Hands frozen, clouds full of snow rolling in, and temperatures dropping into the negatives, I crouched over my camera with radio in hand as cars rolled in.
⤜ Location: British Columbia, Canada
⤜ Camera: @canonusa 5D Mark III
⤜ Lens: @canonusa 16-35 f/2.8 III USM
⤜ Filter: @hoyafilterusa EVO Antistatic UV
While driving in and out of avalanche zones through the pass during my trip through Canada, the most memorable nights was when I stood above the final curve of the pass as cars zipped on by. Wandering up to the lookout with four layers on, the cold still bit through my clothing as I kept in contact with @adenace below. It had snowed the duration of the short ascent up the lookout and just as I had gotten to the location the snow had stopped for a brief moment as the final vehicles drove into the night.
Don’t forget to brush... When moose are sedated we can estimate their age by the amount of wear and staining on the incisors, but we won’t know the age for sure until the moose dies and we can pull a tooth. How old would you guess she is?
Remember what it felt like to believe?
Remember running wild and living free?
Remember when the magic was a mystery?
Now all the fuss is just faith without the rush...
Did the rainbow fade?
We won't see beyond our feet
Staring down afraid to leap
Jump into the wonder
And dance on the thunder
We're crying in color
↟ For an experience I will never forget ↟
what we did this whole trip? We stayed in a tent on giant rocks by the water. We slept in forests far away from where towns and hotels were even close to. We did everything in the nature around us and enjoyed every little bit of this trip. You don’t always needa have money to travel and explore the world around you. You just need to have the right mindset on how to do so, choose to adventure wherever you please but don’t settle for staying in one place. This planet is everything to us, it keeps us alive and breathing for a reason. We are here to explore what we have been blessed with, and that simply is the most unique and life filled planet in the entire universe. 🌍
For a real brother for doing it with me @brodyshaye
Anyone else dying for summer ?
"A father teaches his son ice fishing on a frozen lake north of Whistler." Photo by @thepomoexplorer last month.
We love seeing you explore BC in the winter! Share your moments with us (and tag #explorebc) so we can follow along. #explorebc#explorecanada#onlyinwhistler
Recreation in winter conditions can be hazardous. If you are travelling through avalanche terrain, you and everyone in your group must be self-sufficient—carrying all the proper gear (transceiver, shovel, and probe) and have avalanche training. Familiarize yourself with #leavenotrace principles and @bc_adventuresmart is a great resource to help you get informed before heading outdoors. Remember the three Ts—trip planning, training, and taking the essentials.
Skiing untracked powder can certainly change your mood. But how does your emotional state change your skiing?
I’ve spent the last couple days touring like, well... a real jackass. Run and fucking gun. Lost—well, perhaps not lost at all—entrenched, rather, in personal thought on the uphill, practically running up the skin track, not chatting with the crew, just up up & up, searching for that physical limit where the body wears out the mind. Still looking, as it were. It’s not entirely new: I trail run the same way when my mind is elsewhere or I’m upset—thoughts consume me; they also physiologically empower me. An adrenaline drip to the mind, in a way. Perhaps an odd reaction to stress, emotional pain, etc. but a veritable reaction nonetheless. Melancholy motivation... who knew.
The way down can be another story. Sometimes it’s liberating—ripping skins off in the alpine peels the thoughts away, sparking a brief pursuit of presence in smooth arcs downhill. Other times a sour mood scares the hell out of me: my risk threshold skyrockets while my rational perception of environment and conditions plummets—not an ideal combination in the backcountry. (These are the revelations of hindsight, of course—I can’t claim such awareness in the moment.)
Some people fight (or at least try to ignore) days like these; I’ve learned to shrug and own up to them. Stress, emotional turmoil, heartache, confusion—it’s human. It’s worth acknowledging you’re in an odd headspace before you set off into consequential terrain, but it doesn’t have to keep you from touring. In fact, I find skiing therapeutic. But in any situation, be it skiing or going into the office for a 9-5, you need to understand how emotions affect decision making. We’re emotional decision makers after all; few of us are truly rational.
It’s best to surround yourself with people—most backcountry partners (or work colleagues) will tell me when I’m being rash; but the good friends strike a helpful balance—they let me trundle along in my own world, stepping in only when consequential decisions are to be made, letting me sort through my thoughts and emotions in the best way I know—one step after another, uphill.
