Clouds at -40 Degrees

Throwback Thursday travels back to Saskatchewan in the late 1990s with one of the slides I made a digital copy of over the Christmas period.

For anyone wondering if that’s -40 Celsius or Fahrenheit it’s both, they’re the same at -40.

This is a section of frozen marsh at Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada at dusk. It was my first winter in Saskatchewan which is probably why I remember the temperature. Strangely enough, I don’t remember it feeling particularly cold but I was 22 years younger then. These days I don’t like -10°C although the damp cold in Ontario seems to chill you more than the dry cold I remember from Saskatchewan.

Throwback Thursday: 16th January 2020

Frozen Slough at Sunrise

Throwback Thursday travels back to Saskatchewan in the late 1990s.

It was the pattern of snow on the ice of the frozen slough that caught my eye and the way it was reflecting the clouds in the frozen surface. I didn’t notice the weak sun pillar until I was editing a scan of the shot years later.

A frozen slough near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada at sunrise.

Throwback Thursday: 2nd January 2020

Tree Sparrow

Or the Eurasian Tree Sparrow as it is now sometimes known, to distinguish it from the unrelated American Tree Sparrow. Slightly smaller than the related and more widely distributed House Sparrow. The chestnut cap and black spot on the white cheek are distinguishing characteristics.

This Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the 1980s.

A few weeks ago Canadian Tire, a national chain of stores selling a range of automotive, hardware and home products, started running a T.V. ad for their Christmas decorations. It briefly featured what looked like a C.G.I. Tree Sparrow.

Surely if you are going to pay someone to C.G.I. a bird in an ad for a company such as Canadian Tire you make sure that the species is native to North America.

Throwback Thursday: Tree Sparrow

Snow Bunting

Throwback Thursday travels back to Saskatchewan in the late 1990s and a bitterly cold winter morning. Around -30°C without the wind chill if I recall correctly.

I had found a small flock of Snow Buntings feeding on a field of stubble partially covered in snow. I was photographing the birds from the open window of my pickup truck. It meant that I was sheltered from the wind a little and the birds were ignoring the vehicle when they may not have ignored a human on foot.

The birds were well camouflaged against the snow and stubble. I find the fact that such small birds can survive the winter temperatures in Saskatchewan impressive.

Throwback Thursday: Snow Bunting