On Sunday, September 11th I spent the day photographing the Salmon Arm Fall Fair Horse Show. It was such a fun day filled with so many talented riders! To view the gallery visit http://kelseyraberphotography.pixieset.com/salmonarmfallfair/
Victoria of Valley Canine asked me to photograph her tracking course. I had such a fun time running around following the dogs as they tracked and I definitely got my exercise in!
About Tracking and the Course:
This is an extensive course that will teach your dog to track scent. In the course your dog will learn how to track human scent and animal scent. This program teaches you and your dog all the essentials to a successful track. Tracking is such a fun and exciting activity to do with your dog! When Victoria was in school she did 10 hours of in class tracking training and 50 hours of tracking out in the field. Her German Shepherd, Nala, started the first day with a 200 yard track and by the end of 3 weeks she was tracking a person who was hidden in the forest 2045 yards away; that is over a kilometer away!
In This Course You Will Learn:
How to lay a proper track, The different types of tracks, how to use articles on track, how to properly end a track, equipment that will be needed, common handler faults, how weather influences tracking, how to work a proper tracking relationship with your dog, how to prepare your dog for the track, the science behind the tracking nose, surface awareness, how the olfactory system of a dogs nose works, different types of tracking (tracking vs trailing), fundamentals of tracking dogs, indications/signs the dog will show during a track, how to properly handle your dog during a track, and hand on experience handling your dog during a track.
The People/Competition Side Of Tracking:
- In this course your dog will learn how to search for human scent, and will track a person who has laid a trail and hidden at the end.
- This prepares and teaches the dog for, search and rescue, sport Tracking (CKC tracking test and CKC competitions and Schutzhund competitions)
- Tracking dogs can be used in many different situations, such as, police work, search and rescue, explosives searching, drug searches, dog sports and for hunting.
The Hunting/Animal Side Of Tracking:
- In this course your dog will also learn how to track animal scent (for hunting/tracking animals) ie. a person will drag a deer pelt behind them as they lay a track.
This will teach the dog:
- Tracking Deer and many other wild animals
- Trailing/tracking a blood trail of a wounded or deceased animal (for hunting)
To find out more about what Valley Canine has to offer visit http://www.valleycanine.net!
Jasmine and Chris's Lake Country engagement session was nothing short of spectacular! The view from their friends property was to die for and the lighting was perfect! They even brought along their fur baby Jasper to be a part of their session! I can't wait to photograph their wedding in 2.5 months! Here are some photos from their dreamy session!
It's official, spring is finally here! For me, that means it's hiking season! Today I decided to venture to BX Falls to get some waterfall photos while spring melt is in full swing. There are two trailheads to get to BX Falls, one off of Tillicum Road and one off of Star Road. If you start out at the Star Road entrance it is a nice 2 hour walk along the river. The Tillicum entrance is only about 5 minutes from the falls, but the hike down is steep. I usually do this trail a few times a year and its beauty never fails to amaze me. After the hike to BX Falls I headed to a lookout that I had been scouting for a while, but was waiting for a sunny day to take photos. I have lived in a few other places around BC, but nothing seems to compare to the beauty of the Okanagan!
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Last Saturday I attended an event called The Hair Raising Affair. Before I go in to any further detail about it I want to give a huge shoutout to Chelsey from Evolve Studio. She is a single mother that works full time and she planned this amazing event in just 2 short months. You never would have known by how well it was planned! Chelsey did an amazing job and I feel so grateful to know such a kind and selfless person. Hats off to you Chels, you turned a dream into a reality and you should be so proud of yourself!
The Hair Raising Affair raised funds for The Vernon Women's Transition House and The Sweet Smiles Society. There were also 3 individuals who cut their hair and donated it to Children with Hair Loss and Angel Hair for Kids. These two charities provide wigs for financially disadvantaged children suffering from burns and cancer. Chelsey's goal was to raise $6000. The final total is not in yet, however she knows that the original goal was more than TRIPLED!
There were a few amazing surprises throughout the night that no one, not even Chelsey, knew would happen. Chelsey was planning on cutting off the majority of her hair, only to be left with a short pixie cut. 10 minutes before Chelsey was about to get up on the stage to have her hair cut an announcement was made. If $1000 was raised before Chelsey's scheduled time she would shave her head. A bowl went around the venue and the money started coming in. 2 minutes before Chelsey was set to be on stage they did a count. Because there was such a short amount of time to collect additional donations, they were only able to collect $520, $480 short of the $1000 goal. This is when the generosity of three great people came in. Raj of R. Bagha Orchards and Jim & Lori Ryan decided that they would split the remaining amount, $240 each! This was not the first donation that they had made either. They were gold sponsors of the event, meaning that they had already donated $1000.
The next surprise happened after Chelsey had finished getting her head shaved and as the event was winding down. Jim Ryan mentioned that he would donate another $1000 if someone else would donate their hair. That is when Cyndy stepped up to the plate. Cyndy had no intention of cutting her hair that night, but she didn't hesitate when the opportunity arose!
The Hair Raising Affair was a huge success! Congratulations Chelsey, you did an absolutely amazing job! Also, it couldn't have been done without the kindness and generosity of everyone that attended, as well as the event sponsor!
The past couple days have been full of adventures taking some photos I have meant to take for a long time! Every day on my drive to and from work I admire the beauty of the valley, and every day I tell myself that I am going to go out and capture it. Well finally after a good 2 weeks I did just that! The sunset was spectacular yesterday and I just couldn't help but to snag a couple photos! I also wanted to get out a few evenings in the summer and get some photos of the Aurora Borealis (aka Northern Lights.) For some reason I always had an excuse or was "to busy" to do it. When I drove home tonight it was dark, and I could clearly see the lights dancing throughout the sky. That was it, no more excuses! I grabbed my gear and headed to a construction site near by. When I was out capturing the aurora it was 0 degrees, and anyone that knows me knows that I am almost always cold. Needless to say I was not very prepared for the cold and only lasted about 15 minutes before packing up my gear and heading back home. I managed to get a couple photos on my first time out, and I couldn't be happier! The Aurora is supposed to be strong again tomorrow so I am hoping to go give it another shot!
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