A Bad Day With A Camera

Yearly Refill

There is a long irrigation canal that runs through all of Strathmore, Alberta. It is filled with water during the warm months and empty during the cold ones. We have more of the latter than we do of the former.

The water is back, Irrigation Canal, Strathmore, AB, 2024-05-12

The water in the canals is managed by Western Irrigation District (WID). The flow is turned on near the middle of May and turned off at the end of September, giving us about five months of water for reflection shots, wildlife shots, etc. I miss the canals when they are empty.

Deer me!, Irrigation Canal on Thomas Drive,
Strathmore, AB, 2024-05-10

The canals are always full of birds, of course. The deer use them as a source of water and also cross them often to avoid threats, usually people, sometimes coyotes or dogs. I actually took the pic above on Friday evening, but didn’t get around to processing it until today.

Gray Park is getting green again, Irrigation Canal, Strathmore, AB, 2024-05-12

Everything is turning green and coming back to life and I am getting excited about being a photographer again. It has been a while.

I used Ray’s Canon EOS 7D again today. The bridge shot was made using a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX and the bottom canal picture was made using a Canon 17-40mm EF L USM f4-5.6. The deer shot was made using a Canon 70-300 EF IS USM f4-5.6 lens. All of the glass was left to me by Ray.

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