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 Grande Prairie Alberta photographer Randy Vanderveen is an award-winning photographer with two decades of experience. Editorial photography, commercial photography, institutional photography, aerial photography, documentary and humanitarian photography — whatever your photographic needs are in the Peace River Country of northwestern Alberta and northeastern British Columbia or beyond I can help. The right licensing package can make custom photography affordable and extremely effective whether you are a national corporation, a local business or a non-profit or NGO. I would like to sit down and talk with you about how I can meet your photographic needs. Call (780) 897- 6478 or email me for a quote on a job or licensing fees for photos. Feel free to check out the weekly Viewfinder blog.

 

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Entries in Grande Prairie (23)

Tuesday
Mar112014

Winter retreat

Photo Randy Vanderveen LaGlace, Alberta 3/11/2014 A foal sticks close to mom in a field east of LaGlace where several dozen horses were feeding on hay. The horse appeared to be the youngest of all the animals gathered in the pasture.After a long hard winter, it appears that winter is finally retreating in the Peace Country and that spring may have sprung — although I am sure Old Man Winter will have one or two kicks before retiring.

Here are a few photos shot recently which look forward to spring's arrival. The change of seasons provides plenty of opportunities for a photographer to hone his or her skills.

Photo Randy Vanderveen LaGlace, Alberta 2/27/2014 A late bison calf, born Halloween, stays close to the more mature animals on the Black Velvet Buffalo Farm northwest of LaGlace. Usually calves are born in May but despite its late start this youngster has managed to handle a hard winter.Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie Alberta 3/4/2014 Todd Wagner, of Troyer Enterprises Ltd., is reflected in a hubcap as he fires off a burst of water from his wand to prevent it from freezing up as he prepares to wash a piece of bale handling equipment in preparation for last week's Peace Country Ag Classic at Evergreen Park. Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie Alberta 3/4/2014 Todd Wagner, of Troyer Enterprises Ltd., almost disappears in a cloud of steam as he and co-worker Daryl English (not pictured) wash a piece of bale handling equipment in preparation for last week's Peace Country Ag Classic at Evergreen Park.

Friday
Feb282014

Space[s]

Here are a few recent photos. See if you can see the title of this post in the photos as a theme. Photo: Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta 2/20/2014 Col. Chris Hadfield appears to be re visualizing his first lift off as he talks at the Growing the North Conference.Photo: Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta 2/25/2014 A deer warily looks up from foraging for food among a stand of trees on a farm south of Grande Prairie on a cold February morning. Deep snow and cold have resulted in wildlife seeking food where it is more readily available including on farms and near livestock feed.Photo: Randy Vanderveen Wembley, Alberta 2/25/2014 A pair of cows look down a narrow alleyway between two pens on a farm south west of Wembley. Cattle producers will soon be busy with calving, not made any easier by the extreme cold that hit the Prairies at the end of February and the beginning of March.Photo: Randy Vanderveen Wembley, Alberta 2/25/2014 A coyote looks back over its shoulder before heading into a stand of trees west of Wembley. The deep snow this winter has made it harder for wildlife to get around easily.•••
I attended the Growing the North conference at Evergreen Park and it was well worth it for the speakers and information.
It was also great to see Walter Paszkowski recognized by the organizers.
I first met Walter more than 20 years ago and I can't think of any one who could possibly have worked harder than he does to champion the Peace Country and northern Alberta. He appears to always be ready to greet you with a smile and a wave.
He started as town councillor and then mayor of Sexsmith and went on to run as an MLA. Once he retired as MLA in 2001 he worked hard as the County of Grande Prairie Economic Development officer and came up with the idea of Growing the North and worked at getting the annual event off the ground.
He recently retired from the county and is stepping back from the Growing the North to enjoy some much needed time for himself and his wife Marlyss.Photo: Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta 2/19/2014 Walter Paszkowski, who retired as the County of Grande Prairie economic development officer, addresses the crowd as he was honoured in front delegates to the Growing the North conference at Evergreen Park Wednesday. The two-day annual conference, which marked its fifth year, was the brain child of Paszkowski along with several other leaders in the South Peace region.
Tuesday
Oct292013

October Eve

The municipal elections in Alberta are traditionally held the third Monday in October. Here are some election night photos.

