Familia

Familia

This photograph is in honour of our family and specifically for my husband’s birthday today. He has always been the head of the herd just like the bison, being in charge and taking leadership as a privilege whether it has been him serving as Lieutenant Colonel of the Fort Garry Horse Regiment twice or being a Manager in Information Technology or co-leading our family. Here is an article explaining more – https://mikawoz.wordpress.com/2012/04/13/fort-garry-horse-lieutenant-colonel-david-atwell-leader-of-the-pack/ 

I grew up in a very tight knit family and I hope we have instilled the same kind of belief systems and values in our son. I thank my husband, David Elliott Atwell, for being a caring and loving soul. Thank you for being my partner in life this time around.  

Familia is the Spanish form of “Family” and it is the choices you make to love and care for certain people who cross paths in your life. This photograph is a representation of Dave, myself and our son. 

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Mom and Son

Mom and Son

Today is a special day in that it is my son’s birthday. I have chosen this photograph of two bison as it represents the Mom who is nearby whereas her son is exploring the world around him. It is representative of me and my son. He is, in fact, a fully grown and a good man but I will always be his Mom. 

Happy Birthday to my son Kyle! 

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Bothered by Burrs

Bothered by Burrs – Photography by Mary Mikawoz
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Bothered by Burrs

I took this close-up photograph of a bison. He is looking intently back at me. I thought the bison was covered in regular grasses from manoeuvring his head in the fields and that is sort of true. On closer examination, there are burrs which stick onto the body, fur and clothes. 

I remember as a little girl running through a relative’s farm fields and being so intrigued by these spikey flowery-things only to be horrified when I touched them and they stuck into my fingers and would not let go. I thought “What are these cruel things that look so fascinating and interesting doing?” The thistle hung on and the more I tried to make it come off, the more it stuck into my skin. 

In this picture, the head of the bison has burrs on it, as well as on its sides. The bisons do sometimes roll around on the ground and get covered in this way. As my husband would say, “It is a Beast of Burr-den.”  

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What Do You Think?

What Do You Think? – Photography by Mary Mikawoz
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What Do You Think?

My photograph is entitled “What Do You Think?” We all have opinions and we are all entitled to diverse options. This bison looks like he is inviting you to talk and have a discussion. He has said his piece and now it is your turn. 

Let’s be civil and kind. Let’s be able to have a discussion by being compassionate and understanding. 

Overall, I love how this bison looks and I am proud of this picture. 

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Boss Man

Boss Man – Photography by Mary Mikawoz
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Boss Man

This is a profile photograph of the head of a male dominant bison of the herd. He is absolutely huge just like a offensive or defensive lineman in football. He is strong and majestic. 

His head is large and his horns are powerful just in case he needs them. 

According to the US Department of the Interioir, “Male bison (called bulls) weigh up to 2,000 pounds and stand 6 feet tall, while females (called cows) weigh up to 1,000 pounds and reach a height of 4-5 feet.” 

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Manitoba Bison

Manitoba Bison – Photography by Mary Mikawoz
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Manitoba Bison

This is a photograph I took of the master bison of the herd. He was definitely the largest and the most dominant. He led the other bison on a rampage towards me as they thought I had food for them. 

This image reminds me of the University of Manitoba Bison symbol and logo. Even though I am alma mater to several Universities and Colleges across Canada, my biggest connection is as alumna to the University of Manitoba. 

I love this bison because he is majestic, strong and perfect. 

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Birds on my Back

Mikawoz Birds on my Back

Birds on my Back

This is a photograph I took of a Bison with 3 little birds on his back. I love the way nature works together to live in harmony. It was taken in the buffalo paddock.

Interesting to note from Quora, “Many birds like to hang around large grazing animals because these animals disturb insects living in the grass, as Bison or Cows move around grazing there’s a good chance of easy pickings for birds that know this. What better place to watch for lunch than on the back of the animal that is stirring the pot!”

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Wild West

Mikawoz Wild West

Wild West

Here is an image of free range buffalo or bison in the Wild West of Canada. They are roaming freely across the grassy foothills of the mountains. It is part of the Bison Paddock Road in Waterton Lakes National Park. I like the way the scenery is composed by nature.

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