Monday, May 20, 2013

 
 

 
"We could go there and live, have a place,
a shoulder of earth, watch days
find their way onward in their serious march
where nothing happens but each one is gone.
Some people build cities and live there;
they hurry and shout. We lie on the earth;
to keep from falling into the stars we reach
as wide as we can and hold onto the grass."

from East of Broken Top
William Stafford

We have been on a short trip to the cabin to build a dog run
so Shaun and Whateley can join us on our next trip. Our 
journey took us thru a short stretch of the Badlands along
the Red Deer River.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Badland

The Badlands are a type of dry terrain where softer sedimentary rocks and
 clay-rich soils have been extensively eroded by wind and water. ( from link above )
The Badlands around the Drumheller area are especially well known for the extensive
 fossil beds that have been found there and is home to the Royal Tyrrell Museum.

http://www.tyrrellmuseum.com/



Then we stopped in the HandHills to visit our friends Laraine and Tim.
A visit as always characterized  by great hospitality, beautiful vistas, 
happy white dogs Andi below and Yogi a pair of Akhash-Maremana 
crosses,


and of course Laraine's beautiful horses.






One of my favorite flowers the Prairie Crocus were in evidence.


Here in a bad photo Yogi walks thru a bed of them on top
of a nearby esker.


They had so much snow this winter Tim had to extend
the fences to keep the horses from walking over them on the
drifts.


The snowdrifts also allowed the Snowshoe Hares and the 
Mountain or Nuttall's Cottontails to climb over the fencing
and get at the fruit trees.


Here in a low area Tim indicates the damage 
they were able to do to the poplars, yes the 
snow got very deep.


The White Crowned Sparrows were in evidence 
and the prairie landscape was  stunning. 


 



 
"Now, in the middle of a limpid evening,
The moon speaks clearly to the hill.
The wheatfields make their simple music,
Praise the quiet sky.

And down the road, the way the stars come home,"
 
from Evening
Thomas Merton

 
 

 






5 comments:

Gary said...

Beautiful series!!n Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Guy said...

Hi Gary

Thanks for your comment.

All the best
Guy

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Lené Gary said...

Some of these shots are truly breathtaking. You have a gift for photographing animals. Those horse shots are so alive--so vivid. I can feel the connection they have with you.

Guy said...

Hi Lené

I am glad you enjoyed the photos of the horses, it is nice to photograph something that is not small and flitting around in branches. The horse are so beautiful and have such presence I like to feel I can really capture something of their spirit.

Regards
Guy