When you arrive in a new place with a camera in your hand, chances are that you will shoot plenty of frames. Even ones that you will remove later. Today, with this quarantine business all over the world, never mind at home, there is little chance of travelling anywhere in the foreseeable future.

Sunset in Kyiv

Not that I had many plans for travel, but it’s always nice to dream. Yet, the idea stuck in my head. Why do we shoot plenty in new places and struggle to shoot in well-known ones?

Times are troubling. We are supposed to stay close to our homes, not to go on road trips and Heaven forbid cross any borders. Never mind the type of border, just don’t cross them. Or cross your neighbour, for that matter. In some countries, ratting out your neighbour to the police is encouraged by the government.

Mr and Mrs House Finch

Happily in Canada we don’t go that far. Yet travelling is sometimes pointed at with accusing fingers, as if sitting alone in your car or truck will infect someone with a virus you don’t have.

In these times of confinement and quarantine, food has become an important subject. After perhaps toilet paper and hand sanitizer, that is. Whatever your opinion about the safety measures imposed on each of us during this pandemic, the subject of food has come to the forefront of many a conversation.

Fruit roll

I am not talking about all those who will now wait in line for three or more hours in order to get their fix of McFries or Kentucky Fried Ducks. These people will only think about that and never do anything about it. They need their suppliers or pushers.

The earth is flat. We all know that. Take a look at the prairies in Canada. Nothing but flatness. Shooting that flatness can be somewhat of a challenge. It appears as if you never have enough angle on your lens to cover everything you see.

Highway 202, Manitoba

Whatever you try, there is not a lens that can convey the feeling you get when looking at that flat earth all around you.

One could think that Covid-19 keeps us inside. I beg to differ. It makes me travel back in time to visit things all over again. A few months ago I was thinking about what kind of insects I had photographed. A handful, I thought, so I asked my Lightroom what it had in store for me.

Ruby Meadowhawk

To my surprise, a lot more insects than I thought. Of course, if you shoot everything that dares to show itself, you will end up with stuff you don’t remember after a while. I did have the good forethought of keywording my images when I imported them.

Dan Topham
23 days 10 hours

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
1 month 26 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
2 months 4 days

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

John Pelechaty
2 months 7 days

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

Henk
2 months 13 days

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

Marian
2 months 13 days

Chiminea. It’s an outdoor wood burning fireplace. I had one but sold it. Replaced with a landmann fireball.

John Pelechaty
2 months 30 days

---Nice blog Henk and impressed that bridge was stress engineered....:-)

Gary Vincent
3 months 6 days

Excellent photos and information

Marian
3 months 26 days

Looking forward to seeing your new adventures!

Henk
3 months 27 days

Hi, The best time to visit starts around May Long Weekend. Before, most is still frozen or too cold. There is no entrance fee ...