Every year for Christmas, my siblings and I pick names for a gift exchange, and this year I got my sister Karen. Karen has lived in Mexico for the last 10 years, working with the people there, being a mother to little Alex, and any other kids who need her, and doing whatever she can to help the people around her and show God's love however she can! 10 years is a long time though, and the home sickness can come and go. So when I asked Karen what she wanted for Christmas, she requested a picture taken just for her - a shot that 'says Alberta'. And then made into a canvas for her home. But the pressure of just one picture was just too much! That, and my idea of what says Alberta, and hers, are very different. So instead, I decided to make an album worth of different shots. Things that are so different than what Karen has in Mexico. Some of the little details that we don't really notice until we stop and actually take the time to look.
After all of this, I've decided that everyone needs to do something like this at some point. We tend to not be the biggest fans of winter over here - probably because it takes up half of our year, and it's a ridiculous amount of freezing. But once you really take the time to notice the details, and really look, you realize just how beautiful winter, and our province, is.
Here are some of my favorites from the gallery:
One type of photography that I've never gotten into is landscape and scenery. I just don't understand it. Not because I think it's useless and ridiculous, but because for the life of me, I cannot figure out how to take pictures without people in them. It's a strange, confusing thing. And so I've never really had the desire - unless we're driving through BC. There's something about the mountains with those waterfalls and insanely blue water that I just can't get enough of. So this year on the way home from our annual Fairmont holiday with my side of the family, we pulled over and I climbed around by a waterfall so I could get some shots, while the kids and my husband stayed in the car eating candy. It was a win for everybody! Someday, I'd love to go back and be able to actually walk and climb around and take my time. Soak it all in. But for now, this will do. :)