Depth of Field — Exploring a Rural, Canadian Winter

A Canadian winter can seem endless, with few hours of daylight and many hours of shoveling snow. This year, I vowed to stave off the winter blues (as needless as that now seems). Besides taking the time to exercise and eat well (especially post-Christmas), I’ve also been focusing more on finding the beauty in the season. And, when the land and trees glisten with hoar frost, and the late-rising sun brings her magnificent hues to the sky, it’s hard to understand our moments of seasonal resent.

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A tractor sits on the horizon of the wakening sun, holding breakfast trays for its livestock.

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Steaming silage sure to warm growing stomachs on even the coldest of mornings.

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Hoar frost coats the trees in ice crystals, that remain still in the shade, then glisten and dance in the rising sun.


For many families, home-grown lumber provides a warm winter home, in fuel and foundation.

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Frosty triticale swaths hidden beneath the snow provide forage for cattle on the prairies, and maybe the occasional deer.

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A young horse paws at the ground, looking for the last season’s grass beneath the blanket of snow.

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A young farmer moves an electric fence as the sun sets on the horizon.


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 @RealAg_Debra


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