Sunset in Oil Country – Alberta, Canada

Late October sunset on Highway 20 , "somewhere" south of Breton, Alberta, Canada.

Late October sunset on Highway 20 , “somewhere” south of Breton, Alberta, Canada.

Last night we had to do a quick run up to the cabin. A quick run, in this case, was 2.5 hours up, 20 minutes there, and 3 hours back. It was a case of sorting out the water system for winter. Every year we leave it until the last minute hoping for unseasonably warm weather and inevitably have to make an emergency trip north once we are threatened with a night of really cold temperatures.

October Sunset, Alberta, Canada

This sunset tempted me for ages. It was truly beautiful. Eventually I just had to give in, find a safe place to pull off to the side, and take a shot.

You just have to love the beauty of rural Alberta.

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.

horses - lac ste. anne county, alberta, canada

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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“Somewhere” in Yellowhead County

yellowhead county, alberta We spent this weekend again roaming the back roads of Alberta. Generally we stick to Parkland County or Lac Ste. Anne County, but this weekend we ventured a little further afield into Yellowhead County. Yellowhead County is about an hour west of Edmonton on Hwy 16 (ever notice how distance in Alberta is measured in time! LOL!) and it is very easy to get off the beaten track (quickly!). This is a land of pretty scenery, beautiful farmland and deserted gravel roads. In addition to great views we were treated to this amazing sky with light streaming through the clouds.


This time of year, in Central Alberta, fields of canola are everywhere. Horizons are filled with fields of bright yellow. A couple of days ago I was out shooting a portrait in a field and couldn’t help but take a couple of shots for fun. The bright yellow looks amazing in photographs, especially when paired with a blue sky.

canola field


If you are interested in portraits in a canola field, a sampling can be viewed at in the post titled “Yellow”.

“Prairie Dawn” (2013)

"Prairie Dawn" 2013

“Prairie Dawn”

dimensions:  main section of stitched and beaded silk – 18.5″ x 10″
overall dimensions including mounting – 29″ x 14.5″

medium:  fibre art

materials: silk fabric, cotton fabric, wool yarn, cotton thread, bamboo thread, silk thread, glass beads, wire, jute, arbutus driftwood


“Prairie Dawn” is the ultimate “close to home” piece of art. The topic of the piece is a typical Alberta landscape complete with a straight horizon and patchwork fields. The natural fabrics and threads that form the piece have been dyed by hand in micro-batches of home-made dyes; and when I say micro, I mean micro….some of the batches are 2-3 feet of string….that’s it. The dyes have been made with tansy, strawberry, cranberry, blueberry, turmeric, marigold, arbutus bark, blackberry, cutch and madder. The marigold used as a dye stuff was harvested from my garden, the arbutus bark was collected from beneath our tree in our place in British Columbia, and the tansy was collected from ditches that run alongside fields just like those depicted in the piece. “Prairie Dawn” is mounted on a piece of arbutus driftwood suspended by wire reminding me of the barbed wire fences that criss-cross our local landscape. “Prairie Dawn” embraces the hand-made and home-grown attitude of early rural Alberta.

Beading detail in the rising sun.

Beading detail in the rising sun.

Beading and stitching detail in the fields.

Beading and stitching detail in the fields.