How to · People · Travel

Back in the saddle with a grin and some flare

A few months ago this 10th-grader broke her elbow on a soft motocross course. On Monday she was back on her Kawasaki KX250F dirt bike again. Sure, maybe she didn’t get as much air as before the accident and she didn’t hit the bermed corners quite as confidently as she could have, but this was… Continue reading Back in the saddle with a grin and some flare

Travel

Surviving Halloween in the company of Kimmy Schmidt

I’m proud to announce that I made it through another Halloween alive and without a sugar high. According to the National Retail Federation in the USA, an estimated $2.6 billion would be spent on candy for Halloween alone, and another $3.2 billion on costumes (including for the 23-million pets that would be dressed for the… Continue reading Surviving Halloween in the company of Kimmy Schmidt

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 · Travel

Another crazy little roundtrip or two!

Occasionally I write purely for myself – just to remember parts of this trip through western Canuckistan that will mean little to you, but which I may need to remember one day when my memory starts to go. This is one such post. (Obviously, otherwise I wouldn’t be explaining all that.) Last week the same… Continue reading Another crazy little roundtrip or two!

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 · Nature · Travel

The time I forgot where I was meant to be going but got there anyway

So, yesterday I was talking about my trip from Edmonton (in Alberta) to Quesnel (in British Columbia) and how Jasper National Park had waylaid me. But I got back on track as soon as I left the park, and sped into B.C. on a mission to get home. Have you ever met one of those… Continue reading The time I forgot where I was meant to be going but got there anyway

Eating Out

Thou shalt cram as many things as possible into one day, or fall down trying

I didn’t blog much while in Edmonton because I didn’t want to bore you with stories of my daily trips to coffee shops, or the amazing meals we enjoyed, mostly at Asian-style eateries. But on this one particular day we fitted in so many things, I figure it was blog-worthy. It went something like this:… Continue reading Thou shalt cram as many things as possible into one day, or fall down trying