Saturday, July 26, 2014

A Glimpse of the Rocky Mountains

On July 18,my son,Steve and I made a quick road trip to Calgary,Alberta,to visit family who are dealing with serious illness. The trip was not a vacation as we made the 14+ hour drive in one day,then spent the next day with family at the hospital and on Sunday we again made the return trip in one long day.
We took a few minutes on Saturday morning to drive west of the city to get a glimpse of the Rocky Mountains. I had not seen that much of the mountains for at least 26 years,so it was a thrill.

It was a cloudy morning so the mountains were not in clear view,but it was enough to make me wish I could go closer.

You all know me,when given a chance I will get a picture of the photographer. You can also see that we just stopped at the side of a busy highway to get a few images.

Thank goodness for a telephoto lens.I could get the mountains a little closer.I love all the layers in this shot.

Oh,I love these mountains.The only downside on this day was that we needed to turn around and go back to the hospital.Don't get me wrong,I wanted to go see my SIL and spend time with her,as those days may be limited.

One last look at these majestic mountains.Perhaps some day I can go there and spend more time in the heart of these mountains.

The verse that comes to mind when I look at a scene like this is Psalm 121:1-2
I lift up my eyes to the mountains - where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,the Maker of heaven and earth.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Buffalo Farm

Time to share another blog post. Today's post is very different from my usual subjects.No flowers or birds today,but rest assured,they will be back.

One mile west of my home town is a Buffalo farm.I think these animals are raised for the meat.I know that at our Corn and Apple Festival in the end of August,one can get Buffalo burgers.Others tell me they are good,but I can't speak from experience,as I have never tried one.

I had the opportunity to photograph some of these animals the other day.I think they are beautiful in their own rugged way.

Of course the babies are always cute.This little fella seemed to be curious about me,but I really didn't want him too close,because I had no desire to upset the Mama,or the Daddy.

I felt like I was getting the evil eye from this one.My only consolation was that there was a sturdy fence between me and him.

This one also seemed to look right through me.Notice the heavy steel gate.That was the only reason I was there.You see,I am a big chicken when it comes to large farm animals. I grew up on a small farm,but never liked being near the cows.We didn't have horses and that was fine with me.I think they are beautiful,from a distance.

A telephoto lens was a good choice for this Daddy Buffalo.They have such a serious look about them,that I want them to be contented and a safe distance away from me.

A quote from Charles Lindbergh:
In wilderness I sense the miracle of life,
and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia.