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.
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?
Judy had to be very sneaky to catch a picture of these sparrows sheltering from the wind on a day when the temperature hovered around -24C. They can see us through the window and will scatter if we walk through the room. Sorry little sparrows!
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.
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.
We haven’t had snow sticking around long enough this year to go snowshoeing or to encourage the moose to come out in the open. These photos are all from November 2012, a more familiar winter with good snow cover and stable temperatures.