Rosebery Provincial Park.


After we left Gerrard, we camped for three nights at Rosebery Provincial Park, near New Denver, in British Columbia, Canada.


Rosebery Provincial Park is located just north of New Denver, on Highway 6. To the west, across Slocan Lake, is the magnificent Valhalla Provincial Park. Tucked along the banks of Wilson Creek, this park has an intimate, forested creek setting that offers secluded camping for overnight travellers or visitors seeking more adventure.” – B.C. Parks.


Even though it was over a weekend, we had a lovely spot by the creek.


It was peaceful at Rosebery Provincial Park, which is a great place for children. The campsite is self registration, had firewood for sale, fresh water (the water pump was difficult to operate), no sani dump, but we got fresh water and used the sani dump at Centennial Campground in New Denver.


Roasting marshmallows in the fire pit.


View from inside our camper.


It fortunately didn’t rain for too long.


Rosebery Provincial Park – British Columbia & Kootenay Lake Ferry



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Searching for ghost towns.


After we left the Arrow Lake Ferry we drove to Trout Lake, BC, where we had hoped to camp, but there were too many people, even though it was during the week, so we drove  on to Gerrard. The distance to Gerrard from Arrow lakes is only about 29 k.m., but it is a gravel road and not easy with a camper.

View from our camper window.

We missed the turnoff to Gerrard, so we boondocked nearby for one night and found Gerrard the next day.

I would recommend anyone planning to visit ghost towns, to make sure of the locations before you leave, as they are hard to find. I found a great blog post after we got home. A Trip to Trout Lake has beautiful photos, directions and interesting information.


We had no cellphone reception in the area.

View from inside the cabin.

1-DSC_1835 “Entrance to the newly enlarged, massive, undeveloped Goat Range Provincial Park is from the old townsite of Gerrard at the southeastern end of Trout Lake, about 50 miles (80 km) north of Kaslo. A dozen campsites are located at Gerrard, an abandoned railroad town. From 1900 until World War II, Gerrard was the terminus of the Arrowhead & Kootenay line of the Canadian Pacific Railway.”- British Columbia.

Table at Gerrard campground.

“Gerrard is a ghost town located in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia. The town is situated near south end of Trout Lake, east of Upper Arrow Lake.

View from Gerrard campground.


An old crankshaft.

1-DSC_1845 We saw a Black bear sow and two cubs on the way from Kaslo to New Denver. This is a very scenic route.


“The most common and widespread bear in Canada, the black bear (Ursus americanus) is found predominantly in forests of every province and territory, with the exception of Prince Edward Island.” – The Canadian Encyclopedia


“The birth of one to three naked, blind cubs occurs during the hibernation period of January to February. The female does not emerge from the den until the cubs’ eyes open and they can follow her. Vocalization of the cubs often consists of shrill howls; adult bears more often “woof.”” –The Canadian Encyclopedia



A Trip to Trout Lake.

Trout Lake BC

Sandon Ghost Town.

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Arrow Lake Ferry.


We went camping for a few days in the Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada. We took a ferry from Shelter Bay to Galena bay, in British Columbia, Canada. Here we are waiting at the ferry terminal, which has bath-rooms, picnic tables and a lovely view of the lake.


We have taken the ferry twice before, once during our 2015 Vacation and once during our 2012 Vacation.


“The Arrow Lakes Ferry Service offered by the Provincial Government of British Columbia is a free service to the travelling public.” – Arrow lake ferry


Kris waiting in the truck, as it was cool, it was easier to leave the dogs inside. There were people with dogs on leashes, on the deck. Kris is a Belgian Shepherd (Groenendahl) German Shepherd Cross female.


Our Dutchman camper in the next lane.


“The M.V. Columbia runs across Upper Arrow Lake, 49 kilometres south of Revelstoke on Highway 23, between Shelter Bay (west side) and Galena Bay (east side).

Ferry capacity is 80 vehicles and 250 passengers.” – B.C. Government


Here I am on the ferry, which has bathrooms as well.

