Thursday, August 11, 2011

SkyWatch Friday - Alberta morn

An early morning Sunday drive highlights the summer beauty of the southern Alberta foothills.
As the Rockies give way to the Prairies, farms and farmland rule the landscape.
I post these photos for your interest, to show you my world - but selfishly too, as a reminder how gorgeous this place can be.  Mid-winter it can quickly lose it's charm and spectre in brutal temperatures, and grasses in ten shades of brown that convince you death has won, and nothing will ever be resurrected again.
But of course, the seasons bring about the thrill each May when the colour and new growth re-appear.

I admit to believing this land was pretty boring and barren when I first arrived.  No large trees, no hedges, no thatched cottages.  All I was used to from growing up in England.

Time has healed my first impressions.
Now, I relish the open landscapes and skies, and greedily breath in great lungfuls of space.

Happy SkyWatch Friday folks.


  1. I've lived on the prairies all my life. When I was first in the English countryside a couple of years ago, I found it very quaint and lovely -- but oh so cramped! You're right -- here we revel in Big Sky and Big Country!

  2. Beautiful big skies - the air looks so clean.

  3. a pure pleasure to view this series of lovely photos. happy SWF to you.

  4. Great shots! Boom & gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  5. These are so beautiful.

    Happy sky watching!

    Liz @ A Simple Life

  6. And there was me thinking it lookde just like my place :-)
    In the UK.
    Just goes to show.
    I am partial to those up-and-down roads that look as if one is going to fall off the edge.
    Our drive is like that and I never get enough of it.

  7. Beautiful reminders of what a lovely world and skies you have!! We all need those reminders from time to time! Delightful post for the day! Happy SWF! Enjoy your weekend!


  8. Those up and down roads look like they would be fun with a bike (well the down bit anyway!). Winter's hard anywhere but I can see that the lack of trees would make it feel very flat.

    PS - Thanks for your kind words this week. xo

  9. Lovely shots and I really liked the evolution of your thoughts about the land. You're right, though, the winters are pretty brutal. I've never felt quite so housebound as I was in Calgary during Christmas holidays with quarrelsome (ex) in-laws!

  10. those gently rolling hills and big Alberta sky are breathtaking.

  11. Whenever I am out west, I am always amazed at how much bigger the sky seems.

  12. Gorgeous place!
    Love seeing the landscape and up down roads :)

  13. Wonderful sceneries and skies!
    Thanks for sharing;o)
    ¤ Happy day ¤