Thanksgiving display

Much of North America was treated to a night time display of the Northern Lights Oct. 11, as Canadians wound down their Thanksgiving celebrations.

Photo of the northern lights at Saskatoon Island Provincial Park
Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alta. Northern lights (aurora borealis) above Lake Saskatoon in Saskatoon Island Provincial Park on Thanksgiving Day Oct. 11/21
Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alta. Northern lights (aurora borealis) dance above Lake Saskatoon in Saskatoon Island Provincial Park on Thanksgiving Day Oct. 11/21.
Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alta. Northern lights (aurora borealis) dance above Lake Saskatoon in Saskatoon Island Provincial Park on Thanksgiving Day Oct. 11/21.

Better late than never not always true

Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alta. The yellow blooms of a canola crop delayed by the weather look out of place against a backdrop of yellow poplar leaves on a farm northeast of Grande Prairie. The blooming canola, whether volunteer, late growth or a second bloom, are too late to provide any benefit to farmers who were hit by reduced yields this year.

The old adage “Better late than never” does not always ring true.
While showing up for an appointment a few minutes late is not going to be catastrophic, there are cases when late just doesn’t cut it.
There are numerous canola fields northeast of Grande Prairie blooming— the last few days of September.
Those plants, whether blooming as a volunteer crop, late or a second bloom in fields that have yet to be harvested, are too late to be of any use to farmers as a cash crop — no matter how optimistic the farmer is. They are just not going to have any value.
Even aesthetically, they don’t have the appeal they do in the early summer when the bright yellow flowers capture the attention of passers-by.
Now the blooms are lost among the coloured leaves of autumn.
Fall is here, and winter is not far behind. So now is the time to complete those jobs you have been putting off, whether cleaning up the yard, winterizing the RV or booking photos for your family portrait or business.

Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alta. The yellow blooms of a canola crop delayed by the weather look out of place against a backdrop of yellow poplar leaves on a farm northeast of Grande Prairie. The blooming canola, whether volunteer, late growth or a second bloom, are too late to provide any benefit to farmers who were hit by reduced yields this year.
Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alta. Ruffed grouse feed and survey their surroundings from their perch on a branch above a campsite at Swan Lake in the MD of Greenview.
Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alta. A hairy woodpecker feeds on insects in a tree in surrounded by the changing colours of fall on a wet September morning. The birds are year-round inhabitants of the Peace Country.

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A look back

A rainbow frames Highway 16 near Mount Robson Park Aug. 21 offering a little bit of a promise to British Columbia as it battles one of the worst wildfire seasons on record. Much of the province was blessed with some rain and cooler temperatures which provided assistance to crews battling the blazes. #beautifulBC #rainbow #afterthestorm #YellowheadHighway #MountRobsonPark #promise #randyvanderveenphotography #semitractortrailers

It always pays to take a look back.

Whether it is in life, business or even driving sometimes it is what is behind you that can provide some inspiration.

Last week while driving to Langley, B.C. I happened to glimpse a rainbow in the rear view mirror of my car, pulled over where it was safe and grabbed a few photos.

Ahead of me the lighting was relatively boring and certainly not as eye-catching as this scene. While it doesn’t pay to live in the past, it is a good idea once in a while to review what you have gone through.

Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alta. Gary Dixon passes modern combines on his antique Massey Harris. Volunteers using modern and antique combines harvested the 2021 wheat crop grown for the Bear Lake Growing Project. The crop harvested will be sold and the money donated to the Canadian Food Grains Bank. This year’s project was grown west of Sexsmith on the Emerson Trail.

Caught in the act

Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alta. A jockey takes a horse out for a morning workout on the track at Evergreen Park Thursday, July 29, in preparation for the weekend racing card at the County of Grande Prairie facility.

Sports photography comes to the forefront when the Olympics are on. Still photos in newspapers and magazines, websites and Instagram provide a unique look to sports capturing a split second of an athletes routine or competition.

The best photographers strive to provide a completely different look by stopping the action, shooting reaction, dragging the shutter or providing a totally different viewpoint than the spectators would see.

This year it is even more critical as the stands, rather than being filled with patriotic and supportive fans, are empty, meaning the only Olympics being viewed by people around the world are either being broadcast by video or the eye-catching frames by those photographers in attendance.

Just like the athletes competing who are among the best in the world, the photographers capturing the slices of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics are also among the best.

Here are a few to watch out for as you surf the internet: Bert Hanashiro, Donald Miralle, Al Bello, Wally Skallij, Nick Didlick, and Leah Hennel.

Back to work

Photo Randy Vanderveen County of Grande Prairie, Alta.
Catherine Wilson (centre combine) and her two sons Rydan, 14, (front) and Blake, 15, combine a field of creeping red fescue south of the Emerson Trail near Range Road 95 Monday, July 26. The yield on the grass seed is lighter than usual and the crop is being taken off two weeks earlier as a result of the hot dry weather this summer.

It has been awhile since I posted on this blog. The past two years have been challenging for so many of us both here in Canada and around the world. Hopefully, we are beginning to move back towards situations and experiences that are more familiar.

I hope to begin posting on a regular basis. Until next time.

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