“The Arrow Lakes in British Columbia, Canada, divided into Upper Arrow Lake and Lower Arrow Lake, are widenings of the Columbia River. The lakes are situated between theSelkirk Mountains to the east and the Monashee Mountains to the west. Beachland is fairly rare, and is interspersed with rocky headlands and steep cliffs. Mountain sides are heavily forested, and rise sharply to elevations around 2,600 metres.” – Wikipedia


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Ferry to Nakusp

Heading Home

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Canola field in Alberta, Canada.


We went boondocking again for a few days near Sundre, Alberta, Canada in the Bearberry Valley at a place we call Horsey Meadows. The weather was perfect, with very few bugs and the dogs loved it. The Feral horses and some cows came to visit us as usual.


Wild horses couldn’t keep us away.Taken from our campsite.


WHOA! Taken from our campsite.

“The Wild Horses of Alberta Society (WHOAS) was formed as a nonprofit society in 2002 after public outcry over the destruction of several wild horses that lived in the foothills and mountains of the Eastern slopes of Alberta. For the past 13 years WHOAS has been working on solutions for wild horse population management and has always felt that the Alberta wild horses require proper management and protection.”– Wild Horses of Alberta

A Feral horse with amazing blue eyes. Taken from our campsite.


This is how close the horses come to our campsite.


Taken from our campsite.


Skokijan stealing my blanket.




Me doing some Scrapbook planning.


The cows coming home.


It’s better to be seen and not herd.


Turn the udder cheek and mooo-ve on.


If you didn’t like that cow joke don’t worry, I’ve got udders.


The view from inside our camper.


We recently added a mirror as a back-splash to our camper’s kitchen sink, which makes the camper look lighter and bigger inside as well as reflecting the outside.


Wild Mushrooms.


I tried out something different, taking photos through an old frame which I got from a thrift store, but I have to experiment some more😉


I like the skull bracelet I got from a friend.


One day we made fried fish in batter, we used Rock fish, with a batter made from flour, herbs, spices and then dipped the fish in a whisked raw egg.


We fried the fish in hot sunflower oil on our Coleman stove, in a cast iron chicken pot/pan.


We use a STABIL splatter screen from Ikea which is stainless steel. The handle can be folded down to save space when storing.




We served the fish with potato wedges, lemon juice and mayonnaise. Next time we will try to make our chips as well.


The full moon between the trees.

Horsey Meadows.

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Scrapbook planning.

I do most of my scrapbook planning while camping, as you can see my file and notebooks are beside me. I have found that the better I plan a page, the better it comes out. I scrapbook mostly in winter, (this is Canada you know). When I scrapbook, I don’t want to waste the time by searching for ideas, printing photos or going shopping for supplies. I actually enjoy the planning process a lot. I go through magazine articles and books and choose layouts that I like, file the magazine articles and scan or take photos of the one’s in books. I plan my layouts using my Scrap-book Page Planner.

Here is a photo of one of my magnetic boards. I have two big ones and one smaller one.

Here I have two different layouts on the board, “Timeless ” and “Baby in the Garden“. I attach the papers, photos, ribbons, embellishments, etc. with small magnets.

Flower Girl”, on my planning board, includes sketches, inspiration (scraplift) and some of the supplies like lace, patterned paper, etc.

Wedding Day”

Mermaid on my planning board.

My inspiration board for “Retroon my planning board.

Scraplift, sketches, etc. for Van Ellewee Project” on my planning board.


Family Gathering on my planning board.

I sometimes gather supplies, photos, etc. in Iris® 12″x12″ Stackable Storage Boxes.


I like to prepare and gather all the scrapbooking paraphernalia before I start on a layout. These are some of these wood mounted rubber-stamps I used for Altered Tags.

I file magazine articles that I like and these are in alphabetical order. I have many categories like scraplift, embellishments, alphabets, techniques, babies, children, Christmas, Fall, vintage, styles, seasons, holidays, travel, etc.

