storm clouds on the prairies

Wednesday afternoon near Shaunavon, SK after crossing the border back into Canada after a quick road trip to Glacier National Park in Montana…

summer storm clouds on the prairies

There are many things to like about Montana, and I will include my thoughts and photos in a post in the near future, but this is actually my favourite picture from the trip. Funny how it’s in my own province, but if not for a road trip to Montana and deciding to take the US 2 route home (bypassing the terrifically boring Medicine Hat to Swift Current leg of the TransCanada Highway), and crossing the border at Climax, SK, we would have missed watching this summer storm on the prairies develop.  Isn’t it usually the coming home that’s the best part of any trip?

Sunset Walk

I’ve been experimenting in Photoshop lately, and these photos are the ones I’m willing to share…so far!  These are from a walk around Wascana Park in early October where the reward at the end of the walk was a beautiful sky at sunset.

Clouds over Wascana Lake - edited version wascana lake walk - edited version

inspiration

I’ve been very fortunate in the last few years to see some pretty amazing scenery in my travels.  I’ve posted a picture previously of the last morning on my trip through the Great Bear Rainforest as we headed back to Hartley Bay to meet the plane. But while the scenery itself was spectacular throughout the whole trip, the last morning was extra special as we made our way through the early morning cloud cover. After I finished taking pictures, I just stood there and soaked it all in. The whole trip was amazing, but that experience was the perfect inspiring ending.

beautiful morning on the Douglas Channel

beautiful morning on the Douglas Channel 2 beautiful morning on the Douglas Channel 3

Photography Lessons – Patience and Persistence

I’ve learned a lot of photography lessons this summer.  The first two are patience and persistence.  These occurred many times on my trip to the Great Bear Rainforest in mid-June with Ocean Adventures. The most memorable one was when we were on the zodiac for six hours one afternoon. We had a very hearty lunch (I think Trish knew it could be a long afternoon on the zodiac) and started cruising around the inlet to see what we could see, hoping to spot a couple of grizzlies we’d photographed the previous day.

1pm - cruising around the inlet

1pm – cruising around the inlet

We continued on for about three and half hours, just enjoying the scenery, and every once in awhile we (there were seven of us on the zodiac that day) stopped the motor on the boat and just floated and listened to the birds. It was very peaceful.  Eventually we spotted one of the grizzlies!

Finally spotting a grizzly at 4:30pm.

Finally spotting a grizzly at 4:30pm.

Now, our Eric, our guide, was determined that we could find one (or maybe both) of the grizzlies again before going back to the boat for supper.  We continued our tour of the inlet, watching an eagle try to swoop down on a Merganser Duck chick (it was eventually successful), while being very quiet and moving very slowly so as not to disturb any bears that may be in the vicinity.  Eric’s persistence paid off, and at 6:30 we came upon the same grizzly…

grizzly checking us out

Patience and persistence pays off at 6:30pm.

We spent about half an hour watching the grizzly with Eric expertly maneuvering the zodiac so everyone could get the photograph they wanted.  Sometimes I would put my camera down and just watch the bear. grizzly looking at us

grizzly eating grizzly eating grass - bum shot grizzly in the grass At about 7pm we headed back to the boat for supper (and maybe more importantly, a much needed bathroom break!).

Pretty scene while heading back to the boat at 7pm.

Pretty scene while heading back to the boat at 7pm.

It was a memorable day and the lessons that patience and persistence pay off is one I remember now when I’m trying to get certain shots (I spent about an hour photographing the sunflowers in my previous post).