What’s in an Albertan Name?

Alberta was named for Princess Louise Caroline Alberta (1848-1939) the wife of Marquess of Lorne. Alberta became a province in 1905. It is a vast Canadian province; from Boreal Forest, Parkland, Grassland, Foothills and Rocky Mountains. Within each of these different areas there are many types on industries. Parkland/Grassland-minning and agriculture. Rockie Mountains/Foothills-Minning and tourism. Boreal Forest- Oil.

Now what does all of this have to do with pictures? EVERYTHING! No matter where you drive in this province you are guaranteed that you will see wondrous scenery. And as a budding photographer I just can’t put my camera down! My camera is like my purse, it is one of the main items I make sure I have before I head out the door. I never know when I might come upon a wonderful picture in this beautiful province. I’m not saying that other places in the world are not beautiful, I’m just saying that sometimes you have to see the beauty right under your nose before you can see the beauty across the world. I love getting to know where I live through pictures.

That is one of the points of my blog. To show you what’s under my nose and what I see when I go elsewhere. Enough about my views on beauty, let me just show you what I mean.

Yesterday I to a trip to the Coronation, Alberta area. Coronation is  a small town about 160km east of Red Deer, Alberta. It was given its name in 1911 to honour of the coronation of King George V that same year.*

And just south east of Coronation is some colourful badlands; called the Paintearth Badlands.

Small Part of the Paintearth Badlands

These are called the Paintearth Badlands because of the iron in the land that creates the red colour through out the buttes.

Back Road Badlands

Along the way I saw someone enjoying the scenery.



View from the top of Neutral Hills

My next destination was the Mud Butte Badlands near Consort, Alberta.  Consort is the home town of country singer k.d lang.  A little south of Consort is the provincial park of Mud Butte Badlands.

These badlands are different from the Paintearth Badlands and the Badlands near Drumheller, Alberta where they stick up from earth unlike the other two that are canyon like.


Mud Butte Badlands

After I made this stop I headed on back home. I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about little towns  in Alberta.

Where will my photos take me next?

B 😀

*Information from The story behind Alberta Names by Harry M. Sanders


Posted on November 8, 2010, in Photography and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. This is a really nice blog here B, well laid out and well written.

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