C A T H S I M A R D@mydetoxtravel

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I had the pleasure to spend a week in @swedishlapland. It was my first time experiencing the real arctic weather with only 4 hours of daylight. And when I say daylight it’s more of back-to-back sunrise and sunset with constant colours in the sky and the longest blue hours ever. Oh and have I mentioned that it’s one of the best place to view Aurora? KP2 and it’s a light show. When I was younger, I remember thinking that you must be crazy to live somewhere so cold and dark, but now I call myself crazy for not having visited this place before. Definitely going back next year to do more aurora hunting and winter camping #swedishlapland @swedishlapland @explorethenorth


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I’m craving a road trip. The kind of road trip you park anywhere and sleep in the back of the car. The kind of road trip that pb sandwich and instant coffee become your best friends. The kind of road trip that you go where you want, when you want and stay as long as you want. Trust me, if you haven’t tried this kind of road trip yet, you haven’t tasted freedom 🙏🏻😜


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All my wildest dreams brought together.
A gentle reminder that kindness is the best weapon against bullies, it is the key to compassion in front of incomprehension, it is usually the best way to act in all life situations.

Someone’s criticizing you? Stay calm, be kind
Someone’s on your back? Smile and be kind
Someone’s talking sh* about you? Ignore it, and be kind to that person

Because at the end of the day, these people are doing it either because they are frustrated, they look for attention, or cause they’re jealous.
Fight negativity with kindness, you’ll always win.


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1st of January is just a date don’t forget that. Permanent changes come from introspection, a desire to become a better self and consisted work to make it happen.
For those who’ve never heard about it, here’s something that can exactly help you become the best version of yourself : The 5 Toltec agreements :

1. BE IMPECCABLE WITH YOUR WORD : Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
2. DON’T TAKE ANYTHING PERSONALLY : Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
3. DON’T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS : Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness, and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
4. ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST : Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are tired as opposed to well rested. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.
5. BE SKEPTICAL, BUT LEARN TO LISTEN : Don’t believe yourself or anybody else. Use the power of doubt to question everything you hear: Is it really the truth? Listen to the intent behind the words, and you will understand the real message

Try it for a day, and see what happens 😉


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Today I am 29. And this is my most memorable sunrise of my 28th year.
For 2019, I wish everyone to put aside their fears. Fears will keep you from reaching your true potential and happiness. The fear of judgment, the fear of failing, the fear of missing out, the fear of getting rejected, the fear of looking ridiculous, the fear of taking the wrong decision. In order to succeed, you MUST let go of your fears, and trust the universe. If you’re doing something that comes from the heart, it will work out. It always does.

And you know what? Even if we were wrong, is it the end of the world? Are we in danger? Is is that much of a big deal?
2018 was also a strange year to me. It was a year I saw the worst in people ; inauthenticity, bullying, big heads, narcissism... But I choose to remember only the good in people and even if I dont know them well or even very little, I am not shy to tell you who they are. I mean, what I’m about to do might look annoying but at the end of the day we need to remember that social media still has place for raw and authentic stuff no?

So here I go

Thank you @ahti.fishing for respecting my need of freedom and loving me for who I am. Thanks to your whole family for being such good people. Thanks mom & dad for being the best parents for me and brother For being still annoying a little, I love you all. ❤️Thank you @mountain_addiction and your beautiful wife for being amazing friends, always looking out for me, thank you @cjlapo @une_yogi_en_cavale @joserge @jaxnjoe for being there always and listening to my crazy stories. Thank you to all my students for your open minds and trust in me. Thank you for all the amazing people I met during my travels, thank for being authentic, friendly and so generous @wave @zachallia @shortstache @nattesferd @jdleigh @bettina___h @manueldietrichphotography @evolumina @frauki @matthewhahnel @reneeroaming @tiffpenguin @witchoria @quebec_travelers @daniela_aroundtheworld @o_lil @tylekki @davidblnd @_danyjulien_ @monica_jalali @bhop_parawaiting and I could go on... You know who you are.


