These amazing images show life in the frozen Canadian wilderness as depicted by the country's first professional female photographer.

 Both photographers are featured in the new exhibit, which is presented in conjunction with the Exposure Photography Festival. Eventually, the Moodies seemed to take cues from each other. Douglas got better at composition and even tried his hand at portraits. Geraldine eventually equipped herself with a hand-held camera and left the studio to explore the barren landscapes.

All are reproductions from a collection of vintage negatives that was gifted to Glenbow from the Perceval family, descendants of the Moodies who had them stored at a ranch south of Calgary.

The Moodies both lived into their nineties. Geraldine died in 1945 and Douglas in 1947. They spent at least part of their retirement in Calgary.

Douglas Cass, the director of Glenbow’s library and archives, was tipped off to the existence of the collection by author Donny White, who had written the 1998 book In Search of Geraldine Moodie.

“The great-grandchildren of Douglas and Geraldine said, ‘Sure, we’ll donate them,'” says Kooyman. “So Doug goes down south of the city in the old Glenbow van thinking he’s picking up half a dozen glass plates and comes back with 500 negatives, three photo albums, diaries, letters … It was this treasure trove.”

Most of the reproductions are accompanied by excerpts from the Moodies’ journals, providing rare details and depth to the images. Kooyman says she hopes the exhibit will eventually travel to other cities.

“It is almost unheard of to have a collection of historic photographs for which we have first-hand accounts from the photographers of the content and what they thought they were doing,” Kooyman says. “Almost all of these labels will have direct quotes from the photographers about what was happening, how they took the photo, things about the people in it. You never get that. But you have to admit, even if you did take all the stories away, the pictures are still pretty stunning.”

The look of love: Rarely, an animal is born with unique markings. Wolf pictured in the Finnish wilderness was amazingly born with perfect heart.

Animals with truly unique fur coats are likely unaware of their distinct beauty.

Not only are these incredible animal markings rare, but they also have a lot to do with genetics. Just like the color of your hair or the shape of your eyes, animal markings are formed based on their genetic coding.

It is the largest of Old World grey wolves, averaging 39 kg (86 lb) in Europe;however, exceptionally large individuals have weighed between 69–80 kg (152–176 lb), though this varies according to region.

Its fur is relatively short and coarse, and is generally of a tawny colour, with white on the throat that barely extends to the cheeks. The howl of the Eurasian wolf is much more protracted and melodious than that of North American grey wolf subspecies, whose howls are louder and have a stronger emphasis on the first syllable.

The two are, however, mutually intelligible, as North American wolves have been recorded to respond to European-style howls made by biologists.

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In Lithuanian mythology, an iron wolf appears before Grand Duke Gediminas, instructing him to build the city of Vilnius. Tengrism places high importance on the wolf, as it is thought that, when howling, it is praying to Tengri, thus making it the only creature other than man to worship a deity.


The Maori All Blacks may have lost to the British & Irish Lions on Saturday, but their haka before the game was a thing of beauty

 The haka is performed as a way of intimidating the opposition and laying down the challenge, with many believing that the war dance has the power to win a match before a ball has even been tossed.

The very first haka performed by a New Zealand rugby side can be traced back to 1888, with various versions being used over the years since.

The All Blacks have taken the haka to a more psychological level in recent times, with their slow movements and piercing facial expressions enough to scare the most hardened of rugby players. Maybe not Bakkies Botha, but a lot of other guys.

On Saturday, before the clash between the Maori All Blacks and British & Irish Lions, the Maori side brought the haka to life in an incredible way.

Their haka was fast-paced, emotional, fierce, and used props!

So, for those silly enough to believe that the haka may be losing its power and appeal, it is time to think again after watching this!


"I´m a wildlife photographer from Finland. I´ve taken pictures activity since 2004 and the largest themes I have had specially with Wild Gray Wolfs, Wolverine and birds." Niko Pekonen

 Niko Pekonen is Wildlife photographer of the Year 2009 – young awards 15-17 years, runner up, picture Moonlight Rap -Finnish Wildlife photographer of the Year – young awards, winner, picture. Mirroring Wood Sandpiper - Finnish photo competitions, Birdphoto of Liminka, young awards winner 2010 and adult awards winner 2012.

Finland is a country of vast green forests, beautiful Baltic islands, windswept arctic fells and countless blue lakes (though someone claims to have counted 187,888!)

These pristine and picturesque landscapes provide habitat for many wild animals and birds including magnificent bears, wolves, lynx, eagles, cranes and swans, as well as the world’s rarest seal.

Birdwatchers flock to Finland to find species that are hard to spot anywhere else in Europe. Keen wildlife photographers also come here to enjoy excursions and facilities that enable them to get spectacular shots of our amazing animals in their natural wild settings.

Great places to watch out for these creatures include Finland’s 37 national parks, which are freely open to everyone all year round. Our wildlife gallery spotlights some of Finland’s most iconic animals and birds.

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There’s no need to fear an unexpected encounter with a wolf when walking in a Finnish forest, as wolves are scarce and do their best to avoid people. The best way to see a wild wolf is to take one of the specially organised overnight wildlife-watching excursions in Finland’s eastern borderlands where wolves are most numerous.