How quickly time passes. Three months ago I was exploring the early ice formations on Buffalo Pound Lake. I fell in love with the icy arch above, but as everything in life – it was a moment in time that changed and soon disappeared with the melting and freezing pattern we have had this winter. This lack of permanency is sometimes difficult to grasp but thanks to my contemplative photography practice I readily embrace this fluidity in nature.
Yes, I realize that this blog’s original intent is to document my personal travels. I haven’t ventured too far from home lately but my near daily excursions onto the ice on Buffalo Pound Lake this winter kept me focused on photography. While the ice is beginning to melt I navigate the hills and roads along the lake actively looking for signs of spring.
I have spent some time in the studio organizing my photographic equipment lately and realized that I have not shared much about equipment that some consider peripherals. Here are a few things I pulled out and I cannot live and/or travel without.
I am enthusiastic supporter of Miggo Products. I was first made aware of this company about three years ago when I supported their first Kickstarter campaign with a DSLR strap . My husband uses it on his Nikon D5200 when we travel. The strap helps with weight distribution of the camera and at the same time protects its lens when not in use.
The image above features two storm proof bags and the Splat portable tripod, all from Miggo. Stay tuned for several in-depth reports covering these items.
I will never forget my first rodeo: I had just arrived in early June 1980 Calgary and by early July the city was in a real party mood. Every night after I finished work I would catch the bus to the Stampede grounds, my compact cassette film camera in hand busily recording the events… and forever frustrated about the poor quality of the images…
I had the privilege of attending some of the finals, watching it from inside a climate controlled booth. It left me somewhat underwhelmed and I never quite understood the fascination with rodeo competitions… until I had an opportunity to attend the oldest continuous rodeo event, the Wood Mountain Stampede and Rodeo (established in 1890) with a photographer friend in mid July. Wood Mountain is a 2 1/2 hour drive from where we live. The countryside is very different from the Moose Jaw area. With rolling hills and pasture land I have put this landscape already on my places-to-return-to list. The Stampede grounds are located inside the regional park with an attractive campground that was taking full advantage of its overflow spaces. Parking appeared to be at a premium!
We positioned ourselves near the action just beside the announcer and time keeper’s booth, ate dust and dirt a few times during the afternoon for an unobstructed view of animals and participants with only the fences between us. I think I now understand the fascination with stampedes and rodeos… photography puts it all into perspective (excuse the pun).
It was my first time capturing sports action with my camera. Here is a sampling of the activities from bull riding, calf roping, barrel racing and saddle bronc.
On our ride home we witnessed some of the magnificent skies illuminated by lighting in the south and the setting sun in the west. Ahhhh, another glorious day on the prairies came to an end!