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

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

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Back Catalog

This is my contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Back Catalog.

My first thought was to check my last few Throwback Thursday posts. That got me nowhere so I started going through my archives.

I came across my photos of a Common Kingfisher taken in the early 1990s. These gave me an idea for this challenge.

I spent a couple of weeks locating a portable hide on the edge of a pool and setting up a selection of perches for the bird to use. After the time spent setting up and then sitting in the hide while taking the photos I was happy with the shots. But given the quality of digital captures and the quality of modern lenses I would love to reshoot the species at some point in the future.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Back Catalog