These wooden shelves hold my notebooks, files, craft magazines, books, binders, etc.


Index cards.


Some of my index cards.

I cut these photo, title, borders, embellishments, etc. templates from opaque flexible plastic cutting board sheets as used for cooking.
I got them at a Dollar-store.
They are marked with a permanent marker.
I then punched a hole in them, with a hole punch and hung them from a shower curtain ring. I think they will be handy when I design pages.

My Inspiration for “Fallwas “Autumn” from the book “How to scrapbook”.

My inspiration for my “Cowboys” layout was “City slickers” from a Creative Imaginations magazine advertisement.

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My Sketch for “City Slickers” on grid paper.

For inspiration, I used “The gift of friendship” from the book: “Hand lettering made easy” by Debra Beagle as a scraplift for “Distant Relatives“.

The Sketch from the book “Hand lettering made easy” by Debra Beagle which I made in Adobe Photoshop

Some of my Blue Embellishments, tools and supplies which I used to make my Blog graphics.

The planning sketch for “Sushi Hirowas made in Adobe Photoshop, C3 Extended, first with grid-lines showing (click on thumb-nail). See next image without grid lines.

Sushi Hiro

Sketch for “Falllayout done in Adobe Photoshop

These are one of my notice boards which I also use for inspiration.

My inspiration board.

My kits are in 12″ x 12″ clear Expandable Paper Organizers and a plastic file holder. See next photo.

Some of the kits I made up for themes such as Christmas, Birthdays, Beaches, Easter, Fall, Halloween, Snow, Winter, etc.

I also use Trading Card Sleeves for planning. I got this idea from Ali Edwards.

I also attach my finished scrapbook layouts on my magnetic board with magnets when I have to photograph them. I use a flash diffuser to prevent the camera’s flash  from reflecting on the photos. I remove the magnets in Adobe Photoshop with the clone stamp tool. Click here for a Tutorial. Corel Paint ShopPro has a Clone Brush. I correct perspective with Adobe Photoshop. Here is a great Tutorial on how to do Perspective Distortion Correction. The example above is called “East Indian.”

The backgrounds and headers for my blog are made the same way.


A Scraptastic Planning Process!

How to Plan a Scrapbook Project + Free Project Planning Tools

Organizing craft supplies.

Scrap-book Page Planner.

Mood-boards on Pinterest.


Scrapbooking-sketches on Pinterest.

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Buddhist Temple, Richmond, B.C.


“To date, the Temple is the most exquisite example of traditional Chinese architecture in Canada. In many ways, it is like a piece of art straight out of the Chinese past, as it resembles any authentic temple that can be found along the banks of the Yangtze River in China, where one of the world’s oldest civilizations originated. The main focus of the exterior of the Temple is its palatial roof, which is similar in structure to that of any royal edifice within the Forbidden City of Beijing, China. The roof is covered entirely with red-orange porcelain tiles imported from China. As strikingly intriguing as the facade of the Temple is its artistic interior, which houses artifacts with superlative Chinese workmanship in sculpture, painting, carpentry and embroidery. Traditional Chinese art and culture are evident in the majestic Buddha/Bodhisattva statues, exquisite shrines, enormous silk paintings of the sixteen Arahats, and the spectacular ceramic murals.: – Buddhist Temple


The Buddhist Temple in Richmond, BC.
We went there in for the first time in May 2006 and again in 2008.
Photos: Nikon D70 ©

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“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think.
When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. – Buddha



B.C. Vacation 2008

B.C. Vacation 2008

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China Town, Calgary.

Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre (Chinatown) (Downtown) “One of the largest cultural centers in Canada. Within, the centre features an art gallery, a museum and several businesses.The building also boasts a central dome, the Hall of Prayers, which was designed to resemble the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. Its columns have paintings of 561 dragons and 40 phoenixes. The building is open daily at 197 – 1 Street SW. Free

Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre.
Nikon ©

Ceiling Nikon ©

 Chinatown (Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre) ( Downtown) Purported to be Canada’s second largest Chinatown, this neighborhood dates back to 1910. It is located between the Bow River and 4th Avenue SW in downtown Calgary. Pedestrian traffic is always steady here, with Sunday being the liveliest. Visitors to this area will find unique and bargain gift shops, a couple of shopping centers, and grocery stores along with a plethora of bakeries and restaurants.

