First of all, I wish you all a Happy New Year! May this year be full of success and full of food! (Now, why do I always have to mention food?!?! I might have to think about that, one day…)

hungry animal

For the hungry animals in Fort Whyte Alive in Winnipeg, that question is much closer to home. In winter, they don’t have so much choice and possibilities to find enough food to fill their stomach. So let’s take a look at how they are doing now…

Fort Whyte Alive is a natural center within the city limits of Winnipeg. It’s a place where many wild animals live and where you will find nearly none, at least on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Too many people around, making too much noise. Some fellow photographers from our local photo community always come up with lots of pictures of different animals…

I mostly come up empty handed. This time I managed to “catch” a few animals though.

White tailed deerWhite tailed deer

The white tailed deer, before they spotted me and took off. I guess the people on the other side of the trail had some nice shots of this deer with their cameras. I had the dubitable pleasure of stalking the deer through the woods and startling them.

The Downy woodpecker from the lead picture was more occupied with finding food than with me. A good moment to take some pictures. Of the many pictures I took, only a few were good enough to show here.

Haired woodpeckerDowny woodpecker

I still have a lot to learn for wildlife photography. One of these things, for a beginner like me in the domain, is to hang out near the feeding stations and keep a low profile over there. With some patience and luck the birds will come and feed without taking notice of me.


If you are wondering how I know the name of this bird, well, Fort Whyte Alive puts up signs like these to educate the children (and me). I guess I’ll come back here when there are less people around…

That was about the extent of my success with the animals.

After that, I reverted to my habit of photographing more docile and easier spottable things.


These burs had a nice look with the sunshine from one side. Opening up the aperture nicely blurred the background and isolated the subject.

DSC_5900The lake

A little view over the lake, some people already tried out their skiing skills here. The way the ice cracked under my feet made me go back to the dock. I guess skis spread out one’s weight better than shoes.

On the grounds of Fort Whyte Alive there are many activities for kids and adults. Telling stories around a fire is definitely one of them. But what better than hearing these stories in a tipi ?

So I found a tipi and had my wife take some pictures.

DSC_5908The entrance to a magical place

The magic of the inside of the tipi depends on one’s imagination. The inside is simply furnished with bales of hay to sit on and a small stone circle for the fire. Definitely not comfortable enough for me to spend the night, stories or no stories.

The top of the tipi gave a nice image against the blue sky.

Sun bleached wood, canvas and blue skySun bleached wood, canvas and blue sky

The top, isolated from the rest of the tipi looked like a giant coat hanger to me Smile.

This was a small Sunday afternoon at Fort Whyte Alive.

Come to think of it, this is the first post on my blog this year. Ok that was easy, but it is also one year that I have been blogging about all kinds of things in my life. What do you, think, reader ?Should I continue?

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2 months 12 days

It's the National Geographic Fieldguide to Birds of North America

2 months 12 days

Thank you. I saw these birds at my feeder today and wondered what they were. Could you tell me the title of the bird book you ...

2 months 26 days

---Great Blog again Henk - well done..

4 months 8 days

Thanks :) !

4 months 8 days

---Very nice Blog Henk - some nice shots there...-:)

4 months 13 days

Presets can speed up your workflow a lot, provided you have plenty of the same type of pictures. People doing weddings will a ...

4 months 13 days

Hi, I hadn't noticed that the typing colour was that dark... changed it to pure white, that should do it ... Henk

4 months 13 days

I certainly agree the use of presets will discourage people learning their own methods but they can offer a shortcut to fulfi ...

5 months 3 days

Well, I was told so by a "pro" that later recanted... :-) I removed the name, so at least it is now correct.

josie brendle
5 months 4 days

nice blog but sorry the horses are not Clydesdales. Those are a little bigger. :)