Clouded Sulphur Butterfly

If you see a small yellow butterfly flitting from flower to flower, odds are at this time of year it is a Clouded Sulphur Butterfly. According to Naturalist John Acorn on a CBC story there are more Clouded Sulphurs than usual and they are on their annual migration. The butterfly can become a nuisance pest because it likes to feed on crops like alfalfa. However, they also can be beneficial  because they also have an affinity for many plants that are considered weeds. According to Wikipedia, because the Clouded Sulphurs does not sequester toxins or other noxious compounds from their food plants, they are a favorite food of many insectivores. I photographed this little beauty with what most would not consider a macro lens, a 150-600 Sigma out at 600 mm. I was on a little photography road trip west of Milk River with my son Preston. 

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Somewhere under the rainbow

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One thing about summer thunderstorms on the prairies is that they are often followed by a rainbow. Most of the time the rainbow, while visible, is usually fairly faint. Not this time. I don't ever remember seeing a rainbow that was as intense in color as this one. Of course the kids reminded me of the Irish legend about  Leprechauns burying their gold at the end of the rainbow, and thought it would be a good idea to head over to find the gold. They were quite disappointed when I told them that even if there was a pot of gold, we would never find it because as you move, the end of the rainbow moves. The storm had been in Lethbridge and the rainbow appeared as we traveled down Highway 4. I which I could say that I found the perfect location and waited for all the parts to…

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Prairie Roads

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Located North of Warner, and joining with Highway 4, this prairie road holds a special place in my heart. I remember it first as a Alberta Wheat Pool calendar that was in the Grade 3/4 classroom at the Masinasin School. If you are old enough you will remember those calendars, a big (well by a nine-year-old's perspective anyway) piece of cardboard, with a painting of some Alberta scene and the months on a pad of paper stapled at the bottom center of the calendar. I don't know why it made such an impression at the time. I can still see it clearly nearly 60 years later. It hung on the wall just to the right of a stand that held books and magazines. The stand was in the corner of the room where Louise Miller taught somewhere around 20 of the local farm kids Grade 3 and Grade 4. It…

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The first annex comes down as the first step of demolishing and removing this Milk River elevator

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It started with getting inside the annex with a chain saw and cutting the annex off from top to bottom through each of the interior bins. Then an excavator starts to cut through the end. Similar to how a lumberjack will cut a wedge on the side of the tree that they want to fall. They leave the outside walls while they cut out the second set of bins from the center, and then its time to start taking out the outside walls, letting gravity do its thing. You can see the cut made by the chainsaw is starting to slowly widen.   evators in Milk River will not be there this fall.

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Here are the images from your session. Only use them for pose and expression. Because of how digital files are displayed on screen there is no way to tell that the color an or density will be correct. Prints will be just fine.  

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The are only for checking posing and expressions on. Color and density is entirely dependent on the monitor that the images are displayed on. So they could appear light, dark, red, green, etc.  This is one of the reasons why I much prefer to project the images for the viewing session.

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