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Nopiming with a paddle.

In classic Canadian fashion, this past weekend I headed out to Nopiming Provincial Park in Manitoba with some close friends for a quick canoe trip. Taking advantage of the unseasonably warm late-October weather this was to be our last hurrah before the snow came, and I couldn’t have asked for better weather or company.

Here are some photos of good people, their beards, a couple canoes, and, of course, the beautiful wilderness of Canada; for which I am all grateful.…

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  • Dave BensonOctober 26, 2017 - 4:24 pm

    Doesn’ t get any betterReplyCancel

Backcountry in my own backyard.

When you think about it, plane travel can be a jarring experience; rising early, entering the corrals of airports with a ticket in hand, and coming out the other side in vastly different culture and environment…the differences introduced within a single day can be extreme and quick.  Getting outside of your comfort zone can lead to a lot of growth on the road, but equally important is the potential for these contrasts to help you appreciate at home what you may have…

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  • Daniel C. CrumpJune 18, 2017 - 9:45 am

    Amazing what is in our own backyard. Sorry I missed the trip, not sorry I missed the wood ticks ?ReplyCancel

  • HenkJune 18, 2017 - 10:23 am

    Excellent blog! I envy you sometimes for your travels, far and close by…

    HenkReplyCancel

Life Behind Bars – Part 3: Friendly territory around the Salish Sea.

(continued from Part 2: Four corners of the Haida Gwaii by bicycle)

Ferries provide access all the way down British Columbia’s otherwise inaccessible coast.  From the Haida Gwaii, this was the peaceful expressway to access southern British Columbia without making a huge diversion inland.  Port Hardy, at the northern tip of Vancouver Island, was the port of arrival for the push to southern Vancouver Island and ultimately Vancouver, and it was also where…

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  • Allison StorsethMarch 29, 2017 - 8:37 pm

    Enjoyed reading! Thanks for sharing David 🙂ReplyCancel

  • KareniaMarch 30, 2017 - 4:00 am

    It is such a treat to be able to get a full sense of your travels through pics and words, balanced out with the stories we share on our wanders 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Mark ReimerMarch 30, 2017 - 11:57 am

    Looks great Dave!! I’m heading out to Vancouver Island in a week for a little tour on my bicycle, but sadly I only have under a week. Still, this photos are getting me even more excited.ReplyCancel

    • DavidMarch 30, 2017 - 4:06 pm

      Have a great adventure out west Mark – short and sweet is still sweet! 😀ReplyCancel

Mountain moments.

It is tempting in life to want to see it all; to cover as much ground as possible and leave footprints in a long list of places.  This breadth of experience does have its merits, but it also has its sacrifices: namely, depth within each experience.  Personally, I increasingly value the depth side of experience and choose adventures that are more in the slow travel category these days rather than trying to see the entire map.  There really is a big difference between…

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  • Allison StorsethFebruary 13, 2017 - 7:39 pm

    Thank you for sharing! I really enjoyed reading (and viewing)ReplyCancel

  • RobynFebruary 14, 2017 - 1:39 pm

    Wow David! You really capture the feeling of the mountains well – like, the best! Really, it’s hard (I’ve tried). Keep it up and I look forward to when you return. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • KareniaFebruary 14, 2017 - 3:32 pm

    This may be my favourite photo essay of yours yet.ReplyCancel

Winnipeg Folk Festival 2015 – A retrospective.

Ah, the Winnipeg Folk Festival: a gathering around music, art, and community that pops up in a prairie field for five days every year.  Exactly two weeks from today the 2016 festival begins with the Crooked Brothers kicking things off on the main stage.  Spending time with good friends (both old and new), discovering new music, and happening by chance upon unexpected joys…I’m looking forward to another year barefoot in these fields as an official festival…

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  • Daniel C. CrumpJune 23, 2016 - 1:51 pm

    Very cool! Captured the festival very well. I’m also getting excited, but a little bummed that media passes don’t get access to the campground. See you there?ReplyCancel

  • DavidJune 23, 2016 - 2:04 pm

    See you there. And thanks for the kind words Daniel.ReplyCancel

  • Romi MayesJune 23, 2016 - 2:11 pm

    Sweet pics David! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Jenn KosteskyJune 23, 2016 - 4:40 pm
  • BakonJune 30, 2016 - 6:16 am

    Amazing shots!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