A Few Alberta Photos Day 3

It’s another cold day in Alberta. The high today is expected to be -18C (around zero F.) Any way you measure it, it’s mighty cold out there!

This morning as I was driving home from an appointment I noticed a sun dog. I didn’t get a change to take a picture since I was driving, but it’s a really impressive phenomenon.

It’s day 3 in my photos of Alberta series. These were all taken in the past few weeks. I hope you enjoy them and join me in praising our Creator God for the gift of beauty in nature.

 

Layered loveliness

Layered loveliness

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Even the most insignificant has a moment of glory

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Frigid foggy farm building

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Whiter than snow

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Afternoon awe

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Chalky contrast on cobalt

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A Few Alberta Photos Day 2

Frigid temperatures arrived Sunday night and we are in the minus 20’s C (below zero F for all my American friends,)  These pictures were taken before the deep freeze hit, but most are still pretty wintery.

I am blessed that God has allowed us to live in such a beautiful part of the world. As you look at these photos, perhaps you’ll take a moment to reflect on Psalm 8 where the psalmist praises God for His majesty, glory, and creative artistry.

O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
you have established strength because of your foes,
to still the enemy and the avenger.

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?

Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
you have put all things under his feet,
all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

http://biblehub.com/esv/psalms/8.htm

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Majestic views

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Lake Minnewanka

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Canmore

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Sun and snow fence

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Breathtaking beauty

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The mundane sparkles

A Few Alberta Photos Day 1

I have some nice photos taken over the past month in our travels in Alberta. I’ll share a few each day this week. Hope you enjoy them.

Majestic Mountains

Majestic mountains near Banff

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Snowy foliage

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Enrobed in snow

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Near Lake Minnewanka 

Condo visitors

Condo visitors

"Good Morning!"

“Good Morning!”

Friday’s Fave Five

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It’s Friday, time to look back over the blessings of the week with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story and other friends.

Upcoming trip We are preparing to meet a special young man next month, our newest grandson, James. We’ve never been to China before and have found the process for obtaining visas quite interesting (and more expensive than we had anticipated,) but we now have all the formal stuff in place. Tuesday our oldest daughter drove me downtown to pick up the visas. It was fun to spend time together, and because I am directionally deficient, I am grateful for her excellent navigational skills in getting me safely downtown and back again!

Laughing babies There is nothing quite like a laughing baby to make people smile. Some giggle, some chortle or snort, and some have the most adorable belly laughs. I’m looking forward to hands-on time with my newest grandson, but until then, other sweet babies in my life are a real joy and blessing.

US College Football I enjoy US college football, and following Ohio State in particular. Because we had a trial membership of Sirius radio, we listened to the Ohio State Michigan State game as we drove back from our church leadership meeting last Saturday. It was a real nail-biter, but so much fun to listen to!

Cupppa There is nothing like a hot cup of tea (or a tea latte) on these colder days. Because of my food sensitivities I can no longer have coffee or black teas. Green teas are my favorite and I am learning to enjoy caffeine-free rooibos options in the evening.

Cards and Photos It was very foggy as we drove back from our trip to the mountains. I captured several intriguing fog-influenced scenes as we drove along. We encountered thick fog, sun-streaked fog, swirling fog, and wind blown fog. Some of the pictures have an eerie, lonely appearance so I decided to play around with filters and fixes. I’m still learning, but it was a lot of fun. Hope you enjoy these.

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Foggy solitude

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Swirling mists at Canada Olympic Park

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Rays of hope

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Beyond solitude

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Foggy fence line

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Edge of woods – grey filter

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Edge of woods – brown filter

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Ice fog

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Shrouded light

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Introverts united

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Final bow

My Purple Grandma Designs ministry has been busy these past few weeks. With Christmas cards, special orders, and craft fairs (my friend is selling my cards at her table) I have sold quite a few cards. I have also been able to give away some cards to new believers and will be giving away some more over the Christmas season. Here are some I finished up this week:

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Friday’s fave Five #71

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It’s Friday, time to look back over the blessings of the week with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story and other friends.

Friends in ministry We had a leadership retreat for the church this week. It was wonderful to spend time together with the other pastor and his wife in prayer and fellowship and making plans for the future of our church.

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Mountain splendor

Help with fibromyalgia My fibromyalgia has been in a flare lately and I have had more trouble than usual with muscle spasms and pain. One of my daughters came over and worked on the muscles in my neck and shoulders to provide some relief until I could make it to the massage therapist. Her help was a particular blessing to me.

Garage When we first moved from Calgary to Edmonton, we converted the garage into an office for my husband. He now has an office at the college and the garage has been made back into a garage. I enjoy observing how much pleasure and satisfaction my husband gets out of being able to park his vehicle in a garage. It’s especially nice not have to scrape ice and snow off the car before heading to work!

Yummy food My husband and I split a delicious steak dinner this week. Everything from the asparagus to the mushrooms to the steak were all scrumptious! (And gluten free!!)

Cards and Photos I made a special order card this week and finished up some fall-themed cards for my Purple Grandma Designs ministry.

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Special order

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From the fall collection

I’ve been trying different things to capture the effects of the sun in landscape photos. Here are some pictures from this past week.

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Behind the storm

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Sunset glow

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Burst of light

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Swirling mists

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Shrouded peak

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Alberta prairie

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View from the balcony

Friday’s Fave Five # 61

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It’s Friday, time to look back over the blessings of the week with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story and other friends.

1. Beautiful fields The fields surrounding Beaumont are beautiful with growth. I am not a farmer in any sense of the word, but I appreciate the peacefulness and vitality of the farmland that surrounds our community. Right now the wheat is beginning to show just the faintest hint of yellowy beige on the tops of the stalks, soybeans (I think) are deep, healthy green, and blooming canola fields almost shine with their vibrant yellow blossoms.

I am still trying different things with my camera to try and capture the luminous yellow of canola, especially in contrast with a dark sky. I went out to take photos several different days this past week and the resulting pictures were better than any I have taken before, but I am still working on getting it exactly right.

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2. Meals at Chartier Our youngest daughter treated us to Saturday brunch at Chartier, a new restaurant in town. Delicious! Two of my other daughters took me there for brunch the following Saturday! Am I ever spoiled!! If you live in the Edmonton area, come try a meal at Chartier. Check their website or look them up on Facebook to find out when they have their bakery window open. Walk right up on the sidewalk to the window and the staff will show you the bakes of the day. Smells wonderful! This is one of those times when I am truly sad I am gluten intolerant. (Though they do offer several gluten free meals which are yummy!)

3. Gardening My raised bed garden is flourishing. We’ve enjoyed peas, zucchini, and kale thus far….oh, and lots of yummy, healthy herbs. I really love grabbing fresh produce from the garden to use in my smoothies. My husband’s idea of building a raised garden bed for me a few years ago has produced an unexpected blessing and provided hours of satisfaction and enjoyment.

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4. A new baby There is nothing like cuddling a newborn. A special blessing since my friend, Louise has been through many trials with her health and fertility these past few years. Now God has blessed Brian and Louise with a healthy, robust little boy, Caleb. We are all so very happy for them!

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5. Car repair blessing We had to spend much less money on a car repair than we had expected. That is always a blessing when you have an older vehicle.

And a few more photos from this week….

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