Bike Tour Preparations.

A year ago, I toured the Icefields Parkway, Alberta, Canada, on four wheels.  Tomorrow, I will begin touring it on two wheels, and that’s just the start of the adventure I am planning.  I am hopping on a train with my bike in a few hours – the first stop is Jasper, but further regions I have in mind for this trip are also the Haida Gwaii, Kluane, and Vancouver Island.  Plans are liable to change (read: evolve) depending on the unpredictable nature of things…

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  • Mark ReimerJuly 27, 2015 - 1:55 pm

    Love it!! Looks like you’re really enjoying the Saga. I love how you’ve built it up. Where is that photo taken on the sticky-mud double-track, as well as the pine forest? Looks like some excellent riding. Good luck on the tour, travelling by bicycle can’t be beat.ReplyCancel

    • DavidJuly 27, 2015 - 3:05 pm

      Thanks Mark. Yeah, I’m loving the Soma build! With a bunch of miles on it now it feels really good and dialed in. I switched out the basket for a randonneur bag just on Thursday and am already stoked on the upgrade.

      The muddy double track is up in the Gordon Lake Road area of northwest Ontario. A good place to park on this one is a little ways up the Gordon Lake Road north from the hwy #1 junction (a little ways past the ELA turnoff) or park for free in Blue Lake Provincial Park (north of Vermillion Bay) campground’s overflow lot and ride it the other way. The main road is gravel, half of which is almost single lane but not busy at all. But there’s tons of logging roads like this jutting off it to explore, pristine lakes to cool off in, and even a few abandoned buildings along the way. There’s also a lot of bugs. I spent five days around there back in June and got eaten alive. Might be best to try in a shoulder season.

      The pine grove is a little closer to home, over at Bird’s Hill Park.

      Cheers!ReplyCancel

Postcard from the Winnipeg Folk Festival 2015

Another year, another Winnipeg Folk Festival: while this year was no different in its delivery of wonderful music through intimate workshops and big stage sound, the festival went back to its original 4-day format (previously five days).  Even with the shorter festival, it was packed with great memories and experiences – and as a festival photographer, I gathered a fair number of photos capturing it all!  Unfortunately, my reminiscing has had to be cut short…

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  • TrishJuly 17, 2015 - 5:09 pm

    Now that’s Pope’s Hill all right!ReplyCancel

  • Daniel ThemanOctober 12, 2015 - 12:11 pm

    Any plans to post the rest of your 2015 Folk Fest stuff?ReplyCancel

  • DavidOctober 28, 2015 - 6:14 pm

    Hey Daniel. I’ll probably wait to post the full photoessay until spring time at this point; people are busy with things right at this time of year (myself included) and it would be a nice trip down memory lane to get people excited for the 2016 festival.

    That said, I have posted a couple raw videos from this years festival to Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/DQVisualStorytellerReplyCancel

Carly Dow (and friends)

One of the great things about the Manitoba music community is the mutual support that artists give each other – competition is shrugged away, and friendship is the chosen way.  When a creator releases to the world something they have been working on for a long time, it is a thing to be celebrated.  Such was the case at Carly Dow‘s launch party for her new album, Ingrained – friends gathered, friends performed, friends danced, and all witnessed the …

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  • Carly DowMay 28, 2015 - 7:10 pm

    Thanks David!! These photos are gorgeous. I’m glad you could be there 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Roger RogerMay 28, 2015 - 10:23 pm

    WOW! What beautiful shots, these are incredible!ReplyCancel

  • DanielleJune 4, 2015 - 4:16 pm

    Beautiful series of portraits!ReplyCancel

Happy Mother’s Day! (slash: soft Etsy store opening)

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s out there!  You ladies are superheroes without the capes.

This is a card I made for my Mama Bear – and when I say made, I mean photographed, cut, printed, and even cut/hand-folded the envelope.  As some of you may know, six months ago I bought a photo printer and since have been quietly working to understand the art of print making – in doing so being able to control every fine detail from the moment my camera…

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  • LeaneMay 11, 2015 - 4:49 pm

    Congrats on this new venture David!ReplyCancel

  • KyleMay 13, 2015 - 11:53 am

    Ummm, yeah! Sign me up – this looks awesome!!ReplyCancel

Spirits in the sky.

The aurora borealis are a beautiful wonder of nature.  Over my entire life, I have seen the night sky erupt in dancing northern lights a few times – usually unexpectedly when I am camped in the woods and I happen to poke my head out from the tent in the middle of the night.  Watching them silently move across the sky, it is easy to understand how people have believed them to be spirits of animals and ancestors.  In all honesty, in the awe of the moment it is …

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  • Britney QuiringApril 1, 2015 - 9:48 am

    So beautiful!!! You did an AMAZING job of capturing their beautyReplyCancel

  • Chuck LeibertApril 1, 2015 - 12:01 pm

    They were beautiful. Thank you for thinking of the bourbon that made them look even better.ReplyCancel

  • Miguel YetmanApril 1, 2015 - 5:43 pm

    stunning david just stunningReplyCancel

  • Heather Kingdon SirkovskyApril 1, 2015 - 9:10 pm

    absolutely gorgeous photos, David!ReplyCancel

Frozen at Lake Winnipeg.

I am not a bird that flies south.  Rather, a winter escape for me is to leave dirty city streets behind and seek out a spot where the snow is still pure white.  This year, the escape was to a cozy cabin on the blank canvas that is Lake Winnipeg.

The city quickly disappears behind as we drive the blustery road north.  Conditions like these aren’t great for driving…

…but they sure are beautiful when you’re out of the car.  The big snowflakes covered everything

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  • Karen SuchyMarch 24, 2015 - 5:04 pm

    It was so cold that night you went up to Hecla, but the shot at the lighthouse was worth it. How beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Tony DonovanMarch 24, 2015 - 5:20 pm

    Love your visual stories. That last shot is awesome. Very reminiscent of Paul Zizka.ReplyCancel

  • DavidMarch 24, 2015 - 9:11 pm

    I’m glad you both like that last one! It was really cold Karyn…but we worked up enough of a sweat schlubbing through the snow drifts that we were fine!ReplyCancel

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David Quiring is a photographer and writer hailing from the prairies of central Canada. David is drawn to the wild places of the world with a deep interest for understanding the greater ecosystem in which we are all part; translating his direct experience into a shared narrative with camera and pen always in tote.

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