Prairie Scenics

Stock Photography By Shirley Lannoo

These images are an attempt to share with the viewer the unbelievable beauty of Manitoba. This province enjoys varied landscapes from prairie, a myriad of lakes and rivers, a desert, forests, hills, towns and cities and even mountains; old and worn but mountains nevertheless. Our skies which stretch from horizon to horizon are unrivaled in colour and variety. Harvest sunsets and northern lights decorate the night. We definitely have colour. Welcome and enjoy!

After the Storm
After the Storm
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Into The Clearing
Into The Clearing
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Quiet Meadow
Quiet Meadow
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Grain Trail
Grain Trail
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British Settlers Home
British Settlers Home
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Cattle Haven
Cattle Haven
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Manitoba Hay Meadow
Manitoba Hay Meadow
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Harvest in the Hills
Harvest in the Hills
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Sunflowers Looking East
Sunflowers Looking East
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An August Tempest
An August Tempest
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Weather, Wheat and Water
Weather, Wheat and Water
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Prairie Vista
Prairie Vista
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Shortening Days
Shortening Days
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Lengthening Days
Lengthening Days
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Last Snow
Last Snow
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Fall Gold
Fall Gold
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Fall Gold 2
Fall Gold 2
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Peaceful Picnic
Peaceful Picnic
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Peaceful Path
Peaceful Path
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Bittersweet Path
Bittersweet Path
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Pleasant View
Pleasant View
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Farmstead on Prairies
Farmstead on Prairies
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After the Rain
After the Rain
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Rain in the Distance
Rain in the Distance
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Dark Skies and Rainbow
Dark Skies and Rainbow
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Dark Skies and Rainbow 2
Dark Skies and Rainbow 2
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On the Flatland
On the Flatland
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Lots of Canola
Lots of Canola
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Harvesting Hills
Harvesting Hills
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Harvesting Hills 2
Harvesting Hills 2
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More Canadian Canola
More Canadian Canola
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Canadian Canola
Canadian Canola
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Table by the Lake
Table by the Lake
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Shade in the Park
Shade in the Park
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Abandoned Home on the Prairie
Abandoned Home on the Prairie
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Manitoba Desert
Manitoba Desert
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Straw Bales on the Slopes
Straw Bales on the Slopes
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Bales on the Flatland
Bales on the Flatland
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Flatland Farming
Flatland Farming
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Sailboat on Pelican Lake
Sailboat on Pelican Lake
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Sailboats on Pelican Lake
Sailboats on Pelican Lake
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Sailboats on Pelican Lake
Sailboats on Pelican Lake
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Rocky Pasture
Rocky Pasture
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Abandoned Farmyard
Abandoned Farmyard
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Bridge on 34
Bridge on 34
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Fallen Leaves in the Park
Fallen Leaves in the Park
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Tamarack Gold
Tamarack Gold
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Trail in the Bush
Trail in the Bush
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Trail in the Bush 2
Trail in the Bush 2
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Image Details for Prairie Scenics

1. After the Storm. Light streaming amid breaking storm clouds near Belmont, Manitoba indicate the aftermath of a prairie downpour. Skies can become quite dark during these events creating interesting celestial scenes like this one.

2. Into The Clearing. Spruce Woods Provincial Park in Manitoba, Canada, yearly site of international endurance horse meets. Known locally as the sand hills, this park provides ideal conditions of hilly, sandy and treed terrain largely devoid of human traffic for persons interested in trail riding, etc. There are trails throughout the park as well as a campground containing corals, etc. for the comfort of rider and horse.

3. Quiet Meadow. A serene meadow in the Tiger Hills south of PTH #2 between Holland and Treherne, Manitoba. There are surprisingly few homes in the immediate area but pastures, treed hills and croplands abound. This quiet meadow is typical of the area.

4. Grain Trail. The CNR tracks form the west leading into Cypress River, Manitoba showing evidence of age. The railway has been discontinued through this area and is slated for removal. The rails were the catalyst for immigrants settling and taming the prairies. At one time there were regular schedules when passengers, produce and supplies traveled from town to town and to the Manitoba capital of Winnipeg. During those years the towns of the prairies enjoyed their heyday in terms of population and activity.

5. British Settlers Home. There were many kinds of homes built by the first settlers on the prairies. The first settlers were natives and fur traders whose habitations were quite modest but when the government in Ottawa decided to flood the west with settlers of British extraction from overseas and Ontario they came with means to build beautiful brick homes such as the one pictured here. These people were awarded the easiest cleared and best lands in Manitoba. Note the new addition at the back of the main house.

6. Cattle Haven. A south central Manitoba scene depicting a mixed herd of cows and calves on pasture in rolling hills, containing patches of trees and a typical slough where wildlife thrives and cattle drink.

7. Manitoba Hay Meadow. Freshly cut alfalfa hay meadow decorates a turn in the section road under less than ideal skies. Although Manitoba has a very high rate of good drying and sunny weather required for drying crops, often during the haying and harvesting seasons unsettled weather arrives indicated by the hazy grey overcasting clouds evidenced here.

