A weekend with a friend is more like it. Yet silence was a lot on the menu. It was time to take a break from the city’s noise and humdrum. The incessant sirens of emergency vehicles on business trips had started to work on my nerves. Even more when only for a short time you can sleep with your window open. That doesn’t happen much in this part of the world.

View to the south from the campsite

So when a friend of mine proposed to go fishing for the weekend, I thought I’d go for it. Yet my fishing is more with a camera than with a rod. To each his own, I’d say.

The end of the summer is near. Nights are cooler and days are still nice and warm. Now is the time to go camping, nights that don’t make you float away in sweat and no more mosquitoes to speak of. Perhaps a few hungry stragglers, but hey, we’re on the prairies, right? Since my first photos taken with a camera, I have liked shots in the mist.

Національний музей Голодомору-геноциду

Ok, the first camera used 120 film (6x9cm negatives), and that was expensive, misty shots were not allowed. After that, the hunt was on. Yet in Holland mist is fairly rare, there is usually too much wind to form it. Only in the deep of the night it fogs up any roads or bridges. Hardly the time for me to go out and get some pictures.

Much of my time in Manitoba is spent in the centre of the province. For a change, I wanted to check the southwest of it. With a friend who knows the area, we left early in the morning. Early enough to see the sun rise in the rear-view mirror.

Sunrise in the third system

That morning was a very foggy morning, as is often the case in August and early September. When it was safe to do so, I put the car on the shoulder and took some shots of the sunrise.

By now you may have noticed that I post a lot of pictures of birds. It has become a habit to shoot them and then post the better pictures here on my blog. Yet birds are not the only subjects that I shoot. Plants, flowers, insects, landscapes and even people come across my lens.

Meadow Blazing Star

Yet birds are what I post most about. Is it a coincidence that I know a little about birds and practically nothing about plants and flowers?

“At the lake”, is the expression Canadians use to say they left the city to some place in the country, preferably with some water to dive into and a roof of some kind for the night. The expression is a little vague, just as my interpretation of it.

Gull Harbour

When I first arrived in Canada, now a little more than a decade ago, this expression left me puzzled. Did everyone in this country have a second house near a lake? My geography in school had shown me that Manitoba had TWO lakes…

Henk Von Pickartz
11 days 11 hours

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

Anton Peereboom
12 days 7 hours

Best of Luck in your new home Anton en Greet

Henk Von Pickartz
13 days 8 hours

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

Marian
13 days 10 hours

Best of luck in your new home!

Hilma Sinkinson
1 month 12 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
2 months 21 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 ...

Me
3 months 24 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

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

John Pelechaty
4 months 3 days

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

Henk
4 months 9 days

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