Lorna Lillo Photography: Blog http://lornalillophotography.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Lorna Lillo Photography lorna.lillo@gmail.com (Lorna Lillo Photography) Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:04:00 GMT Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:04:00 GMT http://lornalillophotography.zenfolio.com/img/s3/v38/u1048052781-o217616001-50.jpg Lorna Lillo Photography: Blog http://lornalillophotography.zenfolio.com/blog 68 120 Love Stories Project - Over 70 Years of Marriage http://lornalillophotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/love-stories-project---over-70-years-of-marriage Jack and Copie were married July 18, 1946. Their 71st anniversary is approaching fast and I'm so thrilled and honoured they agreed to participate in this project.

They met during their high school years at Provost. Jack says Copie left a big impression on him the first time she pitched a softball at him. It was so fast and hard that he felt the sting right through his glove! She was not a typical girl then and from what I know of her, she is still an exceptional and unique woman. After completing school, Jack signed up to serve in the Navy during World War II and Copie became a teacher in Barrhead. Despite the distance between them, their friendship blossomed into love. Jack headed back to see her every chance he had. On one such leave, he presented her with an engagement ring (it was way too big but wrapping string around it prevented it from falling off). Both of them remember with extreme clarity the war ending on May 6, 1945 but it was another 10 months before Jack was discharged from the armed forces. In July 1946 they were married and a year later their first child arrived. They have three sons and a daughter who bring them much joy. They are always grateful for the conversations and visits with their children and their grandchildren.

Jack (age 94) Copie (age 97)

During their marriage they found common ground enjoying both Square and Ballroom Dancing. They remember people stopped to watch them as they moved in perfect harmony. Jack reminisced about the Viennese Waltz and then out of the corner of my eye I saw Copie grinning, "We also really had fun doing the 'Jitter Bug'." she interjected. Their faith and church is an important component of their lives. I could tell from talking with them that their faith journey, even now, is a work in progress learning, growing and developing new ideas as the world changes. They were founding members of Kirk United Church in Dovercourt and being great organizers tackled some challenging events while serving on the board and various committees. They also created some cherished memories with family and friends at their lake lot nestled among the trees. Then there are the overseas trips, journeys to Israel, Greece, Egypt, Norway, Spain, Portugal to name a few and a wonderful vacation in the Maritimes. These things make for a rich life well lived.

I asked them what was the key to having such a long marriage?

Jack and Copie Married in 1946 approaching their 71st anniversary July 18, 2017

Their reply: Forgiveness, acceptance, and family. Copie remarked "you forgive as much for yourself as for the other person". Over the years they discovered they were actually very different from one another but with respect they worked through those differences and knew they could always rely on each other no matter what. During the times married life was hard they said they stayed together partly because of their grandchildren and partly because they had so much history together, they knew they didn't want to give up but rather find a way forward, together. When I asked Copie what their differences were she thought for a moment and then with a shrug she laughed and said, "I really can't remember anymore." Jack, his eyes filled with love and fighting back tears, finally moved his gaze from his wife of 71 years to look at me, I asked was there anything else they wanted to say about their marriage? With deep emotion he spoke. "I've never loved her more than I do today." Jack and Copie Jack and Copie gave me a card with poetry by Barbara Cage which they felt summed up their own feelings about marriage. Due to copyright I cannot share the entire poem but in summary:

"Marriage Is...

Commitment, Loyalty, Hard Work, Listening, Compromise, Respect, Learning from Mistakes, Acceptance of the Other's Faults, Willingly Adjusting Behaviours that need to be Changed, Patience, Forgiveness.

Marriage is unconditional love at its most understanding and vulnerable - love that supports, comforts, and is determined to triumph over every challenge and adversity.

Marriage is a partnership of two unique people who bring out the very best in each other and who know that even though they are wonderful as individuals... they are even better together."

Note: For many years Copie was my go to whenever I needed a proof reader or editor. She was an avid reader and I depended on her immense knowledge of grammar and spelling to correct mistakes in newsletters and long annual reports. I cannot imagine how she dealt with losing her eyesight during the past years but I have never heard her complain and she amazes me with her determination to remain as independent as possible. I count both Jack and Copie as dear friends and thank them both for sharing their story in this Love Stories Project.

