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Oct 09, 2016 21:00 |  #11311

Dear photographers, my dear husband of 30 years passed away this afternoon while he was holding my hand. I hope he is in a better place.


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Oct 09, 2016 21:39 as a reply to  @ itsallart's post |  #11312

:-(:-(:-( Marie and I are so sorry to hear this Renata. Our thought and prayers
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Oct 10, 2016 00:05 |  #11313

He passed holding the hand of his life partner and is in a better place, full of grace and peace. My sincerest sympathy goes to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


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Oct 10, 2016 04:29 |  #11314

So sorry, Renata. Just know your friends around the world are thinking of you.


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Oct 10, 2016 22:44 |  #11315

Deepest Sympathy Renata..
Really there are no words, but know that we are sending you love.


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Oct 11, 2016 10:28 |  #11316

I am so sorry Renata, words seem inadequate. I am glad you were with him at the end to see him on his journey. We all in here are thinking of you as you can clearly tell, thoughts, prayers, good wishes, etc are with you. Remember to take care of yourself in the days ahead.


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Oct 12, 2016 07:25 |  #11317

So sorry to hear this worst possible news, Renata.

One day when you are ready, please consider sharing a favorite story about your husband.

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Oct 12, 2016 10:38 |  #11318

hawaiiboy wrote in post #18152800 (external link)
:-(:-(:-( Marie and I are so sorry to hear this Renata. Our thought and prayers
are with you and your family.


photorider wrote in post #18152885 (external link)
He passed holding the hand of his life partner and is in a better place, full of grace and peace. My sincerest sympathy goes to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


AnnieMacD wrote in post #18152960 (external link)
So sorry, Renata. Just know your friends around the world are thinking of you.


joayne wrote in post #18153708 (external link)
Deepest Sympathy Renata..
Really there are no words, but know that we are sending you love.


Ian Mackie wrote in post #18154100 (external link)
I am so sorry Renata, words seem inadequate. I am glad you were with him at the end to see him on his journey. We all in here are thinking of you as you can clearly tell, thoughts, prayers, good wishes, etc are with you. Remember to take care of yourself in the days ahead.


kbColorado wrote in post #18154846 (external link)
So sorry to hear this worst possible news, Renata.

One day when you are ready, please consider sharing a favorite story about your husband.

Paul

Thank you all for your kindness. I can't express how grateful I am for your words.
Give me some time, please and I will make a decision next week what is going to be Nifty's next step. We had so many plans together but they were so unexpectedly and dramatically changed.
Thank you for understanding.


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Oct 15, 2016 17:12 |  #11319

ENifty here!

Mam and I went up a hill last weekend but we wanted to give some space here before posting in light of Renata's terrible news. The Nifties are in your corner, Renata.

I don't know if you remember but one of my first posts was of a wee hill in Torridon and there was a huge hill next to it that Mam had said we might go up. Well, we did that hill. Here's the photo from July - the hill is the one covered in mist on the left.

IMAGE: https://c2.staticflickr.com/9/8575/28150056353_88c46d42b3_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/JTwp​2c  (external link) Torridon Nifty 2016.07.31-3 (external link) by Annie MacDonald (external link), on Flickr

It's called Liathach and is reputed to be one of the most stunning hills in Scotland. Here's the Wiki link. (external link) It's a steep climb straight from the road (just above sea level) to the ridge at 840m.

This was our first stop. There is a small stream (called 'burn' in these parts) running down alongside the path so no need to carry lots of water until further up. The 'small' hill we had attempted previously is the one across the road.

IMAGE: https://c4.staticflickr.com/6/5768/30345759235_7f662a9cb1_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/NexW​Zr  (external link) Liathach Nifty (external link) by Annie MacDonald (external link), on Flickr

We didn't stop much on the way up. Mam isn't very fast but she is persistent and we overtook a couple of groups of people, two of whom were older women who didn't stop talking the whole way up. (We know this because they told us!) Mam told them she was full of admiration for them as it would have taken her all day to get up there if she was talking. Anyway before I knew it (actually about 2.5 hours) we were on the ridge. The first thing that hit me was that it was freezing - we had been in the shelter of the hill during the ascent but the wind hit us like a knife when we were exposed. Layers were piled on and then we could take in the view and take lots of photos. The ridge at this point is only about 1.5m wide so you have to walk with care as the drops are straight down for hundreds of metres. Here's the view.