Gee Gong.

Silver Dragon Restaurant.
Calgary celebrates Chinatown’s centennial
Canon ©
Calgary celebrates Chinatown’s centennial
Canon ©

Golden Happiness Bakery LTD.


BBQ Noodle House

 Peking Palace.



Lion sculpture at entrance to Sien Lok Park.

The Sien Lok Society of Calgary was formed in 1968. Embodying the motto behind the name Sien Lok that “happiness comes through good works” the Society, in co-operation with the community, preserved and developed Chinatown’s lone green space into Sien Lok Park in 1982.

Chinese Street festival 2006

The Chinatown Street Festival is Chinatown’s Premiere Summer Multi-Cultural Festival, a combination of Food & Merchant Booth Tents and Entertainment featured on the Main Stage. The event is located in the heart of Chinatown.”China Town Calgary

Fan Tube by Leilani

Chinese Festival Scrapbooked.
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Chinese Festival
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Dim Sum
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Friends of ours who we have known for almost 30 years,  originally also from South-Africa recently spent a few wonderful days with us in Calgary. They visited us before in 2010. We took them to see another part of  Kananaskis on a cloudy day.


The Smith-Dorrien Spray Trail. Canmore to Highway 40 This gravel road is used for the “backdoor” access to Peter Lougheed provincial park.

Whitemans Pond near Canmore, Alberta, Canada
Friend’s photo.

Deer on The Smith-Dorrien Spray Trail.


Near Ha Ling Peak trailhead.
Gravel road above
Canmore, Alberta, Canada
Friend’s photo.

Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep.
Friend’s photo.

The large, spiraled horns of ram bighorn sheep are distinctive. Bighorn sheep are brown to grayish brown in color, with light under parts, a white muzzle and an obvious, light rump patch. Ewes and young rams have spike-like, curved horns. Bighorns are the largest of all north American wild sheep. Adult rams weigh up to 135 kg (300 lb.), but adult ewes are much smaller, averaging 70 kg (150 lb.). Sheep have soft hooves with hard outer rims that give them good footing on precarious ledges. However, the two parts of the hoof are not independently movable. Thus, bighorns are not as agile as mountain goats on difficult terrain. Bighorns do move quickly over rocky mountain slopes when alarmed. The eyesight of bighorn sheep is acute; they can detect movement over a kilometer away. The rut occurs from November to December. Lambs are born the following spring. Sheep are mainly grazers, feeding on grasses and forbs. They may also browse on alpine willows. They make frequent use of mineral or salt licks. Bighorns spend their summers high in the alpine zone on grass-covered slopes. In winter they may migrate a considerable distance to reach south or southwest-facing slopes where snow cover is minimal. The Fish and Wildlife Division estimates the provincial population (in Sept.) to be about 5,800 animals. This estimate is based on population counts in selected areas and hunter harvest information. ” –Alberta wow.


Alberta, Canada
Friend’s photo.


Buller Pond Day use.
Friend’s photo.


“Buller Mountain was named in 1922 after Buller, Lieutenant Colonel H.C. DSO. It is located in the Kananaskis Range in Alberta.” –Wikipedia
Elevation: 2,805 m


“Buller Pond is on the west side of the Smith-Dorrien/Spray Lakes Road about 36km south from Canmore and 32km north from the Kananaskis Lakes Trail Junction.”


Loon on Buller pond.

1-DSC_1752 The eerie calls of Common Loons echo across clear lakes of the northern wilderness. Summer adults are regally patterned in black and white. In winter, they are plain gray above and white below, and you’ll find them close to shore on most seacoasts and a good many inland reservoirs and lakes. Common Loons are powerful, agile divers that catch small fish in fast underwater chases. They are less suited to land, and typically come ashore only to nest.” – All About Birds.


