Walks Photography

Uphill Hike: Turtle Mountain, Manitoba

A camping visit to my favourite park a week past labour day, just as the leaves are starting to turn warmer colours, and the afternoon is spent in long sleeves. The hike weaves in and out of cow pastures, you can hear them in the distance as you walk, and see their tracks in the […]

Incoming Rain and Moon Tides: Chelton Beach, Prince Edward Island

In Three Parts: A favourite piece of shoreline. squashing sand castles with your butt, the rain off the water, run to the car. The moon tide brought the sand bars to the surface. Walked across the seabed to a shell reef exposed from the extreme low tide. Giggles in the car with friends. Checked the […]

Smokey Sunset: Victoria Beach, MB

Fires blow across the country, dissolving the horizon, dulling the sun to a warm orange. The ocean is on fire. It hasn’t rained in weeks. It feels like the beginning of the end, sometimes.

A Polar Vortex: Winnipeg, MB

Here we go again! Coral condensation, sun dogs, sun halos, and parking lot tundras. This will be the last deep freeze of the year, and things are beginning to reopen again. For how long?

The Old, The New

A Big Thing is happening. Or at this point, has happened. This summer our cases dropped to zero, and we coasted until they pushed back up to critical levels. We bought an urban cottage in that low interim, a whirlwind of masks, houses, packing and cleaning in a matter of weeks to get in before […]

Just Another Summer Walk: Winnipeg, MB

A long walk after dark, doing the loop over the train bridge, seeing what there is to see. Cases are rising. Things feel weird. Lots of people acting like everything is exactly as it’s always been. There will be more summers.

Prairie Grass: Rivers, MB

Normally we go camping quite a bit during the summer. I drafted a series of checklists and bags so we can get out there pretty quickly and easily. This summer has been different. Covid, you know? campsites are booked up and I’m exhausted. Alex managed to find the last available campsite in the province for […]

Out of the City: Brandon Hills, Manitoba

Two months indoors and some restrictions have been lifted. I am not confident things will stay this way, and I have some apprehension about us all flooding the streets. The provincial guidelines often say “while maintaining social distancing”, with social distancing being next to impossible with the guidelines. Building Frustrations. We went to Brandon Hills […]

An Autumn: Quebec City, QC

Manitoba doesn’t get autumn. We go straight to winter, frozen and withering green leaves. I miss the golden sun, wet streets and crimson leaves cascading in the wind. I went to QC to present at a conference, but it turned out to be a much needed little pocket of reconnection and oasis in a chaotic […]

Climate Strike: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Marching while the world burns. Our children take to the streets in a stark reminder that those who can effect change the most, won’t be alive to experience the impacts of climate change.

Icy Nights and Bright Skies: Steep Rock, Manitoba

We went to steep rock with some friends we hadn’t seen in a while for labour day weekend. It was warm during the day and we lazed around. I got to be fire manager (yes!). The wood was damp the first night and we spent a disproportionate amount of time blowing on the fire as […]

Home, Rainbow Trout Music Festival

I missed Rainbow Trout Music Festival last year. I was in Nova Scotia at White Rabbit Residency during the festival last year. My partner and I went to Rainbow Trout four years ago, it was one of our first multi-day events as a couple with other people. The Big Test. I saw the northern lights […]

Polar Vortex: Winnipeg, MB

A polar vortex travelled through the Prairies, Western Ontario and parts of Alberta and through the United states. This is my first experience with sub -50c temperatures. It looks quite surreal: bright and sunny, icy, dry, and misty. Condensation comes from anything that is warm and moist such as car exhaust, bare skin, and buildings […]

White Rabbit Arts Festival: Economy, Nova Scotia

Mother moon, smudge. Technical difficulties that are outside of my knowledge. Holding my breath. Stay calm. Release of tension. Running through the woods by flashlight, finding all the delights. Artists in Residence: Anand Friesen Cassie Picollo Danielle Harris Devin Horsman Jo Smith Fanny Basque Gwendolyn Frankton Hennah Verhoeven Katrina Craig Lux Habrich Maddie McNeely Polina […]

The Bay of Fundy: Economy, Nova Scotia

Nature reminds you of the tension between your tiny insignificance and our humongous impact in large numbers. Cities exist to serve the people living inside of them. Nature is network. Moving from an environment that serves you to existing in a network makes me feel small. But maybe we should all feel smaller.  