IMAGE: https://c8.staticflickr.com/6/5652/30259824631_9d54c7ac15_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/N6Xv​Ck  (external link) Liathach Nifty-2 (external link) by Annie MacDonald (external link), on Flickr

And here's a pano of 5 images looking back the way we came. You can see the two women still talking just coming in to sight. Now we are looking down on our little hill across the corrie. It was so lovely up here I could have stayed all day.

IMAGE: https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8267/30229518682_abafa6dd5e_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/N4hb​HY  (external link) Liathach Nifty-3 (external link) by Annie MacDonald (external link), on Flickr

However, we had to press on as Mam said we were to be in Lochcarron at 3pm to photograph the shinty match. Because of this we didn't have time to go to the highest summit but we would go to another one to the east where the views were just as spectacular and this is the view from it of Beinn Eighe - the hill next door. There is a very deep but narrow corrie (valley) between the two so Beinn Eighe looks very close. It's another favourite of Mam's.

IMAGE: https://c2.staticflickr.com/9/8274/30259812321_2e19685ab9_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/N6Xr​Y6  (external link) Liathach Nifty-4 (external link) by Annie MacDonald (external link), on Flickr

This is the view from our lunch spot with the Liathach ridge ahead. There are lots of people in the photo but you may have to go to Flickr to spot them. Everyone but us went on along to the summit but we had the east top all to ourselves. You can see the drops are horrific and there have been a few casualties on this hill the last of which was earlier this year when a guy tried to descend in the dark.

IMAGE: https://c5.staticflickr.com/6/5322/29715634764_0d5e70483f_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/MgSo​Wq  (external link) Liathach Nifty-5 (external link) by Annie MacDonald (external link), on Flickr

The weather got brighter as the day went on but we had to get back down without delay. Just north of this hill is an area called the "Valley of a Hundred Hills" made up of hummocky moraines. You can see them here in the sunlight. Can you spot the tiny house? It's called the Ling Hut and is available for accommodation for mountaineering clubs.

IMAGE: https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8630/30310532016_52c2f04238_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/Nbrp​aA  (external link) Liathach Nifty-6 (external link) by Annie MacDonald (external link), on Flickr

Here we are back down at 350m and the whole glen is echoing with the stags roaring. We only saw two but they are all over the place!

IMAGE: https://c8.staticflickr.com/9/8670/30345705775_8765cbb910_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/NexF​6H  (external link) Liathach Nifty-7 (external link) by Annie MacDonald (external link), on Flickr

We came down far too quickly (Mam's knees hurt on the way down) and then drove like maniacs to Lochcarron only to find that the shinty match had been cancelled at the last minute! Well, we were home by 4:30 and still had a great day out in the hills.

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Oct 15, 2016 17:24 |  #11320

A stunning series, Annie. The landscape is powerful and beautiful and your pics are simply terrific.


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Oct 15, 2016 17:39 |  #11321

AnnieMacD wrote in post #18157783 (external link)
ENifty here!

Mam and I went up a hill last weekend but we wanted to give some space here before posting in light of Renata's terrible news. The Nifties are in your corner, Renata.

I don't know if you remember but one of my first posts was of a wee hill in Torridon and there was a huge hill next to it that Mam had said we might go up. Well, we did that hill. Here's the photo from July - the hill is the one covered in mist on the left.
QUOTED IMAGE
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/JTwp​2c  (external link) Torridon Nifty 2016.07.31-3 (external link) by Annie MacDonald (external link), on Flickr

It's called Liathach and is reputed to be one of the most stunning hills in Scotland. Here's the Wiki link. (external link) It's a steep climb straight from the road (just above sea level) to the ridge at 840m.

This was our first stop. There is a small stream (called 'burn' in these parts) running down alongside the path so no need to carry lots of water until further up. The 'small' hill we had attempted previously is the one across the road.
QUOTED IMAGE
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/NexW​Zr  (external link) Liathach Nifty (external link) by Annie MacDonald (external link), on Flickr

We didn't stop much on the way up. Mam isn't very fast but she is persistent and we overtook a couple of groups of people, two of whom were older women who didn't stop talking the whole way up. (We know this because they told us!) Mam told them she was full of admiration for them as it would have taken her all day to get up there if she was talking. Anyway before I knew it (actually about 2.5 hours) we were on the ridge. The first thing that hit me was that it was freezing - we had been in the shelter of the hill during the ascent but the wind hit us like a knife when we were exposed. Layers were piled on and then we could take in the view and take lots of photos. The ridge at this point is only about 1.5m wide so you have to walk with care as the drops are straight down for hundreds of metres. Here's the view.
QUOTED IMAGE
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/N6Xv​Ck  (external link) Liathach Nifty-2 (external link) by Annie MacDonald (external link), on Flickr

