Manitoba Sky Monday, January 30/17

Last week's sky had some amazing clouds!
I took these over the course of a few days...
starting on Wednesday.

January Journal

 The month of January has brought us everything from blizzard conditions with high winds and blowing snow, to frigid temperatures dipping down to - 47 with the windchill, to balmy spring time weather, bright blue skies, and then rain and fog. Only in Manitoba, eh?

Garden Arbour in the snow

A snowy start to the month
Early in January we had high winds and blowing snow. 
Fortunately, we were on the edge of the storm, 
and didn't get the snow others did.

Sparkling snowbanks after the storm
The winds left beautiful, sparkling snowbanks that resembled sand dunes.

The dog is enjoying the snow
The dogs loved playing on the snowbanks 
that allowed them to see over the fence.

Mid-January, Brian took a drive south of Shilo,
 then headed west, collecting photos along the way.
The things he does for his wife!

Snowy barren plain

How's that for barren plains?

Snowy barren plain

Snow Dunes

Snowy Creek

Snowy River

Snowy Creek

He came across these deer near Wawanesa.

Deer on the ridge
Deer on the ridge

Deer on the ridge

The warm weather continued into the third week.
These photos were taken January 21st.

Walking in deep snow through garden arbour
You can see how deep the snow is around our garden arbour.
I think the dogs were worried when I started to sink!

Trampoline snow fort
The neighbour kids have made a snow fort under their trampoline.

The dog playing in the snow
Raven, Danica's Cavadoodle loves the snow!

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel,  Jet, in the snow
This is Jet, one of our Cavaliers.

Neighbour's horse enjoying spring like weather
Our neighbour's horse enjoying the day.

Who needs to go for a drive to find deer, when they come right into the yard?

Everyone is enjoying this nice reprieve from winter, but real winter weather will be back soon, I'm sure...In the meantime, it's been wonderful!

Manitoba Sky Monday, January 23/17

The sky was as beautiful as the weather this week...










Swiftly flow the days....
Beautiful Blue January Sky

(from Fiddler on the case you missed that)

Have a great week!

Hot Taco Dip Recipe

 This oven baked taco dip is a great dish to bring to any get together, or just for a treat at home! The recipe is flexible, so you can adjust it to your own taste.

Recipe and Instructions

1 pkg. cream cheese
2 cups (500 ml)cottage cheese
Heat and mix well
Spread in  9 x 13 baking dish.

Top with:
1/2 pkg of taco seasoning
chopped green pepper
chopped green onion
chopped tomato
chopped black olives
chopped jalapeno peppers

Top with:

salsa (1-2 cups as desired)
grated marble cheese
remaining taco seasoning

Heat in oven for 20 minutes at 350 F.

Stir and serve with tortilla chips. Enjoy!

Manitoba Wildlife

 This is Part 2 of a series of posts featuring the photography of Brent Sharp. Spending time in our beautiful Manitoba Parks, as well as some northern communities, have provided Brent with an opportunity to photograph some of our wildlife.

 These River Otters, came right up to the boat 

Caribou, during migration at Ilford, MB

Black Bear cub- Learn More
Riding Mountain National Park

Riding Mountain National Park

Cinnamon Coloured Bear, Clear Lake (back country)
 The coat colour of black bears is commonly black.
 However, it can range from blond, cinnamon or light brown 
to dark chocolate including many intermediate colour combinations. 

Brent Sharp lives in Winnipeg, with his wife, Gwen, and their son, Jacob. He's a carpenter by trade, but says he felt the need for a hobby that was not related to woodworking.  

In 1988, he got is first camera, an old 35 mm, from a pawn shop, by trading his time. He learned photography through reading and a lot of practice. Thirteen years ago, he got his first DSLR. By this time, he had come to realize that he could use photography to express himself. He took literally, the expression, "A picture paints a thousand words."

 Brent says he's always looking for an adventure, and something new to challenge himself with. He can never get enough of the we can see from his photography! His travels have taken him to Europe, Mexico, the US, and from coast to coast to coast. 

Brent now works as a teacher, training other carpenters. He's kept his passion for woodworking, but photography is slowly taking over. He's always trying to create more behind the camera than behind the computer. His own studio is now on the horizon, and his goal is to share something new with people every week. You can follow him on Instagram- bgassociates

All photos in this post are the property of Brent Sharp, and cannot be used without his permission.

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