I found simplicity in Fez, Morocco

Morocco is the third African country I’ve been privileged to visit, and just like the others, it has given me unforgettable memories. One of the stops in Morocco that really left an impression was the city of Fez.

Fez is the second largest city in Morocco and is home to well over 1 million people. Within Fez you can find Fes El Bali, one of two old Medina quarters. The Medina is a city of its own, bordered by walls and was founded between 789 – 808 AD. Entering through the gate of the old medina is like taking a trip back in time.

Bab Bou Jeloud Gate
Bab Bou Jeloud Gate entering the Medina

Upon entering the Medina, you find yourself crammed shoulder to shoulder with people on the move. Navigating the narrow alleys surrounded by tall buildings proves difficult to gain perspective of where you are, and which direction you came from. Forget about a map or GPS, to truly experience the old medina one must literally ‘get lost’.

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Lessons in Landscape

It was a cold morning around here. A balmy -2 degrees according to my thermometer. I’ve managed to survive another week of going to work in the dark and coming home in the dark. The shorter winter days are already taking effect.

I woke up early this morning and thought I needed to escape the city for a bit, so thats just what I did. I grabbed my gear, a nice warm coffee and headed out of town. Not far really, but I ended up in Port Bruce, Ontario. About 30 minutes from London. Not a real popular spot with not much going on, especially this time of year. This was perfect.

Port Bruce Driftwood
A piece of Driftwood and some cracked concrete created the leading lines in this image to the Lighthouse.

Lately I’ve really been trying to expand my knowledge in photography and different techniques.

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Embracing the Seasons

The cold weather has arrived here in Ontario. We just had our first taste of snow a couple days ago. Sure, I’m not overly excited that winter is almost here, and I know for a fact that many others feel the same. There is however one thing I notice that catches everyones attention this time of year and that is photographs.

Winter Landscape
A snow covered Orchard just outside of town

There’s something magical about the Fall season. Everyone all of a sudden becomes a photographer. Instagram and Facebook are filled with everyones colourful photos. People that aren’t necessarily into photography find themselves pulling out there phones and trying to capture the scenery around them. It’s a great example of how change is a positive thing and can be inspiring to many. Continue reading

Mornings in Algonquin Park

For many in Ontario, Algonquin Park is a place frequently visited during the summer and fall months. Algonquin is Canada’s oldest Provincial Park and is within close proximity to Ontario’s largest cities, Toronto and Ottawa. This makes it a hotspot for city folks to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday city life.

AlgonquinPaper

Algonquin’s visitor population is definitely growing at a rapid pace! Every year more and more campers flock to the park to enjoy the sights and sounds of the outdoors. This has both positives and negatives, however I’d like to be optimistic that Ontario is doing its best to preserve this beautiful park. Continue reading

Swimming with Iguanas

There’s always that one experience that you will just never forget. Over the years experiencing different countries and cultures, there’s one memory that seems to be in a category of it’s own. It’s not often you find yourself swimming alongside a large Iguana in the middle of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Continue reading

The Blue Footed Booby

Having a fascination of nature and birds, I also have a deep love for the ocean. When deciding on what photos to use for my first blog post I must have scrolled through thousands and also through many different destinations. One trip that obviously stood out to me was our visit to Ecuador and the 15 days spent at sea traveling the Galapagos Islands. Having thousands of photos and too many species to show in one post, I figured I’d start with a personal favourite and one of the most iconic species found in the Galapagos. The Blue Footed Booby. Continue reading