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Royce Howland
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Quick reminder: tonight from 5:30 - 8:00 PM is the PULSE Opening Reception. I hope to see many of you there, as I share work along with my exhibit partners Anne-Laure Autin-Wright, Andrew Millar and Jeff Cruz. We'll be at Inglewood Fine Arts with bells on! :) Click through this link for details:
http://www.inglewoodfinearts.com/exposure-2016
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Staging my series of prints -- starting the hanging at Inglewood Fine Arts for the PULSE exhibit, coming soon as part of the 2016 Exposure Photography Festival. Special thanks to Derek Bisbing for his framing work. My series is on display from February 2 - 28, along with collections from Jeff Cruz, Andrew Millar and Anne-Laure Autin-Wright. I hope you'll check out the show. Book the evening of Friday, February 5 for the PULSE opening reception! #PULSEexposure2016
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This is a view of Ex Coelis Mountain, a collection of iconic, pyramid-like peaks in David Thompson Country, along Highway 11 between Nordegg and Saskatchewan River Crossing. This particular scene was during winter, when Abraham Lake was frozen. The dropping water level created a fractured, contoured expanse of ice, over which the triangular Ex Coelis mountain peaks rose skyward. It's one of my favourite views in a favourite area of Alberta.

Today is November 11, Remembrance Day, memorializing the end of hostilities in the "Great War", which all too soon became only the First of the World Wars. So I reflect on the name of this mountain, officially assigned in the 1990's. "Ex Coelis" is the motto of the First Canadian Parachute Battalion, whose members fought in World War II.

The 5 main peaks of Ex Coelis each have their own names. "Normandy", "Ardennes" and "Rhine" are named for significant battles in which the battalion fought. "Elbe" is named for the German river where the battalion contacted the advancing Russian army. And "Stan Waters" is named in honour of a distinguished Canadian commander.

Many times when I look at this view, as I do tonight, I think about the history behind these names. War is a terrible thing, even if it is sometimes necessary. There can be no doubt that large scale armed conflict brings out the worst of humanity's interactions, while at the same time many who fight or are otherwise caught up in conflict exemplify the noblest of traits -- service, courage, commitment, heroism, and even sacrifice. It's a complex thing, war; about which platitudes are easily dispensed but wisdom is hard-won.

Among those who may read this, there are probably many opinions on whether war can ever be necessary, or lead to anything good. Whether service in the country's military is the mark of a hero or somebody who has fallen for an out-dated notion of duty. Whether the political and military leaders who direct our forces are trustworthy, or fools easily swayed by arrogance, greed, or fear. Whether all problems can be solved by diplomacy, or some swords must be held back from being beaten into plowshares.

I do believe that the freedoms we enjoy today are in part the consequence of past generations of servicemen and servicewomen who made sacrifices, paying unthinkable costs and enduring tremendous burdens, so that others would not have to. And despite our range of opinions, I suspect we can all agree on this: we should today strive to continue building strong communities within a well-founded nation that welcomes those willing to live and work together in mutual respect, opportunity and justice. A country whose people a new generation will be proud to serve and defend if -- God forbid -- the need arises. If we do this, we honour the sacrifices of those who have gone before, support those who are serving now, and perhaps make our best attempts at preventing the need for such sacrifices in the future.

Reading tonight, I came across a quote from a French historian who lived and died before the advent of the 20th century's world wars. Ernest Renan said there are two things needed to build a nation. "One is the possession in common of a rich trove of memories; the other is actual consent, the desire to live together, the will to continue to value the undivided, shared heritage....To have had glorious moments in common in the past, a common will in the present, to have done great things together and to wish to do more, those are the essential conditions for a people. We love the nation in proportion to the sacrifices to which we consented, the harms that we suffered."

Ex Coelis Mountain symbolizes one portion of the trove of memories, created by generations before us, that makes up the Canada we have lived in. The desire and will to continue to live together and create a further shared heritage is up to us, if we want to ensure the memories we acknowledge on Remembrance Day were not created in vain.
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Congratulation +Royce Howland    your photograph has been selected to be displayed at +Photo Mania Canada #photomaniacanada.  Thank you for sharing your fantastic work us!
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Today we had clouds most of the day, plus light rain during the afternoon of our Fall 2015 photo tour. We're here to photograph, and photograph we did, mostly in areas of new and old forest fires. Most of the group said it was their most enjoyable day so far.
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Today, our Fall 2015 photo tour group had gorgeous light, weather and overall conditions. The aspen around Abraham Lake are prime right now. After getting into the groove yesterday, we are in full Fall mode today.
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Congratulation   +Royce Howland   your photograph has been selected to be displayed at +Photo Mania Canada #photomaniacanada.  Thank you for sharing your fantastic work us!
Have a great day!  :)
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Scouting the last 2 days was something of a bust due to heavy overcast & heavy rainfall. But the storm cleared today, brightening things up considerably. Fall around Abraham Lake in David Thompson Country offers a wonderful palette of colour & tone for the image-maker. With the rain ended now, conditions look great, and I'm sure our Fall 2015 photo tour group will make the most of it. 
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"Gearing Down from Some Hot Work", K7 carbon print. Just a reminder that the PULSE Opening Reception is coming up this Friday, Feb. 5, running from 5:30 - 8:00 PM in the Inglewood Fine Arts gallery in Calgary. Click through the link for exhibit details.
http://www.inglewoodfinearts.com/exposure-2016

The show itself runs Feb. 2 - 28, as part of the city-wide 2016 Exposure Photography Festival. So if you can't make the opening, I hope you'll drop by to see the work on another day.

This print will be on display; it's one from my series "Coal Oriented: Details from an Abandoned Coal Mining Operation". You can also see works on display by Anne-Laure Autin-Wright, Jeff Cruz, and Andrew Millar. Attendance is open to all, and please feel free to share. Cheers! ‪#‎PULSEexposure2016‬
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Here's a new photo from my on-going series made at an abandoned coal mine in Nordegg, Alberta...
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What a joy to find a kindred spirit!  At the present moment daily "civilization" is far from civil, with anger and hatred competing with what, to me at least, are rampant trivialities.  This image, as all your imagery, is a breath of honesty and simplicity and power, and that is what I, too, find in the natural world.  The human world, alas, seems incomprehensible while angles, curves, lines, and the exponential and fractal forms of nature are sublime and approachable, although ultimately unknowable except by approximation.
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Our time working together on the Fall 2015 photo tour is coming to an end today. After one final morning shoot we'll pack up and be on our separate ways. Each day in David Thompson Country has been unique and distinctive, all have been photographically productive. Another fantastic time in the area! 
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Yesterday our photo tour group was treated to some sunrise colour overlooking Abraham Lake, from the top of one of my favourite roadside rock piles. Hard to beat the view, and it's only 5 minutes from the lodge. 
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Overheard while our Fall 2015 photo tour group was trying a range of compositions of Mt. Wilson yesterday -- "Why did they stop here if there are no animals?" Um, duh... because this. 
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I like Fall for a lot of reasons. One of them is that ice starts to become a factor in outdoor photography again; I love photographing ice. Today our Fall 2015 photo tour group went out for sunrise near the Kootenay plains. After, we explored a riverbed and found the most amazing, tiny, intricate patterns in the thin layer of ice that formed over the silty mud last night. The low, raking morning light brought the patterns into relief, while at the same time quickly melting the ice that held the patterns. It's like Mother Nature left a message for someone -- us? -- in some ancient form of self-erasing hieroglyphics. 
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