West Country Wonder

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Tay River, Alberta, Canada

My husband and I have been on a bit of a quest lately, and it has taken us to some spots of extreme beauty. Sunday’s adventure took us to the west country of Alberta. Away from the urban areas, tourists, and crowds there is a whole different Alberta of unspoiled natural beauty. If you are willing to venture down gravel roads and out of cell phone range you will see even more wonders.

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The roads might not be fast, but you wouldn’t want them to be. This is a place to drive slow and take in the sparkling fall leaves, mountains in the distance, and the odd river and wetland.

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The highlight for the family were the wild horses. A treat to see, but they were gone in a flash with no chance for a picture.

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Eventually we ran out of light making it time to return home, but it has left us plotting our next journey into the lesser visited areas of the mountains of Alberta.

 

Photography by Debra Hunter
www.debra-hunter.com

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Reflections and Thoughts

mackenzie trails, red deer, alberta, canadaIt seems like it has been ages since I have done a proper post on this blog. Life has been busy and a bit out of sync being the first year we have been without the cabin. Being in town all the time has been an adjustment, especially for myself as when you work for yourself it has meant this year has felt like I haven’t had a weekend. Getting away to the cabin was the only way to differentiate weekdays from weekends. We were unplugged there. It was down time. We were able to recharge ourselves. We have discovered when we are at “home” (and on the coast), mostly we just “work”.

mackenzie trails, red deer, alberta, canadaThere have been a few benefits to a year mostly spent in the city. Children have been able to attend birthday parties and spend time at the outdoor pool. The vintage garage is getting its overhaul and being transformed into a workshop. We also spent a bit of time rediscovering parts of the city that we usually visit mostly in the winter.

mackenzie trails, red deer, alberta, canadaWe’ve tried a few urban activities like attending the Saturday Market, however the places we return to are always ones of nature. It explains why we have missed the cabin so much.

mackenzie trails, red deer, alberta, canadaWe have spent many days and evenings out walking over the spring, summer and fall. Barrett Park, Coronation Park, Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary and Mackenzie Trails have all been favorites. We are lucky to live in a city with an expansive trail and natural area system. We can literally be in a tree canopied park next to a babbling creek 100 meters from our front door.

mackenzie trails, red deer, alberta, canadaSunday, the day these fall images were taken, was another day of local exploration. This time at MacKenzie Trails. We were treated to Canadian geese, fall leaves, bright red rosehips, raindrops, and mud. We walked, we took pictures, and the kids played catch. It might not be a weekend at the cabin, but we embraced the beauty that exists not far from our front door.

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Photography by Debra Hunter
Hunter Photographics

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Friday Night Painting

I thought I would share a little “in progress” of last nights watercolor and ink paintings.

blog painting 1I have been recently been working on small (5″x 7″) paintings on paper. It is fun to work on pieces that take only a short time to complete, and use inexpensive materials. There is also the added bonus that you don’t need a lot of room to work, so there is room at the end of the table for my husband to play board games with our sons while I paint.

I am working from images on the iPad; it works well having multiple images to flick through in search of inspiration.

blog painting 2I’ve taken to working on two images at a time, but using different approaches. I think it helps to expand how you see, paint and draw, especially when you are consciously trying to “not” do the same thing.

blog painting 3My choice was to do color on top in watercolor and ink only on the bottom piece.

blog painting 4Then the pieces made a quick trip down to the studio to be photographed.

The final pieces can be viewed by clicking here, they are on my website and blog www.debra-hunter.com . If you click on the images on the other site they tend to look the best.

 

Art by Debra Hunter
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Autumn Horses – Lac Ste. Anne County, Alberta, Canada

horses - lac ste. anne county, alberta, canadaAs we were driving back from the cabin we came across a field of horses. We have probably passed this field a hundred times without noticing, but the lighting and fall color certainly caught my eye on Sunday afternoon. It was also very convenient as I needed a few horse pictures to work the last few book illustrations from.

horses - lac ste. anne county, alberta, canadaLuckily they were a friendly bunch and chose to come closer to check out what I was doing. This was helpful as I needed a few up close images for details.

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The fall leaves made for colorful pictures. I am glad I had the opportunity to shoot this last weekend as I have a feeling that when I drive past this field today that the leaves will all be on the ground.

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Coronation Park in the Fall

I did another nice shoot in Coronation Park a couple of days ago. The leaves and the weather were just perfect. The warm toned backlight also added a lot of sparkle to the portrait. The fall leaves are certainly beautiful this year, hopefully they will be on the trees for another week or so.

Fall! It’s Here!

IT’S HERE! FALL! The fall leaves are now in full color. We have about 10 days of perfect color left for outdoor portraits. Now would  be the time to book a session. Aim for a shooting session date before September 30th to make sure you don’t miss out on the leaves. Please visit www.thehuntergroup.ca to check out what we do.