8. Harvest in the Hills. An abandoned home and barn nestled between hills in the St. Alphonse, Manitoba district during August where ripened fields of barley and wheat are at various stages of harvest.

9. Sunflowers Looking East. A view from the west of a field of sunflowers looking to the east seeking sunshine. Because of the cloudy conditions some of the field is bathed in sunlight while other areas including the forest are in the shady areas.

10. An August Tempest. This Manitoba farmer has finished baling his field before a sudden August storm. During the harvest season there are often relatively windy and violent storms of heavy rain and sometimes hail which can wreck havoc on crops in various stages of harvest.

11. Weather, Wheat and Water. A typical day during August in Manitoba, Canada. A large field of cereal grain left to dry on the rolling hills near the village of Bruxelles, are capped by skies threatening the possibility of an August storm. An old barn remains where a farm family once lived near a typical slough. Originally settlers required livestock and often placed their homesteads near water sources to accommodate their animals. For the family supply, sand points were forced into the ground or wells were dug.

12. Prairie Vista. A typical scene in south central Manitoba revealing a farm site nestled among wind breaking tree rows as well as original stands of native trees on the tops of hills and in the gullies. Although some cropland is evident this terrain is used more for cattle grazing. The long white row to the left of the farmstead is bales of hay encompassed in long plastic cocoons for protection against wet weather. There will be sloughs nearby providing water in the pastures.

13. Shortening Days. A pair of white spruce stand sentinel in the Spruce Woods Provincial Park in Manitoba as the sun sets on a short December day. During this period of the year the sun sets at around 4:30pm and arises about 8:30am.

14. Lengthening Days. This pine wooded scene in a roadside park near Carberry, Manitoba was photographed at about 5:00pm as the sun was setting. The days are already lengthening. Stands of pine in this area of Manitoba are not native but have been planted here through government programs. The local birds and animals do not favour these habitats.

15. Last Snow. A barbed wire fence keeps late grazing cattle enclosed in a stubble field after grain harvesting is complete in Manitoba. Long abandoned by the grazers the winter has come and the last winter snow is melting. This being early April it is very probable more snow will arrive. It is not uncommon for snow to fall during May and sometimes in early June.

16. Fall Gold. Prairie trees changing to a predominately yellow colour prepare to lose their leaves as skies darken indicating shortened and colder days ahead. We have trees changing to reds, oranges and browns as well but the predominate colour on the prairies is yellow gold.

17. Fall Gold 2. Prairie trees changing to a predominately yellow colour prepare to lose their leaves as skies darken indicating shortened and colder days ahead. We have trees changing to reds, oranges and browns as well but the predominate colour on the prairies is yellow gold.

18. Peaceful Picnic. A roadside rest area in the Spruce Woods Provincial Park on highway 5 in Manitoba, where fallen leaves have overtaken the grass and picnic tables stand abandoned and peaceful amid pretty blue cloud spattered skies. Some of the most beautiful hours in our park happen after families have deserted the area once their children return to their studies in September.

19. Peaceful Path. A view from the roadside rest area on highway 5, Spruce Woods Provincial Park. One can enjoy long walks surrounded by scenes like this full of life and colour. Painted turtles, squirrels, birds and ducks of many varieties and even deer, elk and many other animals inhabit the park.

20. Bittersweet Path. Bittersweet, Solanum dulcamara L, July, August, cling to trees in the Spruce Woods Provincial Park in Manitoba. These plants produce purplish blue flowers during July and August followed by poisonous green berries which turn to red-orange later in the season.

21. Pleasant View. A modern farm home built overlooking a meandering rock filled creek where cattle leisurely graze on a warm spring day in Manitoba, Canada.

22. Farmstead on Prairies. A June vista of a farmstead surrounded by trees and cropland near Swan Lake, Manitoba, Canada. There appears to be rainy weather in the offing.

23. After the Rain. It appears this scene follows a gentle prairie rain, much appreciated by local farmers. New crops will flourish as a result and the air will smell fresh and clean. This section road lies north of Swan Lake, Manitoba.

24. Rain in the Distance. A prairie storm continuing on its way bringing moisture to grateful crops and farmers. Weather is visible for many miles on the prairies and when rain is in sight farmers generally welcome it or hope it will bypass them depending on the moisture conditions of their fields.

25. Dark Skies and Rainbow. During a prairie storm the sky can become very dark as evidenced here. The storm was of short duration and a rainbow forms low on the horizon but the darkness of the sky is reflected in the water of the small lake. As the clouds continue to move away the sun will return the scene to normal brightness. Near Holland, Manitoba, Canada.

26. Dark Skies and Rainbow 2. A repeat of a previous image, Dark Skies and Rainbows, but in a different format.

27. On the Flatland. Clear blue sky, an old barn and grain tanks, hydro poles, crop and wasteland near Somerset, Manitoba, Canada. The small shrubs and so called wastelands are home to the birds and small animals of the prairies. Many farmers purposely leave untouched areas for the wildlife and most areas have a healthy deer population.

