Saskatchewan Aerial Photography

In June I attended the Windscape Kite Festival as and invited ‘celebrity flyer’ in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. It was my second time invited (last time was in 2011). It gave my wife and I an opportunity to have a mini-holiday out west and we took an extra week exploring southern Saskatchewan in day trips from our accommodation at McMaster Manor Bed & Breakfast near Lafleche, SK. A number of aerial sessions were undertaken. There were also a couple of disappointments where I was at ideal locations with insufficient wind. You win some, you lose some!

Here is a sample from the several locations where I flew my kite aerial gear. Click through to the galleries on my website to see many more images from each session.

 

Windscape Kite Festival – Swift Current, SK

The festival was two days on the last weekend in June. I was there as an invited guest to demonstrate Kite Aerial Photography. The wind was overpowering much of the time for most of the kite flyers including myself and rain was frequent. Regardless, a number of good images were obtained during three sessions when the bad conditions softened.

Windscape Kite Festival 2016 - Swift Current, Saskatchewan

Octopus kites at the Windscape Kite Festival 2016 in Swift Current, SK.

 

Swift Current Railway Lines

Since the kite festival proceedings didn’t begin until 10:00 am each day, I took the time one morning to do some aerial shots of the town of Swift Current and the freight railway lines running through the middle. Light was poor but it was my only opportunity and the images turned out pretty well.

Swift Current, Saskatchewan.

 

McMaster Manor Bed & Breakfast and Farm

We stayed 4 nights at this B&B near Lafleche, Saskatchewan. We used it as our home base to visit communities in the area and both the east and west blocks of Grasslands National Park. The wind was not kind to me on our day trips. I did, however get two good sessions at the farm property of the B&B. I would highly recommend staying there – great hosts and great part of the world. Just remember …. nothing is close by and that includes shops and restaurants.

McMaster Manor Bed and Breakfast and Farm.

The barn at McMaster Manor B&B in Lafleche, Saskatchewan

Farm furniture - silos, trucks and tractors.

Aerial view. Retired equipment put out to pasture.

 

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Kites On White – 3

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Kites on White - 3

Kites on White – 3

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String of Kites

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String of Kites

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KAP 2008-41: Grundahl Park, Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin – July 25, 2008

I post these images simply to mark the occasion of meeting Craig Wilson, the famous and infamous kite aerial photographer of Madison, Wisconsin. Craig and I agreed that this KAP should be written off as a non-KAP. The light was so poor this evening and 98% of my shots were blurred (higher ISO would have helped). My wife and arranged to meet KAP’n Craig, as he is known on Flickr and other internet venues, in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin which is just outside Craig’s hometown of Madison. Craig and three of his kiting buddies were adding some kite colour to an annual cancer fundraiser held at Grundahl Park. Craig and friends made my wife and I feel very welcome. After it became too dark, and the rain set in, we all retired to the Grumpy Troll for a beer.

This session used a PowerShot A570IS and a FLED kite.

Grundahl Park, Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin.
Grundahl Park, Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin.

This Wisconsin Badger kite was hand-made by one of Craig's skilled kite buddies.
This Wisconsin Badger kite was hand-made by one of Craig’s skilled kite buddies.

You can see additional pictures from my KAP 2008-41 outing in the Kite Aerial Photography Gallery on my website.