 

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lorna.lillo@gmail.com (Lorna Lillo Photography) edmonton lifestyle location photography portrait http://lornalillophotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/love-stories-project---over-70-years-of-marriage Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:03:46 GMT
Blossoms and Bags - Basically Babies Mother's Day Luncheon http://lornalillophotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/blossoms-and-bags---basically-babies-mothers-day-luncheon Last Saturday, I spent the morning photographing the annual Basically Babies Mother's Day Luncheon. The organization is a registered charity that works to provide for the basic outfitting needs of newborn babies born to families in extreme need in the greater Edmonton area. They offer the gift of a complete first year’s wardrobe for these infants in the form of a beautiful color-coordinated basket filled with clothing, outerwear, blankets, toys, storybooks, sleepers, undershirts, footwear and other baby essentials. I have visited their warehouse and it is a well run operation from intake to delivery. During the Fort McMurray fire they provided emergency layettes for families. It's a terrific cause so I was pleased to extend my services and capture the event for them.

If you know anyone with gently used baby clothes or would like more information on ways to support them please call their office (780-989-0180) or check out their website.

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lorna.lillo@gmail.com (Lorna Lillo Photography) Lifestyle Mother's Day Photography Sherwood Park events luncheon http://lornalillophotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/blossoms-and-bags---basically-babies-mothers-day-luncheon Wed, 17 May 2017 01:46:13 GMT
Love Stories Project - Jennifer http://lornalillophotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/love-story---jennifer Love comes in many forms. To love is part of our humanity. Being open to love takes trust, exposing our vulnerabilities, giving of ourselves, wanting the best for others. The "Love Stories" so far have been about families - parents, children, grandparents but today's story comes from Jennifer, a single woman who shares a slightly different perspective. Thank you Jennifer for sharing your story and participating in this project.

What is love to me? Accepting others as they are, showing kindness and respect and trying to understand the differences between individuals. Learning and growing by knowing each other and giving joy and support to each other.Love Story Project

Jennifer:

I see these other folks that generously told their beautiful stories about their families and their partners for this project and that is love we can admire.

Right now, I am single. I have had a few serious long term relationships that ended as they sometimes do, not in death but for other, various reasons, someone moves away, a couple drifts apart, someone makes a decision to move on.

I have found that I need to keep an open mind as to how the universe sends love to me, because it's not always in a person I expect. A lot of people in this world are currently single as I am and what some may not realize is that single folks love, and feel loved in abundance. A relationship is a success if it brought joy and kindness to both/all people involved. Some are short term, lasting only a few months, others last years and I value all of them for what I gave someone else and what I have learned and received from them. I love and am loved by family, friends and romantic partners. Each person I love makes me a better person and I am grateful for them all.

What is love to me? Accepting others as they are, showing kindness and respect and trying to understand the differences between individuals. Learning and growing by knowing each other and giving joy and support to each other.

What is love to me? Accepting others as they are, showing kindness and respect and trying to understand the differences between individuals. Learning and growing by knowing each other and giving joy and support to each other.Love Story Project

 

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lorna.lillo@gmail.com (Lorna Lillo Photography) Alberta Lifestyle Love Photography portrait http://lornalillophotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/love-story---jennifer Fri, 28 Apr 2017 23:44:27 GMT
Love Stories Project - Three Generations http://lornalillophotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/love-stories-project---three-generations One lovely spring day, while living in Nova Scotia, I had the honor of photographing this wonderful family. Monty, his mom Susan Burke, and "Nanny" Cynthia Mercer, live thousands of miles apart and yet have a bond which strengthens them and keeps them connected in a significant way. They epitomize LOVE to me.

What love means to Susan:

"Love is the only thing in this world that does not hurt."

When I think of my mom, I think of strength, determination, her firmness of purpose with regards to her beliefs, her ability to soldier on through any of life's difficulties. From her I learned the strength of a mother, the true love of a mother. The defining breath to stand for her children, no matter what. I learned the love that I could then provide for my son. My son, who has taught me so much about focus. How being focused produces a clear visual definition to a goal and is what makes it so possible. Someone I can completely be myself with and enjoy his company to the fullest extent. Despite his constant sense of humour, and a nonchalant way of expressing himself, he always maintains a high level of understanding. When I look at him, I see the world and all its possibilities. My mother and son, their love completes me.

The love and pride shines in this image of grandmother and grandson.

I've witnessed firsthand the relationship Susan has with her son and mother and it is inspiring. Thank you Susan for sharing your Love Story.