“Buller Mountain was named in 1922 after Buller, Lieutenant Colonel H.C. DSO. It is located in the Kananaskis Range in Alberta.”


Buller Pond Day use.
Buller Pond in winter.

Mount Assiniboine.
Friend’s photo.


“Alberta’s Kananaskis is the Rockies best kept secret. To the southwest of Banff National Park, ‘K Country’ as it is known, is an unspoiled paradise. Full of picture perfect mountain scenery, wildlife and flora, Kananaskis can be visited at any time of the year. There are excellent cross-country skiing trails, which become excellent hiking trails in the spring. Whether you camp, stay in a lodge or in a luxury hotel, all the facilities in ‘K Country’ are of an excellent standard.” – Alberta’s Kananaskis.


History: Kananaskis is said to be an Indian word meaning “meeting of the waters”. The Kananaskis river and passes were named by Captain John Palliser, who led a British Scientific Expedition through this area around 1850.” –

1-DSC_9753 Upper Kananaskis Lake.

1-DSC_1758 Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep.


“Rocky Mountain bighorns inhabit the mountains from Canada south to New Mexico. They are relatives of goats, and have balance-aiding split hooves and rough hoof bottoms for natural grip. These attributes, along with keen vision, help them move easily about rocky, rugged mountain terrain.” – National Geographic.


“Wild sheep live in social groups, but rams and ewes typically meet only to mate. Rams live in bachelor groups and females live in herds with other females and their young rams. When fall mating arrives, rams gather in larger groups and ram fighting escalates. Usually only stronger, older rams (with bigger horns) are able to mate.” – National Geographic. 1-DSC_1762 “Lambs are born each spring on high, secluded ledges protected from bighorn predators such as wolves, coyotes, and mountain lions—though not the golden eagles which target lambs. Young can walk soon after birth, and at one week old each lamb and its mother join others in a herd. Lambs are playful and independent, though their mothers nurse them occasionally for four to six months.”- National Geographic.


Bighorn sheep have brown coats and a white rump patch. In the autumn, the coat is rich and glossy, but by the spring it becomes faded and grayish. The pelage is never fine and woolly, as in domestic sheep, and is instead short and coarse. Once a year, in June or July, sheep shed their hair and can have a scruffy appearance with patches of matted hair until the new coat grows in..” – Canadian Geographic.







Friend’s photo.



Opal Falls, Alberta, Canada


Opal Falls.
Friend’s photo.


Gate near Opal Falls.

The prairies.
Friend’s photo.


The prairies.
Friend’s photo.


We had lunch at The Twin Cities Hotel in Longview, Alberta, Canada


“The Twin Cities Hotel, its name a reference to Little Chicago and Little New York, was completed in 1938. The hotel was built by former professional hockey players Red Dutton and brothers Paul and Tiny Thompson.”- Highriver times.


Twin Cities Hotel – Saloon Film Locations

Kananaskis Country.

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Horsey Meadows.


We went boondocking again for a few days near Sundre, Alberta, Canada in the Bearberry Valley. It was the second time that we camped at this spot, the previous time was in the Spring of 2016. It was very quite and we only saw one truck loaded with quads pass by.


Feral Horses as seen from our campsite.


“Wild horses” or “feral horses”? The debate rages on in Alberta, Canada. The provincial government believes that the wild horses west of Sundre, Alberta are the descendants of domestic horses used in logging and guiding/outfitting operations in the early 1900’s. The Wild Horse Society of Alberta (WHOAS) believes that they are of Spanish descent. WHOAS is so sure of this that they have sent away DNA samples to the University of Texas, Equine Genetics Lab for testing.” – Wild Horses of Alberta


We have named this spot Horsey Meadows.


The good life.


Skokijan and hubby on the quad.


Skokijan wants to go for a ride in the truck.


Even though it is summer, it got quite cool in the evenings, especially  with the wind.






