As the eye sees it: A polar bear on the tundra.

This post is of a slightly different nature than usual: over the past two months I have spent a considerable amount of time with bears: black bears, grizzly bears, and polar bears.  Every situation is different – the roadside encounter, alpine surprises on the trail, or actively tracking them on the tundra.  Regardless, respect for an animal’s territory is always of paramount importance to minimize their stress level.  Wanting to get too close is unrealistic,…

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  • KarynNovember 1, 2016 - 4:18 pm

    I always wondered what it would actually be like up on the tundra. Thanks for showing a glimpse of what the eye actually sees.ReplyCancel

  • DavidNovember 6, 2016 - 10:22 am

    You’re welcome Karyn. A guide I was with on this trip was telling me about a research study done up there regarding the interaction of polar bears with people, and 90% of the bears will actually curiously approach the tundra vehicles…kind of like a reverse zoo where humans are the attraction. So, there are occasions when you can get close to the bears under the guidance of a good guide – emphasis on the necessary guidance of someone who understands the animals and environment.ReplyCancel

Interstellar Rodeo Festival: Building a Green Room.

From the wilderness to the urban jungle, this past week has been a different sort of an adventure: Adrienne Shum and I built and ran the Green Room at the Interstellar Rodeo festival here in Winnipeg.  This entailed transforming a concrete bunker tucked away backstage into a functional kitchen and cozy lounge for the festival artists.  Lighting, refrigerators, furniture, food…we had to bring all that in, alongside a team of hard working volunteers,…

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  • JasonAugust 20, 2016 - 5:44 pm

    That’s a lot of hard work , especially on your bikes! Lol. Good job. X2ReplyCancel

  • Sara StasiukAugust 21, 2016 - 7:53 pm

    I love this so much. ✨???ReplyCancel

Postcard from Kananaskis.

Hello from Kananaskis!

After experiencing the hoards of people that flock to the Canadian Rocky Mountains during July and August last year on my Pedal Powered to the West bike tour, I swore I would never go back in the summer.  Shoulder seasons are much more my thing.

But as life would have it, an off the cuff idea from a friend turned into a spontaneous whirlwind of a road trip across four provinces to the Rockies.  Having never spent much time in the mountains, it was…

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  • DanielAugust 8, 2016 - 6:36 am

    You’re not in Kansas anymore…ReplyCancel

  • DavidAugust 8, 2016 - 4:38 pm

    Ha! Never was, but I certainly wasn’t in Winnipeg anymore when I took this photo. 😀ReplyCancel

Behind-the-scenes video footage from the Winnipeg Folk Festival.

Being a photographer for the Winnipeg Folk Festival I am lucky to be able to witness a lot of wonderful musical moments each year, and 2016 was no exception.  Though my visual mindset is usually focused on capturing these moments through still photography, since being added to the festival’s social media team I also periodically switch gears and capture raw, behind-the-scenes videos of these sorts of folk fest moments.

I have just finished…

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  • MatthewJuly 30, 2016 - 10:33 pm

    Killer workshops. Heck of a fest.ReplyCancel

Postcards from Winnipeg Folk Festival 2016.

Another year, another Winnipeg Folk Festival.  Here is a smattering of moments from a long weekend full of experiences and memories – one digital postcard chosen to represent each day.

Wednesday: Get out to the festival site!  At the break of dawn cyclists gather against the Winnipeg skyline to pedal out to Birds Hill Park.

Thursday: Relax the evening away listening to the first musical performances of the festival.

Friday: Artists are thrown

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  • DaniellaJuly 17, 2016 - 9:35 am

    Mirrors my day by day feelings too.
    The reflection in the sunglasses of that last photo is ace!!ReplyCancel

  • ScottJuly 18, 2016 - 12:44 pm

    I thought you said you weren’t cycling out this year? …I miss this.ReplyCancel

  • WayneAugust 5, 2016 - 11:02 pm

    LEMON BUCKET ORCHESTRA!!! So fun!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • DavidAugust 8, 2016 - 4:47 pm

    @Scott: Yeah – no cycling out for me this year, but I did take the assignment of shooting the Ride to the Site at the muster point at The Forks (where the first photo is from). It was an early morning rise and weird to not ride out with everyone, but I had some other things in the city that needed doing before folk festing.ReplyCancel

Life behind bars – Part 2: Four corners of the Haida Gwaii by bicycle.

(continued from Part 1: Solo in the Canadian Rockies)

The Haida Gwaii (formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands) is remote set of islands off the northwest coast of British Columbia.  As is a region that I’d been intending to visit for ages, the difficulty in getting there made it elusive despite many years of good intentions, but as they say: good things come to those who wait.  This whole bicycle tour arose around the idea of exploring the ancient forests…

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  • Daniel C. CrumpJuly 12, 2016 - 10:15 am

    Amazing!! This causes the smouldering ember of wanderlust inside me to glow a little brighter and burn a little hotter.ReplyCancel

  • Andrew DaltonDecember 11, 2016 - 8:11 pm

    really enjoyed reading this my friend!ReplyCancel

    • DavidDecember 12, 2016 - 9:05 am

      Thanks Andrew – for the comment and help building up my bike! The last one section of the trip is on the way to being published soon, I just need to find the time. ??ReplyCancel

  • JustineJune 6, 2018 - 12:06 am

    Hi there, gorgeous photos! we’re heading to Haida Gwaii on bikes this summer and hoping to get a few more details on your routes and road conditions. If you’re willing, you can email me jeclift at gmail dot comReplyCancel

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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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