The answer to your first question is…”No, that is not my car!”
Several serendipitous things came together today:
1) It was no longer minus ‘leventy seven degrees C.
2) Snow was not falling.
3) The sun was shining.
4) Skies were clear and blue.
5) I had some time on my hands.
Two weeks ago, we drove down Rollyview Road (East to West), on a grey, snowy January day on our way to Calgary. I saw some interesting shots, but, the light was not right and we had no time to stop, anyway. Ever since that day, I have been trying to get back there, under the right conditions (listed above).
Today was that day, sunny, -7C, blue skies, no wind and the road rolled smoothly onward beneath the wheels of my car, as I headed off to see if reality would live up to my memories.
I drove down 814 South to 623 and then headed East, planning my shot stops along the way. My memory had been pretty accurate and at my turn around point, I set off to capture the scenes I recalled. I also shot a few of these in high contrast black and white, as the strong winter sunlight emphasized the shadows.
623 is a narrow highway with little or no shoulder to pull off on, so I made sure that I only stopped on the paved approach ramps to farmer’s fields. I then walked back along the road to get the best angle I could without walking into the deep snow in the ditches. I had to be mindful of passing traffic and at one point a passing motorist seeing my car with hazards flashing and me on foot, slowed and rolled down his window to ask if everything was alright. I told him I was merely taking photos and thanked him. As he drove off, I almost thought I could hear him rolling his eyes. That is the good thing in the rural part of Alberta. People look out for each other, even if one of them is obviously a lunatic.
Now, on to the photos.
Part 2 of my photo shoot will appear tomorrow.