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Arrow Valley Farm : : “Life in the Valley”

For the last 3 weeks I have been on Whatshan Cattle Co. Ranch in Edgewood B.C. I have been working for my food and accommodation and loving every minuet of it! Pouring concrete, making spindles for handrails, painted, cutting grass, fixing fences and anything else that life on the ranch required. We started at 9:00 AM and worked till 4:30 -5:30 depending on what was going on. Evenings were often spent on the deck, watching the sun go down, drinking local beer, followed by an awesome evening meal. The sleep here has been the best, deepest, most honest sleep I have possibly ever had.

 

When I could steal away from “work” I took my Canon 7D and tried to capture some of beauty of this place. They grow about 300 acres of hey, raise about 125 cattle, Bluehealers, Pomeranians along with a herd of horses! The nights that looked clear, I often set off  a timelapse. I have wanted to the light foreground of my timelapses for awhile and decided to do it by candle light. I had some issues with condensation on the lens, but thanks to a tip from Preston Kanak, I managed to get some Timelaspes I am pretty proud of. There are some in this video, but I will put a pure Timelapse piece soon-ish.

I didn’t set out to make a mini doco, I just wanted to be able to show people where I had spent my time between winters.

I spent my final day here pulling together my favorite clips and moments into this video. I welcome constructive criticism / comments, but please do take into account that this was more of an after thought than a preplanned production, limited editing time and non existent budget. 🙂

 

 

I hope you enjoy “Life on the Ranch”.

Please visit Arrow Valley Farm website if you have any inquiries about horse sales, hay sales, training, B&B.

If you have questions about horse training please go to Agora Horses.

John-Jo follows winter round the globe. His “summer” consists of  8 weeks a year (in two lots of 4) where spring comes into effect. To see more of his video work please go to his website .

 

Leaving Banff AB For Edgewood BC.

Well the snowboard season ends this weekend. Closing day is something I always attend. Not this year. I’m tired. Not in a bad way, just fatigued. My legs just wont let me ride how I want to. So, we moved out of our place, stayed on a couch or 2, had some good bye / see you later drinks and headed out to BC.

Took some pics as we were heading out.

Once in BC we have to cross a couple of ferries and I took some pics of a ferry in a dry dock while waiting. The sign clearly said “Danger Stay Out!” but as it was not locked I went in. I was impressed with the size of the thing, just hanging there. I used my new Tokina 11-16mm F2.8 lens but left the lens shade in the car. Could have used it. Oh well, still happy with how some of the shots came out.
Got some more shots on the 2nd ferry as we docked.

Tonight is supposed to be a “Super Moon” with the moon being 14% closer and 30% brighter than normal. We are expecting broken cloud cover tonight and I’m hoping to get a Time Lapse of it some how. Will be a hard one to expose for as well as the fact I will be trying to hit a moving target. Fingers crossed for a usable result.

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