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Photo Blogging Challenge – Holly Jolly (December 2017)

December is a favourite time of year. Baking cookies, getting out in the snow, singing carols and cooking for family and friends are pretty much guaranteed to trigger a holly jolly mood. But some years it’s harder to feel festive. That’s when it pays to know what helps improve your mental wellness. And it’s why I aim for a daily dose of outdoor exercise, even when there’s an extreme cold advisory in effect!

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Beakerhead 2017

"Be alert, be astonished, share your astonishment." I can't remember where I first came across this advice from fine art and travel photographer Trey Ratcliff. But I do remember it sparked an immediate response. It's like he articulated the mission statement for the Beakerhead photo crew! 2017 was my fourth year volunteering with the Beakerhead photo crew. By sharing highlights and lessons learned, I'll have something besides fading memories to refer to before heading out to photograph Beakerhead 2018.

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Vantage Point: Calgary Tower

Canada's 150th and two recent photo challenges got me thinking about how to show off Calgary's iconic landmarks in photographs. That, in turn, got me thinking about how I like to search images and blogs when we're going to visit other parts of the world, to get some ideas for how to come home with great images from away. Since I benefit from other bloggers' advice on how to photograph their home turf, I thought I'd return the favour... First up? The Calgary Tower.