The Wild and Exotic Animal Medicine Society (WEAMS) is a non-profit organization operated by student volunteers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) and together with the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre, they provide care for injured wildlife and exotic animals. Just as last year, […]
What’s the single most important piece of equipment you need to capture video … besides a camera? The trends of cinematography change as frequently as the seasons, from slow motion to gimbals, to drones, but remaining consistent is the importance of a good tripod. This […]
Remember the scene from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade when Junior plummets from the rickety train catwalk into a horrifying crate of wriggling snakes? Well, there are many who share Indy’s fear of snakes, but there are also those who curiously seek out cold blooded critters. With the arrival of spring and warmer temperatures snakes begin seeping out of crevices where they’ve spent the winter hibernating. A few kilometres north of the Pelly, Saskatchewan, overlooking the Swan River a subterranean den filled with red-sided garter snakes awakens. Tens of thousands of snakes ooze from pores in the hill side – blanketing the forest undergrowth with a slithering carpet of scales and forked tongues.
As winter temporarily reaffirms its frigid grasp on the Northern Hemisphere, it seems like a good time to review the basics of photography in extreme cold. From cold batteries to proper white balance, learn what it takes to capture photos while battling winter’s wrath.
Throughout the animal kingdom there are a variety of animals that have bizarre methods of deterring predators: squid eject clouds of ink, skunks exude clouds of stank, and sea cucumbers eviscerate clouds of their internal organs. But even stranger is the defense mechanism of the greater short-horned lizard (Phrynosoma hernandesi). No bigger than a credit card, this miniature dinosaur lives in Canada’s very own Jurassic park. Sadly, just like the dinosaurs 65 million years before it, extinction is a real possibility for the greater short-horned lizard.
The Wild and Exotic Animal Medicine Society (WEAMS) is a non-profit organization operated by student volunteers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) and together with the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre, they provide care for injured wildlife and extoic animals. What follows is a […]
When moving into a previously occupied house or apartment, most will take time to spruce it up and make their new dwelling feel like their own. However, not even Martha Stewart is accomplished enough to tackle the challenge of dung-based home decor. Meet the burrowing […]
As the vehicle rumbles across the first of three teeth-rattling Texas gates a small herd of white-tailed deer scatter, bounding effortlessly along the ridge line. A quick stop to survey the land is immediately greeted by a hundred black-tailed prairie dogs playing a massive game of telephone. Each step requires an extra ounce of effort to free your boot from the suction of the sticky mud underfoot. The melting snow is quickly flowing off plateaus across the valley into the Frenchman River. The little ground between the vehicle and the plateau edge is riddled by colossal petrified reminders of why you’re here, and one misstep will land you in some serious shit. The stretching prairie landscape in front of you is free of haze and visibility is seemingly infinite. The hardy sages and grasses remain lifeless, painting the landscape fifty shades of brown, waiting patiently to spring back to life. It’s still winter in southern Saskatchewan, though today you’d never know it. Standing at the edge of the steep cliff, eyes pressed tight to binoculars, you begin to scan the vast landscape in front of you. (more…)
Imagine yourself in Saskatchewan’s beautiful Prince Albert National Park in the middle of winter. The cold crisp air nipping at nose and cheeks. The winter sun low on the horizon, barely peeking above the treeline and providing little radiant heat. The recent snowfall hides the […]