White Rabbit Residency: Economy, Nova Scotia

Some places have a magic inside of them. Does a place create magic or is it the people that inhabit it? How do spaces and places attract certain people? How can we create passionate spaces? Kind spaces? Some experiences feel warm, welcoming. complete. White Rabbit Residency welcomes you in like a warm bath. Sleeping in an apple […]

Old Haunts at Point Pleasant Park: Halifax, NS

I took Alex to “my spot” at Point Pleasant Park. There was a time in my life that lacked privacy. I used to walk to Point Pleasant and sit on a rock by the ocean down part of a cliff and just be alone. Sound of waves. We had a half hazard picnic while the […]

Duncan’s Cove Hiking Trail: Nova Scotia

I always feel so small on the wide flat rocks of the Nova Scotia coast. I end up running and jumping across, for no reason besides the momentum feels great in my body. I only ever feel graceful here and underwater. It feels so warm to be with people who have known you for a […]

Harmony, Prince Edward Island

A beach that you just “know” about on the warm side of the island. Careful for nails in the sand. Was there a bonfire here? I’m there with one of my oldest friends looking at the haze on the water and we talk, looking out and eating cookies. Looking for sea glass. Those rituals. A […]

Low Tide Adventures: Chelton Beach, Prince Edward Island

Sandstone is crumbly and slippery when wet. We climbed along the water’s edge, up and down to get our footing. Not that difficult besides slimy rocks. My dad is confident that the tide will not come in while we are on the edge, I’m less convinced. We can climb a cottage’s ladder and walk along […]

Green Park: Port Hill, Prince Edward Island

The water is not warm here, but the tall birch rise up and fall over the eroding cliffs. I spent 20 minutes stalking a blue heron, only to drive by some shallows with dozens later in the day. My dad is walking the dog and is talking to little girls he doesn’t know, and it’s […]

Thomas Cove: Economy, Nova Scotia

The ocean is powerful. It transforms anything that touches it. To allow our experiences to change us requires tremendous vulnerability Change is something that you must look for and change is something that we must accept How do you design a life that embraces flux and change without sacrificing continuity? How do you ensure you’re […]

Remembering a Free Spring Day

My mom was in town this May. My sister had a baby miss Lily Jane, who is beautiful and perfect in every way. My mom lives really far away. 3000km away in fact. Having her stay at my house on the weekends brought a familiar rhythm to my apartment. We cooked meals together and went […]

Jazz Fest: Winnipeg, Manitoba

One of Winnipeg’s best free summer festivals is Jazz Fest at the Cube. A wide variety of music of all genres, some great tunes to dance to. 3peat music played this year for the first time, and shared with the crowd that it was a goal of theirs to play for Jazz Fest, after having another […]

Pride: Winnipeg, Manitoba

I took my Mom to her very first Pride event ever. We are from PEI and Pride isn’t a huge thing there. She loved it- she talked about how happy and celebratory it is. Which is one of the best parts of Pride! a huge colourful parade with people wearing what excites them, listening to […]

Gas and Breakfast: Minnedosa, Manitoba

The gas stations are open on Sundays in October. I love the organic nature of small towns. With less people things just end up where they do. Like a fountain in the middle of an intersection. I love the randomness of small towns. Cities are created by a crowd, which means no-one gets what they […]

Festival Du Voyageur: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Seas of people walk quickly in the cold, puffs of condensed breath coming from the tops of their heads. Caribou and beers in hand, trying to find the tent and band you wanted to see (or find somewhere warm to defrost). Snow sculptures tower (or depending on the year, begin to melt). ATVs drive through […]

Winter Wolseley Walks: Winnipeg, Manitoba

The naked trees with their shiny belts. Clouds of breath and dog footprints. The neighbourhood as we see it most. The prairies are cold. Dry, and cold. your breath is a cloud, your skin is covered.

Ice Castle: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Winnipeg is a freaking cold city. It regularly reaches -30c to -40c (-22 to -40f) with the windchill in January and February, and the occasional cold snap in December or March. The people from Winnipeg are so nonchalant about the cold. Sure people complain about it, but in the way that people complain about traffic […]

Winnipeg Zoo: Winnipeg, Manitoba

I feel bad about visiting zoos. The animals are so beautiful, I can’t help but to feel awestruck by them. I wish the animals were living in the wild, but instead zoos are forced to do conservation. I was at the Winnipeg Zoo while my parents were in town this summer and I was amazed […]

Junkyard Cows and Fields on Fire: Sandy Lake, Manitoba

On the ugly side of autumn, where all the colour has drained except for the sky. Out of the city and onto the uneven pavement of the back roads. Cows with their heads poking between scrap metal and motors under a cloud cover.  A beautiful lake with a clear sky. Readying the fields for the […]

Winter Wolseley Walks: Winnipeg, Manitoba

November 4th was our first full snowfall in Winnipeg that didn’t melt. We are all buckling in for six months of winter over here. I love the first snow. The green leaves peeking out from the white, the warmer temperatures, and the excitement (before it wears thin). The seasons’ grey areas Our neighbourhood has a lot […]

Lake Audy Bison Range: Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba

The road through riding mountain to get to see the bison was the longest road of my life. I couldn’t wait to see bison, and was terrified that we wouldn’t be able to see any. The day before had been the last warm day of autumn, not that we knew that at the time. It […]

Autumn Walk and Back Alley Arctic: Winnipeg, Manitoba

The elm trees in my neighbourhood are on their last hurrah, gold leaf flooding the sky and the streets. Carlene and I went for a walk through Wolseley on what we thought would be one of the last days before our winter coats came out (we were wrong) with our fall coats and toques on. […]

Wolseley Walks (Thinking of Summer), Winnipeg Manitoba

Our neighbourhood is perfect for nighttime walks. We run into people doing their evening fitness happily on the same road as a man skateboarding alone singing wonderwall to himself (and to all of us?). how the trees limbs stretch like arms ready to pull you into an embrace. I love going for walks, I feel […]

