Merry Christmas Eve

Merry Christmas Eve

Hello friends,

I wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas Eve tonight! I hope you are with family and friends tonight and tomorrow making many memories to last a life time.

We all have family troubles, but it is important to remember what the holidays are really about. Spending time with your loved ones no matter how much they may annoy you 😉

Heres a few wintery pictures for you to enjoy! 🙂

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Here is a Christmas craft me and my mom made last year!

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A note a nice neighbour left in the walking trails behind where I live.

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Beautiful frost

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The view I wake up to every morning in the winter time, I absolutely love it here. How frosty the trees get is absolutely stunning. Its worth the -50 weather! Well maybe…

Merry Christmas folks,

xoxo

Northern Albertan Sunrise

Northern Albertan Sunrise

Hello friends,

I am back home now for the holidays. Oh, how I love Christmas time. All the lights and decorations around town and inside the stores; the Christmas carols always playing in the background; the smell of freshly baked goods always filling the house… just brings out happiness everywhere.

This morning I caught the sunrise in my backyard and I quickly grabbed the camera to take a few snapshots before it went away. The colours were so vibrant….just stunning to see against the cold snowfall.

Here is a few pics, sorry if they are blurry….tired morning eyes!

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Merry Christmas Folks

2 weeks between me & christmas

2 weeks between me & christmas

Hello friends,

As you may or may not know, I am a fourth year university student. This means I am very experienced with the whole exam situation and how everyone is in a panic state until its over. At this time of year, there is two weeks between me and my long christmas break. Just two weeks until I am home with my fur babies (my two puppies for those of you who aren’t dog moms) and I can do nothing at all but watch christmas movies, bake, and eat lots of food.

Well, when you put it like that it doesn’t sound so bad! In reality though its two weeks to write four exams as well as a take home exam in my politics course…oh boy should that be fun. These days will go by slower than ever, clock hands barley moving as you stare at your computer hoping to start studying at some point before night rolls around. Every student goes through this. We are all so drained by the end of the semester and it shows.

You can always tell between first year and fourth years because the fourth years just don’t care anymore. Walking around with a coffee at hand, hair in a bun for god knows how many days, and the same sweat suit from the week before. Senioritis is a real thing my friends, look it up.

I just wanted to write this post today because I have not been very active on my blog recently. I still love it though don’t get me wrong. I just find it hard to get inspired for new post content when I am stuck in this same small town while my amazing camera is across the country in another province. Here in the East coast, they don’t get snow like Alberta does. The trees are barren and there is more rain then anything at this time of year. It is cold yet no snow…kind of makes me depressed which is why these last two weeks are so long.

I cannot wait to be back home in the snow. In the real winter… the true Northern winters of Canada. So many pictures to be taken and posts to be written…sooo get ready for the christmas posts guys!

Anyways, I should really stop procrastinating and get back to studying … whoops! So here is a really cute picture of my puppies to end this random rambly post 🙂

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Until next time,

xoxo

After the Fall

After the Fall

What is all the hype about? The hype about fall. What happens when fall ends…

Today I went out and walked around my universities botanical gardens and took a few photos. These photos did not capture the colourful fall photos everyone boasts about (including myself), they captured the aftermath if you will.

Where I live, the days are always cloudy this time of year and it is a miracle if we get a day of sunshine. Lots and lots of rain….it is raining as I type this. So why does everyone get hyped up about fall? No one thinks about what comes after…the barren trees and cold weather. Not cold enough so a nice fresh white coat covers the ground but cold enough to keep it rainy and dreary out.

Most people are not a fan of this weather, myself included, however I do find the beauty in nature at all times of the year. Whether the land is barren or flourishing with life, it is beautiful. My walk this morning inspired these photos. Hope you enjoy them and can realize that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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Until next time,

xoxo

Spanish Marina, ON Canada

Spanish Marina, ON Canada

Hello friends,

I grew up an Albertan girl and Alberta will always be home in my heart. My parents both grew up in Ontario though, so we would go back ‘home’ every summer for July and August to spend it with our relatives. When I was a kid I never wanted to be from the town I was born in, weird I know. Its because everyone else was from a different town and I almost felt boring living in the same town I was born in I guess…kids are weird. Now I embrace it though!

