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

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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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Rejuvenation

Mikawoz Rejuvenation

Rejuvenation

I took this on one of my hikes and found beauty in the decaying of trees in the forest. From the old and death, comes rejuvenation and regrowth. It is a positive way of looking at life as we all have seasons that come and go as winter is to spring as to summer and to autumn.

I like the various states the wood is in and also the way the flowers have come to fruition amongst the rotten state of affairs.

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Forest of Birch Trees

Mikawoz Forest of Birch Trees

Forest of Birch Trees

These are beautiful birch trees found in the forests of Elk Island Provincial Park near Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

According to Wikipedia, “Birches have spiritual importance in several religions, both modern and historical. In Celtic cultures, the birch symbolizes growth, renewal, stability, initiation, and adaptability because it is highly adaptive and able to sustain harsh conditions with casual indifference.”

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Double Big Horn Sheep

Mikawoz Double Big Horn Sheep

Double Big Horn Sheep

I really like the way the two Big Horn Sheep are pretty much camouflaged with the brown background. They are stoic even as they sit eloquently on the ground. This was taken at Bearizona Wildlife Park near Flagstaff Arizona where you drive through the Ponderosa Forest.

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Dragonfly on Tree

Mikawoz Dragonfly on Tree

Dragonfly On Tree

This is a beautiful dragonfly on a birch tree. I love dragonflies because they are beautiful as they hover and fly around and they eat mosquitoes too.

According to Wikipedia, “Fossils of very large dragonfly ancestors in the Protodonata are found from 325 million years ago (Mya) in Upper Carboniferous rocks; these had wingspans up to about 750 mm (30 in). There are about 3,000 extant species. Most are tropical, with fewer species in temperate regions. Loss of wetland habitat threatens dragonfly populations around the world.”

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Canadian Icefield

Mikawoz Canadian Icefield

Canadian Icefield

While driving the Icefields Highway between Banff and Jasper, Alberta, I saw this beautiful icefield and needed to capture the image. The forest in the foreground serves as an interesting point to draw your eye back into the icefield itself. I also like the various shades of blue tones.

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ET Face in Tree

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ET Face in Tree

I like to look at things and possibly see things that might be special.  This is a photo of a tree with moss on it.  The part that is interesting to me is that there seems to be a face, an ET face, protruding from the tree.  I see the forehead, eyes, nose, mouth and throat.  Can you see it?

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Lush Green Forest

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Isn’t there something so magical about being in a beautiful forest?  There is such quiet and solitude, such incredible beauty.  I took this photo because of the lush green moss on the trees that enhance the brown bark and fallen leaves.  I look at the photograph and dream of hiking through such beauty.

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