Startled Pronghorn in Rural Montana

Startled Pronghorn (Antelope) in Rural Montana

I’ve never seen Pronghorns before so I was very excited to see lots of them during a recent trip through Montana towards Yellowstone National Park. Although this female was initially very surprised to find us watching her, she actually posed for a few pictures before sauntering across the road.

I’ve got lots of images from the Yellowstone trip to wade through, so this is just the first of many more to come!

Peas in a Pod

Peas in a Pod

I’ve done a lot of work in my garden this year and I’m very proud of my vegetables! I had to get some nice close-ups of these peas before we ate them all! Unfortunately the garden got whacked pretty badly by a fierce hail storm a few days after these peas were picked, so I’m not expecting much else out of the garden. A few things may survive, but my onions and cucumbers were extremely badly damaged. I’m still hoping it all works out, but only time will tell…

Peas in a Pod

Peas in a Pod

Coyote Butt

Coyote on the Run

Sometimes you get the shot you want, sometimes you get the butt!

I was doing some work in the garden (I have a plot in a farm field on the prairies East of Calgary) when I noticed a young coyote saunter across the field and duck behind the barn. I immediately grabbed my camera and trotted over to the barn, hoping to find the coyote hanging out behind it. Sure enough it wasn’t far away, but unfortunately we saw each other at the same time. Coyote’s are almost always wary animals and this one was no exception. It immediately turned and ran away. I managed to fire off a couple of shots, but this side of the animal wasn’t quite what I was hoping to see.

Fragrant Water Lily’s on McCarthy Creek

I’m finally getting around to posting a few more images from my trip to Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario in June… We camped at Booth Lake for two nights and on the day in between we paddled into McCarthy Creek. It’s really more of a long and winding marsh than a creek as there really is no current to speak of. And other than a narrow channel of open water in the middle, the entire creek is covered with tall grasses and marshy weeds as far as the eye can see. And there are millions of Water Lily’s.

I really mean it when I say millions of Water Lily’s. They are everywhere! Their delicate white flowers gradually open in the light of the day and then close down again in the late afternoon. This is nice on a canoe trip because you can sleep in, have a leisurely camp style breakfast, and still be on the water with plenty of time to enjoy the scenery!

Having said that, the Lily’s are only open during the middle of the day, and they grow in wide open areas, brightly lit areas. This can make them extremely hard to photograph. The petals of the flowers are brilliantly white and any direct sunlight makes it very difficult to keep any detail in a photo. In the final image they appear as white blobs with no form or contrast. One way to combat that is to shoot them on cloudy days. Clouds make the light much softer with less contrast and allows the camera to capture the extensive detail in the bright white flowers. So the clouds and the rain that we paddled through wasn’t all bad; it helped a lot by giving me a real chance to make some nice images!

Prairie Glow

Glowing farm field at sunrise

I love the way the morning light glows in the prairie fields. These stalks of grain seemed to be reaching for the sun as it rose and the sparkling dew drops added to the mood. The sun rises so early these days and I haven’t been able to get out to enjoy it as much as I do at other times of the year, so this was a pretty special morning for me. Never forget to look around you and appreciate what you have!