Anyways, back to the meaning of this blog post. When we visited Ontario every summer the Spanish Marina was only a 20 minute drive from our camp in a little small town with only one stop light and no grocery store. We use to go to the marina in Spanish and eat breakfast and then walk up the massive stair case to see the big windmill, which is now out of service (sadly). We thought it was the coolest thing ever and I still do. I love walking up and down the docks looking at all the amazing boats people have there. Lots of large sail boats that had the coolest names printed on the back.

I just wanted to share a few pictures from this marina because it is the only real marina I have been too and I know its small, but to childhood me it was ‘the shit’ haha

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This first picture is my favourite. It was taken when I was just starting out with my new ‘fancy’ camera. I loved the boats and how their reflections showed in the calm water.

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This is taken from the first stair case on the way to the big windmill.

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At the top of the big hike up the millions of stairs! Such a beautiful day at the entrance to Lake Huron.

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The waters were so so calm on this day. That is when you know it is the perfect day to go out into the big water (Lake Huron), as we use to call it when I was a kid….who am I kidding, we still call it that! I love every moment out on these waters. I have been going out on them since I was a young duckling and I hope to carry this tradition on when I have kids too… in many many years though!

Hope you guys enjoyed this post and the few pictures; they really do this place no justice. It is beautiful and hopefully us humans keep it that way. I really suggest visiting any of the great lakes because they are truly a wonder of the world. People from everywhere come here and I use to always take it for granted having them a 20 minute boat ride from my camps dock.

Until next time,

xoxo

Fall in the Annapolis Valley

Fall in the Annapolis Valley

Hello friends,

Sorry its been a while since i’ve written, the last few weeks of school have been insane! I am happy to say that my ‘hell weeks’ are almost over with though, with next week being the last of them … well one can hope. Anyways that is not what I wanted to write about today.

As you may or may not know, depending where you are in the world, fall has arrived in North America. I absolutely love fall time… although I say that whenever a new season begins. Fall has become a trendy time of year with everything from pumpkin spice to warm cozy sweaters to chunky blanket scarfs. And I am not opposed to any of these things.. I love them all. But, one of my favourite things about fall is all the colours of the leaves, so stunning! Growing up in northern Alberta I had falls with basically only yellow colours. The falls there are also really short, so all the leaves change to yellow then fall off and boom you have a few feet of snow on the ground.

Don’t get me wrong, I am a winter girl and I love snow, but I also like longer fall seasons which the Annapolis Valley has! Nova Scotia falls are so beautiful. They get all the colours of fall that you expect like red and orange…..obsessed. This is such a beautiful place to see at anytime of year, but the falls here will blow you away. They also have really cool pumpkin patches everywhere and corn mazes. I love how the valley really transitions into this season and how they have so many decorative and festive layouts all over.

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Old train tracks that use to be used to transport goods, but have been out of service for quite sometime as you can tell!

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Beautiful red vines on a chain link fence… bet you couldn’t tell this was a fence!

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Red vines growing over small shrubs and trees. Looks beautiful as they intertwine with the green and yellow leaves.

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What you see as you walk along the dykes lining the Bay of Fundy.

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View from the balcony of my apartment… love waking up to this every morning.

I highly recommend coming to visit Nova Scotia if you haven’t been here yet. Its a small province, all you need is a few days to tour around and sight see. Trust me, you won’t regret it!

Till next time, xoxo

The Bay of Fundy, NS Canada

The Bay of Fundy, NS Canada

Hello friends,

I am currently in my fourth year of university and have lived in the same small town throughout these years. I am one of those people who wanted to spread their wings and fly if you know what I mean. Most of the people I graduated high school with went to school in the same province or one province over….while I literally went to the other side of Canada. I get asked the question “Why did you want to go there?” so often its not even funny. My answer: I want to see the world. I know I am still in Canada, but growing up and living in the same town in Northern Alberta my whole life got a little boring. I want to explore the world and see/experience everything I can. In future posts I will be talking about places I would like to go…so leave any suggestions below!

Anyways back to the post … I have learnt a lot about the Bay of Fundy while being here and living literally right next to it. My current apartment balcony overlooks the bay and I absolutely love this! It means that I get to watch the amazing tides come in and out and also the absolutely stunning sunrises and sunsets. Not sure if you knew this, but the Bay of Fundy has the highest tides in the World. They occur twice daily and move 160 billion tonnes of seawater in and out each time!

