Tuesday, August 23, 2016

On The Road To Red Deer

On July 5th,I left for Red Deer,Alberta together with three friends.Those who know me,know that I love Southern Gospel Music and the reason for this trip was to attend Canada's Gospel Music Celebration.
We took very little time to stop,except for fuel,meals and short breaks,so most of my pictures were taken through the window of the van and with my iPhone.No,I was not driving while taking pictures.
Warning: This post has more than my usual number of photos,so bear with me.

These pictures are in no particular order.I got a brief look at the Rocky Mountains.

One thing is certain,the ride was not boring.We had good conversation,great music to listen to and amazing views of the ever changing sky.

On our way home,at one point we even spotted this funnel cloud.It was a safe distance away,so all was well.

At one of our quick stops,I even got to capture a few photos of the Tumbleweeds in bloom.

The tinted windows of our vehicle give the skies a different color,but I still like the look.


The next four pictures show some of the interesting and varied skies we saw.





Now,just to prove that I was actually there,here are a few pictures of some of the groups we were blessed to hear and meet.
This first one is Triumphant Quartet.

Here are the Tribute Quartet.

Finally,Ernie Haase and Signature Sound.

It was a wonderful weekend and over too soon.I did miss some of the guys we have seen there before,but perhaps next year they will be there again.Yes the plans are already being made to go again in 2017.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

A Day at A Rocha

On a beautiful day in the middle of June,I had the privilege of taking a bus load of students and some parents to A Rocha in the Pembina Valley.This was a trip I was excited about.
I got to spend the day wandering around the premises by myself and enjoy the beauty there,and I got paid to do so.I figured that was a pretty good deal.
Of course my cameras came with me,so today I invite you to join me as we check out this place.

I will not even attempt to name the different flowers.I enjoyed them even though I didn't know the names,so I hope you can do the same.
     

As I have mentioned before,the gardens are mostly left to look very natural so sometimes the weeds/wildflowers are growing right alongside the cultivated plants.


On the spacious deck are several Hummingbird feeders.Seeing I was on the deck by myself,the birds came more readily.I took MANY pictures that day,but not all turned out right.I like this one,showing that brilliant gorget.


This flower has a very delicate look,which caught my attention.


I do believe this is in the Butterfly weed family,but I could be wrong.I liked the color and the tiny flowers as well.


The unfolding of a flower is as interesting as the fully opened blossom.


Even the delicate flowers of the grass are pretty.


This Yellow-tiger Swallowtail has lost one tail,but still looked healthy and was very active.


Every time I go to this place,I love to see this winding road through the trees.I don't know what it is,but it looks good to me.

The time came to leave this charming place and this is how I felt about it. Ha! Ha!


I hope you enjoyed your time at A Rocha as much as I did. Let's do it again.
Check out the following link to find out more about A Rocha,both in Canada and around the world.