Picture of the Week #8

Picture of the Week #8

Hello friends,

If you didn’t know I had a facebook page where I share pictures and links to my blog anytime I a new post goes up! You can click the link to like and follow the page if you want! 🙂 https://www.facebook.com/phoenixraayphotography/ 

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Here is my picture of the week!


We have recently gotten our first little snow fall in Ottawa, ON, but I did not get any pictures of it so I thought I would bring back an old picture with a bit of snow! I love the first snow fall, it gets me all excited for winter! And with winter comes Christmas! haha I know its early, but its the best time of the year!

Have you gotten your first snowfall yet where you live?

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Until next time,


My 2017

My 2017

Hello friends,

Todays post will be a summary of my 2017 year! Boy oh boy was it an adventure.

From January – April I was finishing up my Bachelors degree and I remember thinking how quick those months flew by. Now looking back on it, I wish they would have slowed down a bit. For those of you who don’t know, I went to Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. It is absolutely gorgeous there so I suggest you pop over to the east coast of Canada if you ever get a chance. Now don’t get me wrong, I was not a huge fan of the gloomy/rainy days, but every place has their beauty.

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So once I finished my last exam ever in April, I flew home back to Fort McMurray Alberta. I was there for a few weeks and then my parents and I flew back to Nova Scotia for my graduation. We went about a week early so we could tour around and explore every little corner of this province. It was well worth it. However, my boyfriend did the same thing with his mom and sister and they went to like all the places we did in 2 days! haha like what!

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Anyways, graduation was great. It is such a feeling of accomplishment, especially because all of the hard work you did for the last 4 years has payed off. My parents were so cute at graduation too, it was my moms mothers day gift to watch me graduate…kind of cute how it worked out.

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So when it was all said and done we flew back home to Alberta. Then my boyfriend and I went on our graduation trip! We had just moved to Calgary, Alberta Canada and wanted to explore everywhere. So we drove to Jasper, stopped in Emerald Lake, Golden, Revelstoke, Radium, Kelowna, and oh my gosh so much more! It was a trip and a half let me tell you. We did so much that instead of being rested after (like you should be after a vacation) we were exhausted! I have so many blog posts up from this trip so feel free to browse around my blog if you want to see more pics from that trip!


Now back in Calgary, my boyfriend started his internship for the month of June while I job hunted. I have a degree in Environmental Science however, it is hard to get a entry level job in that field! So I ended up applying to an Anytime Fitness by where we live and I got hired and am still there today. I definitely feel grateful to have gotten that job. The people there are great and I can for sure say my personality has grown since I have started there.

In August I got a second job in retail at a store called Atmosphere. I did this job weekday mornings, while I worked at the gym in the evenings. It was a very exhausting 4 months, but I had to do it. In the new year I will only be working at the gym full-time, which will be a lot better! haha

So the last few months of 2017 have been busy, stressful, but also great because I know that whatever I set my mind to do I can achieve. I was working 58 hours a week plus uploading 2 blog posts and doing all my other adult responsibilities…and sure I was tired but I got it done. So I am so excited to see what 2018 will bring with this blog when I don’t have to work so much. I can really dedicate more time to it.

I have something very exciting coming up in the new year that I will fill you guys in on later. It will benefit my blog greatly.

Now to wrap up 2017!

I hope all of you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Until next time,


Beautiful Lakes of Jasper

Beautiful Lakes of Jasper

Hello friends,

Today I bring you pictures from Jasper National Park in Canada! If you have not been to Canada, let alone their national parks, I really urge you to go explore them! Even if you are not an outdoorsy person, the sights to see are still beautiful and some of the main tourist attractions are easy to get to by vehicle!

The main national parks  in Alberta that people visit are Banff and Jasper. They are very well known for their beautiful rocky mountains and delicious chocolate stores. The busy one of the two is Banff by far. If you are looking for a touristy place to visit with lots of incredible scenery and cool stores then that is the palace for you!

However, if you are looking for good hikes and wildlife with fewer tourists around, then hit up Jasper. Banff has good wildlife and hikes too but there is a million tourists there during the summer months (peak tourist season).

In Jasper, there are two lakes very close to each other, Pyramid and Patricia Lake, where you can do an hour walk around them. Pretty flat walk on a paved trail so it is nice and easy! The scenery that you see is beautiful, and the lakes actually have beaches too if you want to bring your bathing suit to tan because the glacial water may be a bit chilly!

Hope you enjoy the photos, and let me know if you have been to either of these lakes in Jasper down below!











Until next time,


Sheep River Provincial Park – Kananaskis Country

Sheep River Provincial Park – Kananaskis Country

Hello again,

My boyfriend and I have recently moved to Calgary; and with moving to a new city, especially the size of this one, there is lots of exploring to do. A little ways out of Calgary, probably less then an hour, is a beautiful little provincial park you can go to. I went there roughly the middle of May and it is amazing.

You get everything from mountains, to valleys, rivers and trees, and lots of wildlife. I was so taken away by how many deer I saw, and that is saying a lot because where I grew up there were deer in my backyard all the time!





If you live in the area, or are even just stopping by for a visit, Sheep River Provincial Park is a good place to take a little trip out to, especially if you want to be guaranteed to see wildlife!



I love living close to the mountains! I don’t think I will ever get tired of admiring them!


Cloudy skies and valley just complement each other so nicely.


Have you been there before? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,


Hello Again…

Hello Again…

Hi friends,

I know, its been a while since I have posted. To be honest I lost motivation with this blog, as well as ran out of new pictures to post or ideas to write about.

I always wanted to have a successful blog when I was younger, I thought it was so cool. I would google recipes or places to go and I would find these amazing posts and such beautiful pictures. That is what I aspire to have on this page for you. My little corner of the internet.

Anyways, let me catch you up. I have recently graduated from my four year bachelors degree and moved to a different city. In a few days I will be going on a almost two week trip throughout the rockies of Alberta and British Columbia, Canada. I could not be more excited.

From flying back East to graduate, I took a lot of photos and those will be posted shortly along with many others to come. My goal is to write one post a week, whether it includes pictures or not, maybe a recipe or maybe just some random topic I feel passionate about. I will hopefully choose a day of the week to be consistently posting so you will know when to check your inbox for a notification 🙂

Well, I believe that is all I have to say for now.

Until next time,


Snow covered trees | Banff

Snow covered trees | Banff

Hello friends,

Ever since I can remember I have always had an obsession with snow covered trees. It wasn’t until I moved away from my hometown that I realized the snow doesn’t stay on trees everywhere and that I was actually quite lucky to be able to grow up with snow covered forests in the winter.

Here are a few pictures of snowy trees in the high mountains of Banff Canada.





Until next time,


Banff Gondola Ride | Part 2

Banff Gondola Ride | Part 2

Hello friends,

Here are some of the millions (slight exaggeration…) of pictures I took while we were at the top of the Banff Gondola! These were taken from the top of the main building and all along the boardwalk. Hope you enjoy them!






That is downtown Banff that you are seeing!






The snow was blowing while I was taking these pictures, hard to get a clear one!




Which one is your favourite?

Until next time,


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!




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.


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.


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 😉


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.


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! 😉

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


Till next time, xoxo