You can call it “little church on the prairie” or “church in the middle of nowhere”, but Union Point United Church has a very interesting past. It’s the last remnant of the small town of Union Point, Manitoba. Situated in the middle of divided Hwy 75 just south of Ste. Agathe. The original church was built in 1887, burned down in 1939, and was rebuilt in 1940. The town vanished in the 1950’s, steamboats, stagecoaches, and steam engines stopped here in the late 1800’s. The town of Union Point was an important stopover point for many settlers heading west.
A yellow-bellied Sapsucker on a Maple. I’ve been a little busy with some spring renovation projects as of late, unfortunately my photography has suffered and haven’t been able to post any new images as of late. But here is a recent shot of a very cooperative woodpecker at 300MM on a full frame body with very little cropping required.
Winnipeg is fortunate to have a large urban forest within the city, known as Assiniboine Forest along with a fairly large deer population. Unfortunately I see a lot of car/wildlife collisions of the deer as the city continues to expand around the forest. These deer are very used to people, this was shot at 200mm on full-frame, they moved off just before the third deer popped its head up, which was the shot I was really hoping for.
Happy Holidays! Sunday morning’s weather was ideal snowman or snowball conditions, hovering near zero my wife began the build at 7am, and just as the sun rose about 8:30 we managed to finish using most of the snow in the front yard. Freezing rain covered this guy with a nice icy coating and the temps. slowly fell to -7 C overnight, couldn’t ask for a better setup.
A black bear taking a brief break while fishing for salmon on Thornton Creek, Vancouver Island
A simple, symmetrical image of a white flower, I’m not sure of the species, looks like a daisy but might have too few blossoms.
A Bighorn Sheep Ram in Banff National Park, these animals are so used to people, images like this are fairly easy to get. This was shot at only 200MM, so you don’t always need a giant 400-600mm Canon. The key is to be patient and not spook these guys by running around after them like many tourists tend to do. Fergus and Angus never bark or startle wildlife, thankfully. Below is a snapshot of Fergus watching this very scene unfold. Angus is so used to this that he sleeps in the back of our SUV with little interest.
Canada Geese at Fort Whyte, an environmental education centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Maid of the Mist below the falls
The annual Gimli Film Festival’s outdoor screen on Lake Winnipeg, on a near perfect summer evening.