After my first short visit to Nopiming Provincial Park in Manitoba I knew I’d have to return for some more. This time I was able to spend the whole day shooting around the park. I still have much to explore but it was a great day of shooting except for a late break out of mosquitoes.
First shot of the day was down Tanco Mine Rd. which ends up at a mining facility. Go figure! It wasn’t the best spot to catch the morning light but I made the best of the situation.
My second stop was also down Tanco Mine Rd. This is where I spotted this almost dried up water fall. I could only imagine how theses falls would look with more water in them. It was a nice quite and peaceful start to the day. While shooting this location I said to myself many times I was glad I got up early. Nothing beats the morning light, air and peacefulness.
After exploring Tanco Mine Rd. I took a short trip over to Tulabli Lake. This was the highlight of my last visit to Nopiming and was a major highlight of this trip as well. This time I explored the shores a little more and found many photo opportunities.
It’s a good thing I don’t have vertigo or am afraid of heights as that allowed me to get some nice perspectives of Tulabi Lake.
I just love all the exposed roots throughout the area. I had to wait to take the photo below as there were some kids at the top of the cliff throwing rocks into the water directly over my head. At first I thought it was a beaver smacking it’s tail on the water (which happens to me a lot in nature). After they saw I was there taking photos the stone storm let up. Which is good as I didn’t bring a hard hat!
After a great photo session at Tulabi Lake it was time to move on and explore the area some more. I stopped when I came to a large pond/marsh on the side of the road. I wanted to see if there were any photo opportunities. After not seeing any I started heading back to my car. That is when I noticed way in the distance what looked to be some rushing water. I trekked through bush, near where I parked, to get a better look and sure enough, there was, what looked, like water falls in the distance. Now the decision to go check it out or not. It was at least 300-400 yards away and I’d have to push through bush to get to it. “Screw it, I am going for it!” I thought. I figured I wouldn’t need anything other then my wide angle so I packed light. This time remembering to bring some water. So off I went. It was quite interesting trekking through the bush. The forest bed was covered in thick vegetation and it was like walking on an air mattress. There was good evidence that a large bear has been or lives in the area. Some of the trees along the way had be broken by something heavy. I made sure to keep my eyes and ears extra alert. It took a while but I eventual got there and I was so glad I made the trip. The location was exactly like what I was hoping to find. I was able to step across many of the rocks which allowed me to get some great angles. In the process of shoot these falls my trusted water bottle came unhooked from my belt and fell in the water. All I could do was watch as it floated away!!!!!!! It floated to the middle of the pond and there was no way I was swimming to get it. My only hope was that would eventually get stuck on the shore and I would be able to get it later.
After losing my water bottle I continued on and explored the falls further. Not far from the falls did I come across this beautiful pond. There was a huge beaver dam there as well but no beavers to be seen. It was holding back most of the water in the pond.
I continued to shoot in this area for about another hour or so. On the way back I checked to see it it made it to shore and it did. Well, sort of! It was hung up in some long grass next to a large rock face. Not easy to get to at all. I managed to move it around with a long stick and get it to an easier to access spot. Even then, I still had to balance on some fallen trees to get to it! I was happy to get my trusted water bottle back. I thought it was a gone’r! Shortly after leaving this area I stopped for a drink and the local store owner confirmed my suspicions about a bear in the area. I was lucky she must have been out looking for food.
A Scott Kroeker exploration just wouldn’t be complete without some culvert photos. If you’ve been following my work you will know that I am a sucker for a good culvert photo. This time I found one really twisted up one. While exploring I ran into a couple hunters (father and son). The father, a soldier stationed at a nearby base, told me about this little spot where there were two culverts and some rushing water over rocks. I took his advice and drove the area suggested. The road was a little rough and a couple of mud holes I needed to navigate around but I made it to the spot. All though there was quit a lot of rapids over rocks most if it was too covered in trees which didn’t make for many great photo opportunities. Near the culverts was the only area worth shooting. Unfortunately, when I arrived, the light was very harsh. This was a good time to take a break and relax for a while. After having a quick rest and something to eat the light had improved and it was back to shooting. At first I wasn’t sure about this spot until I noticed all the rocks covered in green. I used a CPL filter to help bring out the vibrant greens through the water.
A day of shooting wouldn’t be complete without a sunset. I was hoping for a better sunset but this wasn’t that bad. I raced back to Tulabi Lake to shoot the sunset. I quickly packed up my gear and took the hike to the top of the cliff. I wish I had arrived about 20min earlier to better set up some shots. The view from the top of the cliff is very nice. Great place to sit and take it all in. Times like these are when I wish I didn’t have to work and could just explore Canada and it’s wonderful landscapes!
All packed up and ready to make the two and half hour drive home I had to stop and back up when I saw the boat launch road. The color at the end of it was calling me! By this time the light was fading fast but just enough to capture two more photos. That is when I realized that storing filters in your back pocket doesn’t work so well. I hope to return again to Nopiming and continue exploring the area!
Thanks for looking!