Ice Fishing

Ice fishing, another way to pass the winter!

I have never been ice fishing. But if I was to go it would be inside one of these amazing huts! Truth be told I am not big into fishing even in warm weather. In my books stopping at a grocery store to pick-up your fish is easier and more enjoyable. But that is me.

Ice fishing hut, not your grandfather's hut
Ice fishing hut, not your grandfather’s hut
Tracks of all types
Tracks of all types

Getting out!

This past weekend with the slight break in the frigid temperatures I decided that I would head out. I wanted to see what I could find worth taking pictures of. There was a lot to shoot. It was not what I was expecting but there was a lot!

My first stop was at McQuillan Reservoir. In a very short walk I found a number of subjects to photograph. From the ice fishing tents, the animal tracks to some rabbits and a few birds it was a fun day. Cannot say that I got to walk very far as the slight breeze that was blowing was enough to make it painful to stay out. But with so many subjects to photograph I had to take pictures. It is also funny how after a number of days of clouds that a day of even a little sun makes being outside enjoyable.

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Winter Morning

“Morning. It snowed………. AGAIN”!!!

Each morning I always look out to see who is at our feeders. Yes FEEDERS plural, more than I want to admit to. Lately the bird mix has changed big time. Not just for the morning birds but for the entire day. Our usual mix for years has been the regulars: Sparrow, House Finch, Blue Jay & Flicker and the less regular: Downy Woodpecker, Junko, Nut Hatch & Chickadee. Lately the Sparrows have must have found a better place to go as we have few Sparrows coming to visit since this cold snap.

Morning snow clearing
Morning snow clearing

The one bird that is taking advantage of the feeders is the Junko. There are about 20 of them that have moved in and taken over. They are the first to arrive in the morning and the last to leave at night. When the Blue Jays are sitting in the trees screaming to have their food cleared of snow the Junkos are happily eating away. When a Flicker swoops in to claim the peanut/sunflower tray they move to another feeder making the best of the situation.

Early bird gets the feeder

Morning visitor
Morning visitor

This guy was the first one this morning. Digging through the snow to find his breakfast while the other feeders were still abandoned. He flew away once when I walked past the window but not more than 5 feet from the feeder and as soon as I walked away he was back. He had the look on his face that said he was not impressed with the snow but was fine with having the feeders to himself.

If it was not so cold I would put fresh water in the bird baths for them today. But with it being so cold by the time I add the water and get back to the house it is already freezing over. Oh well, they have lots of snow to eat for moisture and next week it is suppose to warm up so I will make sure they have water once the weather gets closer to freezing.

The good part of all the feeders is that I can take pictures without leaving the warm house. Shooting through the window may not give the best images but when it is -20C outside, snowing and blowing I don’t mind the windows. Well time to see who is outside now and take a few more pictures.

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Winter is back!

Suppose to be a cold and snowy weekend. Cannot complain so far this winter with what we have had. I don’t hate snow pictures but we can have spring any time now 🙂 . The good part is when I am shooting with the White Turtle III I have the heat on so I can warm up when I get back.
McQuillan Reservoir, Coaldale

Winter lake
Cold winter lake!
Lake not in winter
Same area in the spring.

It is hard to believe that the same area that is so cold and lifeless today will take on an entire new look once winter leaves us. I cannot wait!!! I hope spring brings some rain. I do not want a flood just some warm rains to bring the life back.

Hopefully once spring and then summer shows up we will not get the smoke like in the past years. Really need to have a clear summer as the past two have been really smokey.

Canon 70D Sigma 150-600 @546mm
400 ISO F9 1/1000
#fog #snow #mist #winter #cold #morning #lethbridgephotographer #canon #nature #scenic #lake #vanlife #coldweather #arctic

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Sofa Mountain, Waterton Lakes National Park


I love Sofa Mountain anytime, but early winter it really stands out. There is a lot of snow in those there mountains. October 4, 2018 and most years there may be a light dusting of snow, or maybe some frost but this year the snow is cold and deep. Great for building the snow pack and for pictures, not so great for people or animals trying to get through it.

With the hot summer it was nice to see some snow and moisture starting but even when you know you need it this early it is hard to take!

Sofa Mountain
Fall colors and snow

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#Nature #scenic #canon #clouds #snow #fall #lethbridgephotographer #waterton #whiteturtleIII

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

Went for a drive on Saturday October 6, 2018 and found these guys in the Castle Wilderness area. Kind of rude as I invited them home for Thanksgiving Dinner and all they did was walk away. Wild Turkey’s have been on my bucket list for years. I see them a lot but they do not like to stick around for their pictures to be taken.

Wild Turkey
Canon 70D
Sigma 150-600
ISO 640
1/250
f9

Happy Thanksgiving from two turkeys!
Wild Turkey, not your Thanksgiving meal 🙂

#wildlife #turkey #nature #naturephotography #fall #snow #fallcolors #lethbridgephotographer #castlewilderness #alberta #vanlife #vancamping #canon #canon70D #sigma #sigma150600 #snowstorms #thanksgiving #thanksgiving2018

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Banff & Kananaskis Fall 2018

I wanted to take a “fall” trip to Banff and Kananaskis for a number of shoots that I planned to do.  Well the trip was more like a winter trip than fall and I never got any of the shots that I went for.  I did manage to get chased away from an area that I wanted to shoot by a warden, something about no camping and well I did fall asleep while I was waiting for the snow flurries to stop falling – which they never did all night!!!! Still had a great time.  I can tell you that some of the back roads in southern Alberta are not fit for driving this time of year.  Some MAJOR ruts and challenges!

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