Tired of broken pavement and ever expanding potholes on Hwy. 15 from Kenaston it wasn’t difficult to reach a decision to explore an alternate route after a delightful lunch at the Highway Host in Rosetown, SK. Heading south on the Hwy. 4 the well-maintained road leads through Elrose and Kyle, with Kyle being the larger center boasting amenities like a Co-op Marketplace, gas stations, and restaurants.
The rolling hills landscape was more pleasant to navigate on this well-maintained road and not too much traffic. As we approached the Diefenbaker Basin we were greeted by lush, green escarpments dappled in light and shadow with the dramatic cloud formations overhead.
At the lowest point the information center was a welcome sight. It was time for a walk about to explore.
With the beginning of the May long weekend the information centre was open. The lower level of the refurbished house has been converted to an interpretive centre. A young couple with baby in tow decided that the “museum” is too small to spend time in… I found it very informative. The Goodwin House Interpretive Centre is well organized sharing the natural history of the area.
Local flora and fauna are also well represented.
A great place to lock eyes with birds indigenous to the area… even if they are frozen in time…
Outside we were treated for a fly-over by a flock of pelicans. It is not often that I have my camera ready to capture such a sight!
Leaving the Diefenbaker Basin we stopped several times to capture the dramatic cloud formations. Saskatchewan isn’t called “land of living skies” in vain.
It isn’t often that destinations in Saskatchewan can be reached from two approaches with the same mileage. This drive was very pleasant and full of new sights and surprises. We have already decided that this is a great place to return to. The cactus will be in bloom in July… stay tuned and check in then to see if we made it back to the western end of the Diefenbaker Basin.
What to do when the weather turns grey? I can sit indoors, pine away and long for sunny days, or I can grab my camera and give the new wide angle lens a little workout.
I recently made the big decision to invest in the Nikon 17-35 mm, 2.8 professional lens. Not realizing what I had been missing out on I am instantly hooked. The way this lens performs, the absolute clarity throughout the image and the benefit of the fast aperture are all contributing to rekindled enthusiasm in photography, even on grey and dreary days.
Monday I came across smouldering fields… farmers burning flax straw, a by-product of the recent harvest. Flax straw does not break down naturally and it appears that the farmer close to us has not made arrangements to ship the straw off to be used in industries taking full advantage of attributes this strong fiber has to offer. The result of the controlled burn is heavy layer of smoke that lingers, makes lungs burn and and shroud the already weak sun.
After a brief walk among the smouldering flax straw piles I was in need for some clean air. It was time to explore the lake shore which recently froze solid enough to navigate safely. I was rewarded with countless unique ice sculptures Mother Nature created with the help of strong wind and wave action just prior to forming the layer of ice on the water. Time flies when I discover such unexpected treasures.
For added dramatic effect I decided to de-saturate the images as they appeared grey and washed out in the natural palette. Once I adjusted the curves in Photoshop, increased contrast to define the subject matter a monochromatic presentation was the logical choice. Enjoy!
Nikon D610, Nikor 28 — 300 mm lens @ 28 mm; f/8, 1 / 160 s, ISO 100.
Scouting for a good place to set up for night photography yesterday we selected this little Anglican country church on highway 202 between Tuxford and Buffalo Pound Lake Provincial Park. The light was stunning and cast long shadows. Who could resist?