Earlier this week I was visiting a friend and we went for a walk in one of the parks in Red Deer. Autumn has already started in Alberta and the leaves were changing to yellow, gold, a couple red and, naturally, brown. My friend commented about needing to get out and photograph the autumn colours before they were all gone. "Pfft. Colours? What colours?" I said. "Yes, I know, you're from Ontario, you had trees with brilliant colours - red, gold, orange and it was nice but you should explore your new home and experience autumn here" they said.
Explore... fine. Fine. 'I will explore it' I said to myself. 'I will embrace the yellow!' and go for a drive tomorrow. Well, I got home from Red Deer, grabbed my camera, and off I went to "Embrace the Yellow"... which, is also the name of my special Flickr album for the photos I took.
I drove from Nordegg to Goldeye, then over to Big Horn Dam but the leaves were mostly green to the west. I turned around and went back past Nordegg to Alexo Road and went all the way down to Saunders at the riverfront. I'd never been there before so I stopped for a while to finish reading "Animal Farm" and take in the beautiful late summer day. It was so peaceful there, sitting on a picnic table about ten metres from the river. It was fairly 'human free' so I heard lots of birds and squirrels and the sunlight was just at the comfortable not hot level of light. It was the kind of place that once you sit down you never want to leave.
After about an hour or so I hopped in my truck and went further east to the Shunda Lookout Road. In March 2015 I tried driving up the road but only got so far in the muck and muddy melting snow and gave up after only a couple kilometres. This time I drove all the way up, about fourteen kilometres, to a curious dead end in the road. I say curious because beyond the guardrail, and a two hundred metre walk, was another guardrail and the continuation of the road back down the foothills to the west. Why they never built a bridge there to connect the two is beyond me, they seem to like building bridges everywhere here.
Anyways, I spent most of the afternoon driving about exploring the autumn colours and seeing what lay at the end of two roads I've driven past a couple hundred times but never took the time to venture down. So, here for you now, at the click of THIS LINK is my album 'Embrace The Yellow' a look at the Fall colours of Alberta. Thanks D.
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