Prairie Ocean

Some might say being landlocked deprives us an ocean view with crashing waves and boats bobbing up and down in the swelling sea. They may even think that we are lacking in culture by not having this water experience close at hand.

Sadly, perhaps they have not View from Head Smashed in Buffalo Jumpencountered miles of prairie grass waving in the wind dotted with cattle and horses grazing or wild game moving in herds.

 

 

The vision of grain fields, replicating rolling waves of water, ripening canola fields in Albertaas they sway too and fro in their many colourful stages.

 

 

 

Landlocked we might be, but the vistas in our part of the country are definitely one of the most Ripe grain in Albertabeautiful oceans one could encounter.

An ocean, after all, is what is seen through the eyes of the beholder.

Road Trips

Camera and Extra Charged Battery (check), Tri-pod (check), Snacks (check), Thermos (check), Dry Socks, Gloves, Hat (check), Water (check) Back Roads and Relaxation (here we come).

Just a few of the things that we take with us on some of our Road Trips that take us away from the indoors to take pictures and tour around on dirt roads.

You might find us stopped at the edge of a field or the side of the road to take pictures. With the window rolled down or out of the vehicle using a fence post for support, we will photograph just about anything that piques our interest – Scenery, wild animals and birds, old buildings and farm machinery, domestic animals and yes, even gravel roads.

We have, on occasion had vehicles pull in behind us and the occupants have gotten out to talk with us. We know our vehicle is a stranger to their world. They need to know what we are doing is not going to cause any issues for themselves or their neighbours.

We appreciate these interludes with people.  It reaffirms our upbringing. The part about neighbours looking out for neighbours.  Their immediate community comes first; and second, they would be checking to see that we weren’t stranded or in some kind of distress.

We miss out on some amazing photo opportunities because we respect people’s property,  do not cross fences, open gates or ignore No Trespassing signs. We move on when we are asked to and livestock on the road brings us to a crawl and often a full stop until it is clear to move on.

Through all of this, our Road Trips all have a common thread. To share what we see through the lens and in doing so, help to educate people of some of the finer things in life that are fast disappearing.

You can enjoy our pictures on Facebook and Pinterest.

 

Prairie Crocus

Pasque Flowers are better known as Prairie Crocus, are part of the Anemone family. They can be found all over Alberta from the sand dunes and dry grasslands to pine forests. Often, the Crocus is seen as a sea of purple on a prairie hillside and open pasture land. This one was spotted high on the summit of Hwy 532 west of the Cowboy Trail.

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Prairie Crocus

Interesting notes found in the book Plants of Alberta – The prairie crocus is called the “ears of the earth” because it seems to spring through the snow to listen for the approach of summer.

Legend also tells of the Great Spirit giving this delicate plant a fur coat to keep it warm through the cold winter nights.”

Further research in the book Edible & Medicinal Plants of Canada, describes the crocus as being a plant that “all parts are poisonous if taken internally and can be very irritating if applied to the skin”.

Pretty to look at, but you may want to consider just leaving it where you find it.