Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

Posted on 02/02/2014

Photo taken on January 31, 2014

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E of Highway 22
N of Calgary
blowing snow
Anne Elliott
hay bales

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A winter moment

A winter moment
Couldn't quite catch the feeling at this particular moment, but it gives a hint of what the light was like along with the blowing snow (which you can see over the distant hay bales). It was, in fact, quite beautiful, at least to see from the warmth inside the car. The day before yesterday, 31 January 2014, I was out all day on this fun and enjoyable birding trip north of the city, with superb birder, Phil. The weather forecast turned out to be far from accurate and we found ourselves driving the backroads with snow swirling over the roads and in some places, you couldn't see where the sky ended and the earth began. Everywhere and everything was white. Winter outside the city is so very different from facing icy roads and heavy traffic in the city, with roads edged in piles of dirty brown snow that has been cleared from the roads and just won't melt. Out in the countryside, winter has a pure, clean beauty, and we both loved the simplicity of the white landscape. Neither of us knew this area, east of Highway 22, though I may have been driven in some parts on a birding trip or two a few years ago. It's an area that is way beyond my driving comfort zone, so this was real treat for me. The cold, windy weather must have kept the birds taking shelter, though Phil did find a Great Horned Owl and, on the way back to the city, a Merlin. Lots of Ravens about and a few Sparrows and Pigeons, but no Snow Buntings or Horned Larks. I was just happy seeing the wintry countryside and a number of beautiful old barns. The shapes of these seem so different from barns that I see south of the city. Several white barns, too, as well as the more usual red ones. Thanks so much for a great day, Phil - much appreciated!

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Geoff. McElwaine
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What a cold image !! Seen in:
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very beautiful wintry mood, great composition !

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4 years ago.
Haha ... a new game Anne?? I heard of Curling ... but this is a new one on me ... Rolling?? LOL
4 years ago.
Anne Elliott has replied to LeapFrog
Lol, Art - thanks!
4 years ago.