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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Spring in Prince George, BC, Canada

Posted on 10th May 2015 in adventure, nature

Those of us living in rainforests are fairly used to all year round green grass and tulips, but most of the rest of Canada and the northern hemisphere are just losing the last of their snow and preparing for the first blossoms to spring up. It’s spring after all!

These photographs were taken in Prince George, BC, in the middle of spring: early May (spring begins ~ March 20th). I used to walk these trails every single morning and listen to the birds as they’d sing me awake.

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Fall vs. Spring

Posted on 7th June 2014 in nature

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Last Waltz in an Old Park

Posted on 9th July 2012 in nature, wandering

For the last two years I’ve lived on Cariboo Hill in Burnaby, just on the outskirts of New Westminster and on the other side, Vancouver. It was a beautiful residential area, the only problem being that it wasn’t that close or walking distance to things, any thing. To the grocer, skytrain, laundry, or pubs and restaurants I had to drive my car to get to.

Anyways, like I said, it was a beautiful place and one of the things I enjoyed most with my time there was that I was able to walk around the neighborhood and there were many gardens that were filled with flowers. I like my flowers.

This was one of my last walks through the area, in a perfect season for fresh flowers! Yes, there was lots of sakura!

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A Vancouver Winter

Posted on 3rd February 2012 in adventure, nature, wandering

Vancouver isn’t the most dramatic of winters, for those of you who don’t know. It’s filled with a lot of rain, yes, but it also has breaks of amazing sunshine, crisp days, and green grass in the middle of January. For Canada, this is a feat.

Naturally, I go out and take photographs of it to hopefully either document it, or share it with friends. Or use it in some other form of creation.

This is what I found:

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