Descending from the pass between Falkland towards Chase the late afternoon sun set the river afire
Heading into the sunset
Heading west into Kamloops is this wonderful sight
Fall & rainy days create mystical, saturated images. While on a walk with a good friend and our dogs we found ourselves here today - Nov 2nd.
Living Between the Clouds
On top of the Coquihalla highway you can see some of the most beautiful sights.
This was south of Merritt, BC just before descending into the Nicola Valley and the town of Merritt.
Above the clouds in Merritt
As the sun gets lower on the horizon, the colours and mood change rapidly. This is another image from the same location. The valley was filled with fog as far as you could see in both directions.
Logan Lake in the Fall - Sept 25 '13
Travelling from Merritt to Logan Lake is a series of spectacular sights.
As I was about to enter the town of Logan Lake, these horses against this magnificent backdrop appeared.
Birch Trees at Logan Lake - Sept 25 '13
Between Logan Lake and the highway to Kamloops is this wonderful spot with birch trees set against mountains and endless sky
Exploring North Battleford at 100
Photographs of North Battleford, SK for the centennial - 100th - anniversary by photographer Doug Rarog
One of the iconic features of the City of North Battleford, this photo at dusk of the water tower against the deep blue sky is a striking piece of art.
I love sunrises...the quietness of the early morning and all the thoughts that rush into my head as the sun crests and I begin to think what this glorious day ahead has for me.
The warmth of the sun begins to clear the coolness on my cheeks and scenes like this are magical to me.
Grand Old Home
One of the early grand homes of North Battleford became a fantastic backdrop for the beautiful colours of the flowers just inside the stately wrought iron fence.
The fence is visible in the top and left side framing the entire image.
Steam locomotive 1158 sits inside the Western Development Museum. The bright red weathered wood window frame sitting inside such a powerful collection of steel punctuated with the large numbers on its side captivated me.
I spent almost an entire hour photographing this train. This composition is a wonderful piece of art for a wall.
Interestingly, during our exhibition on the July long weekend in North Battleford, we met a gentleman who's relative was transported to the Atlantic coast to ship off to Europe and the war, and he was on train 1158 during the trip eastward.
Golden Age of Railroading
The steel wheel from train 1158
Painting with Light
We spent close to two hours beside highway 16 looking west.
As the sun made its way down it provided me numerous beautiful images. This was my favourite and most striking.
This to me is everything prairies in the summer: grain fields of deep green, canola fields and the vibrant yellow against a backdrop of blue and those unending skies.
Days of old
I found it intriguing that this equipment used decades ago to till up the grasslands in preparation for domestication and planting are now being taken over by those same grasses.
More equipment that is past it's effectiveness now on display for us to remember.
I imagine that even with all the demands of settling the land and establishing a homestead didn't stop our forebearers from planting and enjoying a beautiful flower garden.
Step back in time
As this tractor meandered by me through this old town in the Western Development Museum I couldn't help but think that this scene probably unfolded at least once before in Saskatchewan.
All the love and care that went into tending the homes of the early settlers tells me that our pride in our homes is not something new.
The Carnegie Library
A beautiful old building in North Battleford's downtown.
Classic grandeur architecture, and the last remaining library in Saskatchewan built by the Carnegie Foundation.
A proud downtown business adorned the outside of their shop providing a beautiful sight as you strolled the streets shopping and visiting
Juhl is a tremendous person, and the love and passion he brought to his bakery was what made the downtown of North Battleford such a vibrant place in its heyday.
His flair and skill as a baker are still there abundantly. One step inside and the aroma draws you in...and that first bite, oh my!
Lynda played her bagpipes for us in their 'Scottish Room'. What a treat!
Her infectious smile, exuberance and overwhelming hospitality made this photo session an absolute joy. I left wondering if she smiles in her sleep.
The beauty and vibrancy of these flowers along the highway, set against the green of a prairie field provided this lovely image.
Even now I can't describe fully all my feelings as I look at this house.
