Spring seeding in Lacombe County is now complete and the rain has started in earnest. Soon the small seedlings will spout in the always beautiful spring green! Can’t you just smell the freshly turned soil? That is an all time favourite smell of mine. I recall living at Verdant Valley and just loved when each spring a local farmer would come to the country school yard and work the soil all along the windbreak. Then my brother Brad and I would get down to business building roads and bridges with our Tonka trucks and graders. What a blast! I think I could still play among the trees there so long as no one was watching a 43 year old playing with toy trucks.
[Canon 5D, Sigma 80-400mm OS)
“He will also send you rain for the seed you sow in the ground, and the food that comes from the land will be rich and plentiful.”
Isaiah 30:23 (TNIV)
I had the opportunity to spend almost the whole of last week working in Lethbridge. In the evenings I went for walks along the Oldman River along nature trails with my sister Marlene and brother-in-law Dave. They were likely just entertaining me each night, but the walks were great. Actually I think they enjoyed the walks just as much as me! Of course I dragged a bit of gear with me just in case – you know – maybe there would be something of interest for me to photograph, possibly even some trees! The Helen Schuler Coulee Centre is at the start of some wonderful trails though the floodplain of the Oldman River. This is a superb example of a riparian zone with some rather large cottonwood trees along the trails along with many birds and mammals like the porcupine and deer. We even saw a raccoon a few years ago along the trails here. The first image was made within a stone’s throw from the nature centre where there is some very tall grass and some shrubs for the deer to almost disappear into. The next two images are very representative of what you will see along the trails in the park, the last one made well after the sun had set over the coulee rim to the west.
[Canon 5D, 70-200mm f/2.8L]
“Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;
let all the trees of the forest sing for joy”
Psalms 96:12 (TNIV)