Friday, September 23, 2011

A Beautiful Land


Tim's mother and siblings live in Alberta. We spent most of our time visiting, catching up on what's been happening in their lives.

But there were times for walks - like this one around the pond near Tim's mother's place. Autumn's presence was foreshadowed in the cool mornings and yellowing leaves.


Graceful poplars leaned against the sky. I loved listening to the swishing fluidity of wind playing in the branches. 


One day we visited Dry Island Buffalo Jump - a provincial park near Tim's sister's home. Here the native people used to stampede buffalo over the cliff to kill them, and then employed every part of the animal for their use.


The peace of the grassy cliff and the gray sky beyond belies its gory past.



High bush cranberries grow plentifully. We picked a big bowlful for Tim's sister to make into cranberry jelly. The berries looked easy to pick, but the thorns were fierce!



An abandoned barn in a field of wheat. Evocative of someone's hopes and dreams.

I found the prairie fascinating. It's so very different from the water, rocks and mountains of where I live. The vast openness of land and sky seeped into my heart as I absorbed the beauty of this land. Every region has its own beauty, unique from any other. I feel privileged to live in Canada. 

8 comments:

Gabriela Delworth said...

Hello,

Loooooooooove these photos! The field of wheat is my favorite.
It looks like a postcard!


Gabriela

Sheila said...

Beautiful photos lorrie! i especially love the barn in the field of wheat. I need to go on a photo expedition one of these days. i appreciate your thoughts on the beauty of Alberta. It does have it's own ambient beauty but I don't think anything can compare with your part of Canada.

Brenda @ It's A Beautiful Life said...

Beautiful photos..... the grain one is a favourite, being a farm girl myself!

Vee said...

My cousin-in-law returns to Alberta every summer to visit her mother, siblings, and even a couple of sons who've relocated now. She says that the open space is so refreshing after the closeness of NB. I wouldn't have known until I saw these photos of yours.

marigold jam said...

Stunning scenery and so very different from where I live. Love that barn in the wheat field photo.

Pondside said...

I have such beautiful memories of our years in Alberta - the sky, the sunshine - endless!

Pet said...

What a beautiful atmosphere can one feel in your pictures, with a glance of the beauty of your family gatherings. I wish I had that, it makes me a bit pensive too. I will keep somewhere these pictures full of positive feelings.

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Beautiful photos! I've just recently heard of high bush cranberries for the first time...and had no idea such a berry existed. Betty posted a recipe for high bush ccranberry pie on the MGCC blog yeaterday.