#5. Karen Rice Daughterity

I’m tempted to say “Oh, those crazy Canadians!” but I don’t think Canadians are crazy at all. In fact, I think they’re completely brilliant. In the interest of full disclosure, as a North Dakotan I feel about half Canadian, anyway. As I’ve said many times on this page, in grade school at Back to School Parent’s Night we would sang The Star Spangled Banner and THEN sing O Canada. Absolutely crazy, but absolutely true. (Until the day she died my mother said that I was making that story up, but then I would sing her all the verses of O Canada and she would say something like “that’s weird.” The bottom line is O Canada is a glorious national anthem and Canada is a glorious country except for their customs agents.)

Which finally brings me to Karen’s spectacular action shot. This is some kind of winter rodeo that takes place every year in Calgary and Karen has been posting pictures from this event for years. I could go on and on about what a world class photograph this is but what I want you to take away from me today is that pictures like this are all about anticipation. She has applied what she has learned over the years. Karen knows where to stand, when to push the button, what works and what doesn’t. Great sports photographers make a living out of thinking like this. Karen has totally got this situation wired.
It’s hard to imagine that this is not the best photograph ever taken at this event. (I think Karen also has second and third place, if you want to know the truth.) This picture is just crazy good. What fun! The horse has actually pulled the skiers over the jump. Now do you see why I claim to be half Canadian? This is genius. 

I was going to post a video of myself singing O Canada in French for you, but I just couldn’t cut it. Here, for anyone who cares, however, are the lyrics to the great song in French and English. (The only reasonable explanation I can come up with for why we sang this song in Fargo is that Mrs. Adams, our beloved grade school music teacher, just adored it and said “oh to hell with ‘em, we’re singing this song at parent’s night.” That’s the only reasonable theory. We’ll probably never know. Mrs. Adams was great. God bless her, may she rest in peace.)

O Canada! Terre de nos aïeux,
Ton front est ceint de fleurons glorieux!
Car ton bras sait porter l’épée,
Il sait porter la croix!

Ton histoire est une épopée
Des plus brillants exploits.
Et ta valeur, de foi trempée,

Protégera nos foyers et nos droits,
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.

Sous l’oeil de Dieu, près du fleuve géant,
Le Canadien grandit en espérant.
Il est né d’une race fière,
Béni fut son berceau:
Le ciel a marqué sa carrière
Dans ce monde nouveau.
Toujours guidé par sa lumière,
Il gardera l’honneur de son drapeau,
Il gardera l’honneur de son drapeau.

De son patron, précurseur du vrai Dieu,
Il porte au front l’auréole de feu.
Ennemi de la tyrannie
Mais plein de loyauté.
Il veut garder dans l’harmonie,
Sa fière liberté;
Et par l’effort de son génie,
Sur notre sol asseoir la vérité,
Sur notre sol asseoir la vérité.

Amour sacré du trône et de l’autel,
Remplis nos coeurs de ton souffle immortel!
Parmi les races étrangères,
Notre guide est la loi;
Sachons être un peuple de frères,
Sous le joug de la foi.
Et répétons, comme nos pères,
Le cri vainqueur: “Pour le Christ et le roi,”
Le cri vainqueur: “Pour le Christ et le roi.”

O Canada! Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all of us command.*

With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North, strong and free!

From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

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1 Comment

  1. Susan Marsh

    i love this photo too. What a great capture.


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