year. By the time I got north to Fort Vermilion they had had snow for a few days and were wondering how they were going to get all their fields harvested. Apparently one can only harvest mostly-dry crops, although they do have a grain dryer to… Continue reading Harvesting, whatever it takes!

Autumn · People · Photography

Crying fowl: A city slicker goes goose hunting

It’s -6°C outside. Up at 5.30am, I pull on old uncle Jim’s threadbare long johns, then my jeans and finally padded camo pants. On top it’s four layers, including camo too. Two pairs of socks, including a stretched pair granny Simpson knitted many years prior, should be enough. Gumboots and a toque (beanie) complete my… Continue reading Crying fowl: A city slicker goes goose hunting

Nature · Night time · Photography

Simply stupendous, northern Alberta

Read part one here if you missed it. I arrived on the farm just outside Fort Vermilion in northern Alberta late in the afternoon. The last few kilometres was down gravel roads south of town, with a non-functioning GPS, but I found the farm with less trouble than I had anticipated. The large wooden sign, “Simpson… Continue reading Simply stupendous, northern Alberta