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Summer Wanderlust, part 1

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Kananaskis Trip

The summer had an early start with many places on a list to visit, things to do, roads to drive and people to meet.

The first intense experience was camping in the wild back country and is always the hardest (for me, anyway) dealing
with all of nature’s inhabitants big and small is always a challenge I have yet to succeed at. Bugs and critters alike
look terrifying no matter how much I tell myself that I’m bigger and more deadly than them. I sprayed myself countless
times with repellent to the point that my skin was getting itchy and red from the high dose of deet. Every little task
seemed like a huge ordeal I had to go through, there were no five minutes I wasn’t swatting or squishing bugs on my arms
and legs. The buzzing from horse flies and wasps was getting on my nerves and at some point I sobbed silently in our tent
hoping that every fly out there would just go away and I could enjoy a few minutes with everything else in nature I actually
liked. I kept telling myself that if it was easy, everyone could do it but in the end I succumbed again and again to the
constant buzzing and biting. We left a day earlier hoping to catch some breath and getting a quiet time at home. So once
again, it seemed that nature had won. Nature 1 – Faby 0


Kirk making some kindling to start a fire for food and to keep bugs away

Our upgraded tent for two. No more stepping on each other’s faces while contorting and trying to get out.

In the most Canadian fashion, socks and sandals

Cooking dinner on the fire. Steak wrapped in bacon

The next morning, first fire to smoke out the flies and mosquitoes.
Our clothes still smell like camp fire even after a couple of washes

Things I’ll never eat together: Celery sticks with peanut butter, one of Kirk’s favourite snacks

Shuswap Trip

The next road trip adventure was longer and more civilized. We travelled through many roads to a cottage by a lake. The towns were hot, the people were happy, there was local fresh fruit in every corner and tall forest trees of all types wrapped around us wherever we went. From our window I could see the sun glimmering on the blue lake in the mornings. The smell of fresh coffee and toasted bread would usually wake us up and we talked about the places we would go for the day.

We travelled to towns close by looking for different places we had never seen. We ate at small local dinners and tea shops, we would peruse through antique shops and farms. Our time was spent eating delicious local food or by a lake smelling the fresh water and getting our skin tanned in the sun or with family enjoying a quiet meal and warm pies.

On some days we would walk to places we saw from the road exploring new paths and views. The vastness of forests and distances made me feel like the tiniest living thing. Every day we would travel 15km just to get onto a highway. The windy road to and from the cottage was in itself a trip filled with beautiful houses and boats by the lake. Hidden roads would suddenly appear at a sharp curve that lead further up or further down into dark forests. My adventurous self wanted to explore all those roads but I knew our little car couldn’t handle so much peril.

The newest member of the Werklund family: baby Miranda

Walking around the docks in Sicamous, BC.
Bridge in the background moves to let boats through or trains

Inverted trees as decoration

I saw huge cobwebs everywhere.
Kirk says they’re caterpillar nests, I say they are the nests of giant, hairy, spiders

Main street in Sicamous. Not very many people. Everyone seemed to be on a boat.

Baby holstein near Sicamous at a dutch farm. They had delicious home-made ice cream

A storm approaches as we have dinner and watch over the balcony. Surreal feeling as the sun shines through.
It seemed like a veil had just suddenly covered half of the lake that’s normally visible from our side.

family & friends dinners

Miranda bounced from arms to arms to whoever wanted to carry her.
I resisted a fair bit as I’m scared of dropping babies. She seemed so very fragile.

reading in the sun

entertainment for the baby

We liked seating by the window because that’s where the WiFi spot was better

Lake critters

Enjoying a couple of hours by the warm-ish lake

The sun hit hard on my skin. I’m now the colour of oak

little Evan

Lake scuba!

Miranda’s favourite past time: Feeding.

…and watching her older cousins make faces at her

the beginning of a path around a lavender farm in Kelowna, BC

Kirk enjoying some shade on a chair conveniently located under a tree

Farm art

A rare picture of me.
I have a nervous smile here. I was in the middle of flowers that were infested with bees

Walking through patches of the most beautiful flowers

Hedge maze

a lavender crown adorning the farm’s kitchen window

Lavender-lemon loaf topped with lavender wipped cream and freshly picked blue-berries

Lavender buttermilk scone with lavender jelly and lavender butter.
These guys weren’t kidding when they say everything has lavender

Rolling hills at night in Winfield, BC

A barn store in the outskirts of Salmon Arm

We made a friend and made me miss the one back home

a beautiful flower hotel in Enderby.
This is going to be the next place I stay in when I’m in the area

Bird house spies on you

a loverrrly tea house with different cups on each saucer that the owner has been collecting over the years

Miss Molly

Miranda enjoying a bit of sun on the beach

Not much to do on a beach but laying around a whole bunch

Mike and Miranda

George and Molly

Krysten and Kirk

Awesome light filtering through in a dark forest

The creek falling onto itself is quite the sight

mossy green is my new favourite colour

never miss an opportunity to read some ebook on your phone

The moon, shuswap lake and a golden reflection of salmon arm

finding our way back.
as it got darker it was more appealing trying to catch what my eyes saw and not what the camera wanted to expose

the weeping willow. A giant tree we passed every single day.
On the last day we finally made time to stop to take in its greatness.
it was the perfect tree

pretty warm night for August

a clear night with the moon reflecting on the lake

a reflection of the cabin and my shadow obscuring the window for the moon light to pass through

Road Trip to Waterton, Part 2

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In Waterton taking in the beautiful scenery

Prince of Wales hotel sits atop a small hill surrounded by water, mountains and immense skies

Iryna took a few pictures of us together which is a rare sighting on my blog given that I’m always behind the lens

Perfect lighting!

