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Morning has broken

I just came in from enjoying morning coffee out on my patio, watching the sun climb and change, feeling a hint of morning breeze whisper against my face, smelling the sweet morning air, and listening to the birds. I adore swallows. We have 9 pairs of tree swallows (all dressed up in their brilliant blue tuxedoes) and two pair of barn swallows. Every spring I impatiently await the arrival of the barn swallows, in particular. This year a lone barn swallow arrived alone and for the past ten days it perched nearly silent almost in vigil awaiting its mate. I was worried the other 3 had died. Yesterday magic occurred. The others showed up! There has been a steady ebb and flow in the sky in our rural yard as they greet and frolic in aerial delight. Life is good.


Although the daylilies are finally beginning to emerge from the earth, their lush green blades are only about six inches high. The leaves on the trees will soon begin to pop open. I thought I’d share some Alberta light from an image I took last summer. Enjoy.


Diane is a lifestyle photographer serving Grande Prairie & Northern Alberta. Visit Diane Schuller Photography.

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Marcie - May 24, 2009 - 12:19 pm

It’s reassuring to know that you do eventually get a summer up where you’re living. Love the colors in this…so full of hope and promise.

shelli - mama of letters - May 24, 2009 - 1:52 pm

Beautiful image. Yesterday I had problems leaving a comment, but today it seems to be working.

romine - May 24, 2009 - 2:36 pm

with this composition, angle and framing, you managed not to realize “just another flower photo”. congrats

elk - May 24, 2009 - 2:36 pm

your space is full of priceless shots of pure joy~congratulations on this happy spot!

elizabeth - May 25, 2009 - 1:23 am

i’m with marcie! i couldn’t believe it when i clicked on your (old) blog just now and saw that you actually had snow a few days ago. wow!

beautiful flower.

Toffeeapple - May 25, 2009 - 7:18 am

What a lovely shot, I particularly like the silken threads amongst the stems.

Christina Bakombo - May 25, 2009 - 12:59 pm

beautiful capture.

Toni - May 25, 2009 - 4:21 pm

I see you’ve got the new template up, Diane. Looks great! I’m loving this shot. The processing is wonderful and the sky looks great with your theme. 😉

Jennifer - May 25, 2009 - 8:09 pm

What a lovely picture!

The blog looks great! I’m so happy you are happy with it too! 🙂

laura-dolcepics - May 26, 2009 - 12:16 am

Hi Diane! This is stunning! I love your new blog/website and enjoy looking at your beautiful photos. I’m prepping the next WYP right now. Thanks so much for sending in your photo to let us play with. All the best!

sherri - May 26, 2009 - 12:36 am

Ours are blooming too! Lovely underneath capture and wonderful background color.

Liss - May 26, 2009 - 6:28 am

I love the new sight. The ray of sunshine looks beautiful.