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Davis Bennett
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Attended Nova Scotia Community College
Lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Ketch Harbour Barrens on a wintery, freezing day.  After my chilly hike, some Dr. McGillicuddy's Cinnamon Fireball whisky went down mighty fine! :)
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Just the other day, I was getting away from the 'puter at lunch and I took a walk in my new working neighbourhood of Gottingen Street. I came across this alleyway and as I walked up it, noticed this piece of paper weighed down by two rocks on a concrete slab. The sentiment hit me very hard that in such an inocuous place, someone would take the small time and effort to write this and place this for people to see. Yes, it's a small gesture, but in this big, crazy and out of control world, we need to see the good. I then walked up the alley and then came across this sign giving some history of this alley with a chalkboard asking the community how they would like to see this small corner of the neighbourhood to be improved. I have no idea who put it up or whether the recommendations can and will be implemented, but it was wonderful to see all the community input. After decades of Gottingen Street being a grungy place to be, it is making a stupendous and heartfelt comeback.
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After looking through your pictures one sees that you are a beautiful man ! I soooo enjoy your pictures. 😄
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A couple of weekends ago I went out and caught some food, beer 'n pool with a buddy of mine. Let's just say the photographic shot turned out muuuuuuch better than my pool shots! 
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Well, it's late April and to me that has usually signalled the big wind-up for my weeklong canoe trip to the hinterlands of Nova Scotia. Years ago, when I was a student studying geology at university, we had a very dynamic instructor who ran caving trips down to West Virginia for us students who were so inclined, and I was forced to make a choice: canoeing or caving (please don't say spelunking -- it's nice that you know that word but that's really just for academics!  Sometimes I chose canoeing, sometimes caving but either way it was always a grand adventure. One year in particular though I chose caving and a good buddy of mine came with us and drove down in the pickup truck with my other friend from school. It was pretty much a 24 hour drive so we listened to LOTS of tunes and I swear we pretty much wore away the cassette tape of the Traveling Wilburys first album and Steve Earle's Copperhead Road. Other than the caving, we had some pretty good adventures from being stopped at the border for a couple of hours (I though we looked like students but the customs officers thought we looked like drug runners) to getting pulled over by a state trooper for making an illegal u-turn in Jersey ("Everything's legal in Jersey as long as you don't get caught!") It was always a pretty wild time when down in WV -- good caving during the day and some good blowing off steam at night right after final exams. Sometimes things got a little out of hand -- I'm thinking of the communal drink pot on the front porch with some crazy break-dancing attempted by all. But looking back, we were young, no one got hurt, and other than having to sleep at the far end of the cowfield surrounded by cows and "cow paddies" one night, no harm, no foul!
And now my tangent... You and I may not know each other from caving or canoeing; perhaps I was hitchhiking in Newfoundland when we coincidentally ran into each other or perhaps I met you while prospecting in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick or Quebec. Maybe I met you on a plane or talked all night on a train in Europe. It could be that we drank a few bottles of cheap wine on a dark back street in the Plaka and got a little too emotional. Or perhaps we met on a train while traveling above the Arctic circle in Norway and Sweden and spontaneously jumped off to camp together in Abisko. You could be one of the people who didn't laugh at my really bad guitar playing at a warm summer night's beach party or even one of the dear friends I grew up with in New Jersey as a young boy.
Looking back as a family man who has more or less settled down (other than canoeing the last week in April , I'm so grateful that I've had these experiences and this life as they were so incredibly memorable. I feel blessed to have shared the camaraderie with so many wonderful people throughout the years. I've gone on solo camping trips before, and the truth is, they are nice... but to me, it's all about sharing those times with people and that is what has always made it the best for me. With all that in mind, I want to thank all my "brothers and sisters in arms" over the years for the great times and please know, that I think back to those times whether they were planned or chance encounters, with fondness and a secret smile. I still remember those times, I still remember you, and would love nothing more than to someday bump into you again  Thank you so much.
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Yesterday's mission in the woods was to attempt to hike to Grover's Lake as it seems it would be much easier in the winter due to the boggy areas being frozen over.  I decided not to make the full attempt as the weather was a lot milder and every once in awhile I found myself up to my knee in water as I broke through the ice so I abandoned the trek until another deep freeze hits.  That said, I got a few good shots of my hiking companion Kyla.  In this shot below I called to her and when she saw me pointing the cam in her direction, she got interested and started walking towards me.  I didn't have time to compose the best shot, but this was the result just before she licked the lens :)  She's a total goofball!

#Hiking #AnimalPhotography #dogloversworldwide
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Now that's a snozz!
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While my son was doing some taekwondo training in Antigonish, I walked around the downtown and snapped some pics. I had a heck of a sunspot in the pic so decided to play with it a little and have some post-processing fun.
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This is very cool processing!
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Thanks man -- helped me! :)  I'm back online playing
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you are welcome....
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This is time #2 that you're videos have helped me out and I just wanted to thank you.  I'm not currently in a position to have afforded the service call and I would estimate that you've now saved me over $200 over the 2 times that I've used your videos. Please keep up the good work and empowering us average Joes :)
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I'm a little late for "Swampy Saturday" as I needed some time to dig up my swampy pic :)  This was taken a couple of years a go in the spring on the edge of Lake Ainslie, Nova Scotia where a swampy stream runs into the lake.  For some reason, I'm drawn to swamps -- they seem to be a place of mystery to me... Always forsaken and lonely.  Plus it's a great place to fish for bass :)

+Swampy Saturday  #swampysaturday  
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Fantastic tutorial Jim!  I'm just about to purchase a Garmin 62s myself and that's how I happened onto your tutorial.  Other than the device actually working, my biggest concern was with map options and this video answered all my questions. Please keep up the great work!
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Thanks man -- worked like a charm once I got past the Mac filesystem partitioning issue that was the result of the MacOS upgrade.  I love it when you are using a Mac and HAVE to boot into a unix command prompt to solve the problem...  Anyone still think Mac's are user-friendly?
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As a transplanted American who only became Canadian 1 year ago, I have to agree with the last line :)
 
I found this video and I really enjoy it.

I'm Glad I live in Canada
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    Build/Release Specialist, 2014 - present
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IT-guy and amateur photographer who is obsessed with canoeing!
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I'm a 40-something outdoorsy guy whose passion (other than my family) is canoeing.  I've got one foot in the sciences and another foot in the arts (thanks Mom!).  I'm an amateur photographer and have contemplated writing for quite sometime -- hmm... perhaps I'm also a procrastinator?  I lean to the left on most things political and consider myself strongly spiritual, just not in the organized sense.  My motto is: "Whatever gets you through the night..."
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My wife is absolutely awesome and I honestly don't know where I'd be without her! My kids are 15 and 17 years of age, curious, articulate, funny, sporty, compassionate, socially-minded and good students. Now if we could only get them to do their chores! :) Oh yeah, and I also made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs! Hahah!
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  • Nova Scotia Community College
    Computer Science, 1998 - 1999
  • Dalhousie University
    Earth Sciences
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