The beauty of a September morning on the prairie…
Autumn is definitely in the air.
Yesterday evening there were some great clouds passing overhead. Heavy. Dark. Foreboding. The were impressive and I could easily imagine them hanging low over a field of barley. The problem was, it was very windy. Not so good for my photos.
With a forecast for rain overnight, the winds abating and temperatures dropping to just above freezing, Saturday morning had all the makings of some great landscape weather. It’s a long weekend up here in Canada. Do I sleep in on and enjoy the comfort of my down comforter or do I have the coffee maker set to go on at 5:30 a.m.? It was an easy choice.
Morning came quickly and at 6:00 a.m. the eastern horizon was becoming lighter by the minute. The sky was clear overhead. Far to the east it looked like there might be a few clouds.
As I drove out of town I could see low lying blankets of fog. A little heavier than a couple of days ago but still not very thick. I didn’t have to drive for very long, maybe ten minutes and clouds were starting to materialize from the formerly clear sky. I don’t know why that happens. Often it can be cloudless when leaving home in the morning and forty minutes later there are clouds everywhere. Other times, it stays clear.
I pulled over to a spot that I have photographed many times before. A field of canola which had just been swathed was on one side of the road and a crop of barley on the other. I followed the fence line for a few meters stopping occasionally to grab a shot and then moving on to the next spot.
The light was great for almost an hour and then it was time to head home to finish the pot of coffee that had brewed a couple of hours previously.
A fine September morning in Alberta.