Spring 2019 Lethbridge River Bottom

Spring 2019

Thought it would be fun to see what birds had returned to the river bottom now that spring 2019 is here. While it may say spring on the calendar the birds never got the message. There were a few of the regulars but not a lot of new comers. After it being so cold for so long I understand why there is not a hug influx of returning birds. If I was them I would be waiting down south till I knew that the warm weather was here to stay. I did see a couple Robins, a few Starlings and a Franklin Gull but that was it.

Spring 2019 the melt is on!!
I love seeing the reflection in the water. Means the ice is melting!!!!

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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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Canada Geese

Canada Geese on ice. Chilling out

There is always one trying strike up the band!!!

Reminds me of a conductor at the height of a major movement, unfortunately the band is asleep on this one.

A cold January morning finds the gees flocking to the last open ice on the lake. I would rather be someplace warmer but they seemed to like the cold water. A hot tub would have been my first choice!

Stafford Lake, Alberta

Canada Geese

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Lethbridge River Valley

Lethbridge River valley turkey lunch
Lethbridge River Bottom turkey lunch

The Lethbridge river valley is a place that holds a lot of history and a lot of wildlife.  There is a lot of wildlife that I never thought that I would see down there and one of them is wild turkey. Went down on Sunday and came across 7 turkeys enjoying the sun and a meal.  Not sure how wild they are but they were down there and were not too worried about people walking by or taking their picture.

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Evening Shoot – Long Exposure

SO we all know the rules of photography. We know the rule of thirds, the rule of shutter speed should equal the mm of the lens for hand holding, use faster shutter speed to stop action, etc, etc. So why would someone break the rules? Well for fun of course!!

Long exposure evening shoot
Long exposure evening shoot, Lethbridge

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Saskatchewan Sand Hills 2

Part 2 –  If you want to visit part 1 click here.

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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