The style of the home, it's setting and walkway to that front door cause me to pause and look at this image for long periods of time.
When I look at it I feel a sense of peace come over me and I can't wait to have it hang on my walls.
Country House in the City
I walked past this house from the direction viewed in the image. I was struck by the beautiful yellow home, but when I turned around for another look I thought I had been transported out to the country.
Storms a comin'
The Saskatchewan Hospital grounds are lovely. The morning of our last day we came back for more photography and the clouds were forming for a rain storm.
The light just prior to storms like this provide incredible photographic opportunities. The way the large wall was being lit, almost by a large spotlight with the combination of the imposing clouds created this magical image.
Living the Dream...
While at Crandleberry's coffee shop I watched this fellow having so much fun interacting with everyone he met, smiling as he worked and just have such an overall wonderful time at his work that I titled this image 'Living the Dream' in all seriousness.
As he stood and pondered with a smile, his workspace created a perfect framing for this portrait.
Every moment spent with Howard was a delight.
Multiple world champion horseshoe player, and a fantastic gentleman. His excitement and passion for his family, his sport and the City of North Battleford were equal.
This lighting is I think my favourite environment to work in.
The time span you have to work in is very limited, but when the setting sun, building light and image composition come together I feel I've created art.
Lights on for you
Another building on the hospital grounds at dusk.
The manicured lawns, and stately trees create a peaceful place for me.
Hiding Behind the Trees
The streaks of light from the setting sun create depth and interest to all that is happening behind this row of trees.
The setting sun provides so many fantastic experiences with light. You can't even begin to anticipate all that will happen.
Light will highlight parts of buildings, or illuminate the interior of a building through the windows and the colours of nature become rich and saturated.
The branches of the tree provided the perfect frame for these two pieces of architecture bringing your attention to them against a rich deep blue sky background.
The skies are so beautiful, and I wonder if God thought they were too beautiful to only be viewed once; so he made the water reflective so we can enjoy the beauty of a sunset twice in one view.
Past & Future of the CNR
The old logo of the CNR atop their historical building, standing proudly behind a modern locomotive demonstrates that the industry that helped build and shape the City of North Battleford is still strong and fueling its future.
Riding on the Steel Rails
These steel rails provided the perfect perspective for the CN locomotive approaching.
I worked for CN as a brakeman during a summer while attending university and college.
Seeing those steps reminded me of those wonderful times, and I thought of how many hundreds of times I would have climbed up or down on steps just like that.
I sat for quite a long time exploring different angles and points of focus until I concentrated on the switch.
Unending Rail Cars
The lens and settings of my camera allowed me to capture this unique image.
Just like my days as a child trying to count the rail cars passing by me, these cars seemed to go on forever.
The weathered steel, white numbers and bright red and yellow of the logo and windows gave me a wonderful piece of art.
There is so much going on, that I continually notice new and interesting items in this image. It was only after a number of viewings that I noticed the reflection of the green grass in the steel of the locomotive.
This steam engine is larger than life to me, and I needed to photograph it in a way where it couldn't be completely contained.
CN Cattle Car
I just loved the angles, colours and how all the elements of this image came together.
I needed to bring different images together to provide a more complete story of this beautiful old train.
A beautiful wall of flowers on a white fence that I found while walking in North Battleford.
The hours I spent strolling the streets was a perfect and peaceful break from the hectic pace we had been keeping trying to capture an entire city in three days.
Steel Wheeled Tractor
This steel wheeled tractor is part of the display at the Western Development Museum
Gears and Steel
Circles upon circles of gears and steel wheels.
To Rome, with Love
On our 20 Anniversary my wife, Deborah, and I decided to take a trip to Italy. We knew this would be an amazing time for us as a couple, both to be together, and experience a world we could not possibly imagine. A world with such a rich history, one that spans many centuries. This trip opened up for me a whole new photographic experience. To be able to touch, hear, smell and see the sights of Italy and then to capture them through the lens of my camera has been like nothing I could have dreamed.
