Every year, the Assiniboine Park Zoo holds a “festival” just before Halloween. They call it “Boo at the Zoo”. It’s a fun time to go at the zoo as well as the only time you can get there in the evening hours. Of course, the theme is Halloween and the skeletons, ghosts and ghouls welcome you with all their absent hearts.

Free running peacock in the zoo Free running peacock in the zoo

On the 1st of July or Canada Day this year, I went to the zoo and found that my only “worthy” or viable photographic subjects were the visitors. So, to give a more accurate image of the Zoo, I went there again…

 

Since the moment we were here in Canada, we have heard how people spent their weekend “at the lake”. It is obvious that in a country where there are thousands of lakes people spend the weekend at the lake.

It also helps if you have a car, a map and a good address to go to.

Arriving at Lake WinnipegArriving at Lake Winnipeg

Since I have passed my driver’s license here in Manitoba, I can drive any car I like, although for rental sakes I have to stay in the province. At first sight that looks rather restrictive, certainly if you come from Europe. There, often a province is hardly bigger than the city of Winnipeg, give or take a few square kilometres. Manitoba is roughly the size of 1.5 times France or Ukraine.

Nice title, eh? Well, it goes with the pictures. Rarely recorded for its acoustic quality but still an integral part of fireworks. Mostly the louder the better.

No wonder the boats had to stay away No wonder the boats had to stay away

Fireworks have intrigued people since their creation, some people love them, some hate them. Some have nice memories, others think of war.

Let’s not go into the memories, but more into the way of capturing them and preserving them as colourful pictures, shall we?

First of July is Canada Day. Canada celebrates its independence from England since 1867. However, the last bonds with England were shed only in 1982. Even more reason to celebrate this day. And no, we don’t celebrate the fourth of July like our southern neighbours.

Canada Day Canada Day

We are happy to be independent from any other country in the world.

But what are you going to do on a national holiday without any plans? You could go to the different street festivals in the city, stay home or go to the zoo. I decided to go to the zoo and take pictures of the fauna. The Assiniboine Zoo is free on Canada day, saving me a whopping 5 dollars entry fee. But what to do in a zoo at a +32C temperature?

The south-western part of the Whiteshell Provincial Park in Manitoba has a huge collection of petroforms. The petroforms found here encompass all styles found anywhere else in North America. The human forms, animals and geometric forms can be found in many places, but never all in the same place.

To the petroforms To the petroforms

That makes us think that the origin of the petroforms lies in the Whiteshell Park and the art of it has moved outwards from here over the continent… Would it be that this place is even more special than all the other places where the petroforms are found? That seems very likely, some signs point to this.

Henk
6 days 16 hours

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

josie brendle
7 days 19 hours

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

Henk
8 days 8 hours

Test comment here

Henk Von Pickartz
8 days 12 hours

This is a comment. I will see if this works or if this will be taken over by spammers. If so, then I will take it down again.