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Spring is in the air or so we think

What is spring? That is what many of us here in Canada have been asking ourselves for several months now.

I know spring is finally here when:

You can smell rain instead of snow mold

You see robins jumping about

You hear songbirds in the morning

But most importantly there is no SNOW on the ground.

But for us prairie provinces we don’t release a shout of joy for spring until the beginning of June. Our weather can change drastically, within hours, if you just look at mother nature wrong. We can go from sunny skies to an all out blizzard. On the other hand we can get a down pour of rain when thirty minutes ago it was bright and blue.

For example, just when our friends of Manitoba thought spring was here to stay mother nature hit them with a snow storm that resulted in another 30 cm of snow.

Here in Alberta we are holding spring firmly in our hands waiting for the solstice to bring us summer. Right now we will continue the ritual of  watching the weather channel, holding our breaths and releasing  it with a big sigh when we hear there is just sunny skies in our forecast.

However, just for now I think I’ll keep my winter gear ready. You never know what will happen tomorrow till you look out the window.

B 😀

Majestic Canadian Rockies Part 2

In part 2  we will explore Jasper, Alberta. Jasper became a national park in 1907 and is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies.

The town of Jasper was originally name Rocky Mountain House but was renamed in 1817 for Jasper Hawes, who took over the trading post in the same year.*

Just before reaching the town of Jasper, along highway 16, is Jasper Lake.

Jasper Lake

Above the town of Jasper is the towering Pyramid Mountain.

Pyramid Mountain taken from Sixth Bridge

There are two great hiking trails at Pyramid Mountain. However, I haven’t yet explored them. I hope to hike them this summer and post the photos I get along the way.

Where will my photos take me next?

B 😀

* Taken from “The Story Behind Alberta Names” by Harry M. Sanders

Majestic Canadian Rockies Part 1

For this post I will be going back in time to February 2011. In this month I took two amazing trips with my fiance to Banff, Alberta and Jasper, Alberta. This will be a two part blog. The first part will be about Banff, Alberta and its surrounding area.

Lets travel  to a little town called Exshaw just outside of Canmore, Alberta first.

Exshaw hosts a variety of cement facilities along highway 1A that have been in operation for nearly as long as Alberta has been around. The town was named after Lieutenant William Exshaw, son-in-law to prominent railway surveyor and engineer Sir Sanford Flemming. *

Just between Exshaw and Canmore is a little lake called Gap Lake. Beyond the lake is the majestic Pigeon Mountain.

Pigeon Mountain with Gap Lake

When you reach the town of Canmore, Alberta you will see the mountain called  Three Sisters, named for its triple peaks.

Three Sisters Mountain

Canmore refers to the Scottish King Malcom II, who was known as Canmore. meaning
big-head” in Gaelic. Canmore’s name was chosen by Lord Strathcona (Donald A. Smith), however, the name was changed in orthography from “Kenmore” to “Canmore”.*

Next along the stop is Banff, Alberta which is the third largest national park in Alberta. It became Canada’s first national park in 1885 and is the most visited national park in Canada.

The most prominent mountain above the town of Banff is Mount Rundle.

Mount Rundle

Where will my photos take me next?

B 😀

* Taken from “The Story Behind Alberta Names” by Harry M. Sanders

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!

That’s right, Alberta has been hit by the fluffy white stuff! 😦  🙂 I don’t know if I am happy or sad about that.

On one hand I freeze when I walk from my car to the train station for school. On the other, I can finally learn to ski this year as my fiance is an avid skier. And there is always the gorgeous photography that the snow provides.

For example, when the snow falls freshly in the middle of the night and you wake up  in the morning the trees look like a winter wonderland all covered with the white fluffy snow.  Those are the mornings in the winter I especially look forward too.

Sunset through snow covered trees

Snowy Sunset

 

Snow field at sunset

I can’t wait till the weather and roads clear up so I can head out the back roads so I can take some other wonderful snow filled pictures for you.

B 😀

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.

 

Cow

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

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