Spring around the Prairie

A few photographs from around the prairie west of Calgary as spring continues to build momentum.

The distortion of the windshield suggested the heat of a summer day.  When this fellow came into view I waited for him to walk into position to balance the telephone poles.

The blue eyes of this horse were a little disconcerting.  I had a quick read about blue eyed horses and although not particularly rare, there is an interesting history about them.  Just looks a bit crazy to me.

There is a lot of standing water on the prairies right now.  With the warmer weather, the snow has all melted so the water is starting to drain out of the minor depressions.  This American Coot chose a true pond which won’t run dry in the middle of the summer – most of the waterfowl are pretty savvy in this regard but occasionally there is a small family that ends up making a trek from a slough that’s become a mud pit to a deeper body of water.  That said, this photograph finds the bird swimming parallel to a rippled reflection of a telephone pole broken up across the water’s surface.

4 responses

  1. Val

    That blue eyed horse looks very strange indeed! I wonder if their eyesight is any better or worse than brown-eyed horses (or do they have black eyes? I’m not sure I’ve ever looked closely at a horse’s eyes).

    My sister has two dogs both of which have odd eyes… they kind of balance each other out!

    May 16, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    • And the rancher has now moved the horses to another field so I will have to wait a bit until I can photograph that one again. From what I read, the blue eyes don’t affect eyesight or indicate any conditions with the horse. They do look very strange though.

      May 18, 2011 at 4:19 pm

  2. wonderful pictures!

    May 15, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    • Thank you Ellen. Nice to be past the snow imagery now and well into spring.

      May 18, 2011 at 4:14 pm

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