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.

26 comments:

  1. I think you were able to catch a glimpse of those mountains as a reminder (not that you needed it) that the Lord is always around you as an ever-present help.

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  2. Yes. I think of that verse sometimes, too, when I look at the mountains. These are beautiful shots. Your telephoto lens really pulled them up close - beautiful.

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  3. I echo what George said! Truly majestic to see our Creator's handiwork. Glad you had a safe trip.

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  4. Sorry about the sad nature of the trip---but I'm glad that you all did get to go to see the family. God Bless them ALL --and you.

    Great photos of the mountains. I do hope you can get back there sometime when you can get closer and spend some time... I would love to go there too.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  5. i am sorry the reason for the trip was not a happy one, but glad you were able to join the family and your sis-in-law.

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  6. Oh my, these last shots are beautiful! What a sad trip, and such a fast one with so much driving. I am so sorry about the illness...

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  7. that had to be a truly exhausting trip, sorry your loved one is ill. you are blessed to have your son to go with you and that he loves the views as much as you do. the layered mountains are awe inspiring

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  8. Dear Ruth ~ I am sorry for the illness in your family.

    Your photos are stupendous! I love those photos showing God's glorious creation.

    Love and hugs to you and have a nice week ~ FlowerLady

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  9. Beautiful shots of the mountains. Your lens really did pull them in closer. WoW! I cannot imagine driving for 14 1/2 hours at a stretch! I'm sorry to hear your SIL is not doing well.

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  10. Those layers, as you say, are truly majestic and pleasing for the eyes. Wow these are great mountains, and surely worth a visit one day.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  11. WoW ruth, they are so soft and majestic all at the same time. your images are breathtaking, i just love the layers and colors!!!

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  12. Hi Ruth, You always comment on my blog and I so appreciate you! I seldom comment on others blogs, but just love love love your mountain shots. After my trip to the mountains I want to see more shots like this!
    jane

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  13. Ruth, my thoughts are with you and your family.
    We recently saw those sights. It's always thrilling when you leave the mountains and get onto the flatland for awhile, but it's just as thrilling when you go back into them on the way home!

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  14. I love the eerie layers as well. I always get to see "layers" like that of firs on a hillside when I go to work! One of these days need to pull over and get a photo! Always so ethereal.

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  15. These kinds of trips are never a fun thing. Sorry for the poor health of your SIL. Yes indeed...Majestic is the only way to describe these mountains. For me, mountains hold an incredible promise of God's love and of HIS power. so glad you were able to capture these photos...

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  16. Majestic and oh so awe inspiring!!!

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  17. I like what George said. The mountains are gorgeous!!! I love the layered shot. I thought it was all clouds till I saw the zoomed in shots. Wow!

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  18. I like your photos of the Rockies, Ruth. I'm sorry that your SIL is so ill. I got your blog from Theresa - she visits my blog, and I asked if anyone she knows uses a mirrorless camera. I may be E-mailing you if you don't mind. I've been researching mirrorless.

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  19. I'm very sorry to hear about your sister-in-law being so ill. All that driving was a labor of love. Your photos of the mountains are exquisite. You and the new camera were made for each other. :)

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  20. Glad you could be reminded of the Lord's provision while you traveled. I'm sorry that it couldn't be for happier times.

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  21. Gorgeous photos, and the layers in the third shot are fantastic. I'll say a prayer for your SIL and family.

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  22. Sorry for trips like this one but you did notice the beauty around you. Yay for making the best of a bad sickness

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  23. Great pictures Ruth. The haze usually works against me, but it creates a neat effect here.

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  24. Ruth, these are such beautiful shots of the mountains in the distance. I am so sorry to hear of the SIL who is so ill. I am sure she appreciated your visit. Have a good day!

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  25. Wonderful photos, Ruth. I like the layered look.

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