Do you remember when you were a child and you harnessed that childlike wonder when the snow would fall from the sky?
The excitement that came from piles of snow blanketing your whole world. I can remember wanting to build the biggest snowman in the world, and I would spend hours out in the snow trying to do just that.
For many years as a older teenager and adult, I let that childlike wonder disappear... I let it be overtaken by a stress, a worry, and a frustration. Snow became something that would hinder my life, cancel my plans, and get me stuck in the worst situations.
I truly started to dislike snow, and only could appreciate it if I had the option to drive to it. And I probably to this day would have still been feeling all these feelings, and more... if it wasn't for a sweet little human who entered my life just 4.5 years ago and reminded me of that childlike wonder I have within myself.
Any time I start to feel a lack of enjoyment to snow, I just have to spend a minute with my daughter to be reminded of the joy, the laughter and the play for hours upon hours that filled my days when the snow would fall.
Only came at you with this like 6 days later. I know I keep saying I’m gonna post more and then like not doing it but I promise this is actually the last time. Anyways tho I guess it’s kind of appropriate that I’m posting this in between snowfalls. I understand that the lack of snowfall makes it not worth it to buy the appropriate amount of snow removing trucks however we did get our ass kicked and looked really goddamn dumb like 2 years ago so. Like honestly I wasn’t even in town for half of the snow and all I was getting was messages of people asking me to comment on it. Cmon guys I mean like u buy them once and ur good for quite a while. I feel the government probably should’ve learned their lesson after letting the exact same thing happen with the forest fires. Cmon Bruh. Absolutely crazy. Lmao. Tag a meme connoisseur. #hardforbc
Back on the grid after 2 weeks at @sorcererlodge . So many good times, great turns and amazing people it’s hard to know where to begin. Here’s a shot of @laurieblock leading the charge past the Little Matterhorn on the Perfect Peak tour to whet your appetite for all things Sorcerer...
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| SOUL CALLING🔮 : awakening of inner purpose, to deliver unique gifts to the world |
It’s taken me 30 whole years to WAKE UP to what soul calling even means. I’ve always been super intuitive, little did I know. But when I got that “gut feeling” I went with it. That was my intuition speaking. I recieved signs from above for years, without ever taking notice. I’ve always had a love for animals. Dogs & horses really stole my heart. But as I got older, my intuition & empath heart GREW- so did my love for these animals.
I suppose I got the message from the Universe that I was meant to be a CARETAKER. To give back through some form of human connection & healing abilities, which led me to becoming a Registered Nurse. I think the Universe was giggling above knowing that Nursing WASN’T my master plan. But it was a necessary part of my journey. As I closed the door to Nursing, the door to Entrepreneurship opened. Helping women globally in so many ways.
When I was asked to take on Goldie girl here, I couldn’t say no. I knew I was combining my unique gifts of: compassion, caregiving, nursing skills for her 4 year old leg wound, & simply GIVING BACK my time, energy, resources & LOVE to her... & the Universe.
What I didn’t put together right away, was that I was getting CLOSER to my soul calling. I was put on this earth to HELP & to HEAL. Humans & Animals. Not in the way that I first expected, but in much BIGGER ways. Sometimes it even scares me, but I KNOW it’s what i’m here to do. I’ve been getting subtle hints from the Universe lately that I’m on the right track & subtle shoves in the right direction. I know it’s right because it scares & excites me all at the same time. I truly feel like THIS is just the beginning.
When you awaken to your inner purpose. When you pay attention to the signs of the Universe. When you provide your unique gifts to the world. You’re aligning with your SOUL PURPOSE. There’s nothing more beautiful than that.
What is YOUR Soul Purpose!👇🏼
Cat-yaking on Kennedy Lake near Tofino. I traveled with this cat a lot before he disappeared. He followed me everywhere. I hate to admit that I forget his name. It was a very common name – Grigri or Tigris. But, anyway, he was a good cat.
Hi, @benoit_paille here. My biography is way too complicated to share, but I’m happy to present my series of ironic animal photos. //
Kayak avec un mousse félin sur le lac Kennedy, près de Tofino. Je me suis beaucoup promené avec ce chat avant qu’il disparaisse. Je regrette d’avoir à avouer que j’ai oublié son nom. Quelque chose de très commun, genre Grigri ou Tigris. Peu importe, c’était un bon chat.
