Postcards from Alberta

 

Is it vain to say that we’re proud of our home province for all it’s natural beauty?

It’s not like we had any part in creating it. We didn’t hand chisel the lyrical mountain ridges, or carve out the basins that glow with reflections of aquamarine. We’ve never scattered wheat seeds, or manicured fields at harvest. None of this is the result of our hard work.

(Up until this trip home, we shamefully never appreciated it enough either.)

So, no, maybe ‘proud’ isn’t the right word. So we’ll just use glad. Delighted. Elated. Happy. Thrilled. Ecstatic, even.

And this time, we know it.

This is our home, we are thrilled to share it with you…

 

Alberta Farmhouse

 

Alberta Wheat

 

Iron Horse

 

Alberta Patriotic

 

Alberta Gull Lake

 

Lethbridge Train Bridge

 

Open Roads

 

Waterton Cameron Lake

 

Banff National Park

 

Peyto Lake Panorama

 

Bow Falls Banff

 

Chateau Lake Louise

 

And the exciting part, for us, is that there are still some places in the province yet to be discovered.

Until next time…

Maple Leaf

 

68 Comments... Read them below or add one of your own

  • October 31 2012

    Your home is beautiful!! The captures are incredible!! Wish to see more of your part of the town :)
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  • October 31 2012

    Stunning postcards guys, as always. Can you send me one :)? Cameron lake is my favourite one
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    • Pete
      November 1 2012

      We will certainly try :) We have always had the thought of making prints of these series to send to some of our fans.

      • November 14 2012

        That’s so cool. Keep me posted and send me one ;-)

  • October 31 2012

    GORGEOUS!!!!!! I can see why this is one of the most personal of the series that you’ve done. And I think, perhaps for that reason, it is one of your best.

    • Pete
      November 1 2012

      Thanks Kirsten, I think it definitely played a role in how the photos turned out. Funny when it gets personal how much more effort you pour into it.

  • October 31 2012

    Alberta looks just amazing. I wish I had Pete’s photographic skills so I could capture my home so beautifully.
    Mind you, I’m not really sure where home is anymore. If you guys are headed anywhere in Australia, I will claim it as home and meet you there for pics. Do we have a deal?
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    • October 31 2012

      Oh. Same offer if you’re headed to Vietnam, Thailand or Singapore. Or even Vanuatu (I was in Vanuatu for all of four days in 1993.)
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    • Pete
      November 1 2012

      Deal. Lately we have been talking about heading over to that part of the world very soon.

  • October 31 2012

    I like the wheat picture…the 2nd one.

    Nah, I’m proud of where we live in the Pacific NW. There’s so much here and I love that we live here (for now).

    • Pete
      November 1 2012

      Thanks Carmel. Don’t get us wrong, we’re proud to be Canadian and thankful we had to chance to photograph these amazing places when we were back.

  • October 31 2012

    Thanks for the visit home! I’ve been away almost two months… I miss the beauty in the prairies and mountains :)

  • October 31 2012

    amazing shots guys, coming to visit next time your home

    • Pete
      November 1 2012

      Deal! You know that you are always welcome to stay with us at our family’s place. They have lots of extra rooms!

  • October 31 2012

    LOVE this. I think my favorite is the maple leaf barn :-)

    • Pete
      November 1 2012

      Thanks Marie. And I too made the mistake of calling it a “barn” on Facebook. I was quickly corrected by a few people that it is a grainery. I still don’t know what the difference is :)

  • October 31 2012

    Well done! You make fellow Canucks proud. ;-)
    Of course, my fav is Cameron Lake… for obvious reason…
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    • Pete
      November 1 2012

      I had a feeling you’d like that one the most ;) Thanks guys!

  • October 31 2012

    I need to get back out west… a road trip is much overdo – but I think it might have to hold off until next year… I’m not brave enough to road trip this country past about September lol

    • Pete
      November 1 2012

      I don’t blame you, the weather is most unpredictable. You are even taking a chance in September on the roads… But no matter if there is snow or sun, I love the scenery here.

  • October 31 2012

    I am so obsessed with your photos!

    • Pete
      November 1 2012

      So good to hear, thanks Andi :)

  • October 31 2012

    Wow, gorgeous post cards guys! Love the first one!
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  • October 31 2012

    Stunning photos. We hope to be able to explore more of Alberta!

  • November 1 2012

    Well done guys! We loved Alberta. Made a trip up there in the spring. Here is a video we created from our trip:

    http://vimeo.com/47857147

    • Pete
      November 1 2012

      Wow, great vid guys! Thanks for stopping by :)

  • November 1 2012

    Stunnnnning! This might be my favorite postcard series yet, partly because I know how much Alberta means to you.

