Here in Alberta, we suffer quite a delay when it comes to arrival of spring. Even if we lose all the snow for a bit, we usually get another dump or two in late March, beginning of April, accompanied by quite a drop in temperatures as well. Winter does feel long here on the prairies. It is hard to stay put for such a long time and I drag Mac, quite often, out of the city, even if it is only for a short trip to Elk Island National Park.
I have been slacking. Mostly because .... I guess I'm lazy. I do have a backlog of images that are asking politely to be posted somewhere... maybe someone will like them? What if no one really cares? Will that have an impact? Should it have an impact? Should our creativity be influenced by someone liking or disliking or simply not caring about the images we create
It is a dangerous territory I wade in. As my wonderful wife, Kasia, blogs here, and reads my posts. She's also a photographer. This arrangement has a lot of pluses, like being able to bounce ideas off each other, or being able to just go shoot northern lights, at the spur of the moment at 2 am in the morning.
As my lovely wife mentioned in yesterday's post, we took a quick trip to the Elk Island National park. Yes it was completely empty. Only evidence of living things in the park was their tracks left in the white blanket of snow. We did spot a lonely bison, and three elks crossing a frozen pond, but because the setting sun hid behind clouds the world became dark really quickly. I decided that my fish eye needed a bit of an exercise, so I took it with me. Since there was not much of a sunset I trained it on my family. I have to remember to take it with me more often. Enjoy! Mac
We've taken a short trip to Elk Island National Park last evening to see if we can catch the sun in the act of hiding behind the horizon. I am certain you have seen Mac's wonderful sunsets from the park already, but it is such a lovely place that we don't mind going there over and over again to repeat the experience. The clouds, unfortunately, decided to cover part of the western sky and thwarted our plans. However, no trip is ever wasted! It was so quiet and so empty there.. The landscape with lonely snowshoe tracks made me feel infinitely small comparing to the vastness of the surrounding world.. The silence and the barren land covered in snow made me feel very grateful for the presence of my family... But there is always hope, for you see, the lonely snowshoe tracks resembled a string of hearts there in the emptiness of winter world.. So with hope I share these images with you today!
I had a great pleasure in working with Joyanna Marie a few weeks ago. We decided to meet up at Elk Island National park, bright and early at sunrise. When I planned the session, I wasn't expecting the weather to turn a little frosty. It was -29C that morning, and I was worried a little that Joyanna would not arrive. I was proven wrong. This wasn't a long shoot, because both of us were freezing.... she more than me, as you can see in the images. Enjoy!