The Fall Collection

Fall changes everything. It is an annual prairie ritual as amazing as it is predictable.

Every year it puts a smile on my face, a jump in my step and a reason to feel good. The colours are brighter, the air is crisper and the beauty richer.

I look forward to the explosions of colour in my favourite haunts, like this one.

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I am forced to stop in places to take photos that would otherwise be just another nice nature spot. But now there is much more to catch my eye. The normal green trees suddenly become the contrast.

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I find it easier to look for my hawk friends since they are typically hanging out on bales.

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The grass fades into a beautiful backdrop for a deer family.

DT6C3659Even in scenes, where the colour is less dramatic, the softer hues bring new life to familiar scenes.

DT6C4276The colours of the leaves make wonderful reflections in the water, perfect for a late afternoon swim.

DT6C3444And provide backgrounds that make gull photos much more interesting.

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Inevitably the air is filled with the sounds of a few snow geese still a bit rusty at getting the whole formation thing nailed down.

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They typically like it in Saskatchewan and invite a few friends and relatives. Before you know it, there’s a goose party.

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One of my favourite parts of fall begins when the sandhill cranes come through on their annual pilgrimage. Watching their takeoff is like watching the scene in slow motion.

DT6C3025And did I mention that there are explosions of colour everywhere?

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Now if only I could somehow make fall last a little longer.

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  1. rickfurmanek says:

    What a collection! Very nice.

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  2. Tim Timmis says:

    Beautiful shots Lyle. Love the colors on the first one. Great job. I don’t get to see colors like that in Texas.

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    • Lyle Krahn says:

      Thanks. I’m learning about the areas that don’t get to see colours like that – usually the warm ones like Texas. It doesn’t last long but it’s a special treat.

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  3. linhartb says:

    Beautiful captures!

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  4. Steve Gingold says:

    Super collection, Lyle. That is a really great skein making the geese party. I hope you are seeing lots of color out your way. It is a bit muted around here but I hope for an explosion of color over the next week or two.

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    • Lyle Krahn says:

      Thanks. That was an amazing geese party – just waves of them. Yes we are having lots of colour but the leaves are falling so we’re going to be losing it far too soon as always. Hopefully you have a wonderful fall.

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  5. Scott Marshall says:

    all brilliant and so representative of the Autumn – but Goose party now that must have been spectacular

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  6. adinparadise says:

    Your photos are absolutely wonderful, Lyle. That “goose party” pic is incredible!

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  7. Stefano says:

    Great series. I love Fall too.

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  8. Coloured-Windows by katleenj says:

    song for the beauty of autumn, lovely

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  9. caleephotography says:

    I love these pictures of my favourite season! Really nice ones, Lyle. 🙂

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  10. artsifrtsy says:

    Gorgeous – I think you are about two weeks ahead of us. I noted the sassafras and the poison ivy are turning, but most everything else is still green. It’s my favorite time.

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  11. Mike Powell says:

    Your photos remind me once again why I enjoy wildlife and nature photography so much. There are always new possibilities as the landscape changes with the seasons, sometimes providing the backdrops to our photos, sometimes becoming the main subject. As your photos and words so eloquently depict, the familiar can becomes new again, bringing with it a sense of inner renewal as well. The birds and animals are busy as they prepare for the coming winter and outdoor photographers seem to multiply (though thankfully there are not quite as many as the geese in that one photo). You last sentence sums up my feelings well–couldn’t we go through this season a little more slowly?

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    • Lyle Krahn says:

      It sounds like you agree! It’s nice to be able to keep a sense of wonder about something we have all seen before. It must be really good. Given your proximity to people, you would notice the increased number of photographers in your travels. I rarely seen anyone.

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  12. vanbraman says:

    Nice colors. I am hoping that Toronto will have fall color when I am there later this month.

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  13. mimar9 says:

    Late afternoon depiction conveys Fall at its most assuredly best!

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  14. DMgirl says:

    Beautiful photos! The beaver is my favorite too.

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  15. dda53 says:

    A great set of photos for the end of a season. But, you’ll always have a new one starting. Keep taking, Good job!

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    • Lyle Krahn says:

      Thanks. The older I get, the more I’m recognizing that change is a constant force and it’s so important to seize the moments and days. So that’s good advice.

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  16. Seenorway says:

    Beautiful colors, Lyle, but it also makes me a bit sad thinking how I must wait for the spring again . . .
    The cold doesn’t agree with me any longer 🙂

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    • Lyle Krahn says:

      Thanks so much. Yes it certainly marks a changing of the seasons. I actually dislike the intense heat worse than the intense cold so I”m not bothered by that like others. I’m just happy the temperature agrees with me so well now in the perfect season.

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  17. thebaronv says:

    We so enjoyed your wonderful fall photo’s. What a lovely tribute to the season. Thanks.
    Your, Mum & Dad.

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  18. Cornel A. says:

    I like your photos, but I love that hawk’s portrait,sandhill cranes(I wish one day to see them there), the colour of grass and deer family and the new background of gull’s photo. Autumn has many colour opportunities.

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    • Lyle Krahn says:

      Thanks so much. Autumn really has a lot of opportunities to capture colour. I hope you get an opportunity to see a sandhill crane – their mannerisms are really unique and amusing.

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  19. Deb W. Trotter says:

    An amazing autumn rhapsody in words and pictures!

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  20. Gunta says:

    What lovely favorite haunts you have! Even sandhill cranes. How lucky is that? Seeing the images you bring back is always a pleasure, Lyle.

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    • Lyle Krahn says:

      And it’s always a pleasure to have you stopping by with your comments. I’m glad you enjoyed them. Yesterday when I was driving around there were numerous fields with sandhill cranes. It’s a special time of year.

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  21. Phil Lanoue says:

    These are fantastic! Lucky you to have these wonderful season changing events, whether it be the trees and their leaves, or the various wildlife. Love the beaver in a beautiful setting and what a group of geese you saw!

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    • Lyle Krahn says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed them. You are absolutely right. I am fortunate to experience all those scenes in real life. Good primer for our Thanksgiving this coming weekend.

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  22. Honie Briggs says:

    Golden! Autumn is my favorite time of the year. These shots are perfection, Lyle.

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    • Lyle Krahn says:

      Thanks so much. I wish I could add a whiff of cool, crisp air from a calm day to each photo to get the full experience! Every year I get reminded how wonderful this season can be.

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  23. Karolyn Cooper says:

    The hawk on the bale is my favourite.

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  24. melmannphoto says:

    Great compilation of images that make the season worth looking forward to each year.

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  25. iseebeautyallaroundbyrobpaine says:

    I love all of these images but my favorite is the beaver swimming

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