Mornings in Positano
Mornings in Positano for me were times of quiet reflection as I strolled to the beach in the very early hours while my wife slept.
I often started before sunrise, as the city was quiet and often still dark. As I walked slowly and the sun broke forth on the horizon I waited to see what new and exciting things I would see.
This day, I took a different route and approached the boats from a different angle and that was all it took to capture this image.
This photo of the beach at Positano was captured just before sunrise one morning. I worked at this image from many different angles, and had the added complication of only having a 'point & shoot' camera without a tripod.
I found a boat launch I could perch my camera on, and using the timed release I was able to have this stunning image forever.
When I look at this image on my wall I easily become transported back to this morning and everything else I had been thinking about mysteriously disappears as I imaging myself once again sitting on this Italian beach.
This is taken from the inside of the top of the bell tower looking towards the Duomo in Firenze (Florence). The abstract shape is actually the inside of the bell tower and this is the design that creates the opening.
I've called this photo new learnings because as we climbed the bell tower Deb discovered for the first time that I have a fear of heights. We both were able to have a good laugh (me a little after) of how as we realized there was one more flight of stairs to climb my anxiety got worse and worse.
Piazza del Duomo
As we sat at a cafe - paying the 'patio price' for our espresso and desert we had the Duomo in Firenze off to our left and this wonderful sight to our right.
It's no wonder they charge you so much more...it's worth it.
Antica Bottega Toscana
Just a beautiful little shop in Tuscany
Our day at the Vatican was coming to a close and just before we returned to Via Della Conciliazione I spotted this nun deep in thought staring straight ahead at St Peter's Basilica.
All the different elements came together for one of our favourite photos.
For a few years we wanted to keep this one all to ourselves, but have since decided to share it with the world.
Home in Grassina
During my morning walks in Grassina I found this Vespa outside of a front door. The colours of the flowers caused me to pause here for quite a long time.
I deliberately composed this shot to include the flowers in the overhanging baskets.
Arezzo at Lunch
We were in Arezzo looking for a restaurant to have lunch. As we walked along the covered corridor next to the Piazza Grande these two gentlemen were relaxing and enjoying a cigarette and a break.
The perfect framing of the sun through the arches of the corridor, the relaxed composure of the men - one with his foot up on the table - was a photograph I couldn't pass up.
Who Is My Neighbour? (The Good Samaritan)
Luke 10:25...an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus...
v. 29: But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbour?”
This image taken only minutes from St. Peter's Basilica in Rome stopped me literally in my tracks. The solitude of this man amongst the pigeons and litter strewn street captured my eye and my heart. As I captured this moment, I was reminded of those verses in Luke chapter 10.
Young Love in an Old Fashioned Way
Sometimes you have to get older, retire and have the time to spend together to re-capture the love of your youth.
At least that's what I saw when I saw this couple enjoying a glass of wine looking out at the Piazza Grande in Arezzo.
Spiral Staircase - Vatican Museum
This staircase when viewed from above just fascinated and intrigued me.
La vista Mexicano
The culture and friendliness of the Mexican people has always felt comfortable to me. They are a vibrant friendly people full of colour and life. The landscape and architecture are unique and a pleasure to photograph.
Image of the local plants in Mexico
Young Mayan Girl
Selling embroidered handkerchiefs, this young Mayan girl stole our hearts.
A Mexican Sunrise
I captured this image on my last morning in Mexico. I set out with a number of friends and family who wanted to learn some techniques for capturing a sunrise image. Being in the right place, with just the right angle, at just the right time is what pulls this image together.
The colours of Mexico
This unexpected photo was captured by my wife. Our daughter was out enjoying the Mexican sun, sand & surf. She decided to lay close to shore and enjoy both the heat of the sun and coolness of the water as it washed over her.
The Mayan people create many different types of items to sell. The colour combinations as well as various textures result in vibrant photographic prints.