Tonight I'm spending my first ever night in an oTENKtik in Riding Mountain National Park with @parks.canada 😀 It has power, heat and a fire if I need for later tonight. Each oTENTtik has a nickname and mine is aptly named "The Spider Web" 🕷🕸 I'm here with @travelmanitoba and @tourismwinnipeg for the next few days! #sponsored
It may look like a tropical beach, but it’s actually…Northern #Manitoba ? Little Limestone Lake’s calcium carbonate-rich deposits give it a stunning hue that changes with the seasons, making it crystal clear in the winter, and bright blue in the summer.
It's a beautiful Sunday here at The Forks in Winnipeg. I'm really excited to spend a day around this city before my adventures begin tomorrow. While I'm here, what should I go see? 😀
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Today’s featured Canadian photographer is @caley.brown.photography! Check out and follow Caley’s profile for more of her astonishing photography. 📷: @caley.brown.photography
Is it too late to say goodbye to my 27th? Well, I don’t know what my 28th year might look like.😅 Honestly I don’t feel like I’m getting older (or should I say, mature) now. It feels like I’m still a baby (well yeah, since I’m the youngest in the family).
Kidding aside, if I will gonna look back on my 27th year, it’s been a year full of blessings indeed. It’s just very hard to explain in words, but I’m really grateful for everything. There are lots of ups and downs, but I think that’s part of life; part of our life growing as a person. We cannot have everything, but we can be satisfied and fulfilled with what we have.
Anything that I wanna wish? I don’t know. Let’s see what my journey will gonna bring.😊 Officially 28 on the 29th of August 2018. I’m feeling excited and thrilled though.😅
Your name is the sweetest song
that my ear loves to hear.
Your presence makes me lost (and go with the flow)
in good harmony.
If I’m going to ask,
will you stay to create
the best music of our lifetime?
What better way to conclude my partnership with @travelmindset & @travelmanitoba than with a sunset. From the coast roughly 10-12 miles outside of the town of Churchill, that ship in the distance is the wreck of the Ithaca. I’ve spent a week reading posts and stories online and hilariously there are a lot of conflicting reports about this ship from it being Greek to British to having 3 names to having 6 over its lifetime. But one thing everyone seems to agree on, it ran aground during a storm in September of 1960 because of an eighty-mile-an-hour gale which caused the rudder to break. Attempts to drop anchor and wait out the storm failed, then the ship ran aground where it rests to this day in Bird Cove. During high tide, Ithaca appears to still sail as it once did but during low tide you can walk to it and see just how completely it is falling apart, especially in its mid-section which is almost gone by now. Tides can vary greatly in Churchill and, at least in summer when I visited, so much of what you will do is dependent on the tides. So you won’t get an exact itinerary with specified times in advance of your trip. Instead, you’ll arrive knowing what you will do over the course of your stay but you won’t know exactly what tours you’re on and when until closer to the time you depart. At @lazybearexpeditions we usually found out every morning via a whiteboard. I didn’t mind that and liked the fact that every day was a surprise. Just like the town itself. Churchill is a special place that I’ll tell you more about later this month on my blog. Till then... #ExploreMB#ExploreCanada#lazybearexpeditions
Raise your hand if you love the log cabin life! 🙋🏻♀️🙋🏼♂️ During my partnership with @travelmindset & @travelmanitoba to explore Churchill, we stayed at Lazy Bear Lodge on the town’s main street, Kelsey Blvd. Manitoba-born local Wally Daudrich began dreaming of a Lodge in the 1980’s while working as a Polar Bear guide, and realized his dream when he began building the Lodge in 1995. It was completed in 2005. Wally, Dawn and their kids have poured their heart and soul into it, sometimes with only hand tools. The timber was reclaimed from a fire in the boreal forest, the windows were recycled from an 1800’s Hudson’s Bay trading post and the floor is recycled Douglas Fir from a Canadian National Railway warehouse built in the early 1920’s! Two greenhouses are now part of the business ensuring the Lodge’s kitchen doesn’t haven’t to depend only on what can be flown in; and there’s all the tours, guides and boats that come with @lazybearexpeditions, also owned by Wally. He’s a busy man! I enjoyed staying at the Lodge because it felt like grown up summer camp, so similar in vibe to where I went in Michigan’s U.P. every summer as a kid. I loved that camp so much I returned to be a counselor when I was too old to be a camper. And just like me, I met people who return to Lazy Bear every year over and over; always in search of that special magic the Lodge, Churchill’s locals and wildlife have that’s difficult to put into words. And with every season being different, I understand the appeal. I already want to return too! 🐻 #ExploreMB#ExploreCanada#lazybearexpeditions
Self shot on my @sonyalpha a7R II with my @vanguardworld VEO2 tripod. Thank you for the camera bag @boundarysupply.