28. Lots of Canola. Freshly cut Canola crop near Holland, Manitoba. Pleasant blue sky with a few low small clouds indicate excellent drying conditions.

29. Harvesting Hills. A harvest scene south of Holland, Manitoba, Canada depicting cut Canola and in the distance a combine on a cereal field enjoying perfect harvest weather. Also in the distance are farmsteads, and groves of trees among the hills.

30. Harvesting Hills 2. A copy of a previous image in a different format. A harvest scene south of Holland, Manitoba, Canada depicting cut Canola and in the distance a combine on a cereal field enjoying perfect harvest weather. Also in the distance are farmsteads, and groves of trees among the hills.

31. More Canadian Canola. A canola field backed by hills and a dust filled blue sky near Holland, Manitoba, Canada. The air can become filled with harvesting dust as residue exits combines and as trucks churn up the graveled section roads.

32. Canadian Canola. Canola is a crop developed by the University of Manitoba and has become one of the most profitable and successful crops of western Canada and elsewhere. An excellent oilseed crop with many uses. The crop depicted here is cut in a pattern necessary on sloping terrain. Farmers with years of experience dissect their fields to the best advantage of their equipment.

33. Table by the Lake. A view of Highway 5 from a rest area in Spruce Woods Provincial Park near Glenboro, Manitoba.

34. Shade in the Park. A simple treed area in the roadside park along highway #5 in the Spruce Woods Provincial Park. Picnic tables, comfort stations and walking paths bring relief to tired drivers.

35. Abandoned Home on the Prairie. A old farmhouse along a section road somewhere on the Saskatchewan prairie. Roads are indicated as section roads because they are built on a grid with roads one mile apart both north and south as well as east and west.

36. Manitoba Desert. A section of the Manitoba desert lies within the bounds of Spruce Woods Provincial Park accessible from highway 5. Much of the desert has been used as an artillery range since 1910 and remains out of bounds for visitors.

37. Straw Bales on the Slopes. After the grain is combined out of the straw, farmers with cattle will bale some of the straw for mixing into cattle feed and for cattle bedding during the long cold winters on the prairies. It takes a little extra expertise when the bales must be released from the baler and eventually loaded onto transportation wagons while on sloping fields. Once rolling the bale will proceed to wherever it wishes probably destroying itself in the process.

38. Bales on the Flatland. A heavy crop of well made straw bales on a very flat field. These bales are usually hauled to the farmstead as soon as the farmer has the time as they are needed for feed and also for bedding for the cattle herds. Trucks loaded with round bales are a common sight on the local roads and highways during and after harvest.

39. Flatland Farming. Manitoba topography ranges from rolling hills to very flat prairies. Here lies an old farmyard on an oasis of green surrounded by a field of flax ready for harvesting. This image north of Brandon, Manitoba.

40. Sailboat on Pelican Lake. A lone sailboat near Ninette, Manitoba on Pelican Lake. This lake is 14 miles long by 1.5 miles wide and is well suited to sailing and fishing. Surrounded by farms the area provides many breaks for the local farm population. Ninette, the largest town on the lake hosts docks for the sailing club.

41. Sailboats on Pelican Lake. Sailboats near Ninette, Manitoba on Pelican Lake.

42. Sailboats on Pelican Lake. Another view of sailboats near Ninette, Manitoba on Pelican Lake.

43. Rocky Pasture. A fence line where the farmer has dragged stones from his fields. This is poor cropland but the farmers readily keep cattle on this type of land as the grass is nutritious. On cropland the stones would have to be gathered more closely and piled, buried or removed.

44. Abandoned Farmyard. South east of Glenboro, Manitoba this old abandoned farmyard ages surrounded by fields the farmer once worked. Surprisingly many old farmsteads remain long after the owners move to town and eventually die. Often the new owners do this in respect for the old folks who once lived and farmed there.

45. Bridge on 34. This bridge crosses the Assiniboine at PTH 34 north of Holland, Manitoba. Although the photo is taken in July the river is in flood stage as evidenced by the water on the farm fields.

46. Fallen Leaves in the Park. A mantle of gold decorates the grass beneath river Elms along the Assiniboine River south of Carberry, Manitoba.

47. Tamarack Gold. Tamarack trees also known as Larch trees in Spruce Woods Provincial Park along a sandy car trail have lost their colour and will soon release their needles in preparation for winter.

48. Trail in the Bush. A trail in the sand hills north of Glenboro, Manitoba, servicing cattle located in the treed pastures on each side of the road. The grass in this area is especially nutritious so the cattle here do well and raise big calves.

49. Trail in the Bush 2. A trail in the sand hills north of Glenboro, Manitoba, servicing cattle located in the treed pastures on each side of the road. The grass in this area is especially nutritious so the cattle here do well and raise big calves.

 

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