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Saskatchewan snapshot: Sunset.

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Photographed 11 July 2014.

The field featured is almost in Alberta – it’s actually in Saskatchewan, at a place called Alsask (fitting, if lacking originality).  I initially thought that Alsask was like Lloydminster and Cypress Hills, and was partly in Alberta and partly in Saskatchewan, but apparently, only the former village’s cemetery is in Alberta.  Alsask was the site of a military base between 1959 and 1987 but it no longer even holds status as a village; rather, it is considered a “special service area” incorporated within the nearby town of Milton.  I rather wish we had stopped to explore; according to Wikipedia, most of the original buildings are gone, but one of the military radar domes and an indoor swimming pool (used in the summer to this day!) are still there.

Forest fires were burning throughout Alberta and the Northwest Territories at the time, so the smoky air lent an eerie glow to the sun.   I just loved the way that power lines looked against…

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Tuesday tulip tiptoe.

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Tulip - 8 April 2014

Just a grocery-store tulip, but it makes me smile all the same.  I don’t grow tulips anymore – my soil runs on the heavy clay side and the bulbs were simply rotting underground.  I keep amending, though, so maybe in a few years’ time, I’ll be able to try again….

I was out for a walk near my workplace a few days ago and in the yard of a nearby elementary school, the students had planted hundreds of tulips, which were all peeking up out of the soil.  What a great project to get the kids involved in!

Do you grow tulips?  Which ones are your favourites?

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Snowshoeing at Hogarth Lakes.

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The past couple of weeks have been a bit too cold (understatement) and mostly too busy (also an understatement) to head out to the mountains and strap on the snowshoes – but here’s a look back at a trip my hubby and I took in January.  We’d never been out to Hogarth Lakes before, so the scenery was a real treat for us, even if the skies were grey and snow fell the whole time.  It’s a sheltered spot and there was very little wind (yay!), except for a massive gust at one point when we rounded a corner and the trees blasted powdery flakes down on top of us.

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Hogarth Lakes is a hiking/snowshoeing loop in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, in Kananaskis, Alberta.   We got there by driving south on the Smith-Dorrien Road from Canmore until we reached the Burstall Pass trailhead – the road was in surprisingly good condition that day, considering the snowfall.  Even…

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From the Foothills Orchid Society Show, 2013.

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More snow and cold and the iciest sidewalks you could ever imagine here in Calgary this week (my boss asked me on Tuesday if I had perfected my triple axel jump during my “skates” to work).  Needless to say, I’m eager for some COLOUR!  I’ve been going through some of my photos and I came across the ones I took at the Foothills Orchid Society Showin May of last year.  I’ve only grown phalaenopsis (moth) orchids and don’t have any experience with the beautiful varieties that were exhibited by these enthusiastic growers and collectors, but I can certainly appreciate these amazing blooms!

Ascocenda 'Princess Mikasa'

Ascocenda ‘Princess Mikasa’

Burrageara 'Stefan Isler'

Burrageara ‘Stefan Isler’

Cattleya intermedia var. orlata

Cattleya intermedia var. orlata

Cypripedium Gisela

Cypripedium ‘Gisela’

Dendrobium harveyanum2

Dendrobium harveyanum

Rhyncholaeliocattleya 'Green Devil'

Rhyncholaeliocattleya ‘Green Devil’

'Frank'

Oncidium McKenzie Mountains ‘Frank’

Have you ever grown orchids?  Which ones are your favourites? 

Related Links –  Orchid Care for Everyone!  (Phalaenopsis)

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