Summer is a season of abundance and, like most Canadians, I intend to indulge fully in it. This is true especially for those of us who live on the prairies. After enduring months of frigid weather, the opportunity to unwind and enjoy the many splendors of summer is a most cherished time. There are endless activities to experience from festivals to markets, beaches to patios, and home projects to family trips. Getting out and exploring our own city, lakes, prairies, and small towns in this expansive province of Manitoba is one of my favourite things to do, regardless of the season. But since summer passes by so fast and the changes develop so quickly, I am ready and willing to seize the moment as inspired – which so happened with this shoot.
The flora and fauna of Manitoba are rich, to say the least. The delicate wildflowers in soft yellows, whites, pinks, and purples that pop up for only a brief time it seems, excite my senses. How soothing is the country drive while passing golden wheat fields, lush meadows, and whimsical forests. Even the ditches and “unmaintained” side roads during a Manitoban summer are beautiful!
I always find inspiration in our varied and bountiful landscape. As Canadians, I know we all feel connected to each other by the relationship we have with each other as friendly neighbors, and with our vast terrain. Richard Wagamese, author of “One Story, One Song”, articulates this in such a beautiful way that I had to quote him:
“It’s the land that connects us. I’m convinced of that. Everyone around us is here because the land has a song we want to listen to through every season, in all kinds of weather. We’re a motley Canadian crew: Ukrainian, Ojibway, Scots, French, Cree and Scandinavian. We live in a community, allowing each other our privacy but gathering, at times like this*, for the ceremony of togetherness. We enter our homes filled with it, are framed by it, with its power to erase tattered histories and soothe ragged souls. We are framed by it, buoyed by it, this deeply spiritual sense that is far more than the effect of geography.
This is our home and native land, and we belong here – all of us. There’s a miracle that’s put into motion by the opening of a door and a hearty welcome, whatever language welcome is spoken in.” – Wagamese
*[referring to gathering with his friends at his home on the lake]
This photoshoot was inspired by the remnants of an abandoned quarry. From the tall grasses and dainty prairie flowers that grew along its edges, to the deep blue waters and rusted skeleton structure that sits in the middle of the pits. Photography by the wonderfully talented Vanessa Mayberry.
Styling – Ashley Klassen
Dress – Magali Pascal
Glow – OrganicTan
Photography – Vanessa Mayberry