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November skies on the prairies

Posted by on 26. November 2012 in Blog / Journal, Saskatchewan | Comments Off on November skies on the prairies

November skies on the prairies

There is something special about November skies close to sunrise or sunset. I have quite a few images that capture the warm, soft light above the horizon around the magic hour. A friend of mine commented once that those pictures are part of my “Lavender Landscapes” opus. I have been travelling to Swift Current on a weekly basis since since early November. On my last trip I was driving through gently rolling farm fields along Highway 4 just north of town, when I noticed the skies changing colour. An opportunity to capture one more Lavender Landscape image. I pulled on a grid road...

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Winter in Grasslands National Park

Posted by on 22. November 2012 in Blog / Journal, Grasslands National Park | 1 comment

Winter in Grasslands National Park

Canadian Prairies were hit by a strong snow storm in early November. We received between 20 and 30 cm of fresh powdery stuff. I happen to be in Grasslands National Park as the storm was passing through and spent two days photographing snow-covered prairies. I have photographed in the park during winter before. However, I have not seen the park so white and pristine. Snow storms come and go, and in this part of Saskatchewan the fresh snow cover does not last too long. It is either blown away by strong winds or partially melted by warm chinooks arriving from Alberta. Driving conditions were so...

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Sand dunes in Great Sand Hills

Posted by on 10. November 2012 in Saskatchewan | Comments Off on Sand dunes in Great Sand Hills

Sand dunes in Great Sand Hills

A large area of open sand dunes is located about 18 km south of the village of Sceptre (near Leader, Saskatchewan). Follow the signs to “Wildlife viewing area” and park in the designated parking area right next to a large complex of sand dunes. There are a few displays with information about rare plants and animals that live among the dunes. Return to the Saskatchewan photo gallery.

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Old Man on His Back – prairie with golden bean at dawn

Posted by on 10. November 2012 in Saskatchewan | Comments Off on Old Man on His Back – prairie with golden bean at dawn

Old Man on His Back – prairie with golden bean at dawn

Lush prairie with golden bean in bloom. Just a short walk north of the interpretative centre at Old Man on His Back Prairie and Heritage Conservation Area west of Claydon, Saskatchewan. Return to the Saskatchewan photo gallery.

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Old Man on His Back ranch buildings

Posted by on 9. November 2012 in Saskatchewan | Comments Off on Old Man on His Back ranch buildings

Old Man on His Back ranch buildings

Ranch buildings at the Old Man on His Back Prairie and Heritage Conservation Area. Photographed one calm evening in June. One of the buildings houses a beautiful interpretive centre with stories on history of the ranch and information about wildlife that can be found on the Northern Great Plains of southern Saskatchewan. Nature Conservancy of Canada is managing this 13,135 acre (5,316 hectare) property in effort to protect a piece of fragile mixed prairie grasslands. In 2003 NCC introduced a herd of plains bison on the property and animals can be often seen from road passing through the...

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