Long Distance

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It seems like spring was ages ago! You don’t often hear that in May in Northern Alberta, but here we are sitting in the heat, wishing for that slow spring warming with the relief of cool nights.  This picture was taken May 4th, when the green was just beginning to creep back into the landscape.

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PWS Christmas Party

The Peace Watercolour Society has been enjoying a Christmas get-together for decades.  It involves a yummy potluck supper, a good discussion of all things watercolour, and a card exchange.  That way, not only are we inspired to paint a card, we get an original watercolour from one of our peers!

This year Judy’s card was inspired by a local scene, the Spirit River itself.  The deep blues of the shadowy riverbed look peaceful and mysterious.  Whose tracks are those? What goes on down there where nobody goes?

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Birds in Boots

We haven’t identified these unusual strangers who seemed to blow in with the blizzard this Easter Weekend.  Anyone out there in the know?

They look like they are wearing black snow boots.  They should be!  Unfortunately they also have spring fever and find themselves tails up in the snow after flying too fast.DSCF0061.jpg

Update: They are dark-eyed juncos!

Abstract Moose

Here’s a drive by moose sighting.  There were three in total, but this was the nearest to the road and the one who didn’t run away when the cameras came out.  She just stood behind trees and pretended to be invisible.dscf9642

A shot through a car window (because of a nutsy Yorkie) and exhaust doesn’t usually make for a great picture, but I like the impressionistic feel in this one.  You might just be able to make out the moose in the middle, head up and running into the woods. dscf9639