Shadowy underworld of Saskatchewan

_T6C8210, American Coot, Saskatchewan, baby, chick, bulrush, waterThis place may not be what it seems.

Our province’s past is filled with colourful characters like Gabriel Dumont, a Metis military leader. I was always surprised he was able to move in and out of Batoche for days without getting caught after the Metis were defeated by the Canadian military in 1885.

Despite the illusion of peaceful surroundings, there is still a shadowy underworld on the Saskatchewan prairies.

No one seems to know how many individuals are involved or what they are doing. There are subtle movements and vague outlines but they magically disappear at the first sign of trouble. Who knows what sinister plots are being hatched in the darkness?

I wait. Then I see something moving on the water but it fades like a ghost into nearby bulrushes. I try to peer into the darkness and see nothing.

Eventually I seize the moment and take my photo. In a few seconds all signs of life have disappeared again. I think it’s the Gabriel Dumont effect.

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Latest Comments

  1. Joan Manel Zamora says:

    good series, i like


  2. rprtphoto says:

    Hi Lyle,

    Beautiful light in the scene, and nice catchlights in the birdy’s eyes. Fab images all around! 🙂

    RPRT Photo


  3. Dina ♥ says:

    Beautiful light.


  4. Jeff | Planet Bell says:

    I really like the middle photo, there is rich color in the reflection.

    By the way, every time I go to type out the word “thoughts” I almost spell it like you do. I am almost a convert to your revolution. Almost.


    • lylekrahn says:

      Thanks. The setting sun really brought out the colors that day.

      I will give myself a moral victory for getting inside your head to consider the new spelling. The next step is just around the corner.

      Sent from my iPad


  5. Duckprints Gallery says:

    Lovely shot with the “bokeh” reeds. Cute critter.


  6. rachel bar says:

    Words and pictures, what a lovely combination and great imagination!


  7. doraiswaamy ganesh says:

    I too collect all your lovely pictures and share them with my young friends in India along with the delightful, meaningful write ups.Thanks for the pleasure. Ganesh.


  8. Asha Seth says:

    I’ve acquired a habit of copying all your amazing captures. I now have a whole folder named Lyle’s Captures. Wait a minute, I never asked but if I could. Do I need to? 😛


  9. Seenorway says:

    They’re nice when they’re young 🙂


  10. hannele says:

    Ah, enjoyable writing AND photos. 🙂 Great way to start the morning – thanks!


  11. EhkStream says:

    Cute coot!


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