Who still needs proof that Saskatchewan is not flat? Read on and see why it pays to get off the Trans Canada Highway when traveling across Saskatchewan.
Recently a sunset tour of the Avonlea Badlands was organized by the Avonlea Heritage Museum. Tour guide Cathy met up with our group at the Museum to receive payment ($ 10/person group rate) for the 2 1/2 hour guided photography outing. A short drive south of town brought us to a place off the road where we could safely park our vehicles.
Soon we were navigating a short distance across the pasture dotted with prickly pear cacti toward the geological formations in the distance. It was a good idea to wear hiking boots for comfort and protection.
The weather had turned out beautifully after heavy downpours experienced during our drive from Buffalo Pound Lake to Avonlea.
Who needs Drumheller, AB when we have this on our doorstep? Enjoy the images below of the tour of the Avonlea Badlands at sunset and witness how the light changes intensified the colours all around.
In conclusion I would like to encourage you to check out the diverse tours offered by the Avonlea Heritage Museum. Whether you come on your own or with a group you will not be disappointed. Cathy, our guide is an accomplished photographer which made this tour even more informative. Here is a link to the full line up of tours ranging from archeological to daytime, evening and night tours. Speaking from personal experience: This tour gets two thumbs up. We will be back to explore soon!
Spring arrived and has been a little disappointing with its cold wind, grey, cloudy days and slow growth. The crocus were sparse due to the dry conditions this year. I was lucky to capture a few images a few steps away from our house.
The usual country side explorations have been non existent for us this year as we have been busy with getting the house and studio ready for the market. It’s a great place but it’s time for a change of scenery. Our dream place is now listed. You can find details here http://comfree.com/home-for-sale-buffalo-pound-lake-saskatchewan-696749 and https://thelakehousechronicle.wordpress.com/ if you are interested.
Last Saturday I had a chance to attend and participate in a course that I have been interested in for several years. The CAPA Judging Course was excellent! Even if a photographer does not want to judge photography the course is comprehensive and informative. It will help improve anyone’s way of seeing the world through the lens. I had been a member of CAPA a couple of years ago but let me membership lapse as I didn’t see a lot of benefit at the time… I am converted. This course alone is worth the membership. CAPA stands for Canadian Association for Photographic Art. Did I mention: I took out a new membership. I look forward to receiving the newsletter and staying informed via their website.
With so many activities out of the way I am recommitting to posting regularly. I haven’t been on the road lately but there is so much to see closer to home that this will be my focus for a while. Have a great week!
Nikon 610, Sigma 24 – 70 mm @ 46 mm, ISO 250, f/3.5,1/180s, hand-held.
We woke to snow today and after some careful deliberation the need for some fresh air won out. I viewed my surroundings with new eyes, looking for color wherever I could find it.
I live “at the lake”, Buffalo Pound Lake, Saskatchewan that is. And this year the lake has not been the most inviting to swimmers.
Yesterday my friend Jean stopped by. She is an artist who incorporates natural materials into her sculptures, and this time of the year is her busy time. A sense of urgency sets in and propels her out the door on a daily basis to look for roots, dried grasses and other useful things. We decided to head to Loney’s Beach first to see what we could find in the sand. While Jean was ecstatic about sun bleached craw fish heads and claws, tiny snails and various roots I decided to give my macro lens a good workout.
After my initial shock about the green sludge lining the shore almost lending it a neon-like glow I made a couple of images of the slow moving slime. I have never been very fond of green and this phenomena didn’t make me change my mind…
Time to turn my attention to the sandy part of the beach and there a brilliant green flash captured my attention. This jewel tone was more to my liking!
Two lady birds on a green leaf, at first passive, became quite animated. While watching their sluggish movements in the bright sun the top lady bird suddenly pushed forward and reached out with its front legs to give the other lady bird a definite push. A power struggle? There was plenty of space for two on the leaf!
A Painted Lady was also enjoying some time at the beach. It was more difficult to capture but with some patience I was finally able to get a few good, non blurry images. This image was cropped to showcase the bright colors.
Even burrs are beautiful as long as they don’t somehow fasten themselves to my dog’s fur, my shoe laces or other clothing…
…and leaves turning colors. Autumn is definitely on its way! Thank you, Jean for the excursion yesterday! Nature is such a wonderful harbinger of peace.
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Images captured with Nikon D610, Sigma 24-70mm lens (top 2 images), all macro images made with Sigma Macro 150 mm.
Nikon D610, Sigma 150mm macro lens, ISO 400, f/4.5, 1/1000s. hand-held.
Crocus have finished their blooms for another year. They appeared early this year, were less abundant than in 2014 and are now dormant. Last year the hills and undisturbed fields were covered in purple over Mother’s Day weekend. This year we appreciate trees in full leaf – not such a bad trade off!