OK stalking yellow trees isn’t hard during fall in Saskatchewan, in fact it’s incredibly easy. I just got this crazy idea that I wanted to get photos of Sandhill Cranes in front of some beautiful yellow leaves.
You might think that stubble fields are yellow too, and often a gorgeous yellow, so what’s the problem? Nothing really, I suppose. It’s just that I already had a lot of photos of them in the stubble since that’s where they eat all day and I figured it would be nice to mix it up a bit.
As hard as it may be to believe, the birds didn’t seem to get my subliminal messages right away. They tended to fly all over the place and even seemed to intentionally skirt around the best-coloured trees. My subliminal message range probably didn’t extend to the end of the wide berth they typically gave me.
Now I could have parked myself in front of some nice trees and waited for the scene to unfold as I imagined. I’m way too impatient for that. I imagined myself still sitting with an empty memory card, covered with a blanket of snow and fallen leaves.
So I kept looking for sandhills, yellow leaves and the right opportunity. After a few false starts, OK maybe after many humbling flights, a few of them were kind enough to humour me. Ironically by then there were only a few trees left with their leaves which meant that my odds should have been lower. I thanked them profusely but they didn’t seem to care. They were too focused on the stubble field buffet where they were headed.