November 30, 2012
I noticed this ruffed grouse on the roadside and stopped to observe it for a while. It eventually flew across to the other side of the road and made me think that it would be interesting to try and capture it in flight. It eventually returned to a tree on the other side of the road after which I readied myself for a shot. As I approached closer to the grouse, it once again left the tree and I quickly followed its motion releasing the shutter a few times. I was happy to find one frame in focus, particularly since I captured the image from close range without remote triggers or sophisticated technology. It's nice to have 'Lady luck' on your side occasionally.
September 4, 2011
We had spent a long, arduous day hiking in the Killdeer Badlands, in the East Block of Grasslands National Park in Southwestern Saskatchewan. I, along with three of my colleagues - Dave Reede, Peter Blahut and Brad Smith - had enjoyed a pleasant day making images of this seldom visited park which is quite off the beaten path. It was a very hot, sunny day with temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius. Nearing sunset (and as the clouds rolled in), we dragged ourselves up the coulee after a grueling 15 to 20 kilometer hike.