Sometimes things just click. Sometimes you need to do a hike up the side of a mountain to an interesting place, lay on the bare ground and get the moment just right for things to work out how you want. Describe the best picture you took in 2021. We had booked a week in the mountains during the lull in the pandemic, checking into a hotel we wouldn’t have sprung for if the borders had been wider open and tourists were filling them for higher prices than we were paying. We spent our days exploring, day trips mostly, driving from short hike trailhead to short hike trailhead, snacking in the car on the way between and keeping the dog calm…

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Three dSLRs Four GoPro action cams. Two tripods. One flash. Nine lenses. A fistful of memory cards. Drawers packed with gadgets, clips, hooks, meters, caps, filters, batteries, microfibre cloths, and a random assortment of other camera accessories. And in 2021 I took a lot of photos like this… on my iPhone. What do you wish you’d done more of this past year? There was a time I would have told you that my dream job was being a photographer. I worked to make money so that I could buy camera equipment and travel. Heck, when I was a teenager I built my own camera. I exposed a roll of film, brought it to the local photo store, told the guys…

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The Canadian prairies have a long and storied history that has been felt through the countless ecosystem changes in flora and fauna, and punctuated by the lives and actions of a handful of various peopled cultures that have lived and settled here for some recent thousands of years. I state it in this particular way to draw attention to the very idea of a nature sanctuary. A nature sanctuary is a space that has been set aside for the specific purpose of drawing a line around a bit of the map and deciding, as much as it is possible, to pause the progression of history or preserve a piece of it. We drove to the nearby Clifford E. Lee Nature…

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Being all-but-stuck in my own backyard for the better part of two weeks during a health crisis has provided me with ample time to enjoy my own small bit of nature. It has also reminded me —what with the bumble bees, wasps, ants, ladybugs, butterflies, spiders, flies, and so on — that there is a lot of critter life to be found in a couple hundred square meters of suburban backyard. Photographing backyard bugs was one of the big — ahem, small — reasons I bought myself a macro lens a decade back and really got into taking pictures of little fauna crawling around the variety of flora I’d nurtured. As of this afternoon the blossoms are just appearing on…

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