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Happy holidays!

Happy holidays to you and yours!

Wherever you find yourself today, I wish you warmth, peace, and safety.  We are snowed in at home right now and our original plans for the day have been scrapped in the name of safety, but I am grateful to be able to say that these three things are still checked off today: we are warm, we are peaceful, and we are safe.  My wish is the same for you, your loved ones, and every single person out there.

Frosty Window

Frost on the windows…snow on the ground…grateful for shelter.

December 26, 2016 - 1:25 pm

Daniel - Happy holidays David!

December 26, 2016 - 1:35 pm

Cheryl - Brrr. Your Christmas in Canada looks very different than my Christmas here in Arizona! lol

December 27, 2016 - 4:48 pm

Ally - Beautiful picture! Keep warm shovelling ❄️

Interview on making photographs in the cold.

David Quiring - Winter Portrait

David Quiring – a winter portrait.

A few weeks ago, I was approached by Feature Shoot to do an interview.  The topic of interest: making images in frigid temperatures – one of the more difficult environments to shoot in, and something I have a lifetime of experience with.

Appropriately, now that the temperature has plummeted, the article has been published!  Check out the stories and photographic tips I have shared here.

December 15, 2016 - 5:44 pm

Ma Prem Jayana - Congratulations David!

December 15, 2016 - 8:25 pm

Cathy - Congratulations David. You do excellent work

The holidays are approaching – last call for greeting cards!

A friendly reminder to everyone that the calendar has flipped over to December!

Time is flying and the holidays are fast approaching.  To be completely honest, it snuck up on me this year.  We are just starting to see the first dusting of snow here in Winnipeg, and that is unseasonably late (to put it lightly).  Judging by the amount of print orders that have been coming through my inbox in the last few days, I think you all are more on top of it than me though.

Either way, if you are looking for greeting cards to give to the ones you love this season, consider the wintery card sets I’ve made available through my Etsy shop.  They’ve got character, the photos pop out so that they don’t end up in the dumpster two days after Christmas, and the insides are blank so that you can give the gift of your words to your friends and family.  These orders are a priority for me right now, so expect them to be printed, crafted, and mailed within 24 hours from now through December 25th so as to get them into your hands as soon as possible.

Polar bear cub - greeting card

A polar bear cub struts across this handmade greeting card.

Polar bear greeting cards

There are six greeting cards to a set, which comes with six handmade envelopes as well.  All that’s missing are your words, some postage, and a destination address.

Postcard from the Canadian Rockies.

Yellow Larch Valley meadow amidst snowy mountains

Autumn meets winter in Larch Valley.

It’s shoulder season again – my favourite season – and we’ve just been chased down from the alpine of the Canadian Rocky Mountains by bad weather.  The sky had been threatening all morning, but in the mountains such threats make no promises one way or another so we went ahead and hit the trail up to Sentinel Pass.  Hours later, the weather finally materialized overhead and a cold wet snow blew heavy in our faces with the summit of the mountain pass only a few steep switchbacks out of reach.

Respectful of Mother Nature and her moods, we retreated back down the mountain to this meadow (pictured), hunkering down in the protection of the tree line.  Sheltered at the base of an elder Engelmann Spruce, we sat alone in the quietness that comes with a fresh snowfall and watched the distant, shrouded peaks don their first layer of snow for the long winter ahead.  With bright larch trees in the foreground showing their distinct bright yellow as they shed their seasonal needles, autumn meets winter and my heart is glad.

These are amongst my favourite moments in life to bear witness…the fleeting transition, that so few of us get to see, unfolding right before my eyes.

November 14, 2016 - 8:55 pm

Daniel - Wow! This is surreal. Like, out of my dreams surreal.

Northern summer in Churchill

When we hear a reference to “the north” an image of windswept tundra blanketed by snow and ice immediately rises to mind.  That, or maybe Santa Claus.  Even in the high arctic though, summer does arrive; the land takes on a very different look than that which we imagine and attracts seasonal animals that travel great distances to get there.

This past August I witnessed the brief northern summer for the first time with my own eyes and, of course, my camera.  Returning to Churchill, Manitoba, I ventured out on soft tundra along the Churchill River, and even out into the Hudson Bay to spend time with arctic foxes, boreal caribou, polar bears, and belugas – not to mention the plethora of birds nesting up there.  One of the things I love about going north is that the wild still exists to those who patiently seek it out.

Experiencing this more elusive perspective of the northernmost region of Manitoba only makes me appreciate its diverse and fragile ecosystem even more.  Conservation of these special places is something I care about deeply and moving forward I would like to do more work in the conservation realm.  I am keeping my eyes and ears open for opportunities to be a part of this important discussion with my work, so if you have a project in mind and would like to work together in pursuit of these ideals, please reach out and get in touch with me.  I truly believe that our actions with regards to environmental consequences of how we choose to live are some of the most important ones that our current generation will make, and I hope that through showing the world the oft-unseen effects of our current actions we can continue make better choices as we move forward.

All that said, here is a visual story of my time up north.

Churchill Airport Runway - Silhouettes

Touchdown.

Flying sandhill cranes

Sandhill cranes also arriving by air.  Birders flock to Churchill to see the plentiful birds of the midnight sun.

Keeping watch with binoculars on Churchill tundra buggy

The tundra is a harsh environment and so “survival of the fittest” is especially evident here.  The animals adapt incredible camouflage that shifts as much as the extreme seasons that shape the land and, as such, it takes a really attentive eye to notice the wildlife.

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November 12, 2016 - 11:39 am

Susan - Beautiful series. I just got home from Churchill myself and now (in November) it’s hard to believe it’s the the same place you’ve pictured here. I want to go in the summer now too…

January 9, 2017 - 6:12 pm

Angie Rickwalt - Lovely photos! I’m looking to go in August of this year. Can you suggest any guides to use?

Thanks!

January 10, 2017 - 2:57 pm

David - Hello Angie! Thanks for the message.

In summertime there are less guided options than in other seasons, but I’m happy to say that the two major expedition companies operating out of the town itself at this time of year are both very good. Check out Sea North Tours for getting out on the water or Frontiers North for accessing the tundra with a buggy. Private guided options are always available if you have the desire and means, but I would start with the group options to get a taste.

Have a great trip!