Fall Trip

I love fall camping, exploring and photography. This fall it went from summer to winter and I had to wait till fall came back. Even then it was not a big deal around here as there is snow and cold to deal with way too early this year. I decided that a trip to Banff and Yoho was in order. The weekend I choose was nice but cool, in fact during the night it got really cold!! I heard a number of RV’s heading out around 3 am as I don’t think they were prepared for the cold temperatures in the mountains.

This time of the year I love heading to Banff through Kananaskis. The drive is nice and the colors are amazing!!!

Fall drive through Kananaskis
Kananaskis Alberta

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Waterton Wildlife

Waterton Wildlife

Moose Waterton Wildlife
Moose, Moose, Moose

I like the scenery in Waterton but I like Waterton wildlife even more!! There are so many animals to photograph!!

Some days it can be frustrating as you can search and wait and nothing appears. Other days you cannot turn around without finding something to photograph.

The last couple of trips there has been a lot of animals to photograph. Waterton wildlife has been out in force this spring!!!

Early this spring I saw more moose in three days then I have seen in Waterton the entire 40 years I have been going there. It seemed that the moose decided all at once to venture out and about.

Waterton Wildlife
Heh you listening????

The birds have also been out in abundance. Many I did not even photograph as I was enjoying watching them. Cranes up around Belly river and a pair down along the entrance road.

Hawks and eagles like crazy all over the park.

Lots of song birds and even birds that just wanted to have a conversation with you like a Grey Jay up at Belly River that was having a good conversation with me.

Waterton Wildlife
Lookout!
Waterton Wildlife
Prepare for take-off!!
White-crowned sparrow
EXCUSE ME!!!! White-crowned sparrow

Moving around

I have also seen a couple foxes this spring. They were in a two different parts of the park. I have never seen foxes in these areas before. Since the fire animals have ventured out from their familiar surroundings and the foxes were a long way from the usual places I see them. I think this may be due to the fact that their prey have been able to expand their range as well.

Waterton Wildlife Fox
I am not watching you!!
Fox out for a morning run
Morning run through the wet grass

Bears are also out in force. In one area I saw four bears. They seemed comfortable with each other and with the people around. Years ago I heard a talk from Andy Russel about bears. He said when the food supply is abundant bears will hang out with each other with no issues. So if that is true the food supply must be abundant this year.

Waterton’s newest power couple!
A little bear out exploring
Waterton Black Bear and burnt trees
I LOVE this picture and the burnt trees. To me it says life from fire.

Even insects can make good subjects, especially when they are busy eating.

Even bugs can be interesting!
Walking on water

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Waterton Spring Visit

Waterton Spring Trip

Waterton Spring
If I stand really still the photographer will not see me!!
Waterton April 20, 2019. This fox came for a visit. He headed to a field to hunt some ground squirrels then would head back to his den He was so wet but this shot does not show it.

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House Hunting

Spring is around the corner and house hunting season is upon us. I always know when spring is arriving when the screams start early in the morning and go till sunset. No it is not only my wife screaming at the predators eating her song birds. But the hawks coming back to stake out nesting sites. The screams start as soon as they arrive in the neighborhood and go till the eggs have been laid. Then once the young hatch the get back to screaming till the young are out of the nest.

House hunting

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Waxwings

Waxwings!!

I always keep and eye out for the Waxwings each winter, they are my winter friends. Making my day brighter with their amazing colors.

This winter I have been keeping my eyes open for the Waxwing invasion and nothing. They have been around town but not at my house. Then yesterday as I was working outside I heard all these birds calling but did not put one and one together as to what type of bird it was. I was in the garage when I looked out to see the sky darken with a massive flock. There must have been a couple hundred!!! They were on a neighbors roof drinking the runoff from the melting snow.

I worked my way into the house and grabbed a camera to get a couple pictures. They were really flighty, more so than usual for some reason. Could have been the strong winds making so much noise that they were on edge.

Waxwings Supper
I love this picture as it looks like the one with the berry is giving a lesson to the other ones. “This is the berry we are having for supper”.
Waxwing in tree
The color of the Waxwing blends in well with the plum tree

Canon 70D Sigma 150 – 600 400 ISO

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Old Farm Collection

Winter Fence At Sunset

~ Old Farm Collection ~

I started a collection of old farm prints many years ago. Most where black and white with a few color added for contrast. Somehow the pages for the collection got removed from my website over the years with all the updates and the collection was forgotten to the passing of time.

When I shot this image I immediately knew what collection that I needed to add this to. SO after 15 plus years I am working on rebuilding the collection and will be bringing it back to the web site and for sale once again.

I am starting with these two and I will work on the entire collection in the next few months.

Winter Fence At Sunset

Printed on gloss metallic paper. Image size is 12×18, paper size is 13×19
Ready to mat or frame
Limited edition of 250 prints

I was out driving through southern Alberta one cold winters day and I kept seeing fences that were in a state of major disrepair. They seemed to be more prominent with the snow around them separating them from the rest of the prairies.

The saying “In the winter of your life” kept playing in my mind. Adding to the overall look of the image is the long reddish rays of the low sun. In late winter the sun starts tossing more color and longer shadows on the prairie just before it makes it climb back to the high summer arch. The low late day sun works perfectly to light these scenes and brings out the rough texture of the wood and adding a warmth to the wood that counters the cold blue of the shadows.


Winter Fence At Sunset #1

The barbed wire in the background plays against the force of the foreground posts.

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Winter Fence At Sunset #2

At one time you know all the wire had a purpose, now it forms a metallic spider’s web.

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