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Registered: December 2009
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I worked for 26+ years at a location on the outskirts of Winnipeg called Saint Norbert and during many a day when the stress of the job got to me I would be found walking down this levee and as I reached about this point the surrounding trees would block out all the sound from the
traffic and the people and there was a view straight down the dike and across the Red River to the large house on the distant shore. This
image was taken during the fall of the year and it was worked with the paint effect available in PhotoImpact.
· Date: Sun March 28, 2010 · Views: 599 · Tags: 1 ·
Keywords: Saint Norbert, dike
Camera Make / Model: Canon EOS 650
Lens Make / Focal Length: Canon 50mm
Filters / Type Used: none
Flash / Type Used: none
State / County / Area Image Taken: Saint Norbert, Manitoba
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Jan Holland

Registered: July 2009
Posts: 11
Sun March 28, 2010 9:33am

Very good sunday, Jan.
Nice story companied with this picture, nice to read.
Colours in this shot are lovely and warm.
Sure a good place to relex.
Ciao from Jan

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,659
Sun March 28, 2010 11:11am

Your paint effects work well on this. It has the appearance of an 18th - 19th century painting of the romantic school.

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,497
Sun March 28, 2010 11:36am

The painting effects and your capture are a perfect match. Love the story to take me through this capture with you. Nicely done.

Registered: November 2008
Posts: 860
Sun March 28, 2010 2:12pm

Jan, Hi:

Your composition does have the visual impact of a painting created by your artistic approach. It has a very warm feeling, as well, with an excellent story.

Well Done

Registered: August 2009
Posts: 1
Sun March 28, 2010 3:15pm

Pleasing artistic effect. I like the warm gold & reddish tones I see Smile
Well done!
Pete Talanca

Registered: March 2010
Posts: 6
Sun March 28, 2010 4:42pm

Jan, this is beautiful. I love the PP work.

Registered: September 2009
Sun March 28, 2010 10:23pm

My eyes are also drawn down that pathway to the single house across the river. The picture has a dream like - almost surreal look to it. Nicely done Jan.

Registered: November 2008
Posts: 1
Sun March 28, 2010 11:55pm

I agree with Vic, I love the painterly effect and the warm golden tones----I remember St. Norbert but not like this----this seems so tranquil, like yesteryear----lynne

Registered: February 2009
Mon March 29, 2010 12:46am

Peace and solitude and let the stress release. I can see why. Gorgeous and fine image.

Registered: March 2009
Fri April 30, 2010 2:02am

Jan, this really looks peaceful. I can see how it relaxed you. Great job. Bill

Registered: November 2008
Posts: 2,831
Wed June 2, 2010 1:55am

Your processing is a signature style Jan. Bold colours and even with the paint effect fine detail,

Registered: December 2009
Posts: 3,707
Tue November 6, 2012 12:31am

Strange story on the house that one can see at the end of the dike in this picture which was shown on the local tv news today.

Recently this house was sold for a million dollars and when the new owner moved in they thought that they would some minor renovation and so they brought in a company to do the work. On starting to rip out some of the drywall and insulation they found that mice had been living behind the walls and in the insulation and what started out as a minor renovation required a pest control company to be called in which resulted in the new owner being told that everything had to be torn out of the interior of the house with new drywall, insulation and woodwork being required. Apparently there were mice everywhere and the previous owner was not aware that there were any mice in the house.

"All you see is just feces and urine, just puddles and piles," the new owner said. "The whole vapour barrier is just filled with this nest." The owner said that for health reasons, she will have to spend at least tens of thousands of dollars to have the mess cleaned up properly. Every centimetre of drywall has been torn out so that exterminators can remove all the soiled material, and disinfect the building studs and other areas where there was mouse activity. The house will then have to be reinsulated, and the vapour barrier and drywall will have to be replaced.

CBC News went on an independent tour of the home with Abell Pest Control's Shaun Jeffrey, who said the mouse infestation is the worst he has ever seen. Both Jeffrey and the CBC News crew had to wear respirators while walking around the gutted house. Jeffrey said the insulation on every level of the house contains mouse feces and urine, and all of it must be removed.

He estimated it would have taken about five years for the infestation to reach this state.

The new owner said that after she bought the home in May, the previous owner and his family were still living there until she took over possession in September. The new owner said she did not get the home inspected before purchasing it, but she did go in with contractors, engineers and architects several times before the handover and no one noticed anything wrong. Now, she said she will likely have to sue the previous owner.

The previous homeowner told CBC News he did not know anything about a mouse problem, adding that he would have never sold the house if he did. The new owner believes he had to have known, but the spokesman for Abell Pest Control said it is possible the previous owner may not have seen mice in the house, which was constructed with thick walls and thick insulation.

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