Favourite five: Posted photos from 2017

Welcome back to another Favourite Five list! I know I missed a couple of months there, but I promise I’m going to try to get back on track with these.

First up, I’m going to give you a run-down on a few things that are pretty close to my heart: my favourite five pictures from 2017–those that I posted, at least. There are plenty out there that other people took that I love, too, but today’s post is focused on my own pictures. I’m not sure I could go back and find all of the pictures I love that other people took.

So, with that, let’s take a look!

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Natural beauty

A small group of pelicans swimming on a lake

Well, guys, this is the last of my cabin-related photo posts. You’ll be getting something a little different next week.

To be honest, while I like these three pictures, they’re my least favourite of the batch. I think that’s why I saved them for today–a part of me was putting them off.

That said, I do like looking at the pelicans swimming on the lake, and I think I did alright in photographing them. It was one of those moments when I was really glad I had a lens that could capture views from so far away. I don’t use that one much, but it really comes in handy now and then.

As for the flower photo, well, it’s not as great as some of my others, but it was one of the only I got on our weekend away. There weren’t a whole lot of flowers (or other plants I felt would make great pictures) growing near our little cabin–mostly just trees and bushes.

Regardless, I am decently happy with these. Hopefully you enjoy looking at the pelicans as much as I do.

A close-up of a light-purple flower

A line of birds swimming on a lake

Off the dock

A dock and lake set against an evening sky

Are you ready for some lake pictures? Because, to be honest, that’s what you’re going to be getting for the next few weeks. That’s what happens after I spend a few days away in a rather picturesque location.

I’m going to at least try to theme these picture posts for you. This week, for example, features the dock that was out behind the cabin we rented. They’re a bit similar in nature, true, but hopefully they’re different enough that you enjoy them anyway.

Oh, and I should probably mention where these were taken, huh? This was out at Wakaw, Saskatchewan. It was a small lake, but a beautiful location all the same. If you ever get the chance to visit, I’d definitely recommend it.

In the meantime, I hope you take a few minutes to enjoy the view I’m able to bring you with my pictures.

A dock on a peaceful lake

A dock on a lake at sunset
A dock on a peaceful lake at twilight


A throwback to Nova Scotia

A foggy landscape featuring a small house, water, and reeds in Nova Scotia

I know, throwback pictures are supposed to be saved for Thursdays. I’m posting this one anyway. Why? Because Saturdays are my dedicated photo days. I didn’t have this blog back when I took this picture, however, so I’ve never shared it here.

I took this one way back in 2011, when my grandma and I took a trip out to Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick. It’s easily my favourite from the trip–not counting some entertaining pictures of me, my grandma, and my grandma’s friend, but I’ll save us all the shots to our dignity by not posting them here.

Anyway, when I took this one, I was trying to capture how foggy the day was. I think that came across, though it’s possible I’m only seeing what I want to see. So what do you think? Is this a foggy Nova Scotia landscape? Or a picture that didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to, though maybe still looks kind of interesting?

Summer nights


If you read July’s Monthly Update, you may remember that I mentioned I was going on vacation early in the month. I went with my mom, brother, and sister-in-law down to the States for about a week and a half.

It was a great trip–lots of shopping, lots of family time, and lots of relaxing. It was exactly what we all needed.


The first half of the trip was spent in Iowa. We have family there, and it had been about five years since we’d been down to visit. They did come up to see us recently–for Denie and Kaleigh’s wedding last summer, and for Dad’s funeral in December–but it felt like a really long time since we’d been the ones to make the trip.

I’m so glad we made it this summer. Plus, our timing meant we were there for July 4. Admittedly, the fireworks we saw were a bit disappointing, but spending the day out at my aunt and uncle’s farm was pretty wonderful.


The second half of the trip was spent at a cabin in Minnesota. We rented a place on Lake Emily for a few nights. It was the perfect size for the four of us, with a large fire pit and a path directly down to the lake. Our timing was perfect, too. It rained a couple of nights, but the days were sunny and the evenings beautiful.

All of that said, the trip was bittersweet. It was our first family vacation without my dad, and his presence was definitely missed. He would have enjoyed both Iowa and Minnesota, and having him there with us would have made it so much better.