 

 

 
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lorna.lillo@gmail.com (Lorna Lillo Photography) Lifestyle Nova Scotia Photography location portrait http://lornalillophotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/love-stories-project---three-generations Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:00:00 GMT
Love Stories Project - Love is in the Air http://lornalillophotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/love-stories-project---love-is-in-the-air Usually all the photography featured in my blog are my images but today I'm thrilled to share a picture edited by me and taken by my friend Sandie Price. It was so perfect I couldn't resist. I asked Sandie to share some thoughts about the image too. Thank you Sandie for taking part in this project, love can truly be found anywhere if we just look!

Sandie:

Sometimes you look up and love is literally written in the sky. This is what happened.

It was the last day of our trip to Florida. I was sitting by the pool reading my book when I noticed the “L”. The pilot then went on to spell L.O.V.E and I was called back to conversation we had had that very morning in which he said “I love that we travel - that we go on these adventures - that we do this together - I love you and I love our life.”

 

 

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lorna.lillo@gmail.com (Lorna Lillo Photography) Lifestyle Photography tourism http://lornalillophotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/love-stories-project---love-is-in-the-air Wed, 15 Mar 2017 19:48:12 GMT
Love Stories Project - Kisa http://lornalillophotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/love-stories-project---kisa "You usually have to wait for that which is worth waiting for." Craig Bruce

I recently spent an afternoon with Kisa and her two children. As I approached their home, the first thing I noticed was a heart, made from willow branches, hanging on the door. It was an indication of the warm, loving atmosphere I'd experience inside the house. The afternoon was filled with dance, crafts, Lego construction, and stop animation movie making. At one time Kisa and her husband were uncertain if her health issues would bar them from parenthood but in the end they had these two beautiful children - certainly worth the wait.

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What love means to Kisa:

I love being a Mom. At one time, I told myself that if I didn't have kids (for whatever reason) I would be happy. I was fortunate to have a job, a wonderful husband, time and space to be creative. Now, I can't picture my life without my children.

When I listen to them laugh my heart soars with happiness.

I love my son's accepting and kind nature. He smiles easily. I am so proud of his creativity and his perseverance. His creativity shines through when he plays with Lego, and in the stories he writes and the drawings he does at school.

I love my daughter's easy laughter and her imagination. She plays for hours with her toys, stuffed animals. She has boundless energy - wanting to be outside playing. She has an amazing memory for faces and details. Her love of dance and making up moves is infectious. She gets us up moving!

Watching them together play and use their imagination brings me great joy. To see the love they share for one another means the world to me.

I love cuddling with them both and feel so lucky to have them.

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lorna.lillo@gmail.com (Lorna Lillo Photography) Lifestyle Love Photography portrait http://lornalillophotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/love-stories-project---kisa Tue, 07 Mar 2017 22:47:14 GMT
Love Stories Project - Brandan and Hazael http://lornalillophotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/2/love-stories-project---brandan-and-hazael My mother is pure radiance. She is the sun I can touch and kiss and hold without getting burnt” This quote from poet/writer Sanober Khan sums up my feelings toward this Love Story. Even when night comes and darkness surrounds us, we know the sun is still there, waiting to fill our lives with light and warmth. Brandan certainly radiates not only the love she has for her child but the love she received from her mother.


Brandan:

"Everything I learned about love I learned from my mother. I was blessed that I was born to a parent who loved me unconditionally, freely and in a way that nobody ever would or ever could again. My Mom died in August 2017 and I had my first child (a baby girl Hazael) in June two months before. When Hazael was born I finally understood how much my mother loved me.

I had never thought about what it would feel like to create a child and give birth to that baby. See her face for the very first time and hear her cries and feel the instantaneous overwhelming need to protect that life. She was my miracle.

When my mother's journey came to an end in a physical way the love I felt for her became overwhelming. I finally understood exactly how she felt about me and it made losing her all the more tragic. I know that Hazael's soul chose to come at a time when I needed it. I don't think I could have experienced such great loss without falling apart, but knowing that I had my sweet baby girl to take care of made it bearable.

I know my mother is around me all the time, loving me from above. I can hear her voice in my head when I look at my Hazael's toothy grin, when she's smiling or crying or learning something new. I thank my mother for teaching me how to love her.

