No April showers here! (Landscape and Wildlife)

While many places in Alberta and British Columbia have been celebrating the disappearance of snow and the coming of warmer weather, the Crowsnest Pass hasn’t even got the memo that it’s spring yet. Only a week ago, we got another two feet of wet snow, on top of the three feet already in our yard. Our Airedale Terrier, Abby, has simply been walking over the fence and taking herself on walks lately! She also enjoys taking after the Red Squirrels in our yard, who tease her relentlessly with their high-pitched chattering and scurrying up trees at the last moment. Of course their favourite hide-out is the BIRD feeder, which the three of them quarrel endlessly over. It’s not uncommon to see them impersonating their cousin the Flying Squirrel by leaping off of the bird feeder when challenged by one of their peers. They have a network of tunnels under the snow, so escape is never a problem. Their energy is endless, and it’s a bit like having dinner theatre out the window. :)

I hope you enjoy the winter photos below, and the antics of some neurotic squirrels!

This is most recognizable landmark in the Pass, Crowsnest Mountain.
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Christine and Lea (Horse & Rider portraits)

One of my stopovers on my way home from New Zealand  in 2011 was in Los Angeles (the others were Tahiti, Phoenix, and Las Vegas, if you’re curious!). There, my travel partner Juli and I stayed with a friend of hers, Christine. Christine has a beautiful warmblood mare, Lea, so we went out to visit her and take some photos. This was my first horse & rider shoot of the new year, and I couldn’t have asked for better models! Christine had a perma-smile on her face, and who wouldn’t, being around a sweet mare like Lea? Besides that, the mare should teach equine posing classes! There was hardly a photo in which she didn’t have an earnest expression with her ears pricked, and she held each “pose” with plenty of time for me to capture the shots I wanted. I swear I could hear her saying, “Did you get my good side?” 😉 To add to the perfection, there were cherry trees (or almond trees perhaps?) in bloom, which made for a beautiful backdrop.