It’s nice to be a photographer in winter, always something to shoot. What I like to shoot apart from wildlife, is human activity. Without activity of people around me, winter would be very sterile. To photograph activities in winter you need active people. So this time I will show some active people.

The forge


People who do something or leave a trace of something interesting to shoot. Preferably in the warmth of some place with a fire or some other form of heating.

The lead picture here is a forge, used to create objects of iron and steel. It is not in use year round, unfortunately. But in Winter time, it is a welcome place to shoot some great pictures. Pictures smelling of old times or if you are a fan of TV, of a program called “Forged in Fire”.

Master of the forge

Master of the forge

The master of this forge is not in the business of competing against other smiths, he is here only for our viewing pleasure. He is not making craft blades, knives or anything special. If anything, he is making a whole lot of iron nails, good for restoring old-fashioned buildings, barns or other.

Combatting the freezing weather by fire

Combatting the freezing weather by fire

Personally, one activity I always enjoy is… barbecuing Smile. The taste of grilled chicken in the freezing cold has no equivalent. The above picture was taken a few years ago, by a balmy temperature of –16C. It was the first time in my life to have a BBQ by freezing temps. I was always under the impression that BBQ was exclusively a summer activity. Apparently I was wrong (how is that possible? Winking smile ).

Relief fire

Relief fire

Other people will simply enjoy the warmth of a fire in an oil drum. Placed in strategic places on the frozen river, these drums allow for any person walking on the river trails to warm up. No fear of melting the ice underneath, it is probably between three and four feet thick. A small fire like this will never get through it.

Fat bikes

Fat bikes

Some people don’t like to walk on the ice, it is too slow, they say. So they take their bikes and use those. When I was a kid, I tried my bike on the ice.


I never did it again, I can still feel certain parts of that bike in some very special places of my body, just by remembering… Here, those bikes are called fat bikes, for the size of their tires. I guess it is still very slippery, but a lot more manageable with those tires.



Others will prefer real icy activities, like throwing rocks. Oh yes, they call it curling. When the rinks are maintained and groomed for the winter, they are very much appreciated by the playing public. Everyone can try it, no previous experience required. The rock may be a little rough for the pro players, but hey, you have to start the love for the sport somewhere.

Fur trade

Fur trade

Later in the day, it may be time to find something to cover your head with. By now the cold may start to have some effect on your thinking. You may be thinking continuously of warm drinks, alcoholic or not, warm food and more. But perhaps you should simply be thinking of covering your head in something furry. Fur hats and other natural products may be on sale close by.



Did you get one of those fur hats? I know I did. So now it is time to go out of the city for a bit and enjoy a bit of stargazing on the roof of the Interpretive Centre in Oak Hammock Marsh. This night we got some instruction on how to use the giant telescopes. Giant personal telescopes that get Saturn and its rings within view. To me it looked like the people were looking at the wrong stars. The ones that were strewn on the ground were much brighter Smile.

Photographing in winter is fun, but you need the subjects as I already stated here. Participating in those activities might open a whole new world for you. I think I will try that, one day. For now, my photography keeps me warm enough to last a few more winters.

Stay warm and enjoy the time…

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Henk Von Pickartz
29 days 16 hours

Best of Luck in your new home Anton en Greet Dank je :-)

Anton Peereboom
30 days 12 hours

Best of Luck in your new home Anton en Greet

Henk Von Pickartz
1 month

Best of luck in your new home! Thank you! :-)

1 month

Best of luck in your new home!

Hilma Sinkinson
2 months 2 days

I am in love with your images of the cold prairie winters. I lived in the middle south of Manitoba and want to get a licensed ...

Dan Topham
3 months 8 days

As always, I enjoy your photo bytes and this one is right up there. After using the flip screen on lay Canon 60D I have ofte ...

4 months 12 days

You mentioned swimming by one of your photos. I see no one swimming. Can we swim at Fort Whyte? They seem to have a dock o ...

Vernon Cole
4 months 18 days

I am looking to see if there are any pictures of the original house situated at Munson Park

John Pelechaty
4 months 21 days

---Great blog once again Henk - enjoyed it very much....

4 months 27 days

Thanks for that piece of info. I had a hard time seeing that burn inside... :-)