Winter Sunset


Winter sunsets are arriving early this time of year. This image is taken across a field in Red Deer County. If you look closely you can see the Rockies in the distance; it is amazing how far you can see across the prairies on a clear day.

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Sunset Over Mackenzie Ponds – Red Deer, AB, Canada

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A walk before dinner treated us to a sky with an amazing sunset. We had chosen to walk the paths at Mackenzie Ponds thinking that perhaps it wouldn’t be too icy.

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Luckily the paths had been gritted at some point, plus they were a little mushy due to melting temperatures, so walking was quite pleasant.

20150126-183758.jpg Remarkably for such a beautiful evening, other than our family there was only one other person out on the trails.

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It is great to get out for walks in the winter, especially in nice temperatures. It is a stark contrast to last January where -20, -30 and -40C temperatures were the norm. Glancing at the forecast, we have a few more days of lovely weather to enjoy and then winter returns. The beautiful weather has been a nice break and certainly makes winter seem shorter.

( This is an iPhone and remote post done to test if WordPress is still working on remote device as the updates have made many functions, especially stats completely not operational . Please leave a note if something in the post is not displaying as it should so that I do not continue to post remote posts that don’t work properly……an iPhone 6 isn’t in the budget .)

Cabins and Snow

It seems like this week we have been on the move a lot. We drove back from the coast (close to 24 hours door to door), got everyone settled in work and school, then discovered insurance didn’t cover snow load on the cabin so it was off to the cabin this weekend to sort that out.

As usual we didn’t get going early in the day, so by the time we made the almost 3 hour drive we were starting to see the sun go down. The clear winter sky gave us a beautiful sunset over a frozen Lake Isle (Lac Ste. Anne County, Alberta, Canada).

last turn in the road before the cabinThe last bend in the road before the cabin gave us golden light to admire and then it was time to get down to business.

snowed in cabinThe cabin had definitely seen its fair share of snow. We were able to slog through the thigh high snow however our two youngest that joined us on the trip had a few more problems.

kids navigating snowOnce the snow passed their waists we realized that playing in the snow at the cabin wasn’t exactly working as they were completely stuck. While Mark pulled out the ladder and started clearing the roof I shoveled out a mini road through the snow for the littles so that they could at least walk up and down and play a little. Littles settled, up I went to help Mark on the roof.

clearing snow off the cabin roofclearing snow off the cabin roofThe snow was heavy and thick once we got on the roof. It was much deeper than it appeared from the ground. Mark took one side and I took the other and got to work (and moaned a bit about how much snow there was!). We shoveled until we were out of light and then called it a day.

winter cabin at nightWe managed to get about two feet of snow off the roof before darkness set in . It might not be perfect but a lot of the weight was now off the roof. We took a quick moment to take a look inside the cabin and all was safe and sound exactly how we left it when we put it to bed in October.

cabin interiorcabin fireplaceThe cabin was tempting us to stay, but we were three kids short (they were having dinner with the grandparents) and hadn’t brought water. Now we are thinking “maybe next weekend”. Perhaps this is the year we should open it up early, go for a snowshoe and get a big old fire roaring in the fireplace.

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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.

Alberta Skies

We spend a lot of time throughout the summer on the road. Driving to the cabin. Driving to the coast. We always seem to be on a longish drive to somewhere and longish drives mean we often see some amazing sunsets. These images were all taken in the same evening along Hwy 20 (Alberta, Canada). The road less travelled means it is always possible to stop for a photo when the opportunity presents itself. It is amazing how the sky can change as the sun sets.

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Prairie Sunset

The Oxbows, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

This was a magical moment of lighting this evening.

The sun was setting fast. I wanted to try to¬†capture the sunset before it disappeared but we were in the middle of the city. I did not want urban rooftops and power lines¬†littering the beautiful painted sky. We started driving south, trying to get out-of-town. The sun was dropping, and then I saw what I needed…haybales.

Perfect.

A prairie sunset.