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Creativity Expressed Through Photography – for Feb. 9, 2009

Living in rural Saskatchewan, Brenda Cardiff, an accomplished photographer captures wildlife with her camera in the Last Mountain Hills, while enjoying it in a natural setting.

“I live where there is an abundance of open country, prairie, poplar and willow bluffs, sloughs and small muddy lakes, which provide an environment teeming with wildlife activity. Deer, foxes and coyotes have always been common sightings, but in recent years we have witnessed moose, beavers, cougars and heard reports of wolves and even a wolverine moving into our area,” said Cardiff.

Brenda and her husband live on his family’s homestead where they farm grain, and which has a spectacular view of the hills from their kitchen window.

“Nature’s beauty is found in the most amazing places; if we slow down, and take time to enjoy the simple things in life. We’re in the land of living skies, thunderstorms, funnel clouds, lightning, sunsets which can be captured in a photograph,” said Cardiff.

A few years ago Cardiff bought her first digital camera and has also invested in new photography equipment including a tele -photo lens for shooting wildlife close up.

“I love to create things through drawing, doodling, painting, etc. Photography seems to have become a way in which I can express my creative side. I enjoy editing photographs to create different effects and I have been taking photography classes at SIAST in Regina. The more you learn, the more advanced lenses and cameras you want,” said Cardiff.

“Family and friends have encouraged me to take my photography to craft and trade shows. I really enjoy the personal contact with people there and everyone has a story to share. Sales of my work mean I can invest in more photography equipment,” said Cardiff.

“One of my favourite photographs is three moose trotting down our grid road towards our son who was driving home. It was a random shot. I was lucky to be there at that moment or I would have missed it. It pays to take your camera everywhere,” said Cardiff.

Cardiff has displayed her photography at The Whistle Stop Christmas Craft Sale in Moose Jaw and businesses in Duval and Strasbourg have it on display for sale. Cardiff can be reached via e-mail at [email protected]or by phone at 1-306-484-4413.

Joan Airey writes from Rivers, Manitoba

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