Alberta Snapshot: Sheep River Falls.

Lots of projects – gardening and writing and my job! – have been occupying my time this past month, but sometimes you just need to take a breather.  And with the autumn colours especially jaw-droppingly gorgeous this year, it’s been fun to get out and take in the scenery.

I don’t know how my hubby and I have lived within an hour’s drive of this site for twenty years and have not seen the Sheep River Falls until two weeks ago.  I guess we still have a ton of exploring to do in our own backyard!  🙂

Sheep River Sept 2015

Lots of snow on the mountains already!  

Sheep River Falls Sept 2015

A long exposure of the falls.  I had left the tripod in the truck, again…. 

It was so wonderful to have the place all to ourselves – I imagine it gets a bit crazy on the weekends during the summer.

Have you traveled anywhere new recently, or found a “new-to-you” spot in your hometown?

Gold in the hills.

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

-Anne, Anne of Green Gables (Lucy Maud Montgomery)


I may be as delighted as Anne about the vibrant colours of fall, but I woke up this morning and realized it was October 3 and I still have a million things to do yet in the garden.  I was a little…um…ENTHUSIASTIC during recent trips to the garden centre and while perusing the mail order catalogues and so there are quite a few packages of snowdrops and muscari and a pound of garlic (am I crazy?) yet to plant.  I also bought some tarda tulips, which I’ve never grown before.  I have really high expectations for these little beauties, and I’m already eager for spring to see how they do!  Unfortunately, time doesn’t seem to be on my side…we’ve had some pretty serious frosts here and the soil is already hardening.  I have to get moving!

While I dally, autumn speedily rolls along….





Photos taken at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, Cochrane, Alberta – 24 September 2014

Tomorrow is our fall clean up day for members of the community garden – it feels like we collectively blinked and summer was over, but apparently, we had enough time to have a fairly productive season (early snowstorms notwithstanding).  If you’re interested in seeing what we’ve been up to over the summer, you can check out the garden’s blog here; I’ve posted a bunch of photos I took over the growing season.  The diversity of crops is amazing to see: gardeners grew everything from asparagus peas to zucchini!

What garden successes have you recently celebrated?

Do you plant spring-flowering bulbs?  What are your favourites?