Thursday, 13 July 2017

My Grand Canadian Adventure // Giant Cedars Boardwalk & Athabasca Glacier

From huge teddy bears to breath taking waterfalls, to wild west towns to 500+ year old forests- my travels round Canada couldn't have been more jam packed with dramatic sights and unforgettable experiences and in today's post I'd like to share with you two stand out moments.


Along our journey we made sure to ask the locals for as many recommendations as we could and allowed this insight to lead us to some truly spectacular places (and restaurants!), including the sheer awe-inspiring Giant Cedars Boardwalk Trail. Stepping out away from the crowds and long stretches of open road and into this ancient world was in itself quite surreal. The noise fell away instantly, the temperature was calm and cool and the feeling of being surrounded by these ginormous, age old trees with the gentle stream of sunlight breaking through the canopy was just something else.


This half kilometre of boardwalk lead us into the heart of the forest in Mount Revelstoke and besides offering some killer photographs of its undeniable beauty it also allowed me to take a moment to catch my breath and really step back in order to appreciate my adventure thus far.


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Another highlight of my time spent in Canada, something that even now I can't seem to shake, was walking up a snow ridden mountain foot, with the wind whipping across my face and snow flakes catching in my hair (and almost losing a shoe during the climb), then reaching this view as we stepped towards the Athabasca glacier.


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This prehistoric glacier has been sitting between some of the highest peaks in the Canadian Rockies, including Mount Columbia, Mount Athabasca and Mount Andromeda for thousands of years and despite it's rapid decline (between 10 and 25m each summer), is still the largest glacier in the Rocky Mountains stretching 28 kilometres across.


This treasure is not to be missed when visiting the area and can be reached carefully on foot to a safe observation plateau at the toe of the glacier or can be appreciated from a whole different perspective on one of the ice field bus tours- which may very well be on the list for next time we go!


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It is always tricky to convey scale and vastness in a photograph, much less personal emotion and that special atmosphere you have in the moment but boy is it a treat to look back at these shots and enjoy the memories of such a fantastic trip and to simmer in that wanderlust getting the cogs turning ready for another adventure!

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Vault of Sky // Mood Board Curations

"This place in the psyche, where dreams, stories, poetry, and art meet, constitutes the mysterious habitat of the instinctual or wild nature. In contemporary dreams and poetry and in the older folktales and writings of mystics, the entire milieu of the core is understood as a being with a life of it's own. It is most often symbolised in poetry, painting, dance and dreams as either one of the vast elements such as ocean, vault of sky, loam of earth or as a power within personhood.


Many artists carry their own ideas and matters born of ego to the edge of the core and drop them in, sensing rightfully that they will be returned newly infused or washed with the core's remarkable psychic sense of life. Either way, this causes a sudden and profound awakening, changing or informing of the sense, mood or heart of the human. When one is freshly informed, one's mood is changed. When one's mood is changed, one's heart is changed. 


That is why the images and language that arise from the core are so important." Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D.


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For more visual nourishment click here and here and be sure to pick up a copy of Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D to reconnect with your true essence, to align your priorities and perspective and for some down right insightful lessons. As ever, all original images can be sources right back to the creative hub that is pinterest.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

My Grand Canadian Adventure // Snapshots

Returning to your day job after almost a month on vacation is quite often a bit of a drag, especially for me this time round since the holiday in question was three weeks travelling around Canada- my first time visiting and certainly won't be the last. Nobody is a big fan of getting back into their humble daily routine, setting that dreaded alarm clock and heading back into the world of work (snore), but there is always a saving grace to this period of post holiday humdrum... Checking out, editing and sharing your photographs!


Capturing certain images can stir a feeling within you, it is a visual link leading you right back to that very moment allowing you a tiny window through which you can relive, remember and enjoy over and over again. Believe me when I tell you that three weeks simply wasn't enough time to get under the skin of Canada although I feel that it was a swell beginning to my relationship with the country and by glancing back at the breath taking nature, the sincerest and most welcoming folk, the incredible wildlife and it's heart felt history- I can tell that this is a love affair for the books!


In order to keep this endurable (I mentioned the 4000 somewhat pictures, right?), I've decided to share my photographs in a series of posts, starting with some simple snapshots taken throughout the entirety of the trip, followed by several individual posts featuring more specific places. Settle in for the highlight reel of my journey round Alberta and British Colombia!


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Just flicking back through these pictures makes me want to get planning my next visit, but for now, compiling several blog posts to share with you lovelies will just have to suffice! Stay tuned for further images of Canada's finest scenery; including the Red Rock Canyons, Banff and Jasper National Park, an ancient glacier, historic towns of Greenwood, Rosebud, Fernie and Rossland and more grizzly bear action!!

Monday, 26 June 2017

Hashtag Embrace // Instagram Accounts Currently Loving

As far as weekends go, that was a warm one! Summer is well and truly upon us and I'm feeling more excited than ever about getting outdoors, stretching my legs and soaking up a little of the bright yellow stuff.


For anyone in need of a little ray of light in the form of visual stimulus then dearest friends, look no further. This week's compilation of Instagram goodies will satisfy your creative side, have you reaching for your camera and leave you wanting to dive into your dressing up box followed by a slow, ramble through town capturing every fraction of beauty that jumps out at you along the way.


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Graceful // Feminine // Strength // Storytelling // Emotion // Light // Plentiful // Engaging // Soft

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Rich in colour // Fresh // Contemporary // Youthful style // Homely // Positive perspective // Fun

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Crisp // Muted colour // Worldly // Sculptural composition // Stunning architechture // Design led //

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@memorialstitches

Woven stories // Graphics // Delicate gaze // Hazed and muted // Creative // Gothic //  Heart breaking

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@tinasosna

Natural // Play with light and shadow // Grounded // All embracing // Floral // Unique style

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@atmosphaerisch

High fashion // Collation // Enthusiastic // Colour, texture, shape // Mix of boldness and subtlety

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Get outside this week, my lovelies and blow out those cobwebs, reach for your notepad and pencil and get busting your goals! Hopefully this little dose of 'sharing the love/ Instagram heroes' will add a little extra shine to your day. If you aren't quite satisfied with this humble offering then do head to my previous posts InspiritAdoreSnapshot and Aces to find more fuel for your feed!