My mom was there at my first breath and I was privileged enough to be there for her last. Love for me is continuous and infinite, there are no boundaries or time restrictions and I hope, as I watch Hazael grow, that she can feel that love compounded from her Grandma and I for the rest of her life. She is my great love story."

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lorna.lillo@gmail.com (Lorna Lillo Photography) Child Love Mother Photography portrait http://lornalillophotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/2/love-stories-project---brandan-and-hazael Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:04:36 GMT
Love Stories Project: The Elgot Family http://lornalillophotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/2/love-stories-project-the-elgot-family This is the first in a new project called "Love Stories." Our world seems filled with negative posts about prejudice, politics, and climate change denial. This is what motivates me to highlight the positive, our similarities, the strength of LOVE using my skills as a photographer. To quote Lao Tzu, "Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while deeply loving someone gives you courage."

This first story demonstrates that quote perfectly. This family have found strength in their love and courage to continue on after losing their eldest child, Naomi, to cancer in 2013 at the age of eight. Immense grief might have paralyzed them or torn them apart, but instead each one of them makes a huge difference in the world.

Victor and Melinda celebrate their 16th anniversary in May 2017. Their children, Daniel and Phoebe, are bright happy children and I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with them this past week during our photo session. The love they all feel for Naomi is not diminished because of her death, the connection between them transcends space and time. Each year the family organizes "Naomi's Ride" which takes place the last weekend of June to raise money for the "Neurosurgery Kids Fund". (More information here). This month, on February 23, they are participating in a head shave to raise money for the Kids With Cancer Society. Daniel has his own fundraising page here. If anyone proves that love is stronger than despair, it is this family.

Melinda:

"To me Love means letting go.

When I first got married it was letting go of Me to embrace We.

When we first had kids it was letting go of Have To to embrace Get To.

When our kids entered school it was letting go of My Baby to embrace the Mark They Would Leave on the World.

And when our daughter was sick, and modern medicine was no longer working, it was letting go of the Future and embracing the Now.

Now that she is no longer here with us, Love means letting go of Why Me and embracing the Change We Can Be in our World.

Open hands, open hearts, filled to overflowing."

Thank you Melinda, Victor, Daniel, Phoebe and Naomi for sharing your Love Story. (Family Portrait visible on the wall "Shania Leigh Imagery")

 

 

 

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lorna.lillo@gmail.com (Lorna Lillo Photography) Cancer Family Hope Lifestyle Love Photography Stories http://lornalillophotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/2/love-stories-project-the-elgot-family Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:00:00 GMT
About Time Productions - Into the Woods http://lornalillophotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/about-time-productions---into-the-woods I was thrilled to document Into the Woods, a recent production of About Time Productions (Camrose). This young group of performers did an impressive job of this challenging musical. The costumes were incredible, the set simple but effective. Congratulations to Cathie Johnson and her dedicated team of volunteers, parents, accomplished creatives, and technology artists on producing a memorable version of this Stephen Sondheim classic. Here are a few of my favourite shots from the show.


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lorna.lillo@gmail.com (Lorna Lillo Photography) About Camrose Into Lifestyle Productions Theatre Time Woods the http://lornalillophotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/about-time-productions---into-the-woods Fri, 03 Jun 2016 03:53:35 GMT
The Fountain of Youth, What's the Secret? http://lornalillophotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/the-fountain-of-youth-whats-the-secret EzraLiving life to the fullest

Meet Ezra. He's 93 years old. In his mid eighties he moved into town, lived in a home, found it hard to get around. After living all his life on a farm, working cattle and riding horses this new life didn't hold much joy. Then something happened... he had two knee replacements, regained his mobility, built a small house on a piece of his property in the country, then proceeded buying some quarter-horses.

He's amazing! He now has about two dozen horses who come running at the sound of his voice. As we stood in the yard, one of the horses let out a loud whinny signaling the others to come galloping from the far end of the quarter. Ezra grabbed a pitch fork and began heaving hay over the fence for them to eat. They gather around him even though food is available at the end of the corral. They are obviously thrilled to be near him.

The horses summer in a pasture about ten miles away from Ezra's home. He regularly hops in his truck and drives to check on them. No matter where they are they come running at the sound of his truck. As he strokes their foreheads, his face lights up, his sparkling eyes crinkle, and his smile stretches broadly across his weathered skin.

