I was so happy to make it out to Bow Valley Ranch with Beefy and my new camera early this morning; I had not been out here, somehow, since my Coolpix days!
It was really a gorgeous morning, with wonderful cloud formations and amazing, warm sunlight illuminating everything in soft, warm, magic hour light (this was taken at about 8:15 am, not too long after sunrise with our now shorter days)...the iconic ranch house was looking especially beautiful!
I have been coming to this area my whole life; it has the amazing and historic Ranch and outbuildings, a lovely garden filled with statuary and lovely flowers and plants (about 100 meters west of this shot), and a lovely visitor's centre with a mini museum inside detailing this rich history of this area, one of the main points being the use of the hills directly being the house being used as Buffalo Jumps by First Nation's hunters.
For those who do not know what a Buffallo Jump is, basically Native hunters would cause a herd of buffalo to stampede and drive them off a massive cliff, thereby making their jobs much much easier.
It sounds cruel, but the First Nation's people used every part of the buffallo and made sure to only do the Buffalo Jumps sparingly.
It was not until the Europeans came along with their rifles and sport hunting that the vast herds of buffalo became dangerously depleted.
Hope you all enjoy the photo and are having a wonderful weekend so far!