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Postcards from Alberta

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Words by Dalene Heck / Photography by Pete Heck

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

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

  1. 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?

  2. 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).

    1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

    1. 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.

  4. 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!

    1. 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 🙂

    1. 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 🙂

    1. 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!

  5. 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

    1. 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.

    1. 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!

  6. 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…..

  7. 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).

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

    1. 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! 🙂

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

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