Racing in front of a full grandstand, Cody Ridsdale, left, driving the Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement wagon, and Chad Fike on the Sprung Structures wagon round the first bend after leaving the barrels in the second race of the night in the World Professional Chuckwagon Association’s Battle of the Foothills in High River, Alta., July 16-18. WPCA drivers were unable to compete at the Calgary Stampede this year due to safety concerns. | Mike Sturk photo

Chuckwagon challenge – photo essay

World Professional Chuckwagon Association drivers were unable to compete at the Calgary Stampede this year due to safety concerns. The WPCSA drivers were able to take part in the Battle of the Foothills in High River, Alta., July 16-18. | Mike Sturk photos

A determined Layton Chamberlain rides through the poles during the pole bending event. | Mike Sturk photo

The face of junior rodeo – photo essay

Photo Essay | A junior rodeo was held in Nanton, Alta., July 3-4 as part of a summer series of junior rodeos. | Mike Sturk photos

A junior rodeo was held in Nanton, Alta., July 3-4 as part of a summer series of junior rodeos. | Mike Sturk photos

Bulls square off and butt heats at the Earl-Mason ranch southwest of High River. | Mike Sturk photo

Butting heads – photo essay

Photo Essay | Bulls square off at the Earl-Mason ranch southwest of High River, Alta. One of them eventually had to make a run for it. | Mike Sturk photos

Bulls square off at the Earl-Mason ranch southwest of High River, Alta. One of them eventually had to make a run for it. | Mike Sturk photos


Jacques, foreground, and Miguel Lambert on the track. | Mike Sturk photo

Early morning training – photo essay

Photo Essay | Jacques and his brother, Miguel Lambert, of Lambert Racing Stables train their horses for standardbred racing at Century Downs in Balzac, Alta., June 30. They were out early on their track west of High River to avoid the heat, which was forecast to be in the 35 C range that day. | Mike Sturk photos

Jacques and his brother, Miguel Lambert, of Lambert Racing Stables train their horses for standardbred racing at Century Downs in Balzac, Alta., June 30. They were out early on their track west of High River to avoid the heat, which was forecast to be in the 35 C range that day. | Mike Sturk photos

Austin Ramsey of Cayley, Alta., shows determination during the mutton bustin’ event. | Mike Sturk photo

Rodeo for the younger set – photo essay

The Little Britches Rodeo was held in High River, Alta., June 12, giving youngsters the opportunity to experience competition in the ring. 
| Mike Sturk photos

The Little Britches Rodeo was held in High River, Alta., June 12, giving youngsters the opportunity to experience competition in the ring. | Mike Sturk photos


A grizzly sow and her second-year triplets were spotted June 15 alongside Highway 40 west of Longview, Alta., in the province’s Kananaskis Country. The animals were eating dandelions on a hillside before crossing the highway. It was the first day of the highway’s re-opening for the summer. This is the first year that visitors to Kananaskis Country will need to buy conservation passes, either $15 a day or $90 for the year. |  Mike Sturk photo

Grizzly attraction – photo essay

A grizzly sow and her second-year triplets were spotted June 15 alongside Highway 40 west of Longview, Alta., in the province’s Kananaskis Country. The animals were eating dandelions on a hillside before crossing the highway. It was the first day of the highway’s re-opening for the summer. This is the first year that visitors to Kananaskis Country will need to buy conservation passes, either $15 a day or $90 for the year. | Mike Sturk photos

A grizzly sow and her second-year triplets were spotted June 15 alongside Highway 40 west of Longview, Alta., in the province’s Kananaskis Country. The animals were eating dandelions on a hillside before crossing the highway. It was the first day of the highway’s re-opening for the summer. This is the first year that visitors to […] Read more

American avocets settle on the quiet water at the edge of the lake. | Mike Sturk photo

The birds of Frank Lake – photo essay

Photo essay | Frank Lake near High River, Alta., is 
a bird watcher’s paradise. Freelance photographer Mike Sturk captured these images in late April.

Frank Lake near High River, Alta., is a bird watcher’s paradise. Freelance photographer Mike Sturk captured these images in late April.

The day was organized like a well-oiled machine. | Mike Sturk photo

Action central – photo essay

It was a beehive of activity as family and friends branded and vaccinated 180 calves May 1 at the Snodgrass ranch south of High River, Alta. | Mike Sturk photos


It was a beehive of activity as family and friends branded and vaccinated 180 calves May 1 at the Snodgrass ranch south of High River, Alta. | Mike Sturk photos


Ted Waldner, left, frees barbed wire from a fence post while Steven Waldner rolls it up. | Mike Sturk photo

Out with the old – photo essay

Photo essay | Members of the Parkland Colony near Parkland, Alta., recently tore down an old fence on a rural road bordering the colony. | Mike Sturk photos

Members of the Parkland Colony near Parkland, Alta., recently tore down an old fence on a rural road bordering the colony. | Mike Sturk photos

Seed cleaning can be a dusty business. | Mike Sturk photo

Keep it clean – photo essay

Photo Essay | Gary Voight’s North Voight seed cleaning service set up shop last month on a farmyard west of Cayley, Alta., to clean oats from Longson Farms of High River, Alta. | Mike Sturk photos

Gary Voight’s North Voight seed cleaning service set up shop last month on a farmyard west of Cayley, Alta., to clean oats from Longson Farms of High River, Alta. | Mike Sturk photos