November 1, 2015
The Cypress Hills in southeastern Alberta tower over the surrounding prairie at an altitude of 600 meters, roughly similar to that of Banff. Because it remained unglaciated during the last ice age, the area harbors an astonishing variety of plants. The area is part of the Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park with the Province of Saskatchewan. In August of 2014, I made my first visit there in more than 30 years, capturing this sunrise from the viewpoint on the Reesor Lake Road. It is one of the images featured in my new book called 'Beautiful Alberta' (Firefly Books) which I will be launching at McNally Booksellers in Winnipeg this coming Friday evening at 7:00 PM.
October 28, 2015
I came across this quiet, intimate view of lily pads floating in Middle Lake, Kenora after spending a few moments capturing a brief but dramatic sunrise. I had driven to Kenora with my friend Dave Benson to pick up a series of fine art prints from a show that had been hanging at Elizabeth Campbell Books for a couple of months. From the high vantage point of a rocky ledge, I isolated the lily pads with my 70-200mm lens fitted with a polarizing filter. While the 'big landscape' is often captivating, I am more often than not attracted to the more personal and interpretive intimate view.
October 28, 2015
While in Kenora last August to do a book signing for my Ontario book (Turnstone Press) at Elizabeth Campbell Books, I spent a few hours in the early part of the morning exploring the area. Driving along the TransCanada Highway, the sun peeked through the clouds long enough to create these long, dramatic shadows of evergreen trees.
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.