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Finding a Reason to Wander: Grouse Hunting with Blaine Peetso

November 5, 2013
Filed in: Depth In The Field, Hunting, Shooting, Sporting, Way of Life

IMG_0054Blaine Peetso is a mill worker in Northern Alberta and a self-described daydreamer. With a penchant for the outdoors and for photography, he created The Borealist blog as an excuse to capture images of his part of the world and to rearrange the alphabet as he sees fit. Follow Blaine as he finds a particular kind of beauty in his own backyard on a late Autumn grouse hunt.

There are no mountain peaks on the horizon. No crystal clear rivers. No desert vistas or shore front beaches.

It’s just prairie parkland and boreal forest. All evergreen stands and dense aspen thickets full of thorns and tangled underbrush, with stunted black spruce and muskeg mingled in. The only break in the landscape are the scrub brush plains, agricultural fields and big muddy rivers flowing at the bottom of wide valleys.IMG_0057But it’s home to me and you’d be hard pressed to find better grouse country.

And while its not as immediately picturesque as other locales, there is beauty here.

It’s often subtle and smaller in scale. You’ll have to put some miles on your boots and look for it though. There’s no travel brochure, no guidebooks and no vast trail network.IMG_0058But if you have the notion to hunt these birds and follow them around, they’ll lead you right to it.

We can’t all live on the coast or in the Rockies, but there’s wonder and beauty to be found everywhere.IMG_0065All you need do, is go outside and find something that inspires you to wander.

It will show itself to you, wherever your backyard may be.

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3 Comments

  • Beautiful imagery…weLl done

    Spencer
    featherandfinblog.com

    Posted by Spencer K | November 5, 2013 at 8:12 pm
  • i aLso AGREE, I’VE HUNTED MY DEER STAND FOR TEN YEARS. I FIND MORE BEAUTY EVERY TIME I’M THERE. I THINK NATURE IS LIKE THAT SO YOU WILL KEEP COMING OUT.

    Posted by John Perkins | November 8, 2013 at 10:48 am
  • Amazingly Beautiful, I am OFFICIALLY inspired!

    Posted by Seth | November 19, 2013 at 9:07 am

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