Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Alberta Bound - I

Alberta was our home for 15 years, and we recently returned for the first time in 10 years. After paying a surprise visit to very good and now newly-retired friends, we set out for a few days of R & R in the Rocky Mountains. It was déjà vu all over again.

I used to tell our children on our Sunday drive to church in Calgary that many people traveled thousands of miles to view such spectacular scenery as we were seeing - they shrugged it off with a "yeah, yeah". And now here we were doing just that.

Sit back, relax, and let Gord Lightfoot provide some musical accompaniment (click the link below the photos) while you join me. I'll take you further along into the mountains in subsequent posts.

the prairies just east of Calgary

wildflowers in the foothills near Bragg Creek

another 'Alberta Day' in the foothills

through the foothills toward the mountains

first mountains near Exshaw with the Bow River in the foreground



22 comments:

Michelle said...

Gorgeous!

Amelia said...

Hi Rick, thanks for the tour.Very spectacular pictures and beautiful scenery especially the Rocky mountain. The first picture is absolutely amazing. :)

Have a great day ahead.

S. Etole said...

Incredible views and blue skies.

Lisa Gordon said...

How beautiful these are, Rick, and I absolutely LOVE Gordon Lightfoot!

MARTY said...

Un retour en arrière et beaucoup d'émotion sans doute ! des paysages merveilleux ! superbe
bisous Rick

Kirsti said...

Kuinka uskomattoman kaunista, kiitos.

Stephanie said...

Brings back memories of when I used to live in Canmore. It was really a small town unlike it is today. Lovely to see the Bow River again.

Nancy said...

Breath-taking views Rick.

papillon said...

Hi Rick,
Beautiful pictures of a breathtaking landscape. We know Calgary and Alberta only from the television images of the Winter Olympics in 1988.
Beautiful rest of the week for you.
J + C

Linda said...

Awesome, Rick!

imac said...

Great pics and fantastic music Rick, love a little country music.

Pamela Gordon said...

It seems we were both at Bragg Creek this month! I love this part of Alberta with the prairie and foothills then the mountains. We skipped the mountains this trip as we know we'll have many more when we visit our family there. Beautiful photos of the scenery.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

GORGEOUS!! I so LOVE the mountains and have not been there in way too many years.

pumpkydine said...

I love the mountains and go there every chance I get. I guess the second best thing to actually being there is going there from my easy chair! Nice pictures! Easy on the eyes and soothing to the ears!

Helma said...

Hoi Rick,

van mij mag je inderdaad meer van dit soort foto's plaatsen. Prachtig uitzicht door de wolken heen, maar ook de bloemen in het veld. je onderste foto is ook echt een schitterende plaat.

Grotjes, Helma

biebkriebels said...

Great photo's Rick. You live a beautiful country.

Ercotravels said...

Fabulous set of the beautiful pictures..

Katherine said...

Hello Rick, it was so lovely to hear from you. Wow, what a beautiful adventure your on. Alberta is beautiful & your photos definitely do it justice. It's postcard perfect... music adds to the experience. Have a wonderful day, Kath :-)

Remrov said...

Incredible!
You're pictures are very beautiful. I especially like the first one taken from above the clouds.

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Magnificent countryside Rick. We sure live in an amazing world.

teca said...

It does very time that I did not achieve to go in here, honey! I do not know what became.

Your images always so wonderful, music, words... so...

Lots of sweet beijos and love.
Have a nice Sunday.

darlin said...

Wow! I feel right at home! ;-) I love your photos, they definitely show true Alberta beauty at its finest.

I also love what you've done with your blog, very nice Rick!