Salut, c’est @benoit_paille, j’ai une biographie beaucoup trop compliquée pour être partagée, mais par contre ça fait plaisir de présenter ma série de photos animalières ironiques. 📷 @benoit_paille#enroutetakeover
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@flyfishingfilmtour Behind The Lens: Alignment
“We posted up in northern British Columbia all winter, it’s a pretty ideal place for steelhead and for snowboarding. We definitely found steelhead for sure, but the reality of winter steelhead fishing is, it’s brutal. Especially up in the north. And it’s cold, your guides and your reels are frozen all the time. You do much more just being in the environment than actually catching fish, and really it’s not about the act of catching and holding a fish – that’s just a bonus. It’s more about just being out there and getting to experience where these fish live.” We sit down with the legendary @ejackshreds to talk about his latest film, playing on the big screen now with @flyfishingfilmtour.
[LINK IN BIO] for our full interview with Eric!
I have some exciting news, I'm selling prints! This feels like the first real step towards making something out of photography. Its exciting, but at the same time makes me a touch nervous for some reason. (Hence why this photo of driving into the unknown seemed suiting)
If you've ever wanted to buy a print, check out the link in my bio. I'll be adding more photos there over time, so if there are any photos of mine that aren't there, or want a photo in dimensions that aren't there, just let me know!
Nature & Her Sweet Tooth 🍭
Nicknamed the "Matterhorn of the Rockies" Mount Assiniboine is one of the most tasty peaks in North America and is located on the Great Divide between the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia.
We were having breakfast in @assiniboinelodge, situation totally normal, then suddenly the sun came up and kissed the mountain for the briefest of moments. I lept from my seat and caught these two in action just in time! I could almost taste the flavour the sun left on the face of the mountain...
Mentally here, physically at home in sweatpants 💤
filmed a couple nutrition videos to my IGTV this weekend (in my story highlights) where I show how to make a yummy energizing first meal of the day + discussing a controversial topic.. that personally I've had positive benefits after using! Hope you enjoy these little vids 😊
ps cable only leg / glute workout coming up tomorrow, it's gonna be a GOOD start of the week fam 🙏🏼 luv you all so much
Grab your bucket list and be sure to add a visit to Emerald Lake, British Columbia, Canada to it. Cozy cabins along the alpine lake await you! Who’s in? 🇨🇦 🙋🏻♂️🙋🏻♀️
Cabin: @emeraldlakelodge 📸: @earth.superior -
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Rediscovering the magic of winter ❄️ Yesterday my students asked to go outside early to play in the snow. They slid down snow hills and I caught snowflakes with a few of them. The snowflakes we caught were some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen! It made this long winter a bit more magical ✨❄️ @liketoknow.it#liketkit http://liketk.it/2zY7r
All along the Pacific Coast, life has relied on herring for thousands of years. Archaeological records from up to 10,700 years ago show incredible abundances, and herring bones have been found consistently in ancient village sites from Puget Sound to Alaska. At the beginning of next month, @fisheriesoceanscan is allowing over 20,000 tons of herring to be removed from the Salish Sea - that's approximately 130 million herring. This number could feed 100 humpback whales all summer, or up to 900,000 10lb Chinook for a year.
If DFO is trying to save Southern Residents, how can they allow this amount of Chinook prey to be removed to feed farmed fish, aquariums, and livestock? If fisheries management is so good, why is there only one viable commercial herring fishery left? Let's not let Jonathan Wilkinson and Fisheries and Oceans allow herring to suffer the same fate as Atlantic cod, which "sustainably managed" to virtual extinction.
Sign the petition to suspend the Georgia Strait fishery at the link in our bio under "Speak Up for Pacific Herring - Petition". And look out for more actions to take for this #biglittlefish next week.
Happy #worldwhaleday. 📽 @sealegacy#biglittlefish#turningthetide#fisheries#forthewildones#srkw#ig_discover_wildlife#explorebc#herring
🎥 Video by @vprigollini
The rare and elusive kermode bear (Ursus americanus kermodei), also known as the spirit bear. It is a rare subspecies of the American black bear living in the Central and North Coast regions of British Columbia.
Location: Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Canada 🇨🇦