Lately, I have had plenty of things on my proverbial plate. Not so much food-wise, though. Photography takes a lot of space for me and will remain doing so. Not going to ditch photography…  No, these ditches are the ones on the side of the road. There are times when getting out on foot is not the best. Either because it is too hot or because it is too wet.


This week, we went from +37C to +13C overnight, with rain on the end of it. All in all not very conducive to walks outside. I know I will have to get used to this weather, but hey, a little bit of time for that, please!

So when it was pretty hot, I took many pictures and noticed that the rubber ring on my 28-300mm started to come loose. Not sure what to do with that yet. When it got wet, I kept in mind a remark by Moose Peterson: “If I can take it, my gear can take it”. My guess is that I can’t take a jolt of my speedlights, so they stay inside when it’s raining.

Dame’s Rocket

Dame’s Rocket

Yet, when it rains, it becomes a bit more of an effort to go out shooting. The usual wildlife subjects tend to stay inside (now, there’s an idea to follow!) or at least hidden from the rain. So the next subjects that are available are the ones that don’t move around. In Manitoba there were the old barns and abandoned buildings, but Nova Scotia cleans them up and re-uses the land instead.

Daisy Fleabane

Daisy Fleabane

So now I have plants, trees and flowers to shoot. As well as the occasional rock or animal skull. Shooting the waves of the Atlantic tends to be underwhelming when it rains. I don’t know, those pictures never seem to come out good enough to post anywhere.

Tufted Vetch

Tufted Vetch

Today was a drizzle type of day. Drizzle is pernicious. It goes into everything, makes you and your gear wet and on top of that, you only notice it when it’s too late. Drizzle can get on your lens, and you won’t see it until you come home and check the pictures on a bigger screen. Doh!

Wild Carrot

Wild Carrot

Drizzle has a few advantages too. If it has gone on for some time, all plants and flowers (or weeds, if you prefer) will have drops of water on them. While in dry weather I take a small spray bottle with me with distilled water, in drizzly weather I don’t have to. Flowers always have better colours when they are wet.

Rabbitfoot Clover

Rabbitfoot Clover

Well, perhaps not over do it, after all, a few drops will show up nicely, a drenched flower is useless as a subject. With my “new” Nikon D750, I now also have a swivel screen, which allows me to take pictures from angles that before required me to lay down in the mud Smile.

Northern Evening Primrose

Northern Evening Primrose

While some people would love to see a photographer roll in the mud, I am not so much inclined to be that photographer Smile with tongue out. Even if the audience is attractive. So what comes up in a ditch that is worth shooting? Surprisingly plenty of things. Rocks, plants, insects and other subjects remain in their ditches and can become nice subjects.



My preferred lenses for this type of work are my 60mm macro and a 28-300mm zoom. That last one allows me to get close enough as to not having to wade through the water or the mud, while the 28mm side allows me to get the full plants with stem, leaves and flowers in one shot. That makes identification a lot easier and accurate.

Ditching photography? Never! Ditch Photography? Any time!

Until next time…

Dan Topham
Flip screens
As always, I enjoy your photo bytes and this one is right up there. After using the flip screen on lay Canon 60D I have often wondered why the manufactures haven't included this with their pro lineups. It sure beats using angle finders and getting downed dirty in the whatever.
I can see your are enjoying your new surroundings and have an awful lot to explore. The scenic diversity there seems a bit higher than here and I definitely love the water front shots and ocean waves. Have fun in your adventures and capture lots on camera.
Keep it up, really enjoy the series.

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Henk Von Pickartz
4 days

Best of Luck in your new home Anton en Greet Dank je :-)

Anton Peereboom
4 days 20 hours

Best of Luck in your new home Anton en Greet

Henk Von Pickartz
5 days 21 hours

Best of luck in your new home! Thank you! :-)

5 days 22 hours

Best of luck in your new home!

Hilma Sinkinson
1 month 4 days

I am in love with your images of the cold prairie winters. I lived in the middle south of Manitoba and want to get a licensed ...

Dan Topham
2 months 13 days

As always, I enjoy your photo bytes and this one is right up there. After using the flip screen on lay Canon 60D I have ofte ...

3 months 16 days

You mentioned swimming by one of your photos. I see no one swimming. Can we swim at Fort Whyte? They seem to have a dock o ...

Vernon Cole
3 months 22 days

I am looking to see if there are any pictures of the original house situated at Munson Park

John Pelechaty
3 months 25 days

---Great blog once again Henk - enjoyed it very much....

4 months 1 day

Thanks for that piece of info. I had a hard time seeing that burn inside... :-)