Our New Farm, Red Spruce

Posted on 6th January 2019 in nature, photojournalism, Red Spruce

This year has been a year of building, that’s for sure. Almost everything has really taken a back seat to building. I’ve only now had a chance to take a look at some of the photographs I’ve taken over the time.

Let me step back a second.

In 2017 we bought land in Nova Scotia in Pictou County. We live in Poplar Hill. In 2018, dad and I arrived to meet Bart here in late April and we at once began planning and building.

It took quite a while to really get things rolling. There was brainstorming, frustration dealing with last minute contractor cancellations, permits, and schedules to deal with – the ever ominous: “I should be able to make it there next week.” But with the three of us, joined by mom in the early part of summer, we kept moving forward. When we weren’t able to work on the house, we worked on out buildings. In those early days we would drive into town almost every day to pick up supplies, which was frustrating for all of us. It took us quite a while to get into the mindset of anticipating what things we needed to buy to keep us busy for a few days rather than just one or two days, and also buying enough supplies for the full job at once, rather than one step at a time. We also had to head into town nearly daily for groceries since we were living in a small cabin with no electricity, and a shower at the Pictou County rec center (which we are still doing to this day).

So many things have happened that I’ll kind of just rattle off here. Perhaps it would be better suited in the intro of a photobook.

We got a dog, an Australian Shepherd, we named Ruu. Alex Knicker joined us for so much of the summer giving her more than willing helping hand; I’m sure her blood has been imprinted in the planks used here many times over. We bought a tractor to use with our new-to-us disc harrow, sickle bar mower, wood chipper/shredder, and successfully spread lime and seeded the working land (~30 acres) we have here – yes, I did get the tractor stuck a few times which Bart, like a champion, helped me dig out. Bart bought a 4-wheeler, I bought a dual-sport motorbike. The tools, oh the tools! We build two 8’x12′ cabins, and one 12’x16′ chicken coop), one outhouse, and we are now almost complete building a 1800sq.ft (main floor) insulated concrete form (ICF) house (just about finished hardwood flooring and tiling the bathrooms). There are deer that cross our field daily now, and a few days ago we saw a coyote looking curious. There is a group of white breasted snow birds that are regular here now this winter. The raccoons have hibernated, as have the pheasants.

What a learning experience.

I still sleep in the chicken coop. There’s definitely a few reasons why I do, but the biggest two are that the house isn’t quite ready for living nor do we have a live-in inspection done, also, in the coop I sleep with the dog (and sometimes cat) on my legs.

Spring at the creek
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Autumn in Vancouver, BC

Posted on 5th March 2015 in explored, nature, wandering

Seasons are perhaps one of the most solid testaments to the dynamic nature of life on earth. It just so happens that in Vancouver, BC, it’s particularly mild with frequent rain. This makes for lovely growing weather for plants and shrubs and sitting around on the beach! It also requires a constant umbrella and scarf once you’re out of those summer months, just in case.

These photographs were taken in October.

Also, there are bunnies in the parks around Kits beach and Jericho beach.

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Green Lake, British Columbia, Canada

Posted on 3rd November 2013 in adventure, nature

I have been driving by Green Lake my entire life on the beautiful Highway 97. I have camped at the Lake many times, and seen it in every season and weather imaginable. However, in recent years it’s just the middle of a long road for me from/to the north/south. I rarely stop there anymore to explore.

I did a shoot with Jilleena recently, and remembered how beautiful that area truly is, so the last time I was by I decided to take a detour around the lake. It added an hour to my journey, but oh was it worth it. Such a beautiful day.

I’ve always been in love with a forest of birch trees. Something about it makes me feel at one with nature, entangled in it’s beauty. When I was walking today with my mother, she told me how her grandmother – my great-grandmother – loved them because it reminded her of Latvia. Connection made.

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Beginning of Autumn in Prince George, BC, Canada

Posted on 22nd September 2013 in nature, wandering

There is something about Autumn that holds me tight [and the word autumn rather than fall]. Perhaps it’s the thought of losing all that has pleased me so throughout the summer. Perhaps it’s the delicate state of decay that captures [part] of the world. Perhaps it’s the colours, animating everything into a spectrum, not just greens.

Most likely it’s a combination.

I took my camera with me on my daily morning walk, and I found what I’d hoped to find.

The last flower is one of the remaining ones from my mothers garden.

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