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Halloween!

Redwood Meadows was a madhouse on Halloween night!  Packs of ghouls, Fortnite characters, Minions, animals and even a puffer fish roamed the community and many houses greeted them with wonderfully elaborate decorations.

My kids are growing up and this was the first time I didn’t go out with both of them.  My son and two of his friends preferred to strike out on their own which is great fun of course (and a little – tiny – bit sad for me).

Kezia, playing Ginny Weasley from the Potter-verse, canvassed the neighborhood with three friends.  Luckily for me they are a little younger and were happy to let me tag along.  We had a blast!

I managed to catch up with Kian at the end and grabbed a couple of shots with him dancing to the spooky scary skeleton song (an absolute favorite of ours!) before he separated from his steampunk skeleton alter ego.


Winter is coming…

Thanks to Game of Thrones, this phrase is often heard.  Yesterday Mother Nature provided her own reminder that far too soon winter will be here.  I still hope we have a couple of months before it does but the snow is still on the trees this morning and does not yet look interested in melting away.  I can’t say that I’m a fan of snow in September.


Snowshoeing on the Elbow River

Last weekend there was a break in the storms where blue sky appeared for an hour or two in the afternoon.  It was cold but the sunshine was inviting so I strapped on snowshoes and headed outside.  The Elbow River is still largely frozen over so a walk along the plain at the north end of Redwood Meadows seemed a good call.  The clouds left with snow trailing just behind their departure.

I ended up playing around more than covering any real distance.  The slope from the berm to the river was a fun distraction as I jumped down into the snow and clambered up again a few times.

I ended with a short trek onto the plain and then back along the forest.  A few photographs of some wintering berries close to the berm coincided with the clouds closing in again.  The snow began to fly and I made my way home.

 


Kezia’s dance season begins…

Kezia had a blast at her first dance competition of the year this weekend in Jasper.  She was invited to this competition’s nationals in July for four of her dances and had an absolute blast performing, hanging out with her teammates and swimming in the heated outdoor pool!  I’m excited to see her soon but wanted to share my admiration for her dedication, attitude and enjoying every minute of it.

These two photographs are from her musical theatre solo performance, “Sayonara” that she performed at the Springbank Dancers Competitors Spring Showcase on March 11th.  You will continue to open this world up my little, not so little, sweet.

 


Happy Birthday Kezia!

To my sweet girl…

You are a magical and wonderful young lady who delights in life.  And everyday you live that life with love, kindness and wonder.  Always I will be completely enthralled with you and everything you do.  It is my privilege, and an absolute joy, to be your daddy.  I am deeply grateful for each day I have watched you being and becoming the amazing person you are. I am excited for many more with you my dear.

Happy 9th birthday Kezia!

With all of my love,

Me


Snowbursts

Just before the holidays, and the cold snap that came along at the same time, my daughter and I played in the snow the day after a blizzard had blown through.

Kezia was brushing branches to watch the snow fall.  She called them snowbursts and with the bright sunshine lighting them, it felt like a bit of magic.

We had a lot of fun playing and taking pictures, as you can probably tell.  And so did our hound Lacey who chased snowballs and dove her head into the snow constantly!

We had been snow-free up to that point in December (the 20th) so the excitement to be returned to a proper winter wonderland was palpable.  I love hanging out with this sweet girl and this was a great day doing just that.


Tobogganing in Kananaskis Country

 

My children, one of their good friends and I went to a hill along Highway 66 west of Bragg Creek in Kananaskis last week.  It was at the front end of the latest warm spell in southern Alberta so it was great to be outside and there was still a lot of snow. In between runs we all made together, the kids made a few runs where I photographed them flying down, catching air and spraying snow with little regard for its well-being.  A fantastic afternoon with my two very favorite people in the world.

Kian went full punk off of one jump.  Later Kezia plowed through it!


Olympic Plaza contemplations

A morning scene from the edge of the Olympic Plaza in Calgary’s downtown. It’s a small park with a million stories. This was a sunny morning earlier this week where the moment suggested the light and the dark sides of many of these stories.


Flashback Friday – kids in motion

This image is from 2011 and was taken along the Elbow River.  Kezia was 2 1/2 years old and running with Kian who was 4 1/2.  I used a shutter speed of 1/6th of a second for a relatively long shutter and panned with the kids as they raced by.  I love playing with motion and creating, or capturing, movement in these types of images.  The blurred lines that layer to create the scene remind me of an Impressionist painting.


Snow day, snow play

A storm hit southern Alberta yesterday and laid down the first thick blanket of snow in Redwood Meadows.  Early October always feels too early for winter to come but this should melt in the next day or so.  My children are not ones to miss an opportunity so they were outside as soon as the howling wind had eased a little.


Tsuu T’ina Pow Wow: Friday’s Grand Entrance

The Pow Wow is the centre of the Tsuu T’ina Nation’s Annual Celebrations.  Last Friday evening Kezia and I went to the Redwood Meadows Fairground before the Grand Entrance.  Kezia was invited to join her friend dancing afterwards which hit the night out of the park for her.  The photography was great along the way with the beautiful regalia in the late sunlight.

 


An evening at the Tsuu T’ina Rodeo

Under mild protest my son and I watched the last half of the evening set of the Tsuu T’ina’s 43rd annual rodeo last night.  Kian found a few boys to play kendama with so that bought me a little time to photograph.  The sun dropped into some wildfire smoke that laid above the horizon which made for dramatic backlighting.  I will share more soon but I’m packing my gear and heading over for Sunday’s short go this afternoon.  Here a cowboy lifts the calf into position to fix three of the legs with a half hitch knot to complete his run in the tie-down roping event.