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Random place to sit along the dikes.

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Sunrise in fall. This was just after 7 am and the colours were absolutely stunning. I had to run and grab my phone quick! The intense colours of the sunrises and sunsets here do not last long!

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This is a sunset taken in winter. I always wondered what would happen to the tidal movements when winter came, but obviously this water moves too much to freeze!

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Late night walk along the dikes. During high tide the brackish waters cover the vegetation!

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Sunset walk in the fall. Love how the light literally lights up the grass.

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By the way, sorry for the worse quality pictures they were all taken on my phone!

One of the down faults of living on the bay is the weather…it can get pretty yucky. Living in a costal environment means that there are periods where the sun barley shines. I absolutely hate this! Where I grew up its sunny a lot..even in the long, cold winters. So, living in a place where the sun disappears for bits of time actually effects my mood. I get sad and unmotivated during these times and I don’t enjoy feeling like that. So its safe to say I won’t be living in a coastal climate when I settle down!

Here is a link where you can learn about the Bay of Fundy tides! Click me!

Until next time, xoxo

Natural Bridge & Emerald Lake, BC

Natural Bridge & Emerald Lake, BC

Hello friends,

I told you that I would post some pictures from the other half of my hiking trip this summer so, as promised, here they are. As you can probably guess from the title we ended up doing the second part of our trip in British Columbia! Now, we did not go very far into BC, but what we did see was absolutely stunning! Our main destination was Emerald Lake, but on the way there we pulled over at the Natural Bridge. Now, let me tell you… if you ever want to be blown away by the beauty of nature you must go there! It is absolutely gorgeous!

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Uhm yeah this is a real place… hard to believe I know. The water is exactly the colour in the pictures, just mind blowing!

So once we admired that beautiful slice of heaven for a while, we continued down the little dirt road until we hit our destination. Emerald Lake. Oh my god you guys, I could not even keep my jaw shut when we pulled up… my boyfriend was actually laughing at my reaction. Literally a jaw dropping experience.

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This is what you see when you get there, yup GORGEOUS! No vehicles are allowed to cross this bridge except one van you can take to bring your luggage across. And let me tell you this makes it such a peaceful and quiet place. There is also no cell service, just internet in the main lodge, so if you really want a get away, this is it.

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This was the view that we got to look at from the outdoor hot tub. We took advantage of this hot tub every single night after we ate amazing food at their restaurant. We would fill up on an appetizer, main dish and then desert … yup desert was always in the question, and then we would sit in the tub and soak up this stunning view. Usually there was no one else in there which was very nice 😉

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This has to be my favourite picture from our entire trip. The water was so still the morning I took this and the reflection was just amazing. This was taken off a little dock they have once you cross the bridge. We also use to come here, sit down and just admire the beauty in front of us.

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On our last full day there we went for a pretty intense hike. For not being experienced hikers we did pretty darn good. This was the view of Emerald Lake we had when we were about 2/3 of the way up. Every so often we would just stop and look around us at the beauty of nature. Definitely worth the workout to get up here if you ask me.

I would definitely check out Emerald Lake Lodge if you are into the outdoors and being away from society and social media for a bit. It is truly an amazing experience.

Till next time, xoxo

Banff, AB Canada

Banff, AB Canada

Hello friends,

Today I thought I would share a part of a trip I went on this summer. My boyfriend and I went to Banff after we finished our third year of university as a little get away and time to refuel ourselves so we could work all summer…woohoo perks of trying to save up money for school. Anyways, this trip was amazing and was filled with many adventures and great memories. So, I would like to share a few pictures from the Banff portion of the trip today.

I truly love photography and nature. Going on trips and having my camera with me make me so unbelievably happy its ridiculous. Hope you guys enjoy these few pictures and my next post will contain some pictures from the other half of the trip… but you will have to wait and see where that was! 😉

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Downtown Banff. We went and got ice cream at Cow’s (it’s a must try) and they had horses outside! So cute!
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View from a hike we went on in the surrounding Banff areas.
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Johnson Canyon hike.
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One of the look off points for the hike to the Hoodoos.
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Hoodoos! We made it!
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The highest look off point on the hike to the Hoodoos.

 

Till next time, xoxo