Winter Boot Update

WindRiver Outfitting winter boot update

Winter Boot update

Well it has been a while since I got my new boots. So I thought it would be time for an update. I did not want to test them in really cold weather, I would have enjoyed a warmer winter, but that is why I bought them so they did get tested.

If I was to rate them on a scale of 1 – 10 I would have to give them 10.

Once they got through the break-in period, or should I say once my feet got through the break-in, they fit really well. They have AMAZING traction. In fact now that I wear them out for a walks the shoes that I usually wear feel very slippery. On snow and ice they have amazing traction.

-22C, stiff wind and warm feet!!!

As for warmth. In -35C I can stand in one place and my feet stay perfectly warm. I do not need to moving my toes or shift around my feet are warm. As warm as at home with the heat on and wearing slippers. When walking they are also perfectly toasty warm. This is great if you are a photographer and you need stand for a while shooting. With warm feet you will not be rushing to get the shot and get back inside.

Cool feature

One thing that I really like is that there is a pull strap on the back of the boots to help pull on. It is not needed but sure is nice to have. Makes pulling on very simple.

Worth the cost?

So are the boots worth the money that they cost? YES and more. I do not mind paying more money for something that does what it says. These boots do that and more.

Now my issue is that I need to make sure that I carry them with me. I went shooting the other day and forgot them at home. WHAT a difference trying to shoot with cold feet! These are also great to carry if traveling. If you had any car troubles and had these boots with you your feet would be warm till you got rescued. I would also take these if you were camping in cold weather as part of an emergency kit.

Read up on cold weather clothes.

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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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Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle, out looking for lunch East of Lethbridge

A busy week at the studio with two big shoots and some teaching. This is from last weekend. I just managed to get the files downloaded and edited. Had the opportunity to see two magnificent Bald Eagles out enjoying the nice day. Years ago seeing a eagle in the summer in southern Alberta was rare but in the winter was unheard of. Now they are staying in large numbers all year. I am thinking that the reason for this is that the geese are staying and with so many geese the number of sick and dying birds is enough to sustain the eagles. In the river bottom I can tell when a eagle is flying nearby as the geese take off in huge numbers. Then a few seconds later a bald eagle comes flying down the river.

Bald Eagle

Canon 70D, Sigma 150-600 @ 600 400 ISO 1/2000 F9

#nature #wildlife #naturephotography #eagle #baldeagle #winter #canon #sigma #lethbridgephotographer #vanlife #birds

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Boxing Day Brawl

Went out for boxing day and came across a major brawl, could not believe how these two fought. The special was half price on a really nice bush and they both wanted it!

Alexander Wilderness Park

Canon 70D
Sigma 150-600
1/2000
F9
1600 ISO

Boxing day brawl
I saw it first!

It has been a good winter so far, a few crazy windy days but overall very nice. It is funny how the animals react to the weather. On windy days it is like all the animals moved out of the province or went into hibernation. A couple cold days do not seem to effect the animals, in fact they seem to like a few cold days. After a few cold days they change again starting to slow down and stay hidden more. Then once it warms up it takes a few days for them to start moving around again.

Boxing day brawl #2
I was closer to it

I didn’t want to put up with the boxing day brawl at the mall so I thought that I would head out to the river bottom and see what was happening. Not a lot of animals around, saw few birds, but the deer were everywhere. I wonder how the wolves, coyote and foxes do during a winter that is overall very mild. The deer look to be in really good shape as their food sources are not covered up like they were last winter and the winter before. If this keeps up the deer will be in really good shape come spring.

Boxing day brawl big hit!
It is MINE!!!!

Even our backyard feeders are not being used like they have been in the past couple of winters. Sure there are birds but not in the devouring herd like they have been for the last two years.

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