Photo: Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta Monday, October 21, 2013 Bill Given gives an interview to media after successfully being reelected as mayor Monday, Oct. 21, as municipal election results were coming in and being tabulated. Municipal candidates were voted in for a four-year term this election up from the previous three-year term.Photo: Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta Monday, October 21, 2013 Bill Given, returned as mayor, is hidden by the camera as a scrum is reflected in a convex mirror in city hall. Photo: Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta Monday, October 21, 2013 Mayoral challenger Gladys Blackmore gives an interview election night at city hall. Photo: Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta Monday, October 21, 2013 David Olinger is silhouetted against early results displayed on a screen at city hall Monday, Oct. 21.Photo: Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta Monday, October 21, 2013 Chelsea Lewis, a worker in the city's communication and research department preps graphics and results for the webcast Monday, Oct. 21, as municipal election results were coming in and being tabulated. Photo: Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta Monday, October 21, 2013 The election webcast is watched on a mobile phone Monday, Oct. 21, as municipal election results were coming in and being tabulated. Municipal candidates were voted in for a four-year term this election up from the previous three-year term.Photo: Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta Monday, October 21, 2013 Rory Tarant accesses the live web cast at his election night headquarters Monday, Oct. 21, as municipal election results were coming in and being tabulated. Municipal candidates were voted in for a four-year term this election up from the previous three-year term.Photo: Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta Monday, October 21, 2013 James Palmer signs into the elections website at John Croken, his father-in-laws election night headquarters Monday, Oct. 21, as municipal election results were coming in and being tabulated. Municipal candidates were voted in for a four-year term this election up from the previous three-year term.

Wednesday
Apr102013

Spring cleaning

It's been awhile since any new postings have gone up on my blog. Here is some recent work.

Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, AB 13-03-23 Hayley Prusko of the Smoky Lake Skating Club takes to the ice in the Preliminary Free Skate at the Grande Prairie Skating Club's 18th annual Peace Open Competition Saturday March 23 at the Coca Cola Centre.

Photo Randy Vanderveen near LaGlace, Alberta 13-03-23 Bison graze in a snow covered pasture in a region near LaGlace bearing the large mammal's name Buffalo Lake. Bison continues to be an alternative for livestock producers in the Peace Country.

 Photo Randy Vanderveen Bezanson, Alberta 13-04-09 This Canada goose couldn't be blamed for debating whether it got its return dates mixed up as it walks across the frozen surface of water in a field. With temperatures expected to rise — despite a forecast for a little more snow this weekend — hopefully spring is on its waPhoto Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta 13-04-09 A robin makes its way across the ice picking at cat tails for food Tuesday. The birds are often viewed as a sign of spring.Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta 13-03-30 Pre-Bout Xcessive Force Fighting Championships at the TEC Centre in Evergreen Park, Saturday, March 30. Gloves above and a fighter getting his hands taped below.

Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta 13-03-30 Pros Spencer Jebb battled Paulo Azambuja at the Xcessive Force Fighting Championships at the TEC Centre in Evergreen Park, Saturday, March 30. Azambuja, from Brazil won the fight with an arm bar.

Wednesday
Nov072012

A piece of the Peace

Photo Randy Vanderveen Bezanson, Alberta 12-10-31 An owl takes flight from a fence post along a rural road to check out its surroundings near Bezanson, Alberta Wednesday, October 31.

 

 

Photo Randy Vanderveen Bezanson, Alberta 12-11-07 A pair of coyotes nonchalantly stroll past wild elk and bison grazing in one of the pastures at the Adam Bison Ranch near Bezanson, Wednesday, Nov. 7. Coyotes are wary enough in most cases to stay back from the road and take to the lower area in an open field.Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta 12-11-06 A bull moose's long legs help it easily cross a fence as he heads over open fields and roads southwest of Grande Prairie Tuesday, Nov. 6. Motorists travelling rural roads and highways have to be aware of wildlife on the move especially in the hours around dawn and dusk.Photo Randy Vanderveen Bezanson, Alberta 12-10-31 Hoar frost provides a delicate covering to the strands of barb wire on a fence near Bezanson, Alberta Wednesday, October 31.Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta 12-11-02 Kelly O'Hallahan, Wolves guard, 9, charges past Karly Goertzen, Briercrest, 8, as she heads toward the basket. The Grande Prairie Lady Wolves battled the Briercrest College Clippers on the hardwood at GPRC Friday evening and defeated the visitors 62-50. O'Hallahan picked up the nod for Wolves player of the game.

Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta 12-11-03 St. Joe's Oleks Bobrovskyy unsuccesfully tries to hurdle a Peace River Pioneer tackler. The Celtics broke a 21 year Peace Bowl victory drought as they defeated the Peace River Pioneers 34-17 to win the Mighty Peace Football League Championship at Legion Field Saturday, Nov. 3. Both teams move onto their respective Provincial playoffs

Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta A drilling rig south of Grande PrairiePhoto Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta Evergreen Park

Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta An aerial photograph of the current Queen Elizabeth II Hospital and the construction site for the new hospital.