I asked him what keeps him so young? He laughed and said, "Each day when I get up, I look out the window and see those horses, well, it makes my day." He's passionate about the horses which in turn makes him passionate about his life.

 

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lorna.lillo@gmail.com (Lorna Lillo Photography) Aging Edmonton Photographer Fountain of Youth Lifestyle portrait http://lornalillophotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/the-fountain-of-youth-whats-the-secret Tue, 22 Mar 2016 05:55:19 GMT
Edmonton Wedding Photographer - Hannah and Jordan's Outdoor Wedding http://lornalillophotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/7/edmonton-wedding-photographer---hannah-and-jordans-outdoor-wedding Last weekend, I was fortunate enough to witness Jordan and Hannah taking their vows in a beautiful outdoor ceremony at Derrick Club. They had some unconventional twists to their ceremony - the "Best Man" was Jordan's sister Shannon, and the "Maid of Honor" was Hannah's brother Daniel. I loved it. There were supposed to be thunder showers all day but those held off until all the action moved indoors. Our last photograph shows the threatening sky. Congratulations to both of you, I was so happy to be part of your day.

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lorna.lillo@gmail.com (Lorna Lillo Photography) Derrick Club Edmonton Hannah and Jordan Perry Outdoor Wedding http://lornalillophotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/7/edmonton-wedding-photographer---hannah-and-jordans-outdoor-wedding Sun, 19 Jul 2015 17:52:34 GMT
The Nguyen Family - Edmonton Family Photography http://lornalillophotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/the-nguyen-family---edmonton-family-photography I spent a very enjoyable afternoon with Tony, Annie, Liam and Olivia last weekend. Liam is quite the photographer himself so he was a great helper. Tony and Annie run N Nails in Stony Plain. They are so good at what they do I drive all the way from Edmonton to have them do my nails. Here are some of my favourite shots from the session.

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lorna.lillo@gmail.com (Lorna Lillo Photography) Edmonton Family Nguyen Photography family portrait http://lornalillophotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/the-nguyen-family---edmonton-family-photography Sun, 22 Feb 2015 17:55:37 GMT
An Afternoon in Little Italy http://lornalillophotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/an-afternoon-in-little-italy Yesterday we went down to "Little Italy" to pick up some special flour for making pasta.  We decided to have lunch in Sorrento's and then take a walk in the park as it is exceptionally mild here in Edmonton right now. It made for a wonderfully relaxing day.

Our waitress, Pamela, came from Greece and is studying for her masters degree in business. We so enjoyed her terrific service and good conversation. I hope once she graduates she finds work more appropriate for her skill level.

After tasting the delightful lunchtime pasta selection we ventured across the street and walked through the park.

It's been a very mild winter here this year which I appreciate. I became so accustomed to the warmer temperatures in Nova Scotia I was dreading the bitter cold normally associated with an Albertan winter but so far we have been blessed. All in all it was a great day in "Little Italy."

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lorna.lillo@gmail.com (Lorna Lillo Photography) Edmonton Lifestyle Tourism Winter http://lornalillophotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/an-afternoon-in-little-italy Wed, 28 Jan 2015 03:20:09 GMT
Valley of the Five Lakes - Remembering Brian http://lornalillophotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/8/valley-of-the-five-lakes---remembering-brian On the last day of our trip we stopped in Jasper and hiked the Valley of the Five Lakes. 39 years ago, Brian (my first husband) and I did this hike on our honeymoon. We were 25 and 20 years old respectively. Why two young people are talking about death on their honeymoon I have no idea but we decided on that hike that we didn't want people visiting a graveyard to remember us but rather to do this hike and see the beauty the world has to offer. My present partner was Brian's best friend so the two of us took this opportunity to remember Brian and toast him with some of his favourite scotch whiskey. When we stopped at lake two the dragon flies danced around us, another reminder of Brian who fought his battle with cancer so valiantly. It was a good way to end this particular trip and even though it rained a little the grandeur of the Rocky Mountain scenery shone through.

