Evening on the Prairie: Tractors, Hawks and Farm Landscapes

I roamed the back roads west of Calgary for a couple of hours last night as a storm blew across the prairies giving way to a pretty sunset.  I really enjoy the opportunities to wander without a specific image in mind, working with what I discover along the way.  My wife and children are still vacationing in Nelson so it’s nice to spend the evenings with a camera in hand and stave off the loneliness of the empty house.  It will be great when they return home tomorrow. 

As the days slipped away, I had a nice chat with Alan, the farmer whose field this tractor stands in.  A fellow photographer, Alan and I found a common interest to build on after introductions.  The tractor is a White 2-85 but I don’t know too much more about it beyond it running with a 6 cylinder Perkins diesel engine and the line being manufactured between 1975 and 1982 (I have no idea what year this vehicle is).  Not the best looking tractor (as tractors go!) but the plain color scheme allows the color in the sky to catch the eye.

This massive cloud settled over Calgary about an hour after this photograph.  I was chasing the sunset then but could see a great lightning show flashing just after sunset.

I thought this Red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis calurus) had a great perch atop the exhaust stack of this old International Harvester 706 tractor.  The 706 is a really classic looking tractor, they were made between 1963 adn 1967 so it is great to see this one still on active duty.

6 responses

  1. Erin

    Absolutely amazing!!! you are so talented. All you’re photography is breathtaking 🙂

    July 27, 2015 at 1:00 am

  2. Love the prairie photos – did you get any shots of the lightning?

    September 8, 2011 at 10:07 am

    • Hi Mitchell – I did get a few lightning images but I misjudged where the strikes would be so they did not turn out. I’m still hoping to get one more chance with a late summer storm though I might be waiting until next year now as it is cooling off quickly.

      September 21, 2011 at 10:17 pm

  3. Margie

    We drove east from Calgary one evening last week, and saw at least one hawk perched on top of a hay bail in each and every field of newly mown hay we passed. Seems to be a good year for hawks.

    August 9, 2011 at 12:43 pm

  4. elmediat

    Beautiful compositions. My wife loves the first and third .

    August 7, 2011 at 10:14 pm

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