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Mark YYC🇨🇦  "The 👁 is an inveterate collector." Walker Evans 🚫No Permission🚫Use of Photos🙏🏻Comments Open Dialogue 🚐No Follow for Follow 😪 DM For Archival Prints 😎

Saturday Morning Dream? You blink and like ghosts, they’re Gone....Those who regularly follow my posts know that I have been focusing my camera on the changing brumal prairie landscape of Nose Hill Park since Christmas. Those living in Calgary also know that a hike on Nose Hill generally means you start hiking uphill. On any given day the wind can play havoc with hikers on the hill, blowing dust and grit or, as on Saturday, driving grainy snow-into your eyes. As a professional location photographer for many years, I’ve never complained about the weather, I dress accordingly, adapt my visual awareness or sensitivity to the day and work with the conditions presented. That said, Saturday morning was a little more challenging than normal with the temperature including the wind chill chiming in at -35°C....I staggered uphill charting a loop into the swirling wind. After an hour and a half, I decided to call it quits and make a beeline down to my car. Once again, the often unexpected joy of being in nature occurred for me. I noticed a patch of small thin branches poking out of the snow before me, when isolated, they looked like a miniature grove of trees. I stopped and worked on a few views then, as I looked up to my left, through the gusts of blowing snow I saw two ghostly figures in the distance watching me. I dropped my backpack and pulled out my D3 with the 200mm lens, (all the time hoping the deer wouldn’t run off), mounted it on my monopod and began to shoot. I hadn’t realized that there was a third deer under the belly of one (on right) until they moved. In total there were four does and two little ones in the herd. With the freezing cold wind biting into the huge smile on my face I captured these photographs. Swipe & Enjoy!
Good Morning/Good Night.
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Hidden in Plain View.
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I have discovered approximately twenty wooden tree-pole lodges in amongst the aspen stands scattered throughout the eleven square kilometers of the urban prairie that is Nose Hill Park. These man-made teepees are built from dead trees found lying in the stand. I have been musing over their purpose for a while now, as they offer no real shelter from the elements and only the odd one has shown any signs of past occupation. Nose Hill Park is a public park, maintained by the city, I doubt that the lodges would be allowed to remain, if not sanctioned. This land belonged to the aboriginal people of the plains long before Europeans settled here. Perhaps there is some spiritual connection to pre contact native use of the land. Their remote locations within the park lead me to think that they are not homeless shelters, but the crudely constructed lodges are less visible to daily dog walkers and joggers in the summer when vegetation offers some camouflage, so they could go undetected. In winter, these abandoned ghostly skeletons present an eerily interesting subject to focus on. Stay warm.
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Paint a Dream.
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"Try to forget what objects you have before you - a tree, a house, a field, or whatever. Merely think, 'Here is a little square of blue, here an oblong of pink, here a streak of yellow,’ and paint it just as it looks to you...until it gives you your own impression of the scene before you.”- Claude Monet
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#bnw_greatshots #bnw_users
#everything_bnw_ #bw_shotz #bnwdaily #nikonz6 #nikon
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#excellent_bnw #bwgrammer
#all_bnwshots #bnw_mystery #bnw_diaries #bw_phototrip #ae_bnw #bnw_planet_2018
#rustlord_unity #capturabnw
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#lenscultutre #rustlord_bnw
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