Pine Point Rapids
Who said; “Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action
rather it is timing it waits on the right time to act” Fulton J. Sheen
I can remember the first time we headed out to Pine Point Rapids in the Whiteshell Provincial Park in Manitoba. Being from British Columbia, I have played in and around waterfalls and rapids most of my life. Imagine my excitement, we were about to photograph rapids in Manitoba, but I was a bit skeptical. If the truth be told, Manitoba is so flat you can watch your dog run away for three days.
The park is about 2 hours northeast of Winnipeg MB, and to no surprise, there are several photo opportunities along the way. Any car trip that includes two or more photographers will extend it by at least several hours, there is just no getting around it. Read my blog on “don’t be afraid to get lost”.
Once you reach the trailhead, it’s a 20-minute walk through the woods to the White Shell River, and what a Manitoban
would call rapids. Yes, no surprise here, not much of what “I” would call rapids. It is, however, a great place for taking pictures. I admit I did several trips to Pine Point Rapids throughout my time in Manitoba, but on this occasion, it snowed the night before. As in all things Manitoban, it was freezing walking for 20 minutes in those big mukluk style boots carrying 30 plus pounds of camera gear. Well, you know it’s not the most fun one can have early Saturday morning. By the time we got to our destination the sun was up, but the sky, well, it was covered in clouds. I remember thinking, “Ya Right! Just my luck, two-hour drive, 20-minute walk in 6 inches of snow, just for this!” Insert heavy sigh here! But then, for a brief 20 minutes, the sun sparkled on the water and the fresh snowy river banks. Man, I’ve never moved so fast while bundled in warm winter clothing! It was like I was on fire, camera out, locked and loaded on the tripod, clicking away, and as fast as it came, it was gone!
Lesson learned: Never give up! Something will change and inspiration will hit. Just you wait!
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