Depth of Field — A Prairie Spring

The garden is ready for a new crop, the fields wait to warm under the sun. Calves are learning to stand on wobbly legs, chicks are growing in the warmth of the coop and the geese have arrived. With light rain starting overhead and the kettle on boil, nothing seems more fitting for Depth of Field, than a celebration of spring on the prairies.

The Intro: Depth of Field — An Australian Fortnight

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Quiet Day at the Track – I took this picture amidst great logistics woes, early in the spring of 2014. It’s a little deceiving, considering the abundance of trains I saw that day and the peace that is pictured here. This was taken along Highway 14, west of Saskatoon.

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Crocus Klatch – This picture was taken in Alberta’s beloved Special Areas. There is no greater harbinger of spring on the prairies than the crocus. The crocus does well in grazing situations, and an overabundance of crocus patches, though beautiful, may actually signal overgrazing.

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Home on the Prairie – The endless expanse of blue wakes up to greet a new season. This, on a piece of native prairie in Alberta’s east, shared by cattle and deer alike.

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Once Home – Homesteads abandoned on the prairies see new warmth in the spring sun, even wrapped in a blanket of snow. This photograph was taken in rural Alberta.

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Skylands – With ice finally melted, there’s something refreshing about the cool reflections of spring, and the start of fresh growth. This, also in Alberta.

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Reflections – This is an older shot. It was taken for the CBC 1Day contest, where it was actually chosen as the best photograph, and later featured in a film developed from the competition.

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Inconvenient Glamor – What says spring more than the start of a growing season? This picture was taken in Alberta, shortly after a round of spring showers. It shows a tractor and seeder highlighted by the setting sun, emphasized by the colours of the sky.

 

Debra Murphy

Debra Murphy is a Field Editor based out of central Alberta, where she never misses a moment to capture with her camera the real beauty of agriculture. Follow her on Twitter

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Terry James

Some great pictures! It is so nice to see that first flash of color after the world of white that is winter, and the browns and greys that come with the spring thaw.

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