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Terry Lawson
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I'm an Edmonton, Alberta, Canada based photographer who enjoys sharing views through my lens
I'm an Edmonton, Alberta, Canada based photographer who enjoys sharing views through my lens

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Through my photography I have taken myself to many special places in Western Canada. Places that continually remind of my how lucky I am to live in this part of the world. I can drive a few hours this way or that way from my home in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and find myself confronted by wonderment. Recently I left early in the mourning for a day at Abraham Lake West of Rocky Mountain House with +Peter Carroll to take in the beauty of this area. This place in the Rocky Mountains is truly overwhelming. It did not disappoint.
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Here are some of my favorite photos that I took this year in Canada, the greatest country in the world.
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One if the most incredible sights is the colourful CP Holiday Train making its way across the Alberta prairie on a beautiful winters night. This photo was taken as it made its way from Josephburg to Edmonton. I never get tired of seeing this train. I could even hear the clicking of the wheels on the tracks and the Christmas music playing from the train even though I was probably 1/2 km away.
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Morning sun hits The Three sisters in Canmore, Alberta, Canada
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Headed out to St. Albert, Alberta last night to take some photos of the CN Christmas Express train as it rolled over the wooden trestle bridge that spans the Sturgeon River.
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Grasses in the morning fog at Astotin Lake in Elk Island National Park, Alberta, Canada
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The simplicity of the prairie always draws me in. The big sky, the grasses, silence, the isolation, a ribbon of road winding thru it. For me it has always been a place to reconnect with the earth. This photo was taken Near Cypress Hills Provincial Park in Southern Alberta.
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On my way to have coffee with +Peter Carroll this morning I stopped on Saskatchewan Drive in Edmonton, Alberta to take this cool photo of this ribbon of red of the vehicles heading into downtown as they made their way across the Walterdale Bridge.
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I am still feeling the joy of my experience in Churchill, Manitoba surrounded by polar bears gathering to head out on the ice cap for the winter. The "Lords of the Arctic" are the iconic representation of Canada's North. The Western Hudson Bay Polar Bears numbering 900 to 1000 bears are one of 19 polar bear populations in the world. The total number of polar bears in the world number approximately 20,000-25,000. On my trip I was fortunate to see 25 of those bears. I feel so fortunate to have seen these amazing animals in the wild. Will my children and grandchildren have the same opportunity? The bears are dependent on the ice cap for their winter feeding. With climate change there are suggestions that before mid-century we could have a nearly ice-free Arctic in the summer. This increases the urgency with which we must act to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions to delay or avoid some of the worst consequences of climate change. Polar bears have relatively high genetic diversity within the species and can disperse over very long distances, suggesting that they may have some capacity to adapt to the ongoing changes in the Arctic. However, their dependence on sea ice makes them highly vulnerable to a changing climate. Polar bears rely heavily on the sea ice environment for traveling, hunting, mating, resting, and in some areas, maternal dens. In particular, they depend heavily on sea ice-dependent prey, such as ringed and bearded seals. Additionally, their long generation time and low reproductive rate may limit their ability to adapt to changes in the environment. Priorities for climate-informed polar bear conservation should include identifying and protecting the “last ice areas,” the parts of the Arctic that are projected to retain sea ice farthest into the future. It is also important to increase monitoring of polar bear populations, particularly their responses to declining sea ice. And as polar bears spend more time on land, we need to be prepared to manage for increased human-polar bear conflict.
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I recently spent a day on the shore of Hudson Bay, near Churchill, Manitoba watching polar bears as they gather to wait for the ice to form so they can head out onto the ice cap for the winter. What a thrilling day made possible by Classic Canadian Tours.
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