A flock of Sandhill Cranes in morning fog. Bradwell, Saskatchewan (Branimir Gjetvaj) I discovered this group of cranes standing in shallow, partially frozen pond south of Bradwell, Saskatchewan. We were looking for Sharp-tailed Grouse lek and drove past a frozen pond with a flock of over 200 cranes. What attracted me to this scene was a soft, almost surreal appearance of graceful birds enveloped in thick morning fog (we were there before sunrise). I selected a high ISO setting on my camera in hope to get fast enough shutter speed to prevent camera shake. Additional presence of digital noise softened the captured image even more. Sandhill cranes are fairly social birds that usually live in pairs or family groups through the year. Smaller family groups consisting of parents and yearlings can be seen in fields during the fall migration. During winter and spring migration, non-related cranes come together to form “survival groups” which forage and roost together. Such groups often congregate in large groups, sometimes in the thousands....Read More
Winter sunrise over Castle Mountain and Bow River, Banff National Park, Alberta Photograph taken on a February morning near the bridge crossing Bow River at Castle Junction. It is a well known, and well used site to photograph the Castle Mountain. I was lucky to get clear blue sky after a fresh snowfall the night...Read More
Rovinj is considered to be one of the most beautiful towns on the Istrian peninsula. It is a popular tourist destination, and still boasts an active fishing industry. It’s history dates back to the Roman times. Rovinj reached the peak of political influence from 13th to 18th century. The old town core has a beautiful set of cobblestone streets and pastel-coloured houses, surrounding an imposing church of St. Euphemia. The church’s bell tower was modelled after the St. Mark’s tower in...Read More
North Milk River meanders through Sandstone Ranch at dusk, near Del Bonita, Alberta. Sandstone Ranch is jointly managed by the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Alberta Conservation Organization, and the Sandstone Ranch Grazing Co-operative. The 4,100 acre conservation property is located 75 km south of Lethbridge, just north of the Montana border. It protects a unique combination of fescue prairie and a diverse riparian habitat. Sandstone cliffs and hoodoo rock formations along the river edge provide important nesting habitat for prairie raptors. I had an opportunity to spend two days photographing at the property, and was completely blown away by the beauty of the land and richness of it’s wildlife. This image was used by the Wilderness Committee (formerly the Western Canada Wilderness Committee) in their 2012 Canada’s Endangered Wilderness calendar. Your purchase of the calendar (or any other goodies) will support a worthy conservation...Read More
Open sand dune in Great Sand Hills near Sceptre, Saskatchewan. The Great Sand Hills of southwestern Saskatchewan are probably the most ecologically sensitive area in Saskatchewan. The Scepter sand dunes are between 15 to 35 metres high, and are surrounded by a wide expanse of diverse native prairie. They can be reached by a grid road south of Sceptre (about 35 km east of Leader). Grazing in this area is managed by the Sandhill Stockmen’s Association, which took extensive action to educate the public about fragility of sand dunes and associated vegetation. They created a fenced parking area to limit the vehicle damage to vegetation, and erected large awareness signs to encourage visitors to use the area...Read More
Landscape, nature and travel images by a Saskatchewan-based photographer Branimir Gjetvaj
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