Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

Posted on 04/11/2015

Photo taken on July 10, 2014

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SE of Calgary
rural scene
Frank Lake & area

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Red barn in a field of gold

Red barn in a field of gold
This photo has been floating around my file of photos to possibly post on Flickr, but every time I looked at it, I decided that there was just too much heat distortion, especially in the distance. Decided that I would upload it after all, for a splash of colour on my photostream.

On 10 July 2014, I checked the weather forecast before dashing down to the Frank Lake area, SE of the city. Pretty much a spur of the moment thing. The temperature had gone down a few degrees from the unbearably hot day before, and the sun was shining. On the Weather Network, I discovered that there was a weather Alert in effect, possibly huge hailstones and also the possibility of a tornado. Thinking I might get a chance to see some interesting clouds, I decided that I would still go.

My destination was Frank Lake and the surrounding area, where I bumped into friend, Greg Wagner, who is extremely knowledgeable about the area and its wildlife, and does an amazing job of recording all his sightings. I saw Eared Grebes with their young ones (quite big now), a few White-faced Ibis and Black-crowned Night Herons (no photos). Did manage to get a few shots of a Sora (thanks for telling me to watch out for them, Greg!). After I'd finished at the blind, Greg took me to various spots around the lake, pointing out places where he had seen interesting things, hoping that they might still be there for me to see. Thanks so much, Greg - I enjoyed this and really appreciated it!

One of the birds we saw was a Western Kingbird - our more common Kingbird is the Eastern, so I was very happy to see a Western. We also passed by a male Great Horned Owl, who was perched on one of the huge power pylons.

The clouds were building up as the hours went by and it did rain just a little when I was driving home. Fortunately, no hail or tornado!