Nuit Blanche, Late Night Folly: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Late night at Nuit Blanche can be overwhelming for those unprepared. Tens-of-thousands of people pour in from the neighbourhoods move like schools of fish across the closed-off streets. It’s incredible how a city transforms when you take cars out of public spaces. Suddenly you’re not in the way when you stop and talk to a […]

Nuit Blanche, Early Evening Escapades: Winnipeg, Manitoba

It’s Nuit Blanche Everyone! For those of you who don’t know, Nuit Blache is a celebration of contemporary art. People are encouraged to explore through the streets of Winnipeg all night to participate in free performances, installations, music, and open houses of creative spaces throughout St. Boniface, the Exchange District and downtown. Events and projects […]

Granny’s Gong Show and Queer Bingo: Winnipeg, Manitoba

I was invited by friends to Drag Bingo at The Good Will Social Club in Winnipeg. Drag Bingo is a fundraiser for Sunshine House , an organization in Winnipeg that focuses on harm prevention, population health promotion and social inclusion. Saucy bingo with Rodney the drag king. Anytime he calls an “O” everyone shouts “OH RODNEY”. […]

Macrame Mermaid Hair: East Sooke Park, British Columbia

East Sooke Park is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. It has several hiking trails, and someone wrote on the sign post for the hike we did ‘too hard’. Right you are friend, right you are. We hiked on a trail that climbed up and down the cliff side with stunning views, I didn’t […]

Mountains on my Mind: Bamberton Provincial Park, British Columbia

We went camping at Bamberton Provincial Park just outside of Victoria, BC. I grew up on the east coast on Prince Edward Island. I have salt water in my blood but now I have mountains on my mind. They put your size and importance into perspective. The pebble beach was beautiful and I managed to lure Alex […]

Victor Street Exteriors: Winnipeg Manitoba

Road construction lead me on a different path on my walk home from work. I walked down Victor St in Winnipeg’s West-End. I love the west end for their fearless exterior design. Nobody cares what their neighbours think, and it’s just that type of boldness that makes the houses a breath of fresh air in […]

Hikes and Heartbreak: Victoria, British Columbia

The first time I saw the Rocky Mountains was flying over them on my way to Victoria. It creates the same feeling when you are in a dark place and see all the stars: Small and insignificant. I was visiting friends on the west coast, my first time further west than Manitoba. I was stunned […]

Uncharacteristic Saturday Activites: Winnipeg Goldeyes

So I’m not a sports person. I have little hand-eye coordination and never found a sport I had passable skills at growing up (despite my parents trying). I don’t really care about watching sports on TV. I was invited to a baseball game and my partner loves sports, so I was gently peer pressured into […]

Manitoba Fibre Art Festival and ‘Common Threads’ Exhibition, Winnipeg Manitoba

IT’S FIBRE ART FESTIVAL! Fibre art, fibre animals, and fibre vendors! Take a few deep breaths and wade in. The festival’s fibre art exhibition was called Common Threads, which had a mix of contemporary and traditional fibre art work.  Colleen Granger’s impressions of the Manitoba landscape through textile map can be seen in Threads of Connection.  […]

Taking Breaks: Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba

Man, I’m the worst at taking breaks. I just finished a major project I’ve been working on for nearly a year and then went back to work with a loud resolve: I WILL be taking September off from working on textiles so my body can rest.   We get to September and instead of taking a […]

Feminist Futures at MAWA, Winnipeg Manitoba

I went to the MAWA (Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art) Feminist Futures show, open to all MAWA’s members.  I love MAWA’s member shows as they show the astounding versatility of women artists in Winnipeg! There were three standout textile pieces in the show. I love how represented textiles is in female-only shows. It’s nearly impossible […]

Rainbow Trout Music Festival, St Malo Manitoba

Rainbow Trout Music Festival starts with the pilgrimage into the festival. You park your car alongside hundreds of others on a dusty gravel road and walk into the festival grounds, feeling jealous of the people with collapsible wagons and those who packed light. By this point, you have already lost cell signal and internet when […]

Oak Hammock Marsh: Stonewall, Manitoba

Oak Hammock Marsh is a natural wetland in Manitoba just outside of Winnipeg, and a small paradise. There is a Ducks Unlimited interpretive centre with architecture that allows it to blend with the wetland and not change the ecosystem of the birds who summer there. There are cliff swallows that dart and chase each other […]

Neuro Craft, Winnipeg Manitoba

I checked out Neurocraft by Manitoba Craft Council last week. Work was a collaboration between neuro-scientists and the Manitoba Craft Council working with themes of the brain, and neuro-science.  Selected photos are works by Dana Kletke and Michelle Wilson  

Manitoba Fibre Art Festival, Winnipeg MB

I spent Saturday at the Manitoba Fibre Festival where I was exhibiting three pieces in their Contemporary Fibre Exhibition. There were some awesome pieces including the big warm wool pods Alyson and I got inside of. There were tons of vendors, workshops, and of course FIBRE ANIMALS!