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lorna.lillo@gmail.com (Lorna Lillo Photography) Alberta Jasper Lifestyle Photography tourism http://lornalillophotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/8/valley-of-the-five-lakes---remembering-brian Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:40:52 GMT
Visiting the Ancient Forest in teh Prince George Area http://lornalillophotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/8/visiting-the-ancient-forest-in-teh-prince-george-area On our journey from Prince George to Jasper we stopped to hike the Ancient Forest. The Ancient Forest is part of the Rainforest Conservation Corridor, one of the last places in the world where mountain caribou, wolverine, lynx, cougar, grey wolf, and both black and grizzly bear coexist. It is easily accessible and volunteers continue to add to the wooden paths on the trail. The smell of cedar fills the air and the light filters through the canopy created by these giant trees. Well worth the time to explore this natural gem.

Supper this evening was at the Caribou Grill in Valemount. The food was exceptional and the pricing reasonable. Our drive back to our motel was lit by rays of sunlight streaking through the storm clouds. Such a perfect day.

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lorna.lillo@gmail.com (Lorna Lillo Photography) BC Lifestyle Photography Valemount food tourism http://lornalillophotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/8/visiting-the-ancient-forest-in-teh-prince-george-area Mon, 11 Aug 2014 04:18:54 GMT
Jet Boat Ride on the Exchamsiks River Near Terrace, BC http://lornalillophotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/8/jet-boat-ride-on-the-exchamsiks-river-near-terrace-bc My partner's brother-in-law, Michael, has a jet boat and for many years has used it for his work in the Terrace area so when he offered to take us on a river trip we jumped at the opportunity. We drove from Terrace to where the Exchamsiks River empties into the Skeena River and launched the boat. The beauty along the Exchamsiks River is beyond compare. Michael understands his boat and the river so well that he can speed along at exciting speeds and each corner we turned there was another magnificent sight to behold. He took us through some small rapids and it amazed me how he was able to negotiate smoothly through all the enormous rocks. We stopped and had lunch on a sand bank covered with tiny toads who quickly vacated the area we chose to invade. The breeze chilled the air quickly as we passed various glaciers and eventually we stopped at the base of a waterfall. Trying to capture a better image, my partner and I tromped through intensely dense bush. By the time we emerged from our expedition to find Michael and the boat, we were covered in dirt, flies, and thorns from the Devil's Club. I can't imagine how it feels to be on that show "Naked and Afraid", we were fully protected and it wasn't pleasant.

From there we started back down the river, the wind blowing in my face and surrounded by some of the most magnificent country, I breathed deeply and was filled with gratitude for having this opportunity. What an incredible gift Michael bestowed upon us sharing "his" country in this way. I would highly recommend taking one of the many river tours if you are ever in the area.

After a full day on the river we were hungry and stopped at the newly opened Evergreen Pub in Terrace. The food was above average. I had pork stuffed with some sort of delicious concoction. Feeling comfortably full we headed back to our motel and snapped a picture of one of the many beautifully painted bears which decorate the streets.

A phenomenal day!

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lorna.lillo@gmail.com (Lorna Lillo Photography) Lifestyle Terrace boat river tourism http://lornalillophotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/8/jet-boat-ride-on-the-exchamsiks-river-near-terrace-bc Sat, 09 Aug 2014 17:34:10 GMT
Prince Rupert - Terrace Trip Day 4 http://lornalillophotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/8/prince-rupert---terrace-trip-day-4 Today we drove to Prince Rupert. We saw gorgeous scenery along the way. We stopped at the North Pacific Cannery Village Museum. It was fascinating but parts of the tour revealed some very sad history in this industry. The difference between the Native, European, and Japanese housing clearly shows how each group was treated before unions became involved in protecting the worker's rights.

In Prince Rupert we spent the afternoon walking the waterfront and browsing through the wonderful little stores and the informative visitor centre. "Smiles" was the stop for supper. Our table overlooked the harbour and we thoroughly enjoyed watching a seal feed on the scraps tossed into the water by fishermen. Our meal contained halibut, salmon, shrimp, oysters, and scallops - delicious.

What a great day!