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This is my favorite photo taken in 2018. The metaphor behind it also sums up my year perfectly. I’ll let you interpret it. Also, the physical effort needed to get up there was one for the books with a 10pm start to catch sunrise up there. Patagonia is my new favourite place on earth, and this is why I decided to organize a trip there this year in March, and bring a small group of people with me to photograph these otherworldly landscapes. (Check out my story)


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Just a very sexy shot of Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia. So excited to go back this year in March to teach 4 students how to photograph this wild and secluded part of the world. Applications open on January 10th.
Shot on Sony a7rii + FE 100-400 F4.5-5.6
1/1250, f5.6, Iso 320
@sonyalpha #alphacollective #bealpha


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✧ 📷 CAMERA GIVEAWAY 📷 ✧ (CLOSED - Winner is @mcnickpicnic congratulations! )

I’ve teamed up with some amazing female photographers to give away a brand new @SonyAlpha a7RIII! The four of us all use the a7RIII as our main camera body and absolutely love it. We are stoked to give you the chance to win one! #SonyAlphaFemale #BeAlpha

☟ HOW TO WIN ☟
•Follow @SonyAlpha, myself @mydetoxtravel and fellow Alpha Collective members @elizabethgadd , @reneeroaming , @tiffpenguin •Leave a comment below telling us why you want to win the camera
•Tag friends for bonus entries. Each separate tag = one entry

✧ DETAILS ✧
Contest starts today (Dec 12) and runs until midnight EST on Dec 19, 2018. Winner will be announced Dec 20, 2018. This giveaway is not sponsored, administered or associated with Instagram Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s terms of use. Entry is limited to US and Canada only.


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I hope that through this image I can give you a sense of what it feels like to experience a 10 degree drop in 15 minutes. We arrived at the view point, dropped our bags on the grounds and waited for sunrise. Just a few minutes later all the water in my camel back was frozen and a layer of frost was covering my bag. Never experienced such a dramatic variation in temperature in such a short time! Coffee was good after


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I went to that location at night for the first time when the northern lights were pretty intense. I only had time for 3-4 shots before heading back with the clients. I decided to come back a week later to shoot the foreground at blue hour for a noise-free and cleaner final image. If you’d like to learn about how I create these images stay tuned for my 2019 workshop programmation that will be released at the end of December. Epic places, lots of hiking and exploring & positive vibes only 🤙🏻🤙🏻🤙🏻 Western Canada, Iceland, Patagonia, Scotland & Peru! Are you in?
@gosselinphoto #gosselinphoto


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I couldn’t ignore the option to see Iceland from above. So I contacted @yourprivatepilot to see if I could fly for sunrise, right before my flight back to Canada. After a first meeting looking at our options, we decided to do a 2.5 hours flight to see as much as we can. We met before sunrise with the boys @brycebyrnes and @ivareythorsson and discussed our itinerary. At first light we were in the air, and I could feel the excitement building up when we first saw the mountains and glaciers. We had a plane with low wings, which meant we had to take tight turns and incline the plane in order shoot down, which made me very nauseous, thanks to my motion sickness. We kept shooting in silence and flew over landscapes I could’ve never imagined, filled with textures and subtle tones. After a little puke 🙄 we kept going and flew over glaciers and frozen sceneries. Full of attention, our pilot suggested a little stop for fresh air and prepare for the last part of our flight : braided rivers. Up in the air again, we shot the beautiful patterns until our hearts can’t take it anymore (especially for me 🤪). Shooting in such low light conditions was definitely challenging and I was thankful to have a @sonyalpha camera that can handle well high iso. This is my favorite shot of the flight, mountains and glacier, what could I ask more? If ever you’d like to experience Iceland from above, I highly recommend @yourprivatepilot, not only for his expertise but also because he’s one of the most gentle and attentive person I’ve met there.


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First time visiting an ice cave and I was blown away by its colours and texture. Didn’t have much time to shoot for myself on my last tour in Iceland but I’m grateful I had the opportunity to capture this otherworldly place. This is a 3 shots vertical panorama taken with the 16-35 f2.8 GM and the Sony a7riii, at 35mm, 20 seconds, f16, iso 100
@sonyalpha #alphacollective #bealpha


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