Falling Over

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The waterfall was an unexpected detour, and I’m glad we made the trip.  We had been exploring the Shuswap for antique stores when a rather eccentric shop owner made the suggestion.  “It will make your whole trip worthwhile” he promised.  … Continue reading

The Aftermath

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It’s been three years since a devastating earthquake and powerful aftershocks rocked Christchurch in New Zealand, and yet the destruction is still clearly visible. We expected to see some damage but were shocked at the appearance of the downtown core. … Continue reading

Into the Fog

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For several days Vancouver was cloaked in a thick fog. It was so thick that the grey mist did not dissipate even after midday. The only upside to this grey weather was the great photo opportunities it provided. So I … Continue reading

Parade of Lost Souls

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Surreal and a bit unnerving, the Parade of Lost Souls is not your typical scary Halloween hijinks.  We encountered many Lost Souls that night — telling fortunes, performing seances, and cackling like the insane, but the funk band, dressed like … Continue reading

Snoopy the Brave Dog

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Meet Snoopy, a 10-year-old dog whose brave actions ultimately saved her family from an armed robber.  Snoopy, like many dogs in the South African townships, is both a companion and protector of her family.  This courageous dog was shot during … Continue reading

Not Forgotten

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Old wooden barns, in various states of disrepair, punctuate the rolling prairies of Alberta.  Most of these forgotten barns had a precariously drooping roof, and we dared not explore them in fear of them collapsing.  But as we drove north … Continue reading

Finn Slough

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Finn Slough is a historic fishing community located on the southern edge of Richmond.  As the name suggests, the area was settled by Finnish immigrants in the late 1800’s.  This quaint community on the edge of the Fraser River is … Continue reading

The Allure of Water

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Trudging up the mountain, tripod in hand, we stumbled upon a creek cascading down the steep slope.  This was exactly what we were searching for in order to try out our long exposure techniques.  Thankfully it was dark enough under … Continue reading

Wreck City

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A lot can change in a decade.   When I flew over Calgary for the first time in nearly 10 years, I couldn’t believe how much the city has expanded.  Communities now stretched well beyond the airport in the northeast.  With … Continue reading

A Wintry Zion

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I couldn’t believe our luck.  The cold rain that threatened to spoil our hike in Utah’s Zion National Park had changed to large fluffy snowflakes.  By the following morning, a dusting of snow settled on the towering cliffs and stone … Continue reading

In Ruin

Driving through Namaqualand, South Africa, we stumbled upon the ruins of the Diamant Quartzite Industry. The wooden roofs had weathered away, but the stone foundations were still standing. The harsh desert landscape was framed by the gaping windows. © 2013 . All rights reserved.

Looking for adventure, we decided to deviate from our normal driving route from Cape Town to Namibia.  After exploring the seaside town of Kleinzee in Namaqualand, a former diamond mining settlement that is now virtually a ghost town, we headed … Continue reading

Sightseeing in Bruges

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Beer, chocolate, and brussels sprouts– that was all I knew about Belgium before I set foot in that country last December.  And that it boasts a well-preserved medieval city, which I discovered only after watching the dark Hollywood film ‘In … Continue reading

Namibia: Land of the Extremes

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  Two days just wasn’t enough time to fully enjoy the red sand dunes and rugged mountains of the Pro-Namib Desert.  The extreme summer heat restricted our game drives to the early morning and evenings, but thankfully our lodge was … Continue reading