Oh we feel the wind

Saskatchewan gets a lot of different kinds of weather and with that seems to come wind – way, way too much wind. I have often said that you can have a nice day or a windy day but not both. When life gives me lemons, I try to develop coping mechanisms. Over the years I tried a few.

Wind seemed to work pretty well for kites but, much to my chagrin, I discovered it can be too windy even for that. Besides who needs a reminder it’s windy? We even moved from the fifth windiest city in Canada to the 21st windiest (accord to this site) though that may not have been the main driver. It’s hard to believe all our wind only gets us to 21st spot. I may demand a recount since it’s entirely possible I may complain more than that! Then again some days it’s so windy no one can hear me.

My best coping mechanism usually consists of waiting for evening when the wind dies down in time for the golden hour and sunset. Not surprisingly, that’s my favourite time for photography.

Wind also affects wildlife. I noticed birds have their own coping mechanisms which also come with varying degrees of success. Here’s three I noticed.

Rookies brave the wind and try to hang on for dear life …


This stance works a lot better if your legs aren’t the same length.

Experienced ones tuck themselves out of the wind and enjoy the calm …


It’s amazing how much trees can stop the wind. I always wanted to live in a forest.

The best plan might be to just to fly away with wind … _T6C1774 Unless of course you want to come back.

Latest Comments

  1. krikitarts says:

    These are some of the best shots of a black-crowned night heron that I’ve ever seen. Beautiful work, Lyle, in spite of (and/or thanks to) the wind!


  2. hannele says:

    I enjoyed watching some gulls in a coastal town here in Morocco. They did the I’m-flying-but-not-moving move, the I’m-just-going-to-let-the-wind-take-me-where-it-wants move and the trying-to-stand-steadily-on-a-rock move. I discovered that feathers don’t show the amount of wind as well as hair/fur does, feathers are much more reserved and elegant that way.

    Rookies are incredibly beautiful! Especially the first photo shows the different colours really well. I love it.

    Thanks for sharing!


    • Lyle Krahn says:

      That’s a good observation that feathers don’t show the wind like fur. I hadn’t thot of that specifically but given their function it makes sense. Glad you enjoyed these birds. A little colour tends it make everything look better.
      Appreciate the comments.


  3. Jeff | Planet Bell says:

    I grew up in a windy place and I played a lot of golf and I can feel your pain. I have a special hate for the wind.


  4. Steve Gingold says:

    It’s hard to complain about nature with all the human related stuff to complain about. But if there is one thing that makes me want to stay home and work at the computer rather than go out and do some image making it’s the wind. Especially as I most often, in temperate weather, am shooting flowers. I’ve tried all kinds of things to protect my subjects from the wind and it just create more concentrated eddies. Woodland streams are a decent subject but I once had the wind blow a branch off a tree and onto my skull. Small branch fortunately.
    So I’m with the birds…hunker down and wait for it to all blow over. 🙂


    • Lyle Krahn says:

      It appears I’m not the only one who is not a fan of the wind! Getting hit by a branch would only add to it. I seldom shoot flowers but I sure noticed the wind’s effects when I did. It’s also part of of the reason I sold my macro lens. Hunkering down is the only way to go.


  5. Troy at Ad-libbed says:

    Hate the wind. Give me rain, sleet, snow, or slime over wind every day of the week. Wait…maybe not slime, but you get my point. Perhaps I need to learn from Bird Number 2.


    • Lyle Krahn says:

      I’m a huge fan of hiding in the trees when I can find them to get out of the wind. Then again I’m not a huge fan of rain or sleet either – given where you live I suppose those would come to mind first. The slime was funny.


  6. Garden Walk Garden Talk says:

    I love these images. Your night heron is a beautiful bird, especially the one hanging on for dear life. I don’t envy you shooting in the wind though. I find it hard enough keeping a long lens steady without throwing in the wind to push me around more. Forests do help with wind when they have leaves. The way spring has been so far with snow yesterday, I am wondering if we will see leaves in May!


    • Lyle Krahn says:

      I still get surprised how how much the wind can move the camera around even if it’s on a tripod. Hiding in the trees works remarkably well and I like to do that when they are available except that on the prairies there aren’t always trees. As for the leaves coming out, based on history I think it’s safe to say it will happen sometime.


  7. Phil Lanoue says:

    Cool shots of the night herons. Birds almost always know the proper way to deal with wind, while we often continue to struggle acting all flustered as if it’s the first time we were ever in wind.


  8. Gunta says:

    My husband used to tell me about “bench cows” who could only go in one direction on steep hillsides because the legs on one side were shorter than the other pair… some of your ‘stories’ remind me of him! 😀


  9. Alison says:

    Those are tough conditions for the photographer and the birds, but you managed to get some beautiful shots anyway. Here’s hoping to some calm days in your future!


    • Lyle Krahn says:

      I think it’s mostly mentally tough for me to deal with the wind! The birds on the other hand have real issues. It doesn’t look like it but it was so windy they had a hard time flying into it. Thanks for the calm wish – I hope the same for you!


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