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At the lake on a hot day . . . . and a night of minor ball

Rick C
July 30th, 2007, 11:22 AM
Below, the big picture . . . . it's 34 Celcius, no wind, no clouds and a long way from home for Keeper and Abby, walking south along the west shore line of Chain Lakes on Saturday. This place, about an hour and a half south of Calgary, largely treeless but the mountains only a few miles away to the right, is one of our favourite walks in winter or summer and, as is usually the case, totally deserted.

We walked for miles, even with the heat.

Below, an old fence line begs to be explored by Abby.

Abby powers through the muddy-bottomed goop to get to some geese . . . . but they don't co-operate and are lifting off.

On another note, a photo essay of a night of minor pro ball in Okotoks, Alberta is at . . . . you'll probably find it fun.

Rick C

July 30th, 2007, 12:51 PM
Going to be a really hot humid week here. I'll be looking at those refreshing lake pics a lot. :laughing:


July 30th, 2007, 06:16 PM
I love the serenity.....what a wonderful place to take the dogs. :cloud9:

Rick C
July 30th, 2007, 07:53 PM
A few more . . . .

Keeper running into the wind through rippling waves of tall grass at her home on the prairie . . . . .

Big thunderhead surrounds our valley . . . . .

Keeper waits for the crashing . . . . but this one passed over us and then dropped golf ball sized hail on High River.

Rick C

July 31st, 2007, 02:08 AM
Fabulous pictures :cloud9: . Chain lakes looks like a perfect place to walk :lovestruck: .

July 31st, 2007, 08:42 AM
I LOVE your natural sense of composition Rick C.

Beautiful pics as always :thumbs up


July 31st, 2007, 03:29 PM
Rick,it looks like paradize on earth for doggies,could they possibly have a better life:cloud9:
Dreamy pics,as always...

July 31st, 2007, 05:55 PM
Looking forward to all your scenery pics in the new subforum. :cloud9:

Rick C
August 1st, 2007, 10:28 AM
Looking forward to all your scenery pics in the new subforum. :cloud9:

Surprisingly, I actually don't take a lot of pure scenery pics . . . . . I find that through the years they are the least memorable, least interesting things to keep around . . . . . unless they have a dog or a person in them or some sort of action framed by the scenery.

My father had boxes and boxes of pictures, many of them of mountains, lakes, streams, etc . . . . . no doubt beautiful in the moment and worth pressing the trigger on but, long term, not interesting at all. I'll toss the pure scenics and later, pass on to the next generation the pictures with people in them.

On his headstone, we reproduced a picture of him, taken by my brother, standing on a mountainside with a breath-taking panorama behind and around him. It's a nothing picture without him . . . . but memorable because it puts him in a place he loved in a situation he would want to be remembered for.

So . . . . . a good rule of thumb, add animate objects to inanimate objects. It gives the picture a message and offers life and context.

Keeper loves her mountain streams . . . .

Rick C