Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Believing in you....

One person with a belief is equal to a force of
 ninety-nine who have only interests.
                      John Stuart Mill


Every year, and during only the best of conditions (I laugh at that statement as I sit here shivering the next morning in my kitchen) I volunteer to take photos for my friend Derrick Spafford during his Dion Red Barn Snowshoe Race.

 I love doing this for many reasons. I, an amateur snowshoe enthusiast and amateur photographer, understand the feeling of traipsing through the wilderness in the cold. I know this can and probably will give you a rush like no other. If you are able to capture some of that beauty with your camera it is like the icing on a cake.


The view is always amazing, and there is no other way that I have found in the dead of winter, that gives me that up close and personal feeling with Mother Nature’s wintery beauty. That being said I am pretty sure that the majority of the snowshoe racers in this particular race were too busy competing to notice what they were flying by.

 I also do this because I believe I have something to contribute even with my limited skills. Believing in you, even with your own lingering doubts provides something truly empowering once you conquer that fear of failure. A person that believes they can do something, and then gives it everything they have, will never be known as a failure, regardless of the outcome.


I did have conversations with a few of racers, who while still competing could not help but to stop, or at least slow down, to notice the beauty surrounding them while deep in the bush. Its indescribable beauty had the power to make them pause and take it all in, before once again going full out to that finish line. Nature has always had that ability to push you to your limit, but also bring you to a dead stop. The power that nature has on us is a wonderful thing don’t you think?

I had set a lawn chair up in the center of the deep snow. With a great view of the starting line plus the spot had the added bonus of sheltering me from that cold biting wind, while huddled under an old cherry tree, I pulled out my camera and waited. This is the part of the race that has always been my favourite. 


The determined faces of those racers bolting at full speed, never knowing what they will be facing ahead, and their trusting that they can and will conquer, regardless. Each and every face I photograph, shows a belief in the goal that they had set for themselves. Some racers knew they were going to cross the finish line in record time and win the race once again. Others knew they were going to finish and that was to be their only goal. Some may find it a bit difficult and have to turn back, but that is OK as they did the best they could for that day. I must point out that this is a very physically demanding race. I admire every person that believes in themselves that much too even tackle such a challenge.


Believing in oneself in life has to be one of the most difficult for many of us. I watched as young, and not so young racers tackled that race with their own limitations and ailments, to prove that as long as they continue to believe in themselves, there is nothing they can not face, nor conquer.

Sounds pretty simple at least to me. The best thing anyone can do for themselves would be to believe in you…….. Don’t you agree?


If you want to check out what Snowshoe racing really means CLICK HERE……… The photos and video will not disappoint. After watching, you may believe you can do this someday too. Believe and never stop.


My photos are in Gallery # 2.


Later

40 comments:

  1. Great photos! A snowshoe race must take incredible strength. How cold was it?

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  2. This does look like a great event to participate in or to photograph! Thanks for the links, Buttons. I will check them out. ;)

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  3. Brrrr! I'm sure your friend appreciated the photos. I hope you've thawed out in the meantime!

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  4. All I can say is Brrrrrrrrrrr... and great photos! Love the second to last shot!

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  5. Amazing is that snow. It certainly made me feel cooler but then it's getting towards 1 am down here...must iron a shirt for old time sake :) Hugs M xox

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  6. Wonderful photos! Looked like a fun day.

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  7. That looks like so much fun and exhilarating. I bet you have to be in good shape to race in the snow and cold. At least it's a great way to stay warm.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  8. I always think this looks like the coolest event, when you blog about it! I need to come do this. Of course...I've never snowshoed a day in my life...

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  9. really awesome! i can imagine the fitness that takes to lift snowshoes and run and keep your lungs going in such frigid air! love the one with the barn in the backdrop.

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  10. I would love to see this live. Your photos are the next best thing. What a work out!

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  11. Miss B,
    I believe in YOU! I honestly think that we can dream, at all ages. No matter if our dream is mental, physical, artistic, or beyond we can work towards anything we put our mind to. I love your words of wisdom today, thank you.

