The Ol’ Summer Orchard Homestead | Heffley Creek, BC, Canada

Posted on 8th June 2015 in adventure, animals, explored, nature, wandering

My whole life I have walked these lands, and I hope I will have the good fortune to be able to continue to as long as I live. My family has been here going on 4 generations now. When talking about Canadian ranching, this is a long time. I have built tree forts, pushed cattle to greener pastures by horse, mowed lawns and hayed the fields, crawled under tractors, learned how to jump on trampolines and fire a rifle, hunted for Easter eggs, watched calves being born, branded livestock, fished for trout and frogs in swamps, creeks and lakes, and driven 4-wheelers and dirt bikes here… needless to say I’m dirty almost instantly upon arrival. I love this place, I think of it often.

Sometimes it’s hard to take a different eye at the land you see frequently, hard to motivate yourself to step out of the regular. I think this is where artistic challenge is at its finest; the challenge for a fresh set of eyes upon the similar, not for identifying new equipment we need or location changes. With this frame of mind, everything is a tool, everything is art, everything has potential. It’s a great challenge and just requires a new angle.

These photographs were taken mid May, in the south end of the North Thompson Valley, near Heffley Creek, BC or just North of Kamloops. This region – depending on the industry and map you’re looking at, is referred to as North Thompson, Thompson-Nicola, Southern Interior, or Okanagan.

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Memory of a Great Dog

Posted on 14th July 2013 in animals

A few days ago I lost my dog to the ails of old age. It is hard to think about him never again greeting me at the door, but this is the cycle of nature.

Angus was a great dog, a beautiful dog, a smart dog, a proud dog. He was a border collie and reached the ripe age of 12 yrs old. I remember I picked him out from my cousin’s dogs litter, when he was less than a week old. We had to wait another few weeks until we could take him, but that was him, and that’s how we got him.

Yesterday’s poem was dedicated to him, if you are interested to read it.

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Tent Caterpillars in Prince George, BC, Canada

Posted on 8th June 2013 in animals, nature

This year Prince George has had an infestation of tent caterpillars: genus Malacosoma and in the moth family Lasiocampidae. It started as soon as the snow melted and still is here today; for at least a month now we’ve had nearly all of the coniferous trees infested with these hungry chompers. It’s really eerie walking through the forest and you take a moment to pause and listen. It sounds like a box of Rice Crispies snap-crackle-pop’ing in milk.

Doing some reading, I’ve found out the frequency of infestations varies a lot, but generally every 10 years or so they will have an infestation that can consume 10s of thousands of acres of trees. Typically they die off because, as all of these parasitic infestations tend to do, they’ve eaten so much they’ve run out of food supply. They eat themselves to death.

I remember when I was younger and we had an infestation, my brothers and I started collecting these things in ice cream buckets. Boy was mom proud of us that year.

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Ted: A Farewell

Posted on 17th April 2012 in animals, explored

Ted, my dear hedgehog, passed last week: April the 10, 2012, a day before my birthday. This little champion has provided me with much entertainment, comfort, and companionship that I had always thought I’d have with a hedgehog. I can only hope I also provided for him a happy household to cause a ruckus in.

To the best of my knowledge, Ted was of the African Pygmy variety, which is a variety of hedgehog that is specifically subject to wobbly hedgehog syndrome. His last few weeks of life he was afflicted with this, and it became increasingly hard for him to function as a proper hedgehog.

I realized this, and picked a good day that fit into both of our schedules and booked a shoot with him.

I will miss you Ted; I loved that little bugger.

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Explored: Nacho the Snake

Posted on 7th April 2012 in animals, explored

A friend of mine owns a corn snake. It’s name is Nacho. We bonded.

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