It has been a while since I added to my story. My adventures have been fewer this year due to a new position with Cochrane Tourism! I did have some amazing adventures, so thought I would share a review of the year and the amazing nature I was able to capture!
It was a good year for owls – Great Grays, Great Horned, Snowy:
Lots of eagles – including three eaglets this year that all survived and grew up so fast:
Hawks were abundant, this one being my favorite:
Ospreys as usual, so many great pictures this year, with these 2 top picks:
Top pick for songbirds include:
We had a new fawn in the backyard again this year:
Favorite captures with antlers/horns:
The Alberta wild horses:
A few other favorite birds from this year:
And my favorite baby shot of the year:
I hope you enjoy the review! Looking forward to capturing more amazing nature in my backyard in 2019!
The long weekend, we went on an adventure to try and locate some wild horses in the Sundre area…so we hit Highway 40 …the back road north. First sighting of the day…. a hawk on a fence post…and then nothing for hours…
We drove up to the top of some amazing back country…the only ones around…expecting to see something just around the next corner…
My husband was very patient…but it was time to head home…so we headed east to get to the main highway and as we came around the corner…we see a group of wild horses crossing the bridge on the road…I climbed up through the sunroof to capture some shots as my husband pulled off to the side of the road…but another truck came up behind us and sent the herd running for the hills….
Our brief sighting quickly faded…but we sat there chatting about the missed opportunity and to our delight, the lead stallion came back down the hill….…and slowly a few others followed….Giving us a few moments to be a part of their world…
The entire time the lead stallion stood his ground and watched us closely….…then another truck came burning up the road…and off they they went…I have come to realize the amazing opportunities that have unfolded over the past year on my photography adventures….being able to see glimpses of wildlife has been spectacular…
Luck…right time…right place…whatever the reason…I recognize my good fortune!
Several “Nature in My Backyard” pieces are on display at the Final Touch Studio Gallery in Cochrane, Alberta…
8 x 8 Baby Wren Metallic Finish Canvas Rustic Wood Frame
8 x 10 Mountain Bluebird Canvas Lustre Finish Rustic Wood Frame
…along with the current “Nature in My Backyard” Card Collections!
Seasonal Favorites – 4 Card Set $25.00
Close to Home – 5 Card Set $30.00
Backyard Birds – 5 Card Set $30.00
This Saturday, August 12, 2017, the “Nature in my Backyard” series of cards(above)…
…prints and framed art will be displayed during the upcoming Art Walk at the Cochrane clubhouse! Canvas framed in rustic wood, prints framed in various sizes and card collections are available for viewing/sale….
This event posted on the upcoming events page, will run on the second Saturday of each month (August, September and October) from 9:30 – 1:00 pm in conjunction with the Cochrane Farmers Market. Come by, say hello and check out the new photography from my recent “Nature in My Backyard” adventures!!
At the beginning of November, we were expecting a beautiful weekend! My husband asked me to take him on one of my adventures, so we headed northwest on Highway 579. I though we might see some elk or moose in the reserve. We got out of the car to hike up a ridge line. We didn’t see any wildlife, but we did hear a lot of guns going off …it was hunting season. We decided it wasn’t a great day to be walking out in the woods… We got back in the car and I saw something large and dark in the trees off in the distance. I set up the camera and positioned it at the end of the bluff anticipating to see the large animal come out in the clearing. It appeared and I snapped a photo …to my surprise …it was a horse… There was livestock roaming free so we thought it was just someone’s horse roaming around the reserve.When we got to Highway 40 we ventured into the Waiparous Valley via Waiparous Valley Rd. There were lots of folks camping…it was pretty chilly to be in a tent, but they looked like they were having fun. Again, something was moving in the woods, so out of the car I jump, make my way up the hill and again ….horses. This herd was pretty skittish and they were deep in the woods, but there was a moment of sunshine streaming through the trees that brought this beauty into focus.
We decided it was time to head home, so back onto Highway 40 to Cochrane. Just south of Waiparous Rd, we saw another herd of horses in the Ghost Airstrip Group camping area. This time they were out in the open. We hiked in to take a closer look! One of the herd stood solo as we approached.The Stallion was magnificent! There were 8 in the herd. The stallion started to move them along into the trees. He did pose for us on the way …
What a terrific day … to see the famous wild horses of Alberta! It was truly an unexpected surprise and made our day!! More herd photos …