Saskatchewan Sand Hills 2

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Small World – even in Saskatchewan

While I was sitting in the van having some supper a crazy couple pealed into the parking lot in their passenger van 🙂 . The driver got out and was seeing if he needed bug spray before heading out to shoot. As he turned towards me we both said “Mike” at the same time. It was a couple that I knew from Lethbridge that had moved to Calgary a number of years ago and they were stopping there for the night to shoot. When you consider the size of Canada running into someone in a remote part of Saskatchewan is weird!   I have to say that the sand hills do seem to be a popular place considering how remote it is!!

My supper buddy
My supper buddy

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Saskatchewan Sand Hills 1

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The largest sand hill close to the parking lot
The largest sand hill closest to the parking lot

Another Bucket list Item

For a number of years I have wanted to go to the Saskatchewan Sand Hills. These are not the ones up north that you need to fly into but they are the ones in southern Saskatchewan. I had read up on them, researched how to get there and was ready to go a couple years ago. My problem was that I wanted to stay there overnight and having a RV was a sure way to attack attention, or so I thought, as there is no camping in the area.  So now that I have the van set-up and with our former neighbors living out that way, off it was last week. The drive was a little mixed up as I went from Lethbridge to Medicine Hat, then to Eston then back down to the sand hills. My trip was a little longer than it should have been but it did allow me to see some friends and to cross on the ferry – three times!

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Exercising a hawk

Found the dear

Monday after shooting at St. Mary’s Reservoir for part of the afternoon I came back to the studio to download some images and do some edits.  I had supper and thought it would be fun to head to Helen Schuler Nature Center to photograph some of the deer that hang around there and their velvet antlers. I got to the river bottom and started my search. After about ten minutes I found the deer and started to get into position.  As I was getting set-up I heard a hawk call from a long ways away.  I got a few images of the deer and noticed that the hawk was still calling.

Deer with velvet antlers
Not sure what happened to this guys antler.

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My photographic bucket list – The Marmot

The Yellow-bellied Marmot another subject on my bucket list

Marmot on the look out
Marmot on the look out

I have never written down a bucket list but I do have one or should I say two. Today I found something on one of those lists – a Yellow-bellied Marmot. Some days they seem to get longer as I hear of new subjects that I would like to shoot.  The reason that I have two bucket lists is that one list I try to keep realistic. Items on that list are accessible to me in western Canada, like the Yellow-bellied Marmot. On the second list I have items that are crazier like a lion in Africa, Penguins, Tigers, etc.

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Waterton Summer 2018

From my last trip July 23 2018 to Waterton summer 2018 – Red Rock Canyon

The parks started to allow foot and bike traffic on Red Rock Parkway so I wanted to take a trip to see what it looked like.  I am a fan of fires and how nature rebuilds and to me this is amazing.  I wish that the fire was not as large as it was but the damage is done so we need to live with the results.

With only a few months of regrowth the park looks amazing.

Waterton summer 2018 - The beaver pond
Waterton summer 2018 – The beaver pond
Waterton summer 2018 - The road
The road
Looking west
Black & Green
Flowers and more flowers
Fire Weed
More fire weed
Lunch with an old friend
Liking the new growth and berries
Waterton Summer 2018 New life
Life in one of the heavier burnt areas
Waterton Summer 2018 new food sources
Seeds and more seeds