Exchamsiks River Exchamsiks River This Tansy plant is an invasive species. There are signs reminding the public not to pick them. Native housing - each building housed 12 people. European housing - each building housed one family. Japanese housing - each half of the duplex housed one family. This building housed the single men. Company Store Company Store Company Store Wooden water pipe with a long history. "Home for lost soles" - the shoe tree just outside Prince Rupert. Prince Rupert Harbour In September 1985 Kazukio Sakamoto took his vessel, the Kazu Maru, out to fish in local waters. Tragically neither he nor the boat returned home. A year and a half later the Kazu Maru was found in Skidegate Channel (the body of water that separates the north and south islands that make up Haida Gwaii) by the DFO patrol vessel Sooke Post. It was quickly established that the overturned vessel had been a considerable time at sea. Eventually the Kazu Maru was taken to Prince Rupert where she was restored and an open shed was built for display. A plaque nearby commemorates her voyage and a park surrounds the shed, built as a dedication to all mariners whose lives have been lost at sea. Sakamoto’s wife referred to the Kazu Maru as ‘the love of his life’ and indicated he would have been happy to know the little craft was part of a park honouring mariners, recognizing the danger of a life at sea. Coincidentally, the two cities of Owase and Prince Rupert had become ‘sister cities’ in 1968 so it’s perhaps appropriate that this stoic little craft should find its way across the seas to her ‘second home port’ of Prince Rupert. On the way back to Terrace.

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lorna.lillo@gmail.com (Lorna Lillo Photography) BC Lifestyle Photography Terrace tourism http://lornalillophotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/8/prince-rupert---terrace-trip-day-4 Thu, 07 Aug 2014 05:46:53 GMT
From Rain Forest to Sandy Beach - Lakelse Lake Provincial Park http://lornalillophotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/8/from-rain-forest-to-sandy-beach---lakelse-lake-provincial-park Day three of our Terrace trip was spent walking through a gorgeous rainforest down to a beautiful sandy beach in Lakelse Lake Provincial Park. Michael, my partner's brother-in-law, guided us to the head of the trail before heading back to his house. The temperature was around 29 degrees, by the time we had walked the trail and sat in the sun for a while, we enjoyed rolling up our pants and cooling off by wading in the water. We found a tiny toad camouflaged perfectly hiding in the sand, shaded by a gigantic cedar log lying on the beach. A small squirrel was busy finding food on the trail and the light filtered through the canopy of giant trees illuminating the Devil's Club leaves.

When we drove to Kitimat, the road was lined with golden wild flowers. We found the foundation of the Hudson's Bay building - all that remained were moss covered stairs. I saw some beautiful Foxgloves which reminded me of my childhood in England. We had a magical day.

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lorna.lillo@gmail.com (Lorna Lillo Photography) Lake Lifestyle Photography animals forest tourism http://lornalillophotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/8/from-rain-forest-to-sandy-beach---lakelse-lake-provincial-park Mon, 04 Aug 2014 06:58:21 GMT
Heading to Terrace - Day Two http://lornalillophotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/8/heading-to-terrace---day-two Today we had breakfast in Prince George and then started the long drive to Terrace. What incredible scenery there is along the way. Mountains, farmland, ranches, even some glaciers. We were grateful when we finally left the valleys full of smoke from forest fires - it was difficult to breath and the visibility was limited. Once out of those valleys, the weather was sunny and hot, unusual for this neck of the woods. It is usually fairly wet here so the humidity level is very high right now.

We stopped for lunch in Houston. What a beautiful little community. The food in "Tea Gallery with a Twist" was delightful.

Our second stop was in Moricetown to watch the native salmon fishing. Today the men are tethered to the slippery rocks but in days gone by they relied on strength and luck. It was fascinating, I could have stayed and watched all afternoon.

Tonight we are settled into our room in Terrace and I look forward to meeting Gene's brother-in-law tomorrow and seeing some more of the wonderful sights in this area.

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lorna.lillo@gmail.com (Lorna Lillo Photography) Lifestyle Moricetown Salmon Tourism photography http://lornalillophotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/8/heading-to-terrace---day-two Sat, 02 Aug 2014 07:47:10 GMT
Heading to Terrace, B.C. http://lornalillophotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/8/heading-to-terrace-b-c Well we made it back to Edmonton, got married, and now we're heading through BC to Terrace and Prince Rupert. Since the end of May we have seen much of Canada - it's been an incredible summer.

Today we journeyed from Edmonton to Prince George stopping in Jasper for lunch. One of the highlights was seeing Mount Robson without clouds covering its peak. Most of the highway from Jasper to Prince George is lined with magnificent purple Fire Weed - I've never seen so many. Their vibrant colours just glowed in the sunlight.

Please enjoy the photos from our day.

 

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lorna.lillo@gmail.com (Lorna Lillo Photography) Lifestyle tourism http://lornalillophotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/8/heading-to-terrace-b-c Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:20:20 GMT