Spring has arrived and, as is usually the case, weather varies considerably from one day to the next. In Winnipeg we are currently on our second 'snow free' period and we'll see how long this one lasts! Last weekend, I took a stroll in the Seine River forest and captured these images of early spring, leaves trapped in ice after the first thaw.
I spotted a pair of snowy owls perched on the hydro lines near Altona, Manitoba on my way to do the prepress work for my Ontario book on Monday morning. The sun had not yet risen and the sky was cloudy so I made a few documentary images of the male and female owls. Later in the day, the clouds cleared and I decided to return to the area after dinner to see if I might spot the owls again. The female snowy owl was nowhere to be seen but the male was perched very near where I first saw it in the morning. I made the first image about 30 minutes before sunset and the second one (bottom) just a few minutes before the sun dipped below the horizon, which imparted a lovely pink/yellow cast to the bird. Both images were made with the new 300mm F4 VR lens coupled with the new 1.4x teleconverter (lll). Along with the new Nikon D7200 DX camera, this combination (630mm) gives me a very sharp, workable, powerful, flexible and affordable handheld system for capturing wildlife.
Many parts of North America and Europe were blessed with a spectacular display of northern lights on Tuesday evening, March 17. I had received a warning around 5 AM but I had a previous engagement at my printer's that day to do prepress work on my 'Ontario' book so I was unable to check it out. All day the storm continued and I managed an hour's sleep after driving back home shortly after dinner. I reached one of my favorite destinations at Birds Hill just as the sky was darkening in the east. Even though the sky was still relatively bright, you could see the auroras dancing here and there and I just knew we were in for a treat. And I was not disappointed! Check out the gallery for more images by clicking on the main image. Enjoy!