I love seeing small quirky details

Lovely candy shop

Playing meta-photographer

On our way back, Iryna having fun in the back seat

A moose jumped out from the bush and we had to stop abruptly. Luckily we weren’t going too fast, otherwise it would’ve been a closer encounter

The beautiful landscape on the way back home

We saw hundreds and hundreds of wind turbines. they have forever changed the landscape.

Road Trip to Waterton, Part 1

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Breakfast at a lovely old barn in Turner Valley

A cute restaurant’s side decoration, Black Diamond

Iryna playing with one of my cameras

Found a huge thrift store full of old things

Hotel in Longview, AB

Longview was one of my favourite small towns on this trip, their stores were incredibly quirky

Iryna and I waiting outside of the largest beef jerky store. The smell was a bit much.

On the road to Waterton, AB.


Written by Faby

July 24th, 2012 at 10:38 pm

My life in 2011

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This was one of the best years of my life. I did many things, travelled many places, met awesome people, spent whole days and nights planning, dreaming, star-gazing, laughing and loving. Looking back at photos from the year, I’m amazed at how many different things I got to experience. I feel extremely lucky and loved.

Snowblower makes people dance at -30C in Olympic Plaza

February 2011: Visited East Village for the first time

I met Oscar Lopez, the musician.

Dom Perignon party at 100 Wines with many Artists/Celebrities I didn’t know.

Tessa does her Trek for Tourette to help raise funds for research and support.

I go snow shoeing to Roger’s Pass in BC and get to live in a cabin with no electricity or running water for a couple of days

REAL social interaction. No phones. No music. No TV = bliss.

I meet interesting people!

I have my first gallery show for PARK’s Fashion Mixer. Vicky, Myself and Iryna got together to create the photo in the background.

Emily from Boyhood Uniformity interviews and films me for her blog

We go to Kelowna and the Okanagan to enjoy more summer

I find interesting places in Kelowna

Ultra-conservative places

Road of blue conservative signs

We visit an old cabin and school

And Kelowna’s own Zen Garden

We have breakfast in a funky place where they provide toys

We drive by 3 Valley Gap unique landscape

I document Ian Harding’s shoot with Sophia Models

Vicky burns her first BBQ burger of the summer

Cousins at ACAD looking at exhibits

Kirk and I travel to Vulcan, AB for Spock Days

Cousins have a birthday

Photo walk through East Village with Ian and David

July’s full moon

Toaster pets his dog at the first Protospace BBQ in Edworthy Park

The two Bens have a complex discussion about stuff

Kirk gets a hat at the Fringe Festival

Things get weid at the Fringe Festival

August 2011. We go camping at Kananaskis Upper Lake, The point.

I do a few long exposures for the meteor shower but don’t catch any meteors

We make a LOT of s’mores.

Kirk becomes a lumberjack

People get ingenious with improvising furniture

We walk back to civilization and spot a little Inukshuk

We travel to Vancouver, BC. Land of the crazies and the funkies.

Night life is vibrant

Wedding photographer gets photo bombed by guy in underwear.

Everything is green, warm and the parks smell of fresh cut grass and rain

We eat Japanese food

We see balancing rocks that seem impossible

We go to the Capilano Suspension Bridge and get soaked

We drive back to Salmon Arm, lay down on fresh grass and star gaze looking for meteors.
I see the milky way with my bare eyes for the first time in my life

The town of Salmon Arm shines and reflects in the lake at night

I take long exposures and think of distant planets while I wait for my camera’s aperture to close

We go explore, jump on logs, water and feel the sun warming our skin

Kirk jumps from log to log with ease while I observe from a safe distance

Kirk takes me for a ride on the sea-doo for the first time. I feel safer on the dock taking photos.

We go camping to Jasper, AB. Last camping of the summer.

I get my photo taken with the Inukshuks

Protospace has a BBQ at Solarbotics. We make little robots with their laser cutter.

We etch androids on our android phones

There is no free cake

We go fishing with friends at Ghost Lake, AB.

They don’t catch a fish but we have a good time and enjoy the last days of summer

Toaster makes a mouse trap

Protospace gets a new home!

December 2011: We build a Tesseract for the Christmas Tree in East Village

We spend many nights and days working on it and manage to finish it in a week.

We go to Edmonton. Kirk finds cacti fascinating at the Muttart Conservatory

The Werklunds reunite for Christmas

I went through thousands of photos and selected the ones that I find most memorable. I didn’t include any photos from photo shoots because it would’ve made this post twice as long, but those were also a huge part of my life. I got to work with so many awesome people and got to shoot and do things that fulfilled me. I look back at the year and I feel very happy to have lived so many beautiful moments. I can’t wait to see what 2012 will bring!

Autum Road Trip

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September 2010, small road trip through the mountains and prairies of beautiful Alberta with Oscar Lopez and the dog.

Good times. Fun times. Nostalgic times.

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sun walks

small nature

country life










Written by Faby

November 4th, 2010 at 2:18 am