• Nature

    Finding the Path

    Finding the Path

    Our forest path had been groomed beautifully for years by my dad. He originally cut the trail on his own with his chain saw. With the trike and his little red trailer he would venture into the bush and haul out the trees that he cleared from the path. The trail took shape by following a giant circle with a bit of a short cut in the middle so you could choose a shorter path if needed. I could see how the direction of the path made sense as it looped right back to the house but the twists and turns that appeared along the way were all decided by…

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    Losing an Earring in the Forest

    Lost and Earring in the Forest

    You know the saying “It’s like finding a needle in a hay stack” right? Well losing an earring in the forest is very much like that. If you look down at your feet while taking a walk down any forest path what do you see? Assuming it’s not winter of course because you’ll most likely only see snow. Any other season you’ll probably see a giant mess of grass, leaves, twigs, moss, rocks, tree roots, mud, acorns, berries and every other type of greenery you can imagine. Sometimes I think of it as forest confetti just sprinkled all over the ground. When walking it’s important to watch your step and…

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    Animal Tracks

    Coyote Tracks

    As early as I can remember I’ve taken notice to tracks left behind by the forest animals. Most noticeable when left in fresh snow and alongside the forest trail in the mud. Dad was the best at figuring them out and we had a book on all the tracks from animals in Manitoba. We started out tracking rabbits, squirrels, mice and deer in the snow. Rabbits were easy to tell since sometimes they’d sit down and their little tails would make an imprint in the snow too. Once we followed the tracks of what looked like two animals running through the bush and when we reached the end of the…

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    Delicate Lady Slippers

    Manitoba Showy Lady Slippers

    Of all the wild flowers in our forest the Lady Slipper is by far the most beautiful, rare and just plain magical. I would not know about these flowers if it weren’t for my Mom and the incredible Lady Slipper she had photographed in our forest when I was little. She loved the photo so much that she had it framed and it still hangs on the wall at home. Remember this was well before the digital camera and Photoshop! Her understanding of light and shooting clean was amazing! The first sign of the Lady Slipper was usually early summer and on our walk through the forest we’d check the…