What do you see when you look at this? My husband said he liked this photo because it looked like an avalanche. I suppose observing an avalanche from a safe distance would be spectacular. But low clouds brooding over Lake Minnewanka in the Canadian Rockies are still pretty cool and not as scary!
Ok, I know that advent, (the 4 week period before Christmas when Christians look forward to the birth of Christ) does not start until November 30. But, try as I might, I cannot ignore the signs of this annual holiday which are all around me. My neighbours have their lights glowing, the shops are playing Christmas music non-stop and I admit, I have started some Christmas baking. So I might as well go with the flow and post this shot which makes me think of a certain story. A story where we are told that shepherds, humble ordinary folk going about their jobs, were chosen to hear incredible news and witness the sight of a Bethlehem sky filled with angels singing 'Glory to God in the Highest'!
Another start to the university year and another fall retreat with King's University students. This time I stayed in different accommodation from previous years. Different accommodation meant a different view of Lake Nakumun. Same lake, different view. And this year was overcast so no spectacular blazing glows of orange across the sky. Instead, lots of cloud and lots of mist. The result was as enthralling as the sunrises I have captured in the past whilst out at this beautiful place. And again, I am glad I dragged myself out of bed.
I don't mind the snow once the storm has passed by. And the days I like it best are when the blue sky shines down on us. And the blue sky, apart from making the snow glitter and gleam, reminds me of summer skies. And summer skies take me back to a day spent on an English beach back in July of this year. And on that beach were some typically English beach huts. And I was captivated by them, all lined up in their various shades of blue. Them, and the fact that I was about to enjoy an ice cream.
This year we have actually had a fall. The colours have been spectacular and the leaves have stayed on the trees beyond the end of September! Having 4 distinct seasons is something I do miss about England. There is a natural rhythm to the year which can be plotted with the changing weather and the changing landscape. Here in Alberta, if you blink you usually miss fall and spring! Fall (or autumn as we call it in the UK) is simply lovely. Yes, there is a wistful sadness at leaving behind the glorious long days of summer but look at this beauty. What not to like?
This is how we know that we have integrated fully into the Canadian culture. We made an 8 hour round trip to go to a wedding in one day. We would never have done that back in England, mainly because driving the equivalent distance would have taken us double the time! It was worth it - both for the journey's end (a lovely wedding) and for the journey itself.