Rural landscapes: like giant tootsie rolls

FIELD OF HAY ROLLS, NEAR COCHRANE, ALBERTA

Anyone who follows this website knows I’m a sucker for hay rolls. Their perfectly cylindrical shape adds so much artistic order to prairie fields. They also give your eyes easy places upon which to rest; you can even wander through the scene by going from one roll to another.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Urban landscapes: the sunset commute

MEMORIAL DRIVE, CALGARY, ALBERTA

This is a “busy” scene, with light, cellphone and light rapid transit poles scattered everywhere. But I knew with a good sunset and lots of drive-home commuters, I could still make a compelling photo. See the smoke coming off all the skyscrapers? Most of that is steam created by the bitter prairie temperature. Here’s another c-c-cold Calgary skyline view, taken from a great viewpoint just north of downtown: https://wp.me/p2ccTX-12o
Nikon D7100, tripod, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky.

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Natural landscapes: avoiding the pool

WINTER IN MALIGNE CANYON, JASPER NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA

When this glorious Canadian Rocky Mountain canyon freezes over, tour companies take people on guided tours to experience it from the bottom. It’s a fascinating experience and I was blessed to find this viewpoint highlighting an unfrozen pool. Because it had almost all the colour in this mostly monotone scene, I kept it in colour and turned the rest of the photo into black-and-white. The distant tourists provide scale to show you the size of this wonderful place. Here’s what the canyon looks like in summer: https://wp.me/p2ccTX-xL.
Nikon D90, tripod.

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Rural landscapes: the lines of snow

FOOTHILLS FIELD AND FENCE ALONG THE COWBOY TRAIL, ALBERTA

The Cowboy Trail, running along the foothills of the  Rocky Mountains, is one of the most delightful drives in western Canada. I was photographing west, highlighting golden fields and the snowy front ranges, when the lines of snow in this field caught my attention. I particularly like how evenly spaced they are and how they echo the fence. Here’s another view, photographed the same day, of this astounding area: https://wp.me/p2ccTX-EX
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Urban landscapes: the cathedral’s splendour

THE CATHEDRAL OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST, ST. JOHN’S, NEWFOUNDLAND

I’ve shown you this glorious place of worship, on the east coast of Canada, before (here’s a view in colour: https://wp.me/p2ccTX-1eM), but it’s definitely worth appreciating again – especially in monotone, since there’s not much colour to be seen.
What a blessing it was to have this place all to myself, for photography and for prayer, for over an hour. Here’s a close-up view of the front worship area, which is way off in the distance in the picture below: https://wp.me/p2ccTX-1dH.
Nikon D7100, tripod.

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Rural landscapes: into the mystical frost

FROSTY ROAD NEAR CALGARY, ALBERTA

Another picture from my amazing morning of photography amidst glorious winter frost in this western Canadian province (here’s a previous example: https://wp.me/p2ccTX-1fA). A telephoto lens was important to squeeze all the elements together and heighten the drama of this weather phenomenon. Adjusting the picture controls on my digital camera to “high contrast” also contributed to the drama.
Look carefully in the background; that’s the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies shrouded in cloud. You can see this scene in colour here: http://bit.ly/FrostyAlbertaRoad.
Nikon D7100, 70-300 mm. lens, tripod.

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Rural landscapes: in the frigid, gathering dusk

GRAIN FACILITY EAST OF CALGARY, ALBERTA

The Canadian prairies were once dotted with charming, iconic grain elevators (like these: https://wp.me/p2ccTX-12g). Most of them are gone, replaced by industrialized facilities constructed in strategic locations. I was driving home from a day’s photography when I encountered this, glowing in the gathering dusk. The combination of blue and red makes for a compelling photo, IMHO.  🙂
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter

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Urban landscapes: the grand entry

SHANE HOMES ROCKY RIDGE YMCA, CALGARY, ALBERTA

I drove past this 284,000-square-foot facility while it was under construction and quickly realized I could make some compelling pictures here. The facility sits in a natural park with views of the city and Canadian Rocky mountains. It’s tucked between an existing hill that reaches Calgary’s highest natural elevation and a reconstructed wetland. Here’s another photo of the same entry from the opposite perspective: https://wp.me/p2ccTX-13A
Nikon D7100, tripod

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Rural landscapes: the two fir trees

THE FROSTY ROAD, NEAR CALGARY, ALBERTA

For three days, I stared at gloriously frosty conditions in this western Canadian city and desperately hoped it wouldn’t warm up before the weekend. My hope came true and for an entire Saturday morning, I wandered over rural roads in the charming rolling hills south of Calgary, photographing fields, fence and groves of trees – all coated in thick white in glittering sunlight.
Finding these two fir trees, perfectly framed by a little-used road through a forest thicket, was an absolute bonus and I made several compositions from various distances.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Natural landscapes: the cold, cold sunrise

SHORELINE ICE, OTTAWA RIVER, PETAWAWA, ONTARIO

When I’m visiting family in the eastern part of this Canadian province, Petawawa is my go-to spot for photography. The town is known for its military base, not its scenery, but I always find lots to photograph there any time of year. In this case, I loved the ragged line of line formed by ice, and how it leads your eyes to fog over the open water.
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