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Burrowing Owls

Burrowing Owls

When moving into a previously occupied house or apartment, most will take time to spruce it up and make their new dwelling feel like their own. However, not even Martha Stewart is accomplished enough to tackle the challenge of dung-based home decor. Meet the burrowing […]

The Three Amigos And Steve

The Three Amigos And Steve

As the vehicle rumbles across the first of three teeth-rattling Texas gates a small herd of white-tailed deer scatter, bounding effortlessly along the ridge line. A quick stop to survey the land is immediately greeted by a hundred black-tailed prairie dogs playing a massive game […]

Bison bison bison

Bison bison bison

Imagine yourself in Saskatchewan’s beautiful Prince Albert National Park in the middle of winter. The cold crisp air nipping at nose and cheeks. The winter sun low on the horizon, barely peeking above the treeline and providing little radiant heat. The recent snowfall hides the snowshoe tracks of previous outings and provides a ledger for those residing in the park. Bundled thicker than a tobogganing toddler, camera in one hand, binoculars in the other. Snowshoes crunching, six kilometres into the park, when suddenly through the trees in the meadow ahead, the unmistakable brown silhouettes of bison. Up wind and still hidden deep in the tree line, the animals remain relaxed, unaware and continue to graze. Time to purge what’s not needed; snowshoes only inhibit crawling and at this close range binoculars may as well be microscopes. (more…)

It’s Not A Purse Its A Satchel

It’s Not A Purse Its A Satchel

As you join the grocery store checkout queue, patiently waiting for the pensioner to surrender his geriatric cat food coupon, a headline amidst the trashy tabloid rag rack catches your eye: “Ten Items in Every Purse”. The probability that all purses share ten identical items […]

Let Me Tell You About My Boat

Let Me Tell You About My Boat

A few years ago, there was a campaign lead by Tourism Australia, promoting “the best job in the world,” something about being a glamorized janitor on an island in the Great Barrier Reef. I would argue they were completely wrong about it being the best […]

Athabasca Glacier

Athabasca Glacier

A few years ago I overheard a second hand story involving an Inuit whose logic is irrefutable. The story is that of an elder’s argument pertaining to climate change and the impact of scientific exploration. If two equal volumes of ice are placed in water, a solid block of ice will melt more slowly than crushed ice. With this premise in mind, consider the impact of huge Canadian Coast Guard ice breakers traversing the polar ice cap and consider the impact of oceanographic researchers drilling more and more holes in the ice – both increasing overall ice surface area. To argue with this elder’s logic is difficult. Yes, breaking ice into smaller pieces does result in faster melting. However, what has a much greater impact on melting ice is raising the water and air temperature.

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The Badlands

The Badlands

If you know of Dr Alan Grant, you should visit Drumheller, Alberta at least once in your life. In Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park, the fictional badass paleontologist is first introduced digging in the Montana badlands. For those dino-die-hards living in Canada, Montana might be rather […]

Spring

Spring

We’ve been enjoying spring for a few weeks now and in the lower mainland this is reaffirmed by cherry blossoms filling the boulevards as well as dominating every form of social media. However, they’re now so commonplace that even thise with the tightest jeans among […]

Up Close And Behind The Camera

Up Close And Behind The Camera

Over at the ol’ fish bowl the current promotion to entice visitors through the doors is called ‘Up Close’, it’s a chance to see and experience what goes on behind the scenes. One part of this promotion included the rebranding of graphics throughout the many galleries of the Aquarium. The new graphics show visitors what crazy shenanigans take place behind the scenes through captivating and engaging photos. Yes, this sounds like a great idea. Yet, it’s important to consider that most areas of the Aquarium typically unseen by the public aren’t exactly visually pleasing. The brightly lit colourful exhibits that visitors see in the galleries are a stark contrast to the dark cramped hallways overflowing with dripping pipes and wires. (more…)

Bowron Lake Provincial Park

Bowron Lake Provincial Park

Bowron Lake Provincial Park is  one of those hidden gems in our province that the majority of yoga-pant-wearing tribal-band-tattooed weekend warriors have yet to discover. Somehow  it still draws thousands of people every year from all across the world. The park is east of Quesnel, […]