During my partnership with @travelmindset & @travelmanitoba, I didn’t get a lot of great photos of the polar bears and beluga whales that make visiting the town of Churchill so special in summer. (Though just seeing them was *amazing*.) But we did have other animal encounters! My favorite was getting to spend time with the sled dogs that Gerald and Jenafor have up at Blue Sky Mush. We met Gerald at Lazy 🐻 Lodge / @lazybearexpeditions. He’s originally from a Métis community called Cormorant and now lives amongst the lakes outside the town of Churchill with Jenafor where they also have a B&B. She makes a Bannock with wild blueberries that I woke up dreaming about this morning and they’re so generous with their stories of Manitoba and their lives in this wild part of Canada. Visiting their home and meeting dogs such as Sony (as in the camera I use!), Isobel & Thunder was such a treat for me!! Sled dogs are my favorite type of dog and while we’re not in a place to have one in our home now, @dante.vincent and I talk about it on the regular for that time in our lives that it will make sense. They’re animals that take a lot of care and need the right environment in order to thrive. When you adopt one, I feel it should be about what the dog needs not what you want as an owner. I get so sad when I see people adopt them into 500 sq ft apartments with no space for the dogs to run. They LOVE to run and they’ll make a lot of noise when they know they’re going to get the opportunity to do just that! Their enthusiasm is contagious. You can’t be upset when you’re around these dogs! Gerald & Jenafor have a no cull policy and are always looking for the right homes for their adoptable dogs. Is that you? If not you can still visit and love on these dogs like we did! 🐺🐕 #ExploreMB#ExploreCanada#sleddogsofinstagram#BlueSkyMush
Do you believe art can change hearts and minds? • I was so glad to find so much public art during my partnership with @travelmanitoba & @travelmindset in Churchill. And I found out quickly that it’s not random but rather, most of it, was part of an activation organized by @seawalls_ @pangeaseed & local artist @kalbarteski. This particular mural on the ground floor walls of the former radar station, installed to detect attacks during the Cold War, references Camp 10 or what became known as “Dene Village” and the Sayisi Dene who lived in harmony with, and were dependent on, Caribou. Please look up the story because it’s so relevant to what is happening still in North America today.
This stunning mural by artist @robotkin features a quote from Elder Betsy Anderson, “There was a time when all the people and all the animals understood each other and spoke the same language.”
It’s a powerful installation but it’s only one of many. I’ll be doing a series in my Stories showing more today and I will also include them in my blog post about Churchill. 🎨 #ExploreMB#ExploreCanada#seawallschurchill#artivism // shot on @sonyalpha
So much to catch up on sharing from my partnership with @travelmanitoba & @travelmindset exploring first Winnipeg and now Churchill. The latter has been wildly better than I expected but more challenging than I imagined. I thought I knew what to prepare for since I’ve photographed animals in the wild before and I’ve seen so many photographs of polar bears in Churchill, the Polar Bear Capital of the World. Yet in the gloriously long days of summer — when so many wildflowers blanket the ground and berries of all colors and sizes fill the leafy bushes that lay low to the earth — the bears are lazy and prone to napping far from people. 400mm and up lenses are what I’d recommend if you’re coming up at this time of year for photography. Or you can simply enjoy wildlife viewing and not stress out over wildlife photography. It’s similar with the Beluga Whales that come to visit Hudson Bay and the Churchill River. A dSLR & underwater housing are what you should pack to get the best photos of the whales. If you have neither, you should still visit! It’s such a special season, summer, with all the colors and the long hours of daylight. The staff of @lazybearexpeditions have come up with so many ways to explore that ensure your safety and the safety of the animals, while still providing incredible opportunities to appreciate the diversity of this part of Northern Manitoba. It’s a place where you’ll be reminded that nothing man can create is as wondrous as what nature has given us. #ExploreMB#ExploreCanada
This is how I felt yesterday on our hike back from Kinnis Creek campsite in the heat! I went for a really fun one nighter in the backcountry of Riding Mountain with some friends. Check out my IGTV to see a video I made of our trip!
It was a lot of fun to watch this mother moose munching on some seaweed in the water. We only realized that she had two calves when she got out of the water and they stood up from the spot that they were lying down.