A future archivist he is not…

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Storage Wars should come a callin’…

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I have no idea where they store all this stuff at school. I also have no idea where we are supposed to put it all.

Animal Portrait #20 – KATE

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“For me, the cold is no problem.  I know I have a shorter, stocky body but it conserves my heat and my long legs can move easily through the snow. But in the spring and summer, I can’t stand the bugs. Oh the bugs! Honestly, I’ll run for kilometres to escape the pesky things. Worse than wolves they are.”

Here’s another cool fact about Kate and her kind – she’s unique among the deer family in that both male and females grow antlers. Betcha didn’t know that! She’ll put them to good use foraging for food in the snow and ice and they’re great for giving a friend a back scratch – or so she tells me anyway.

Animal Portrait #19 – BOB

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It was a challenge getting this big fella to sit long enough to paint him.

“I’m born to graze man, I gotta be free!”, he said more than once. Indeed this mighty beast eats continuously as he roams vast distances across grasslands. Ecologically extinct throughout most of their historic ranges, Bob and his buddies are looking forward to a move to Banff National Park soon.

“The grass there is delicious , or so Dennis tells me , so yeah I’m looking forward to the move. Good thing I travel light cause I hate packing.” We look forward to having you Bob.

Animal Portrait #18 – STEPHANIE

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“Do you know why we’re called Mule Deer?” she demurred.

“No.” I replied.

“Well, we’re named for our ears which are large like a mule but I can assure you that is where our similarities end for I’m far less belligerent and not nearly as long in the face.”

Indeed you’re not Stephanie. With that attentive expression, those soulful eyes and the fact that you’re a great conversationalist, you made this portrait sitting one to remember.

Animal Portrait #17 – VIKTOR

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Despite my repeatedly asking if Viktor good give me just a hint of a smile, or to face me so that I could capture the full majesty of his flared facial ruff, he was having none 0f it. He sat, still as a statue, eyes fixed on a National Geographic documentary about hares that was running in the background. Intense? Ahhhhh… yeah, you could say that.

It’s mental… I mean, it’s a mental state of mind.

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Whatever you need to do to get yourself over the mental hump of pounding down the mountain side on two wheels and a chunk of aluminum I guess. And with signs like the one below, it’s probably a good philosophy…

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