Hubby made a delicious Chicken “potjie” (pronunciation “poy-key”) (Afrikaans for a three-legged iron pot used for cooking over a wood fire) with vegetables. Our “Potjie oven” is made from a heavy walled Aluminum pot (a thrift-store special.)


Corn on the cob, pork chops and fried eggs. We Steamed the corn in the pressure cooker on the Coleman Propane stove, then we basted them with olive oil before placing on the fire.

Camping in Spring.

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The Other Coast by Adrian Raeside

Me in Kananaskis 8 Jul 2007.

These are some of the trails we have done, please click on links for more information and photos.

Bay Bulls lighthouse, Newfoundland, Canada. 1.11.02
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Beaches PathNewfoundland, Canada.

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Beaver Flats, Alberta, Canada.
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Bell Island, Newfoundland, Canada.
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Blast Hole ponds, Newfoundland, Canada.
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Blue Rock Creek, Alberta, Canada.
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Buller Creek Falls, Alberta, Canada. 13 Jul 2007
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Buller Creek, Alberta, Canada. December 2006

Butter pot Park
Newfoundland, Canada.

Cape Spear Lighthouse, Newfoundland, Canada.

basket cove
Cape Spear Path.
Newfoundland, Canada.

Cape St. Marys, N.L. Canada.
June 2007

It is one of the largest, most accessible and spectacular seabird rookeries in the world. It has Gannets, Kittiwakes, Murres, beautiful scenery and a lighthouse. Photos
We also saw sheep, an Eagle and some Gannet chicks.

Cat Creek Falls

Chester Lake.
Alberta, Canada.
February 2003

Devil’s Gap, Alberta, Canada.

Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada.

Edworthy Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Elbow Lake, Alberta, Canada.
June 2006.

Elk Falls Suspension Bridge, Vancouver Island, Canada.

Fish Creek Park, Calgary Alberta.

Grayman’s Beard, N.L, Canada.

Grotto Canyon, Alberta, Canada.

Grotto Canyon, Alberta, Canada. Ice walk

Grotto Canyon.
Alberta, Canada.
Summer 2005

Heart Creek Alberta, Canada.

Heart Creek Alberta, Canada in summer.

Johnston’s Canyon.


Johnston Canyon & Ink Pots

Kananaskis Canyon

Kananaskis Canyon

Karst Spring, Alberta, Canada.

Karst Spring, 2003

Karst Spring & Watridge Lake
Alberta, Canada.

King Creek, Alberta, Canada.
Winter 2005

Kings Creek, Alberta, Canada.
July, 2006

Lake Louise Shoreline Trail
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La Manche Falls TrailNewfoundland, Canada.
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Malign CanyonJasper, Alberta. Nikon D70 ©

Many Springs Trail, Alberta, Canada.

Margaret Lake, Alberta, Canada.

Moose Mountain.

Nuu-chah-nulth Totem
Nuu-chah-nulth Trail,
Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada.
Pacific Rim.
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Opal Falls, Alberta, Canada.

Opal Falls, Alberta, Canada.

Radar Hill Trail
Pacific Rim, Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada
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Linda Rawson meer(2)
Rawson Lake

Rae Glacier, Alberta, Canada.

Rainforest Trail, Pacific Rim, Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada.
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Red Rock Canyon. Alberta, Canada,

Shannon Falls, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Shorepine Bog Trail
Pacific Rim, Vancouver island, B.C. Canada

Signal Hill, St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada.

Skookumchuck, B.C. Canada.

Skookumchuck, B.C. Canada.

Skutz Falls , Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada.

Spray Falls, Alberta, Canada.

Spray Lake from Buller day use, Alberta, Canada.

Spray Lake from Buller day use, Alberta. Canada in summer.

Troll Falls, Alberta, Canada.

Watridge Lake.

Watridge Lake, Alberta, Canada.

Yamnuska Ridge, Alberta, Canada.


“I go to nature to be soothed and healed,
and to have my senses put in order.”
– John Burroughs.

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