    Those first 2 images… wow. Making me want to go to Alberta like, yesterday!
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    • Pete
      November 1 2012

      Thanks so much Amanda, there’s a bit of a back-story behind those first 2 photos. I’ll share with you next time we sit down for beers and pizza :)

  • November 1 2012

    What a nice selection of photos. I discovered Waterton over Labour Day weekend and fell in love with the hiking there.
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    • Pete
      November 1 2012

      This was Dalene’s and I first venture out to Waterton as well. I wish we would have had a few more days there to take in some hikes. Thanks Leigh!

  • Ter
    November 1 2012

    My favourite ones are the ones where I’m ‘from’ – Lethbridge, the ones up North…weird, huh?

  • November 1 2012

    Beautiful shots guys! Looks like a gorgeous place…you should be proud to call it home.

  • November 1 2012

    Wow, I have to get myself to Alberta. Beautiful photos guys!
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  • November 1 2012

    Love your stuff and enjoy following your travels. Hey are you related to Ron Heck?

    • Pete
      November 1 2012

      Nope no relation to Ron. Most of my family is out East, but no more Heck’s other than my direct family in Edmonton. Thanks for following along Michelle, we love hearing comments like this!

  • What the others said… Just stunning photos. I think these are the most beautiful pictures I’ve seen from Canada!

    • Pete
      November 1 2012

      So nice to hear, thanks Sebastian :)

  • November 1 2012

    *SWOON*

    Love these! The colors are so awesome!

  • November 1 2012

    thank-you for Sharing, but it would have been so nice to see a skyline of the cleanest city in Canada here also ……Calgary; maybe from out at Strathmore towards the three sisters. now thats a beautiful picture on a crystal clear Alberta morning…..

    • November 3 2012

      And someone else wanted Jasper and the boreal forests in the north. :) Alberta has a lot of ground to cover!

  • November 2 2012

    You’ve made this Alberta girl proud. Love the first photo, something about old farmhouses makes me smile. That first one of Waterton is beautiful, and not at all how I pictured Waterton to look (just one of many places in Alberta I haven’t been to).

    • November 3 2012

      Get thee to Waterton Alouise! You won’t be disappointed. :)

  • November 2 2012

    This summer was all about falling in love with my home again as well. I can’t say Albany, New York can compete in terms of natural beauty, but I think every place deserves to have its residents fall madly in love with it!
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    • November 3 2012

      You are so right Alex, but it is also the first place overlooked somehow.

  • November 2 2012

    Gorgeous photos as always, guys! That light looks pretty special

  • November 2 2012

    WOW – Gorgeous Alberta! I’ve been to Waterton Lakes NP and was in awe. Would love to see more of your province. Totally OK to be proud of it.

    • November 3 2012

      Thanks Cathy. :) Waterton is beautiful, but it’s not our favourite spot. Hopefully you make your way back to explore more!

  • November 2 2012

    You realize that you guys have some of the best photography out there right now. Nicely done!
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  • November 2 2012

    Great pics!!
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  • November 3 2012

    I find your home incredibly beautiful too!! And as a northern Californian, I find my home becomes more and more beautiful, I notice more things that I never knew existed, and I seek to explore more of my own backyard every time I return from my travels. It’s become part of the whole experience for me.

    • November 4 2012

      That’s great! It definitely makes the ‘coming home’ part not so disappointing either, even if travels are ending, it’s nice to come home to somewhere so beautiful! :)

  • November 4 2012

    Alberta is so scenic. I remember driving from Calgary to Edmonton and remember the lush green grass. Amazing images of Alberta.
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    • November 4 2012

      Oh Shula – that is one of the least attractive parts of the province! Hope you get to see more of it next time! :)

  • November 5 2012

    Great iconic prairie photos – what kind of lens did you use for these?
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    • November 6 2012

      Most of them (maybe all?) are just using the kit lens with our DSLR.

  • November 5 2012

    incredible photos! so proud to call alberta home. we really have an amazing playground.

  • November 5 2012

    Wow, every one of them looks like a postcard (and a better one at that then you could find in any store!). I’m in agreement with you on your love for Alberta.

  • November 13 2012

    You guys do such a wonderful job of showing that you don’t need to travel in order to appreciate your surroundings! I love the pictures!

    • November 14 2012

      Thank you so much! I’m convinced there is beauty in everyone’s backyard, they might just have to look for it. :)

  • Ali
    November 13 2012

    Gorgeous! I haven’t seen much of Canada, but you sure do make it look appealing. I especially like the Cameron Lake photo, wow!
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  • November 6 2013

    Great photos. We have a business close in 2012 and we thought our dreams of travel were gone, but then we come across house sitting. In 2013, we have travelled around Australia and all we need is Internet access for our jobs. In 2015, we intend to house sit in Europe.

  • Jen
    April 26 2014

    Simply stunning photos!
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