I snapped this image of a Great Horned Owl incubating eggs on a late March afternoon in Saskatchewan. This particular site has had a successful brood for the past seven years. I suspect the coots, pocket gophers, and mice in the area are very nervous! Photo captured by Nikon D300 – AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens, TC-20E III … [Read more...] about I’m Onto You!
I spotted this porcupine just hangin' out in a tree in my backyard. I snapped this image as he was sunning himself on a warm winter afternoon. Like all of the local wildlife, he has had a pretty easy go of it this winter with minimal snowfall and mild temperatures. I left him to his business this day as he has not caused any trouble around the place, other than removing bark from … [Read more...] about Porcupine “Just Hangin’ Out”
The call for "The Look Of Winter" at Outdoor Blogger Network made me want to run outside and snap an image that captures the feeling of our cold harsh winters, in the 'mostly' treeless prairies, I call home. However, this winter in Saskatchewan has been unseasonably warm with little snow. So to give you a true sense of a Saskatchewan winter I needed to dig into my archives to come up … [Read more...] about Winter in Saskatchewan
I always enjoy finding fresh tracks in the field. The sense that only minutes earlier a critter was moving through this spot where I'm standing, gives me a thrill. Such was the case when I happened upon these Sharp-tailed grouse marks in the snow. These markings were left by a sharp-tailed grouse whose home stomping grounds are a stone's throw away from my own. No doubt it was … [Read more...] about Winter Impressions
As the fall air turns cold and skeins of geese fill the air, I enjoy wandering around in the marsh with my camera with the hope of capturing a glimpse into the lives of our wild neighbours. On a particularly clear day I observed this muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) taking a break on a floating raft of rushes. Now as I look out at the same marsh, completely covered in ice and snow, I can't … [Read more...] about Muskrat
This prairie boy is still amazed when he sees a flowing mountain stream in the middle of winter. In Southern Saskatchewan, most water is frozen from November until April, so traveling to Canmore, AB this past April was an early glimpse of spring for me. To me this photograph reflects (pun intended) the tranquility of a late afternoon spring day. Photo captured by Nikon D300 – … [Read more...] about Mountain Stream in Early Spring
A hardy native wildflower found in southern Saskatchewan, Shining Arnica (Arnica fulgens), though rare in occurrence, can be locally prolific. If encountered this brilliantly yellow flower is often found in large quantities creating a sea of colour in an otherwise barren landscape. This photograph was taken in a native plant nursery, a place where wild seeds are propagated for the … [Read more...] about Shining Arnica