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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Distance

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Distance prompt.

As a nature and landscape photographer I have been social distancing for decades. I started thinking about some of the locations in Saskatchewan where there wasn’t another human being for miles. Especially in winter when some farmers move into town, just because there’s a farm 5 miles away doesn’t mean there’s anyone living there. For some of these photos I was miles from the nearest road.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

A frozen section of Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area at sunset in winter.

 

Fan Of... OM Zuiko 350mm lens

Whitetail Deer at dusk near Punnichy.

 

On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Make Yourself Feel Small

A frozen section of marsh at sunset, Little Quill Lake.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Funny Furry Friends

A Striped Skunk in the spring between Little Quill Lake and Middle Quill Lake.

 

One Word Sunday: Ice

Sunrise reflected in a frozen slough near Punnichy.

 

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Water Water Everywhere

Little Quill Lake at sunset, WWE #16

This is my contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere Photo Challenge #16 although in this case the surface water is frozen. You would probably have to cut through a couple of feet of ice to get to liquid water.

 

Water Water Everywhere Photo Challenge #16

A frozen section of marsh at Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada. A few months earlier the area had been a staging area for thousands of Snow Geese on autumn migration.

 

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Throwback Thursday

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

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Monthly Squares

October Squares: A Variety of Lines at -40 degrees

This is my contribution to day 19 of Becky’s October Squares: Lines photo challenge.

Lines of cloud, a horizon line and reeds forming lines. A frozen section of marsh at Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada in the winter.

For anyone wondering if it was -40° Celsius or Fahrenheit it was both as they are the same at -40.

October Squares: A Variety of Lines at -40 degrees

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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

Friendly Friday: Remote.

This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Remote.

My first thought was of some of the remote spots I visited when living in Saskatchewan, Canada in late 1990s. I once had the passenger side front wheel of my truck disappear into a hole at a water level control connecting Little Quill Lake and Middle Quill Lake. It was at the end of several miles of rough track that stopped at the water control point. I had to pile rocks in the back of the truck to get the rear wheel on the ground and the front wheel out of the hole.

Another time at a section of Little Quill Lake I managed to lock my keys in the truck and had to break into it with an old piece of barbed wire that I had stripped the barbs off.

Here’s a photo of a sunset over a marsh at Little Quill Lake. It was winter so I was probably the only person within 10 miles and it was -40° at the time.

Friendly Friday: Remote.

 

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Monthly Squares

July Squares: Ice Blue at -40 degrees.

A contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Blue photo challenge.

Just in case anyone is wondering if that’s -40° Celsius or Fahrenheit, it’s both. When you get down to -40° it’s the same.

I picked this shot because this part of Ontario is under a heat warning with temperatures in the 30s with the humidity making it feel like the 40s.

A frozen section of marsh at dusk. Part of Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.

A dusk at-40°.

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A wandering Willet.

Having been posting photos of birds in Ontario recently I thought it was time I posted something from Saskatchewan.

Now that summer has arrived here’s a photo of a Willet in breeding plumage wandering around a marsh looking for something to eat. Taken from a vehicle window using a bean bag to rest the lens on.

A feeding Willet.