In Bloom

In Bloom

Size: A3+ (13"x19") shipped ready to hang in your choice of a classic glass frame or a hanging magnetic frame. If you have the right size frame of your own, worry not, you can order the print itself at a $15 discount.


The photo: Yellow-headed blackbird (X. Xanthocephalus) is common to most of North America, however finding a flock of them relatively early into Alberta’s “spring” still took us by surprise. It was the striking contrast of the males’ bright yellow collars against the grim, cold environment which captivated our attention, bringing a sense of bloom and the return of life. The coarse texture of Hahnemühle’s William Turner Fine Art Paper is very apparent in the blues and the greens of the background, yet the much more saturated blacks and yellows of the bird seemingly appear smooth. Just as the bird brings the warmth and calmness to his harsh surroundings, the print of this capture relays both the stark contrast of colours and the balance of textures in sync with the mood of this moment.


Location: 50°34'04.0"N 112°54'43.4"W


Behind the scenes: We stumbled upon the flock of yellow-headed blackbirds by complete accident. The original plan was to visit a small bird sanctuary near High River, AB to photograph some Ruddy ducks. As we did not know the precise location of this bird sanctuary (later discovered to be at Frank Lake, AB), we got carried away driving east of High River until reaching McGregor Lake. Realizing that we are losing light and are too late into the evening to scout more places, we decided to explore the nearby area. All that being said, we were not disappointed.


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