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Forest Maternity Photos for Family

I’m so grateful that I was asked to snap a few shots for some of my favourite people in the world. They are soon expecting baby girl number three so we decided to have a little forest photo shoot to remember this time, here are a few of my favourites.

While taking these photos I realized how important it is to step out of my comfort zone and try something new and also to follow my creative instincts. The last photo which is one of my favourites was spontaneous and I feel that it shows my person style, subtle, incorporates nature and really uses the light of the evening. Looking forward to exploring this passion more in new environments.

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An afternoon Cultivating Shiitake Mushrooms(Day 1)

Yesterday we spent a few hours helping out at the Boyter Family Farm in Fonthill to learn about the process of cultivating mushrooms by working hand in hand with them. Here are a few photos from the first stage of cultivating shiitake mushrooms with a brief description below each as well as a link with more in depth information if you’re interested.

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Violet and the pile of cut Maple logs, we used for cultivating. It’s recommended to use a hard wood for Shiitake Mushrooms such as oak, birch and beech along with a few others are also options for  the process. 
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Drilled holes for inoculation approximately 1 inch in depth.
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Drilling the holes to later fill with shiitake spores.
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Melting bees wax using an old crock pot as a double boiler. 
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Hardened block of bees wax that was later melted for capping the holes filled with spores.
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Using a bent spoon to cover the holes.
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 Maple logs filled with mushroom spores and capped with bees wax.