Collin J Örthner – Photographer

January 3, 2015

De-Beautifying our County

While driving around Red Deer County the last few months I have noticed a large of amount of windrows being torn out. These windrows were made up of very large poplar trees and some Manitoba Maples as well as a few caragana hedges. The ones that bother me the most were some huge and healthy poplars pictured here. These windrows certainly don’t occupy much land and I can’t imagine it makes much of a difference to the farmer in regards to crop size. Not only is our countryside becoming far less beautiful to look at but so many small prairie birds won’t have the homes they had last year. I don’t know what the county regulations are regarding pulling down all these trees, but I find it disturbing and it bothers me that they don’t hold value to our farmers. I’ve made these images in b&w and rather grainy as it fits with my mood when I was out looking at this scene.





[ Leica M3, Zeiss ZM 50mm Planar, Kodak Gold 200 ]





  1. A thing of pure beauty!

    Comment by jlcpickett — January 10, 2015 @ 9:38 pm

    • Hey Jesse, so glad you stopped by. Really appreciate the comment!

      Comment by collin orthner — January 11, 2015 @ 5:53 pm

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