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.

Our lives have changes drastically lately, albeit temporarily. For some, the change is an eye-opener, for others it’s hell on earth. I tend to be a moderate guy and often find myself halfway between two extremes. The quarantine is presented as a self-inflicted house-arrest. If you don’t stay inside, you are part of the problem.

Prop at the City Jail in Winnipeg

That is a view that goes a bit too far for me. It gets thrown on the same pile as the idea of “you should hoard toilet paper or you will be part of the problem”. For the record, I have bought one pack of TP, just like I always do. Not more, not less.

For a long time I have been a fan of recording sounds, nature sounds as well as urban sounds. Now you can enjoy some of the nature soundbites I have recorded over the years. Enjoy them with your speakers or headphones. Play them loud Smile.

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Here is a selection of the nature sounds

In the days of film shooting, long exposures were a dark area. You could end up with completely washed out shots or black ones. Without fairly expensive equipment like light meters and a few other odds and ends, there was simply no way to do long exposures properly.

Matlock Pier, MB

Once I was happy to shoot a passing firetruck and the gyro light showed up a few times in the shot. That was about the extent of my darkness shots.

Lake Winnipeg feeds thousands. But everyone has to work to get to the food. Everyone has to be respectful of the lake to continuously get the food. Big Windy as Lake Winnipeg is sometimes called, is fairly shallow. That makes for choppy waves when the wind is high.

Sunrise over Lake Winnipeg

It also makes for deadly situations if one is not careful. In high wind, Big Windy is not a good place to be. Fortunately for me,