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Inspiring & Encouraging

Inspiring & Encouraging

Until recently, I really had no idea how much One Canadian’s Journey has inspired & encouraged so many people.

I’m always thankful and appreciative when I meet people and they let me know that I’ve inspired them. But when I’ve been receiving emails of personal stories and how my blog & photos have inspired & encouraged them, and what they are doing now, Wow! I’m truly touched and moved. I’m also very stumped because I don’t know what to say, …thank-you!  Keep on living life to the fullest! 

Be sure to read the About Page  Thank-you Everyone! 

There are so many beautiful places and people out there,
let’s find them together!

Vikings in Gimli Manitoba

Vikings in Gimli Manitoba

About 45 minutes north of Winnipeg, along Lake Winnipeg, sits the fishing community of Gimli. It’s the Largest Icelandic Community outside of Iceland and its been that way for decades. And what’s one of the things Icelanders are famous for… Vikings!

To celebrate their history and long colourful heritage, they put on an annual Icelandic Festival, held durning the first long weekend in Aug.

Note, its a very popular event that takes place in Manitoba. Come early to find a parking spot because it turns into a circus with all the people.

Viking Village – Dressed in traditional authentic viking regalia, these vikings are here 24 hours a day for the duration of the festival. They work, feast, play, get married, sleep and even go into battle right here.

 

Learn more about Gimli’s Icelandic Festival – icelandicfestival.com

More photos from today – A Visual Experience

Arnes Farmer’s Market in Manitoba

Arnes Farmer’s Market in Manitoba

Along Hwy 8, near Morden’s Meadow’s, is the Arnes Farmer’s Market

All kinds of products were being sold here. Everything from Antiques to modern day products to fruits & veggies, to home cook baking (Delicious baking!), Books, and so much more! 

There was a busker, who was quite good and very animated with facial expressions.

Dragonfly – 5ft x 5ft and about 2ft off the ground – this was impressive!

Speaking with a husband & wife team (names completely elude me…ugh!) about their carvings, its quite a great production they do together. First, they salvage old wood poles that are ready to be destroyed. However, he take the already aged and full of character poles and gets to work on creating artistic pieces. Once he finishes the sculpture, his wife does the finishing touches of sanding & varnishing, a real team effort. 

I’m looking forward to visiting this place again!

More photos from today – A Visual Experience

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Abandoned blanket on a bench

Abandoned blanket on a bench

Taking a break at a gas station, I got speaking to an older woman who had been hitchhiking.

She looked like she was a little weathered, had a hard life, and she did give hints of it through our conversation, but what was also a noticeable trait… she still had hopes for a better life.

As we conversed, she mentioned that her backpack was jammed pack with a few clothes and 3 blankets, which was getting to be a little too heavy, so she was thinking about ditching one of her blankets with the hopes it would find someone in need.

It’s funny (not is hilarious manner), here’s a lady who wasn’t asking me for anything… she didn’t have anything… but still had hopes for herself and hopes for the blanket to find someone in need.

I could only offer her something she needed more than I did…. I gave her my last gatorade and an emergency blanket.

When I came out of the gas station, I could see her in the distance walking along the highway, up and over a hill, where I eventually lost sight of her. 

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Dealing with a scare – my eyes

Dealing with a scare – my eyes

This post is not about the details of my eyes, but how I dealt it…

Several months ago, I had to have my eyes checked, particularly one of my eyes that was causing me problems. There was a little concern and I had to keep it monitored.

A month ago, that one particular eye all of a sudden became an issue, I was having a difficult time seeing (blur!) and it scared the heck out of me because it was almost instantaneous.

So when it came to my photography, I had to adjust for the blurriness, including the stain on the other eye.  See (no pun intended), when taking pictures, it was completely blurring for me.  I couldn’t see the focused image in the view finder, it was very frustrating to say the least.

So I’d look for shapes, composition, lighting….and hope the camera’s autofocus would do its job for me.  

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not blind, I can see, I just had to work around the blurriness of it.   Heck, I know what a stop sign looks like, and I know what a kid looks like as he runs across the street….well, I’m guessing he looks scared, but why focus on the negatives, 😉   


ps. It’s all good,  eye was checked…just became weaker and will be monitored. 🙂  


 

World’s Largest Burl – 30 Tons!

World’s Largest Burl – 30 Tons!

What is s Burl?  A burl is the round knotting growth on a tree.  It’s often used for handcrafted objects, due to its attractive figure when polished.

The World’s Largest Burls are all located on Vancouver Island in Port McNeill.
… and they do not come from a tree that you would expect…

The largest one, discovered in 2005 is approx 6 meters tall, 6 meters in diameter and weighs an estimated 30 tons!   The 2nd largest, discovered in 1976, was from a 351 year old Sitka Spruce tree and weighs approx 22 tons!

The interesting fact about the two largest burls is that they don’t come from the most common type of tree (Redwood) that you would expect. These 2 odd balls are actually from Sitka Spruce trees.

Without realizing it, I had driven by it a couple times due to it’s not so blatant location.  It’s located almost dead centre in the town, but protected by trees, bushes and a structure.  If you go looking for it, you’ll see its location is not so obvious to the eye at first.

What also makes this a rare moment for my photos… I had to stand beside it just to give you a size comparison of just how big it really is.  

 

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They both gave the “Evil Death Look” – Eagle vs. Raven

They both gave the “Evil Death Look” – Eagle vs. Raven

Walking along Stories Beach (Fort Rupert – Vancouver Island), I came across a Bald Eagle sitting high up in a tree, where he was taking in the view.  

All of a sudden a Raven landed on a branch nearby.  Wow! They gave each other the Evil Death Look.  Neither one budged for several minutes … I don’t even think they blinked.

Then, at the same time they pulled their heads back
as if say, “just kidding!” 

Eventually the Raven flew away….only to go and bother another Bald Eagle in the area.

More photos from this day – A Visual Experience

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Canadian Geese – Fresh Air – Sunrise – and One Canadian’s Journey

Canadian Geese – Fresh Air – Sunrise – and One Canadian’s Journey

Last evening was a beautiful way to finish the day – (click here).  

This morning was a beautiful way to start the day…

Taking in the clean fresh air of the Northern Island’s (Vancouver Island) peacefulness, while Canadian Geese paddle their way  along the ocean’s shoreline.

More photos from this morning – A Visual Experience 

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Cruise Ship makes a rare appearance in Port Hardy

Cruise Ship makes a rare appearance in Port Hardy

When something unusual happens in the a quiet little town of 4000 people along the the north east side of Vancouver island, people are quick to find out.

Early during the day, I had asked a friend if by chance any cruise ships have entered into the harbour. Unfortunately, the only time a cruise ship makes a stop here is for a medical emergency, either for staff or their customers. So its very rare for a cruise ship to end up in Port Hardy. 

Well, later that day, guess what shows up in the harbour? A cruise ship had to make a medical emergency stop for one of its customers. The coast guard escorted the cruise ship’s tender to the awaiting ambulance.

Even with the “action” going on, it was neat to observe a Cruise Ship in this quaint little town’s harbour.

The ship’s tenders are kept in the middle of the ship and lowered by the crane…

Once the ambulance left with the patient, it wasn’t much longer when the Cruise Ship continued on it’s way…

More Photos from today – A Visual Experience 

side note:  It was very cool to see that the local newspaper – North Island Gazette  had used a couple of my photos from this incident in their articles.  

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