Thursday, 4 October 2007

Sept.07 Lethbridge, B.C. to Saskatchewan

Lethbridge, Alberta: the Old Man River runs through the town. Trees grow in deep gullies.

We visited a wonderful couple, friends from years ago. Dan is retired from the Lethbridge University. This incredible building is by Vancouver's architect, Arthur Erikson. The university is built into the side of the gorge.
Rose makes beautiful felted coats, jackets and scarfs. They are as light as a feather and with layers of depth in the felt. This is a detail from one garment.

Cactus grows on the dry hillside and grasshoppers jump aside as you walk on the path to look down at the river.

In the suburbs is a beautiful park with tall trees, a small lake and a Japanese garden. Wonderful for a walk at sunset!

Elm trees tower above all others. Elms were a part of my childhood. We used to climb out on the limbs and make them sway. However, they were almost entirely wiped out by Dutch Elm Disease. They are such stately trees.
Heading down the road ... we travel into Saskatchewan and Regina. Flat farmlands give away to rolling hills and cattle farms as we go north.

A pioneer's log home crumbles, showing how it was made with logs, twigs and mud.
A car has taken it's last drive.
Farm houses are abandoned as farms are assembled into huge landholdings. This is a necessity for the farmer to make a living.
Small towns dot the landscape, each with its beautiful churches and occassionally, they still have a grain elevator.
The Qu'Appell valley is one of the destinations in our travels. The winds blow cold under a sunny sky. Grass, shrubs and trees glow in yellows and rich maroon.
The origingal Fort was used for Fur Trading in the 1800's. There is a historic replica near the town.

Larch trees already bare, show branches like skeletons.

1 comment:

Robin said...

Oooh, these photos gifted me with many great memories... mostly from trips across BC and Alberta with my husband. I grew up in MN where beautiful old elm trees like the one in your photo shaded all the streets until Dutch Elm Disease got most of them. You were more brave than I... climbing them!