And here's a pano of 5 images looking back the way we came. You can see the two women still talking just coming in to sight. Now we are looking down on our little hill across the corrie. It was so lovely up here I could have stayed all day.
QUOTED IMAGE
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/N4hb​HY  (external link) Liathach Nifty-3 (external link) by Annie MacDonald (external link), on Flickr

However, we had to press on as Mam said we were to be in Lochcarron at 3pm to photograph the shinty match. Because of this we didn't have time to go to the highest summit but we would go to another one to the east where the views were just as spectacular and this is the view from it of Beinn Eighe - the hill next door. There is a very deep but narrow corrie (valley) between the two so Beinn Eighe looks very close. It's another favourite of Mam's.
https://flic.kr/p/N6Xr​Y6 (external link)Liathach Nifty-4 (external link) by Annie MacDonald (external link), on Flickr

This is the view from our lunch spot with the Liathach ridge ahead. There are lots of people in the photo but you may have to go to Flickr to spot them. Everyone but us went on along to the summit but we had the east top all to ourselves. You can see the drops are horrific and there have been a few casualties on this hill the last of which was earlier this year when a guy tried to descend in the dark.
https://flic.kr/p/MgSo​Wq (external link)Liathach Nifty-5 (external link) by Annie MacDonald (external link), on Flickr

The weather got brighter as the day went on but we had to get back down without delay. Just north of this hill is an area called the "Valley of a Hundred Hills" made up of hummocky moraines. You can see them here in the sunlight. Can you spot the tiny house? It's called the Ling Hut and is available for accommodation for mountaineering clubs.
https://flic.kr/p/Nbrp​aA (external link)Liathach Nifty-6 (external link) by Annie MacDonald (external link), on Flickr

Here we are back down at 350m and the whole glen is echoing with the stags roaring. We only saw two but they are all over the place!
https://flic.kr/p/NexF​6H (external link)Liathach Nifty-7 (external link) by Annie MacDonald (external link), on Flickr

We came down far too quickly (Mam's knees hurt on the way down) and then drove like maniacs to Lochcarron only to find that the shinty match had been cancelled at the last minute! Well, we were home by 4:30 and still had a great day out in the hills.


Beautiful Annie. Often the most beautiful is also the most dangerous. Oh to be young again! My heart yearns :-(


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Oct 16, 2016 01:01 as a reply to  @ AnnieMacD's post |  #11322

eNifty must be getting fit Annie with all these ascents and knee jerking descents (s)he's being put through by her mum, who must be quite fit herself!

My father was saying the weather has turned quite cold after a nice mild spell, and he's only down in Paisley, so those summits up north must be chilly.

Great series, as usual Annie. Nice work.


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Oct 16, 2016 09:25 |  #11323

Levina de Ruijter wrote in post #18157797 (external link)
A stunning series, Annie. The landscape is powerful and beautiful and your pics are simply terrific.

Quoting Levina's comment as I could not say it any better!

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Oct 16, 2016 19:54 |  #11324

First off, our thoughts are still with you Renata.

Those qualify as mountains Annie. Beautiful shots and ENifty sure is getting a great workout.

I finally had some down time and got out with Nifty. Today I thought it would be a good idea to change gears. So far Nifty and I have gone to visit the amazing landscape that makes Calgary a popular place for outdoorsmen. Today we ventured to our downtown. With the drop in world oil prices the city is definitely feeling the impact and the buildings that used to be filled beyond capacity are now on average 25% unoccupied. Which is why it amazes me that there are still companies that are building new. But like all economic downturns we will weather this one and they will be full again. I was really quite surprised how busy the core was for a Sunday afternoon.

We will start off with a lovely shot of the iconic Calgary Tower. Although it is no longer even close to the tallest building in the city center it still stands out. The were both taken on the same street, about 6 blocks apart.


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Oct 17, 2016 08:40 as a reply to  @ AnnieMacD's post |  #11325

Annie, thank you for being so considerate; that's very sweet of you.
Your images are simply stunning. Thank you for sharing again.


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