    It's warmed to 32*. The Rancher had to go to the Hills today and I am babysitting heifers.

    You be safe calving and stay warm.

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  12. you are a dedicated friend, to sit and take pics, in those conditions!!!!!! :-)

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  13. Wow B, what a great sport you are! Terrific photos of an amazing event.

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  14. how is it to run in those snow shoes? i bet it is different. i have seen them in person but never when we have snow. i want to try them out. i think that would be fun!! ( :
    have a great week, Button. you take care. i need to update because i have been missing you posts. sorry about that. i have had a busy day. got up early to help out the hubby & i am just getting to commenting. take care.

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  15. I believe I'll continue to see it through your eyes filled with wonder!

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  16. So darn awesome.
    I believe I'm going to start practicing this tomorrow,
    Great shots B.

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  17. Wonderful post and photos ! I believe I would be knackered after all that snowshoeing lol ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  18. I really want to try snowshoeing but I would be only walking not running!!

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  19. Looks like such a fun activity. I thoroughly enjoyed your words, especially these: "A person that believes they can do something, and then gives it everything they have, will never be known as a failure, regardless of the outcome."

    Fantastic job on the photos!

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  20. ohhh b, i remember this from last year, so fun!!! your words could not be truer!!!!

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  21. I had never heard of this before - looks like cold work to me!

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  22. Wow, looks fun! Yes, believing in one's self is all one needs:)

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  23. I cannot imagine doing that! I have run a 5K, but in the snow...with snowshoes?! Pretty cool!

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  24. haven't been the best temps for outside fun....that's a brave bunch...you included

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  25. Snowshoe racing! Oh my! Probably wouldn't even get off the starting line! Lol! I've never used snowshoes before.
    Cheri

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  26. Oh that looks like lots of fun for those fit enough to participate! It would take so much stamina. My favorite spot there would be sitting by the fire. :) Your photos are wonderful, Grace. Did anyone get a shot of you at this event?

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  27. and - have YOU for a friend . . .

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  28. I have running snowshoes that are 20 years old - I still wear them but rarely run in them anymore. They're lightweight and perfect as long as the snow isn't too deep. We also have larger heavier shoes that are better for deeper snow. I bet it was cold sitting in that lawn chair! You got great action photos.

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  29. Snow shoe racing takes an enormous amount of energy. I would think somebody who snow shoes as much as you do will have found you like a snow show for a very few inches of snow. I know I did.

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  30. I would have been hanging out by the fire drinking hot chocolate with lots of marshmallows. Mmmmmm that sounds good right now!

    Cindy Bee

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  31. How wonderful of you to document this race with these photographs and beautiful words. Lovely lessons to be learned from them :)

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  32. Looks like a great way to break up the winter blahs! We have thought of looking into snow shoes as a way to make the winter more enjoyable, we have plenty of trails.thanks for sharing :)

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  33. I have so much admiration for them! I am lucky to be able to plod around my place on my snowshoes, let alone run with them! I love the photographs, Buttons!

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  34. B,

    Beautiful pictures, thank you sharing. We used to have this up in Michigan, everyone made sure to wear goggles when running.
    All kinds of fun, and energy demonstrated here :-)
    Stay warm!
    Hugs,
    Sandy

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  35. Hey Buttons - So great of you to volunteer every year to take photos. Really great shots too ... you do a great job. It looks so beautiful there with all that snow. Your blog rings very true to me too. Where would we be if we didn't believe in ourselves? It is so important.

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  36. Wow, what a great post. Believing in yourself, one of the hardest things to do in this world I think. At least for me.

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  37. It looks like fun but I bet you have to be REALLY fit to do that!
    Lynne x

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  38. FUN! xoxo

    But I get paid to use mine LOL well, I used to. Now I wait for spring LOL xoxox

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  39. that is super...wonderful photos buttons!!

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  40. Loved the video and your gallery. It looks like a fun event for those watching not so sure about those participating but good on them for believing they could do it.

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