Picture of the Week #5

Picture of the Week #5

Hello friends,

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Here is my picture of the week!


In photography class we have been playing around with aperture, ISO and shutter speed. In class I use the little camera they gave me because I already carry around so many bags and things that I don’t want my good one to get knocked around in class. However, now on my own time I love playing around with my camera settings. I use to really just stick to the basic pre made functions. Now I love to explore.

Wednesday morning was the first time I attempted a slow shutter speed water picture. I love how they look and am hoping to improve lots with taking them! Definitely a must for these types of pictures is a tripod!

I was meaning to spend about 20 minutes here and then go to the gym because I had lots to do, but I ended up playing around in Hog’s Back Park for an hour and a half! whoops!

As I improve and learn tricks about this style of photography I will definitely share them with you guys! Have you ever shot in with a slow shutter speed setting? Do you enjoy this style of water pictures or do you prefer to see the individual water droplet movements?

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Until next time,


Lineham Falls Hike & A Surprise | Waterton, AB

Lineham Falls Hike & A Surprise | Waterton, AB

Hello friends,

Todays post will be about the Lineham Falls hike we did in Waterton this summer! Let me just tell you the back story first. We left really early in the morning, since its a 2.5 hour drive to get there, with the intention of doing the Lower Rowe Lake hike which then leads into Upper Rowe Lake. This was a very recommended hike with beautiful and different scenery all throughout it. It was a longer hike for us, about a half day or so, but we were so ready.

So we finally found the trail head, parked, got all ready, and then headed out. Little did we know we were going to run into an obstacle right away…

We were probably 5 minutes into the hike when we ran into these 2 guys sitting by the water. They told us there was a grizzly bear on the trail about a kilometer ahead and that many people were turning around. So we politely said thank you and kept walking a little bit. Not even 3 minutes later we ran into two groups of people coming down and they were all warning us about the grizzly bear. One group even said it followed them down a little bit. So at that point we knew we had to turn around. We were so sad! We were so excited about this hike!



Anyways, so we had to find another hike because we drove all this way to do something not just drive back home! We ended up picking Lineham Falls. I was very flustered at this point because my boyfriend has dragged me out every Sunday the entire summer for hikes and I work 6 days a week so I was always exhausted and never rested. Then he says, “ok babe lets do the hike with the most elevation” …. and I was like nooooooo! So we settled on Lineham Falls. It was not the highest elevation hike but let me tell you something, you go up a pretty steady incline for the first half of the hike! Then it is more mild in elevation and there are more flat areas on the trail.

However, I will tell you one thing about this hike. The trail is very skinny during the intense elevation areas which do not make it any easier! It was also quite difficult to use our hiking poles because the path was so overgrown and skinny they would get all tangled in the vegetation!


But the final result of the hike was totally worth it, because look at that beautiful waterfall! The Lineham Falls are 410 feet tall!






I must say, the scenery along the hike is beautiful . When you look up the hike it says its a moderate difficulty…. maybe this would have been true if the path wasn’t so overgrown? We thought it was definitely harder then moderate! But to each their own.

Definitely the second half of the hike is way better though!



I could not stop staring back at the falls. They were so beautiful up close, but when you initially saw them from far away they were breath taking.


Where the trail ends there is a sign. We saw quite a few people ignore the sign and walk where there was not a path to get closer to the falls. I personally do not like when people do this. There are paths for a reason; these are National Parks we are in. They should be respected and not worn out. But that is just my personal opinion.


And the next picture is the surprise! We saw a little grizzly, probably about 1 or 2 years old, such a little cutie. All the cars were slowing down to see him 🙂



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He looked so happy to be frolicking in the wild flowers along the side of the road. Have you guys ever been this close to a baby grizzly?!

I believe I still have one more post on Waterton, so if you want to stay tuned for next time make sure to subscribe!

Until next time,


Crazy Creek Suspension Bridge | Revelstoke, BC

Crazy Creek Suspension Bridge | Revelstoke, BC

Hello friends,

Today I bring you pictures from the Crazy Creek Suspension Bridge!

While touring around Revelstoke, we stayed at the Crazy Creek Campground. This campground was quite nice, with your own treed in camping spot as well as public hot pools! We definitely took advantage of those! It is just off the Trans-Canada Highway midway between Sicamous and Revelstoke, BC. A well kept campground and a good price as well!

So while staying at this campground we noticed that they had a sign saying suspension bridge. So we went and asked at the front desk, where you check in, and we payed for our ticket that night, planning to go in the morning. This suspension bridge is 240 feet high and is directly in front of some beautiful waterfalls. Once you cross the bridge, there are public washrooms, a little picnic spot, as well as a gift shop with ice cream!

Here are some pictures of it, obviously they don’t compete with actually being there!


The mist from the falls also produces this beautiful rainbow! I couldn’t help but snap a few pics!


A little friend trying to get our ice cream


Another friend…but he found a snack of his own. I don’t think the birds will be too happy!



It took me forever to get this picture because I was waiting for a mom and daughter photoshoot to end!


“Crazy Creek Waterfalls”



View of the Trans-Canada Highway


It’s a very affordable activity to do that is fun for the whole family! Have you been on it?

Until next time,


Up Close and Personal

Up Close and Personal

Hello friends,

One thing that I love about photography is that it is a very broad field. You can take your camera anywhere and get good content…doesn’t matter if you’re in the city or out in the middle of nowhere.

One particular field I would love to improve on is close up shots of animals. The only thing is that it is very hard to get close to animals without spooking them off. Or you just have to lay there and wait for some to walk by.

These are two shots from a hike I did this past summer in Ontario at Bride Veil Falls  (I will have more pictures showing the actual area soon!). The first one I got was the frog. My mom actually spotted it and pointed it out to me so I could get a nice picture of it. The second one is of the squirrel. With this one, I was actually laying on my back on the other side of the trail trying to get a cool picture of the tree roots when a squirrel came and joined me! It was very cool and I got quite a few shots before it ran off.



This just shows that picture opportunities can come at any time so always have your camera!

Until next time,