Anna Hergert, Art & Design

Of Snowdrifts and Snowy Owls…

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… and the last time I am posting images of snow this winter. It’s a promise!

We went out Sunday night during the “golden hour” to discover what the last storm did to the landscape. Never have I seen such snow drifts during my 34 winters in Canada.

The first three images are of a driveway leading to a farm house along Hwy. # 2 north of Moose Jaw. Can you see the tiny triangle marking the peak of the roof? I am sure this farmer is hoping for a slow and steady melt to avoid flooding.

Our drive took us south toward Tuxford where for once I was prepared to capture images of the resident Snowy Owls. It was a true Sunday – I was rewarded with a female and male owl perched high on the power poles scanning the landscape for something suitable for dinner. What an opportunity to try out my new 28 to 300 mm lens. It was quite a distance I had to cover and despite significant cropping the owls are crisp and clear against the azure sky.

The moon, nearly full and already high in the evening sky when the last image was captured with my camera. This snow formation has gone through a number of transformations over the past month. I started out looking like a cat, eventually morphed into an alpaca and lately it reminds me of an Egyptian sphinx bathed in the pastel light of a winter sunset.

My inspirations? A quote by David Vestal: When you are thinking about what to do, you don’t have enough attention left to see what’s around you. Ordinary things, when really seen, make extraordinary photos. Such photos seem to make themselves. They seem like presents that we’re given.

This entry was published on March 26, 2013 at 7:23 am. It’s filed under Art, Creativity Update, Journaling, Landscape photography, Nature photography and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

8 thoughts on “Of Snowdrifts and Snowy Owls…

  1. Judithkh on said:

    Lovely, lovely,lovely photos all, especially of the king and queen of snow. How lucky and skilled you were to capture them reigning over their snowy domains with such satisfaction!

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  2. This post reminds me of storms during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s in Ontario. Our farm windbreak would collect drifts often reaching heights of 15 to 20 feet. I remember one particularly stormy day – the morning had been sunny – that caused me to try two different routes to get home after a day of teaching about 7 kms away, and I needed the help of a neighbour to get through even at that!

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    • Crazy isn’t it? I have friends here that swear that this type of winter hasn’t happened in 50 years. In the 6 winters we have lived here the highways were never closed this often before. We are hopeful that with the full moon spring has really arrived.

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  3. I can’t believe the amount of snow that you have. We have snow here too, but it almost all gone – the next week should be the end of it. March is certainly going out like a lamb!!!!

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    • Well, we didn’t really get that much snow with the last storm. What you see is all the snow that was on top of the ice crust. It was moved over 48 hours of gale force winds to create these formations. The sun is shining and we are hopeful to see it all disappear before too long. Last year we had + 20 C temperatures this time of the year.

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  4. Debbie on said:

    Beautiful pictures!!!!

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