Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Snowshoe Race and Exhaustion!

One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture,
and if it were possible to speak a few reasonable words.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


It was so hard to drag myself out of bed this morning but I feel great other than the aches and pains from using all those muscles I have not used in a very long time. Up and down, over and under, round and round it was exhausting. The conditions were perfect, an overcast sky and a lack of sun so there would not be any natural light but there would be no glare either. It was warm enough to not have to wear too many layers, the word comfortable comes to mind.

My morning started early this Sunday I wanted to see the behind the scenes work being done and get used to the climate and conditions. I made the trip with Leo (my camera) wrapped around my neck we went to work. You did not think I was one of those incredibly fit Snowshoe racers did you? Really…… for those of you who thought that, I am truly flattered you could possibly think I could do a 7km Snowshoe race. If I had of done that same route let me just say I would probably still be back there snapping photos and taking my time in the bush. You know very well there is no such thing as time or urgency to get out of the bush on my part.


I was doing a photo shoot (I always wanted to say that) with Leo. I was asked by my friend Derrick if I would take some photos of the race and I graciously accepted because honestly I love to watch and this is a great way to experience it. The fact that he thought I could do it I must admit made me a little nervous but excited. I am pretty sure all of you who read my blog know I am not too bad at photographing things that stand still and just let me take my sweet time. Those trees never blink nor move, perfect subjects. This was going to be a challenge which I had also done two years ago for Derrick but never with Leo. Leo and I were going to be learning our techniques together. All I could do was hope I would get it right and not get all blurry photos.

Every time I pick up this camera Leo it gives me the confidence to try anything and believe I can do it. The way Leo came to me, the gift that someone shared so that I could use her to share beauty with the world makes me so confident and happy. You know who you are and I am forever grateful, this tremendously gracious act has changed the way I and many others view our world, you are awesome.


I wandered around snapping photos of the hard working volunteers and the entertainment which to my delight were a couple of young talented singing guitar players who were awesome by the way. I decided with only ten minutes before the race according to the countdown clock that I better get ready. I dragged a chair to the field in front of the starting line, off to the side of the trail as to not get in the way, and plunked down, it sank in the deep snow and then I waited for that bell to ring starting the race.


 I could see every racer there anxious to get going and jumping with excitement while I was just hoping I did not mess this up. The bell rings “Go” they quickly come barrelling down towards me the snow flying the Snowshoes high in the air. I held Leo firm and kept snapping away. No reviewing my shots just capture it was all I was thinking. I photographed the last of the racers behinds, not sure if they would like that shot but I do, and then I dragged the chair back up near the warm fire and waited for them to race through that challenging course and then back through that finish line, where I would be waiting.


I warmed up a bit and then wandered around taking “Buttons style" shots of interest while I waited. Lying on the ground, crouching on my knees, and those reach high over my head shots. Every photographer knows those ones, the workout ones. Someone shouts out “There coming” I ran to the finish line stomped my Muck Boots firmly into a spot in the deep snow, stood tall and…… captured them all, one by one. Their faces filled with the looks of exhaustion and accomplishment.

 I finished shooting the racers and then the award ceremony; I had a lovely bowl of soup and visited with the friends I had met along the way. I dragged my aching tired body home and then anxiously loaded these Photo Shoot (I like saying that) photos into the computer. “By George” I think I did it, I was pleased, I do hope Derrick and the hard working racers are. Leo and I appear to work pretty well together on action shots, but I still think we will stick to the "Buttons style" ones for now.

"Pants on Fire" Love this one.
I sit here this morning after hearing from Derrick about how he loved the photos, I am aching from head to toe but I am happy it all worked out. Speaking of work out; if I feel this stiff and exhausted without even slipping on a Snowshoe, I find myself wondering how all those REAL Snowshoe Racers are feeling today. I had a great time and would do it again in a minute.

Later

39 comments:

  1. What wonderful pictures! I felt like I was right there with you. I would love to try that someday~

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  2. Ha! My favourite kind of exercise - exercising my shutter finger. :))

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  3. THANK YOU again so much for the photos. They are amazing and all of the snowshoe racers love them and appreciate having them as reminders of the race and what they accomplished.

    I can relate to your exhaustion. I always find that organizing races takes more out of me than actually running in them. Expect that's the same with doing a photo shoot!

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  4. First of all, I've been wanting to learn to snow shoe for a long time - I think next winter I will!

    Secondly, GREAT opening quote! I heartily embrace that. xo

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  5. What lovely, tidy little snowshoes those are. You should have seen the shoes I used as a child. They were my dads and they were HUGE big fat things that made you waddle like a duck to use them lol.

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  6. It's fun to go take picts of something different and fresh.

