This past Monday was a good day with a great evening. Could wildlife be a factor?
I found myself in the truck wandering around the countryside to see if there was anything to photograph. The shining sun had raised the temperature to a high of 12C (54F) and the air was calm. Near perfect conditions!
I never pay much attention to when the calendar says a season arrives because it’s usually wrong. By my determination, spring arrived this week. We still may get the snow forecasted for the weekend but a little snow is also part of a season of extremes.
Spring in the prairies brings Canada Geese back in force! It’s hard to get excited about photographing them most of the time. Familiarity certainly breeds contempt! However, I liked the goose playing king of the castle in an ice-free slough and it was kind enough to turn its head into the light.
The only thing outnumbering the geese were the deer. As the sun moved to the horizon casting golden light, the deer seemed to appear out of nowhere in the fields.
Suddenly, from about 2 kilometres away, two deer came racing at full speed toward the road I was driving on. They veered to avoid my truck giving me just enough time to stop, roll down the window and track the second one for a about a second. The power, speed and grace was something I had never witnessed and likely came from an animal that had been chased! I was thrilled to get a few shots in focus.
I drove on, still excited about the photo potential of the running deer, when I noticed a brown lump on the ice. I quickly photographed the beaver just as it slipped under the ice. Alas another butt shot but still cool to see. Speaking of cool, don’t they notice that the water is cold? I waited for a return visit but the sun dipped behind the horizon clouds. In a second the good light was gone.
I headed for home after a most enjoyable evening. Then I noticed a funny looking birds nest and slowed when I noticed it was really a motionless porcupine. I got out and walked all around the tree. I managed to find only one small opening in a tangle of branches for a photo.
Sometimes the joy of seeing animals and taking more documentary shots is a joy of its own. So I decided to share the joy of my evening wanderings while finding some typically Canadian prairie creatures.