Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

Posted on 01/15/2016

Photo taken on February 19, 2015

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Anne Elliott
NE of Calgary
chicken coop?
19 February 2015

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A different style

A different style
Almost a year ago, on 19 February 2015, my daughter and I went NE of the city again to search for Snowy Owls. Around that time, people had not been reporting many of these owls, though I was told that someone saw 18 of them on the one day. We were not so lucky, but my daughter did a great job of spotting two very distant ones. She also spotted a Bald Eagle perched at the top of a very distant tree.

We always feel very awkward stopping the car and standing in the road, photographing a barn, when there is a house or houses nearby. We did like this old building (a chicken coop?) and an unusually shaped barn next to it. There was also an old red barn across the road from these, partly hidden by trees, with a house on the property. We knew we wouldn't be able to take photos of that one. I pulled over and we got out and took a shot or two. We noticed a man down the road, walking towards us, talking on his cell phone. He said that he had seen us and thought he'd come and say "Hi". Said he lived in one of the nearby houses and that the farm and barn behind us were originally his Grandfather and Father's. He was looking after the house on the property for the owners for a few days, and told us we were welcome to wander round the farmyard and photograph the barn. Needless to say, that is exactly what we did. Greatly appreciated!

Bird-wise, the day was very slow, but we are always happy to explore and find new barns and anything else that we find interesting and/or beautiful. Though the sky is fairly clear in this photo, the rest of the sky was one huge mass of rather spectacular clouds that just went on and on forever. Not the best light when it came to photography, but it looked beautiful.