Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

Posted on 04/16/2015


Photo taken on February 12, 2015


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nature
cloudy
barn
shed
granary
rural scene
Canada
Alberta
SE of Calgary
prairie
wooden
snow
landscape
rural
winter
field
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Frank Lake & area


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Rural decay in winter

Rural decay in winter
These two old sheds/granaries were seen on 12 February 2015, which was spent SE of the city, with friends Cathy and Terry. They picked me up around 7:00 am and I think I was home somewhere around 7:30 pm, after a great day of searching for owls, barns, and anything else that caught our eye. The weather was beautiful, though cloudy part of the day. The temperature reached a brief high of 13C around 1:00 and 2:00 pm, which felt so good, especially for mid-winter.

Many of the roads we travelled along were roads that I had driven on myself, some of them many times. A few of the roads were new to me, which was a treat, including a "trail" that was so deeply rutted and snow-covered that I'm amazed that we ever got out of there! This track and another backroad that was new to me led to a few old barns that I really appreciated being shown. It's strange how some fields in the whole area were more or less bare and yet others had a lot of snow covering the stubble, with piles of snow lining the edges of the road.

As far as wildlife was concerned, we saw 11 owls - 8 Snowy Owls and 3 Great Horned Owls. The Snowies, other than one perched on a "Wrong Way" sign, were all extremely distant, so my photos are of white specks in a nice setting, ha.

Other birds included a flock of Snow Buntings plus two individuals that were actually perched on a fence. Another bird we saw was a beautiful Prairie Falcon perched on an electricity pylon. Also a group of Grey Partridge that suddenly flew before we had noticed them.

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