    Miss B, I nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award. Here are the details: http://theranchwifechronicles.com/liebster-blog-award/

    Have a great day!

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  7. What a fun experience to have and share! All of your photos were great but the pants on fire one made me chuckle...thank you for that.

    The Great Scot read your comment and was very touched btw. *hugs* from both of us!

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  8. Sounds like you had fun doing this photo shoot! I'm sure they loved the photos, too!

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  9. Hurray for you!!! i love that last image!!!
    Today, I made it across the road, and across the river - it felt so good to get away from the houses!!!

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  10. You go girl! Great you can share your camera talents with local folk. xo

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  11. This clicking exercise is fantastic.

    All of us enjoy it so much so that we would like to share with each other.

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  12. It is always complimentary when someone asks you to take photos and then truly loves them! Glad you enjoyed yourself too.

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  13. B.-You did an awesome job! I love the pants on fire photo too!

    I hope you get some much deserved rest now! Hugs:)

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  14. Well, you did a great job! So glad you didn't have to chase them all through the woods!

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  15. Awesome photos ! I am glad you had a good time looks like a lot of fun being there taking their photos ! Nice people and fresh air taking photos that's a good day to me ! Thanks for sharing and now get some R&R !

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  16. Great photos. Leo could not do it without you.

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  17. The pictures are great Buttons!

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  18. yay for you and leo! :)

    love the 'no liar' pants on fire shot!

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  19. Buttons,

    Great pictures! I can see Leo and you've become extremely comfortable with one another.

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  20. Hurray for you and Leo! I love that pants on fire shot!

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  21. What a fun race, I love to snowshoe! Great shots and thanks for sharing them.

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  22. How fun! I love the shots of the snowshoes - they are so cool! I'd like to try them out someday.

    Oh, and I know what you mean about the workout shots. I have been sore sometimes after I crawl around and squat a lot trying to get good photos!

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  23. Such wonderful pictures!!! Love that you got to do a "shoot" :) And I'm with you, 7km? how do they do that!?

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  24. YAY Derrick!!

    And your outdoor action photo shoot pictures are wonderful - love love love the colors against the background of the snow - captures the excitement of the race - you be such a professional photographer !

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  25. Went and checked out Derricks health and adventure blog - and joined, teehee :) its amazing how the snowshoe evolved to a tenny runner LOL For deep snow I suppose you have to really spread your walk to make sure you dont sink, but if youre running I suppose you have less chance to sink! Makes me rethink my gut and wood traditionals - but I do like how they handle deep snow, and Im not running in the woods either LOL This snowshoe racing is so interesting!!

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  26. oh and for my last comment LOLOLOL

    the burning of the blue jean man - is that a tradition at these snowshoe races???


    LOLOL

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  27. Great pictures -- I can't even imagine running in snowshoes, much less race. Looks like everyone was having such a great time.

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  28. I want to see a snowshoe race. That looks so fun.

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  29. Congratulations on a great job! I loved the photos, and your storytelling made the whole post very enjoyable! I've never seen a snowshoe race--I've never had a snowshoe on my foot--so this was all new to me.

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  30. What a great story buttons, you and Leo are kinda famous, you may have to have business cards made ;))))

    The pictures are awesome, it looks like fun, NOT!

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  31. You and Leo make a great team! Nice work. Thanks for your encouragement to me and my interest in snowshoes. I'm planning to take mine out for another adventure tomorrow to the lake where the wild swans are coming in in their way north.

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  32. Wow - I know that feeling of exhaustion that comes from doing distances like that; I've felt that way after a long walk along a beach ;>) No snow shoes required - bare feet on the sand.

    You had me wondering at first if you'd actually raced the 7km also. Great shots - I'm sure the racers were pleased. Good for you for stepping out of your comfort zone.

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  33. I love the colorful clothing and gear on the snow shoe racer's going through that big red arch! Who knew there were snow shoe races? I've never heard of it. Sounds like you had fun testing out your photo skills with Leo! Good for you! xx

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  34. Wow, what a fun thing to get to do! I'm glad Derrick and the racers liked your pictures! I know you got quite a workout but I'll bet it was worth it!! :)

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  35. You are always so entertaining when describing your outings. Love PANTS ON FIRE! Too cute! You and Leo are getting along wonderfully.

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  36. Thanks for taking us on that outing , I thought we were going to get run over for a minute there when they all came barreling towards us!

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  37. i love your photos too!
    and i still have not gotten my snowshoes out this winter...shame on me.

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  38. Your stories and photos from this race are wonderful, and I love to learn more about this--from the comfort of my warm office. Kudos to all for organizing and running, and to you, for standing out there for so long to capture all of it so beautifully. I am sending hugs that I hope will warm you up.
    C

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