We just got home from Lethbridge this afternoon. We were kind enough to take the rain down there with us. No, don't thank me. It was my pleasure. Only trouble is, it followed us back home! We did enjoy a couple of earth-shaking thunder storms down there though.
The 5-hour drive down there was lovely. We left mid-afternoon so the light was beautiful. We stopped an hour into the trip to visit our daughter Jenny, her husband, and five sons in Lacombe...always fun to visit all those boys.
Anyway, here are some of the pictures I took of the beautiful scenery, starting with some of Jenny's flowers.
These are her almonds. I didn't know they grew up here. Apparently the nuts are forming well and will soon be ready to come out of their little furry jackets.
These lilies were perfect and the most lovely shade of orange.
This is one of their many roses - it may or may not be the one they were calling the Alexander MacKenzie rose - named after a famous exploring ancester of ours. That's Nate's 9-year old hand holding the flower still for me.
I don't know the name of this one, but I love, love, love the color combination and the almost square shape of the blossom.
And this one Jenn said is an ancient type of rose, one of the earliest forms of rose. She kept calling it Rosamundo but I don't know if that's actually what it's called.
It's canola time in Alberta. Lots and lots of fields of yellow canola blossoms. Did you know that not too many years ago the canola wasn't called canola, but rape seed. We used to travel through a town that advertised itself as "The Rape Capital of Canada"....I never wanted to stop there. It's so nice the plant (and it's oil) has had a name changed...have to stay politically correct dontcha know.
The patches of bright yellow are the canola fields.
The lush rolling farm land of central Alberta
Windmills have become a common sight in Alberta. Don't know why this picture is so dark.
Here's the windmills up close - they're not really touching the ground with their arms, the towers are behind the hill there.
Canola field contrasted against the dark trees. I took this one coming home today - the sky is more overcast and less dramatic than it was on our southbound journey.
It's good to be home again.