Sharing my LOVE of photography, the outdoors and camping
Tag along on some of the traveling and camping that I do. I love camping when shooting and shooting when I camp as I can get the amazing light of early morning and late night. An added benefit is that with the camper I can stay at locations that others have to travel to as I don’t need a hotel or a restaurant.
I have been learning a lot with the build of my van……… it has been a lot of fun, a challenge and I have to say again FUN!!! I love learning new things and building the van has really challenged me to learn. Looking at the van today I am 100% done with the functional part of the build. I could leave tomorrow and drive anyplace in the world and the van would do what I want it to.
Once the wiring was done to get a basic van electrical system running from the van battery to the new house battery it was time to hook up the accessories to run the van’s electrical appliances. I was doing this work to power the fridge and the Espar heater now and for some lights and a fan later on.
It is electrical !!!!! After putting it off I finally got around to working on the vans house electrical system. I love electrical but at the same time it scares me. The biggest issue is connecting the house battery to the van, but after reading and laying out diagrams I went for it.
Cannot wait to get back to one of my favorite birding places – Frank Lake. I think most photographers have those places that we just love to shoot at and this is one on my list. Only problem is that I don’t want to leave as there are so many subjects to photograph.
I LOVE Writing on Stone for so many reasons. I have a hard time saying that in the heat of the summer as it is so hot but this time of year it is GREAT!!!
Last weekend I found myself on the way to Writing on Stone with clear skies and almost a full moon. The large moon was not the best for night shots but would be great for seeing at night as I walked around the park after dark. The sunset was okay, it would have been nice for a couple clouds but again it was warm, no snow and great just to be outside after such a long winter!
The first positive signs of spring finally started to appear and I decided that I should make a run to Waterton. I also was hoping to spend the night in the new van so I thought that it would be a good chance to do both things at once. Environment Canada changed the weather forecast just before I left on Friday advising of very strong winds all day on Saturday so the night in the van ended up being postponed. This early in the year strong winds mixed with lots of snow in the bush and muddy trails was more than I wanted to deal with but that did not stop me from at least heading out for the day.
So I thought that I would head out to Waterton yesterday (March 31, 2018) to get some pictures. On the way there I made a detour to Police lake area to see what was out and about. WELL there was a lot of snow out and about 🙂 . The main highways were good but the other roads were really covered and as I was getting closer to Police Lake the amount of snow on the roads got a lot deeper. The best thing about it was that there was hardly anybody on the road except for a few farmers feeding cattle.
Writing on Stone can be a hot and dry place in the summer but winter is usually cold and dry, not this winter. With all the crazy snow that we have gotten it looks more like a part of Alaska than southern Alberta.
Was heading down to camp for a couple days but the campground is not accessible as there is so much snow so just spend part of a day there.
Many of my friends and clients know about the new company vehicle that I am working on. In case you didn’t I will put some updates and information here on the blog for you to follow along with. (also it is too hard to keep sending out information to people that ask about the progress so I can link it here under the category VAN ).