About Randy Vanderveen

 Grande Prairie Alberta photographer Randy Vanderveen is an award-winning photographer with two decades of experience. Editorial photography, commercial photography, institutional photography, aerial photography, documentary and humanitarian photography — whatever your photographic needs are in the Peace River Country of northwestern Alberta and northeastern British Columbia or beyond I can help. The right licensing package can make custom photography affordable and extremely effective whether you are a national corporation, a local business or a non-profit or NGO. I would like to sit down and talk with you about how I can meet your photographic needs. Call (780) 897- 6478 or email me for a quote on a job or licensing fees for photos. Feel free to check out the weekly Viewfinder blog.



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Entries in agriculture (6)


Recent work

Photo Randy Vanderveen A grizzly looks up from foraging for food along Highwy 40 north of the Cutbank River as it gorges itself in preparation for hibernation.

Here are is some photos from the past few months.

Photo Randy Vanderveen A police car parks momentarily along the promenade in front of the Tower of Belém near Lisbon, Portugal providing a quick glimpse at protection in Portugal's past and present.

Photo Randy Vanderveen An adult bald eagle harrasses an immature one in a field in the Fraser Valley.

Photo Randy Vanderveen Cattle graze in a pasture south of Abbotsford as the colours of fall form a background. Fall comes later to the Lower Mainland than it does in the Prairies. Photo Randy Vanderveen A batsman protects the wicket during a cricket tournament in Grande Prairie in early September.

Photo Randy Vanderveen Lisbon, Portugal is famous for its hills and street cars in the city centre.


Catching up

Photo: Randy Vanderveen Beaverlodge, Alberta Taegan Bradshaw works with Ban, a horse she is training in a paddock on the southern outskirts of Beaverlodge., while a second horse Blaze watches the proceedings. The temperature, while still below average, was beginning to warm up making it a pleasant morning to be outside.

Wow does time ever slip away. I had no idea it had been so long since the last post. I apologize. Here are some samples of recent work. I hope you enjoy.

Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie Air bubbles circulating through algae growing in tubes provides an abstract image in this photo taken late last year for Grande Prairie Regional College.

Photo: Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta Deer look up from feeding on hay in a farmer's field southwest of Grande Prairie. Wildlife like deer and elk can cause extensive damage to bales on Western Canadian farms, although in this case it looks like the hay was spread out for the animals.Photo: Randy Vanderveen Wembley, Alberta Empty shot gun cartridges litter the ground near a small lake north of Wembley. Most hunters are responsible and will ask permission and clean up shell casings and spent cartridges.Photo: Randy Vanderveen Wembley, Alberta Steam rises from around the base of a rig operating south of Wembley. Farmers could be hit with higher input costs as the price of diesel, propane and natural gas have all been on the rise in recent weeks.Photo: Randy Vanderveen Beaverlodge, Alberta Elk feed on a bale in a pasture on a farm southwest of Beaverlodge, Wednesday, Feb. 12. Elk ranching, while not as popular as bison, remains one of the stronger non-traditional livestock species on Alberta farms. According to the Alberta Elk Commission website the current estimates for numbers of elk farms and farmed elk total 800 farms and 35,000 elk in CanadaPhoto: Randy Vanderveen Hythe, Alberta A tractor-mounted snow blower clears the night's accumulation of snow off the driveway of a Hythe-area farm. While the quantity of snow that's fallen in February doesn't compare to the amount which fell in November and December, there has still been enough to keep both snow removal crews and private residents busy removing the white stuff.


Harvest, moon and reins

Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta A blue moon is framed between the uprights of the goal posts at Legion Field Friday night. A blue moon is often defined as the second full moon in a month.Here are a few selects from recent work.

Photo Randy Vanderveen near Sexsmith, Alberta 12-09-06 The sun sets behind a combine harvesting a ripe field near Sexsmith Thursday, Sept. 6. As harvest goes on and daylight hours become shorter, more and more farmers will be working under the glow of headlights to finish getting off this year's crop.

Photo Randy Vanderveen near LaGlace, Alberta 12-09-06 A combine stirs up a cloud of dust as its operator passes by a farm yard harvesting canola Thursday, Sept. 6. Farmers in the Peace Country are being blessed with co-operative weather this year as they pull off crops.Photo Randy Vanderveen near LaGlace, Alberta 12-09-06 A pair of combines perrformt a dance as they harvest a canola crop south of LaGlace. Thursday, Sept. 6.Photo Randy Vanderveen, Grande Prairie, Alberta A young rider reaches forward to take the reins of his horse from his dad who is at the head of the animal.




Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada Three young merlins perch on the branch of a weeping birch as they take small flights to test out their wings.

Here are a few photos shot recently. Hope you enjoy. I will try and have something more profound next week.

Photo Randy Vanderveen near Teepee Creek, Alberta, Canada July 19/12 A tractor pulling a round baler works its way down a cut swath of hay in a field west of Teepee Creek Thursday, July 19. Haying is in full gear in the Peace Country and with the exception of two evenings of rain, one a torrential downpour, this year's haying season has been a good one for producers — especially those who didn't have swaths lying in the field during the rain.Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada July 19/12 A deer pokes its head up above the blooming canola in a field east of Grande Prairie, Thursday, July 19. The canola fields are in full bloom in the Peace Country and the demand for canola could go up if soy bean crops in the U. S. continue to be hit hard by drought.


Lend a hand 

Photo Randy Vanderveen
Sexsmith, AB
While crops in the Peace Country are delayed because of the wet weather in June and July, they still look promising if the weather cooperates the remainder of the summer and early fall. Here canola near Sexsmith is in full bloom adding its bright yellow to the South Peace landscape.

We are such a blessed and fickle people.
Last year in the Peace Country many were praying for rain and now we are complaining it is too much.
While there has been plenty of rain over the past two months at least the crops in this area are still doing well.
If  the weather improves for the last part of July, August and September, the producers in this area could be some of the most fortunate in North America.
With the spring flooding continuing into the summer, southeastern Saskatchewan and southern Manitoba are almost write-offs.
Meanwhile in many parts of the Mid-West and Southern Plains of the US, crops are burning up in a drought reminiscent of the "30s.
Speaking of being blessed please think about how truly rich we are in North America, especially as news of the famine in the Horn of Africa begins to come into the forefront.
It is sad how long it takes for news like this to work its way into the headlines — CBC  and PBS appear to be among the first in North America to be covering this — when news about entertainment or potential traffic nightmares in LA or even Nelson Mandela's birthday have no problem ranking high into the news cycle.
It appears even the international community is taking its time to react to the plight of Somalis, Kenyans, Ethiopians and the citizens of  South Sudan — the world's newest nation.
Please take the time to count your blessings and give to help out with famine relief through organizations like the Red Cross, World Vision, World Relief, The Mennonite Central Committee etc.
This isn't a situation that will improve over night. It will be at least a year before crops can be harvested in those areas IF THE RAIN FALLS.

For some of the best coverage out there including a map, galleries, and stories and analysis check out THE GUARDIAN online.

Today was a day of mixed emotions for me.
Pastor Joel from the AEBR Baptist Church in Butare.A team from McLaurin and Webster headed out of GP en route to a two week trip in Rwanda. I have to admit I am going to miss not being a part of the team, however, I am glad others, who previously didn't have an interest, are taking part.
I am sure they will come back with new friends, new adventures, and news about some of the friends we have made in the past.