how deep in the valley

It's pretty stellar the wonderful things that can come out of random encounters with strangers. About 3 years ago, I had the good fortune of visiting a most wonderful area of Southern Alberta that is only well known by the few residents, fly fisherman and hunters. If you get out a map of Alberta.....somewhere in the foothills near the Crowsnest Pass or even closer to Lundbreck...there might be an area marked Maycroft. It's ranch country. They still drive cattle via horseback, and the majority of the cattle graze the hillsides of the Whaleback and the valley below. It's a little piece of frontier and I just can't get enough! I've made a few friends in the area and I try to visit it as often as I can....and every time it takes my breath away. It's one of those places that still has a community hall where locals gather to visit a few times a year. Tonight is the yearly supper concert and fundraiser to keep the hall going. For the second year in a row, they let me donate a painting for silent auction to raise money for repairs and maintenance. My friend Ron who lives there sent me a lovely photo he took in August on an early morning walk and so I created this painting from his photo:

"august sunrise (near the gap, southern alberta)"

acrylic on canvas, 24" x 30"

Now I'm off to pack a few things and make the lovely 5 hour drive from Edmonton to Maycroft to visit with locals, partake in the delicious supper and listen to the awesome music they have planned for the evening. I know, I know....I just got home from an adventure.......but the open road (and delicious food) are calling!

Happy Saturday.