Flying low on the prairies


I spent a morning on the prairies between Irricana and Langdon this weekend.  I met up with my good friend, and fellow photographer, Jeff Rhude in Delacour and continued east from there to see what we could find.  We were looking for owls and an hour before sunrise, we made out three individuals perched in different locations.  It was much too dark to photograph with any reasonable expectation of making a good image.  To us, their presence boded well for later, when the day was much brighter.  A glowing sunrise welcomed the day and after photographing that for a little bit, we began combing the fields and fence posts for snowy owls.  The ones seen in the pre-dawn gloom were nowhere to be found but several kilometres away we did find this one standing on the snow in a field.


The snowy took flight and let the wind push her eastward, across the road in front of us, until she landed on a fence post.  She did not stay there long before diving into the snow on the far side of a frozen pond.  That was a bit too far to see if she caught something but it looked like she did.


Soon after she jumped off the snow again and flew low over the ground before rising up enough to clear the fenceline.





That flight took her up to the gate of a compressor station.  We photographed her for another three hours afterwards.  I’ll cover that in my next post.


13 responses

  1. Pingback: A long, cold wait | Christopher Martin Photography

  2. Your photos are super inspiring. Look forward to them

    February 16, 2017 at 3:17 am

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    February 14, 2017 at 8:39 pm

  4. Kenny

    The owls are so pretty lvoe the pictures.

    February 13, 2017 at 6:13 am

    • Kenny

      love the pictures– sorry about my typing

      February 13, 2017 at 6:14 am

      • Thanks Kenny. I always appreciate your comments.

        February 13, 2017 at 6:37 am

      • Kenny


        February 13, 2017 at 4:44 pm

  5. I absolutely love this..well done!! ✨

    February 13, 2017 at 6:01 am

  6. Reblogged this on Le Bien-Etre au bout des Doigts.

    February 12, 2017 at 11:48 pm

  7. I’ve never seen one of these owls, and surely won’t, down here on the Texas coast. But a Kansas photographer friend has spent years searching for one, and now I know why. These photos are breath-taking.

    February 12, 2017 at 7:21 pm

  8. Super

    February 12, 2017 at 6:34 pm

  9. I love your snowy owl photos and have to admit I’m a bit jealous. Photographing a snowy owl is on my bucket list. I am attempting my hand and watercolor painting and would like to use a couple of your photos as inspiration – with your permission, of course.

    February 12, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    • That’s very cool. Absolutely you have my permission. I’d like to see any that you want to share when you’re done. Enjoy!

      February 12, 2017 at 5:55 pm

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