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    November 17, 2015
    Some people call them caves but most are really just huge cracks in the limestone bedrock. This large crack was found alongside Lake Winnipeg near Pine Dock, MB and was covered with moss. It towered 4-5 meters and was at least 20 meters deep. It is similar to the cracks and fissures found along Clearwater Lake in Clearwater Lake Provincial Park. It is part of a larger system that I plan to explore next summer.
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    November 4, 2015
    F8 and be there! It pays to be ready. Most importantly though, you have to be there! You need to make the effort. I left Winnipeg with my friend Dave Benson on a wet and soggy early morning around 4:30 AM and arrived in Kenora just before sunrise. It rained for most of the two-hour drive. It looked as if the sky would clear just in time for sunrise at Middle Lake and, in fact it did, but it only lasted a few minutes, just enough to create a few images. Had I listened only to the current weather forecast or not made the trip out to Kenora, the top image would have remained unexposed. The sky remained fairly cloudy for the rest of the day but I did return later at sunset to capture the bottom image. I used neutral graduated filters to better balance the extreme contrast of light. F8 and be there!
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    November 1, 2015
    My traveling companion, Brad Smith, and I came across this large iceberg shortly past Eastport on our way to the seaport of Salvage. We managed to find a location off the main road to make a few images and then proceeded to Salvage to photograph the scenic little village. On our way back to our B&B, we passed the iceberg once more and decided to make a few more images off the main road, including the image you are viewing. It was a very peaceful and serene scene and we left with the hope of trying to photograph it again the following morning. The next morning we photographed it again just before returning for breakfast when all of a sudden we heard a loud crack as I yelled "It's coming down"! In a matter of less than a minute, the iceberg literally crumbled into pieces before our eyes as we, of course, continued to photograph. I managed a nice sequence of images which I hope to show in the future. It sure brought home the point that you should never approach too close to an iceberg, thinking of course of the week prior when we had indeed done just that! What an experience!!!
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    November 1, 2015
    The Cypress Hills in southeastern Alberta tower over the surrounding prairie at an altitude of 600 meters, roughly similar to that of Banff. Because it remained unglaciated during the last ice age, the area harbors an astonishing variety of plants. The area is part of the Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park with the Province of Saskatchewan. In August of 2014, I made my first visit there in more than 30 years, capturing this sunrise from the viewpoint on the Reesor Lake Road. It is one of the images featured in my new book called 'Beautiful Alberta' (Firefly Books) which I will be launching at McNally Booksellers in Winnipeg this coming Friday evening at 7:00 PM.