I never thought I would venture out looking for winter in Saskatchewan at the end of January. That is exactly what I did today. After several sunny days in a row and temperatures well above 0 C Buffalo Pound Lake is beginning to thaw. The water is open at the causeway, something we don’t usually witness till March. We took a drive and ended up at the Arm River Valley near Findlater, SK. It was already later in the afternoon and I just had to capture the lack of snow. Walking through the dry grass as I made my way to the crest of hill isolated snow patches crunched under my boots and the grass rustled in the gentle breeze.
It is difficult to believe that this is January 30th: A cloudless blue sky, golden light that bathed the dry landscape and were it not for the occasional snow patch I would think it is late fall.
My focus was directed to the trees. Without foliage the gnarly branches and rough bark make for wonderful contrast against the blue sky.
Near the frozen river’s edge this tree beckoned to be captured with its live branches opposite to the dead branch still reaching toward the water source.
Could it be a foreshadowing of what is to come?
The search for winter was rewarded with small snow patches that showed evidence of melting and freezing to create multiple layers that were illuminated by the setting sun.
I only carried my 17-35 mm lens with me wishing I had also brought my 105 mm macro lens. With the car too far away I would have lost all the light so I crouched down to capture the ice crystals only to discover them painted in a peachy gold by the late afternoon sun, beautiful and not visible when I stood above.
Another image that captured the sun painting along the edge where the ice met the path.
Back at the car I quickly changed lenses to make one last image of the peeling paint and rust on the locked gate to the park. Great inspiration and a great first shot with the new macro lens… I am going to use this Sigma 105mm macro lens a lot – love the tack sharp quality and excellent color rendition.
Thanks for coming along on my winter 2016 search – what a difference a year makes!