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My Neck of the Woods :: 2

Although this is my business photo journal, here’s the second installment for my new personal project, My Neck of the Woods, that I began last week. Since these photos were not taken this week, they are almost ‘out of date’ because of how much the surroundings have changed. Right now, instead of green trees, they’re mostly shades of yellow, orange, and some with a hint of red. This first one was taken about four weeks ago just down the road from my place along Highway 59. The yellow is canola in full bloom. Canola is a predominant crop in our area together with fields of barley. Some farmers attempt to grow wheat but our weather is not hot enough nor the growing season quite long enough. Most people take photos of the canola fields as the prominent subject; I chose to make it an accessory to the dramatic sky. I’m a huge sky watcher and this time of year we enjoy a great deal of drama in our skies.

With this installment of My Neck of the Woods I’m showcasing fields and skies. Next time we’ll move away from fields and skies. This next one was taken a few mornings ago as I was headed to town (Hythe) to check mail. I loved how the steam was streaming off the field so had to pull over and get a few pictures. This field was recently plowed and will sit fallow over winter, ready to be seeded in spring.

And I’ll leave you with a lovely bucolic rural scene. Again, the colours have already changed since I took this a week ago but I liked this so much I wanted to share it with you. Many farmers in our area raise cattle and even more raise bison. I’ll have to take some current photos of the bison to show you while I’m doing this little project to share with everyone. My husband and I eat bison because we can buy pasture fed bison instead of all the chemical laden, forced fed beef that is available in stores. We also buy locally raised cattle to feed to our dogs. You may have noticed in all the photos the thick bush in the background. Due to the thick bush and many swamp areas as well, there is a great deal of wildlife. The most common and abundant wildlife include mule deer, coyotes, moose, and elk (wapiti). In fewer numbers are white tail deer and fox, and the occasional bear. The most dangerous are definitely the elk but you also don’t want to come between a cow moose and her calf.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this second installment. I’ll bring more variety in #3. I’m hoping that what is ordinary for me, is of some interest to you. Thanks for stopping by again.

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Cicerosings - September 11, 2010 - 11:45 am

Big Sky … love all the moods of the sky. Our colours haven’t started to change yet, surprisingly.

Marcie - September 11, 2010 - 12:37 pm

You live in such a beautiful landscape and countryside. Am loving this ‘neck-of-the-woods’ series. Keep ’em coming…

Steve - September 11, 2010 - 7:55 pm

Your rural scenes are so lovely they almost make me wish I was back on the farm. On second thought, no way; the farm life is not for me. Your images are delightful in any case.

don - September 12, 2010 - 10:41 am

What is ordinary to you and a fresh, different landscape of interest. I like the series today with the broader pictures of the terrain and information on the wildlife.

Frida - September 12, 2010 - 3:10 pm

You live in such a beautiful area Diane.

sherri - September 12, 2010 - 8:20 pm

All so lovely. The wind (seemingly) and desaturation of the center image are especially beautiful.

DesignTies - September 12, 2010 - 9:25 pm

Oh wow, the sky is so amazing in all of your pictures!! I can totally see why you focussed on it ๐Ÿ™‚

Sorry it’s been so long since my last visit — I have a LOT of catching up to do!!


Toni - September 12, 2010 - 11:45 pm

You certainly live in a beautiful and scenic area, Diane. It’s hard to imagine how quickly your seasons are changing, but I guess we are experiencing cooler weather at the moment, so maybe not so hard after all.