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Rural ‘Roots’ :: Freelance Photographer | Grande Prairie, Alberta & surrounding areas

A potpourri today. With this first image I love the story it tells.

The next one simply shows how pigs are meant to be raised, not crowded in concrete pens where they can’t move or breathe fresh air, or do what pigs are meant to do.

This family walks the walk. They are a great example that it is fully possible to raise cattle in a sustainable way. This was an excellent assignment.


I sure miss waking to the sound of a rooster crowing …


A few images from some of my freelance editorial assignments. Enjoy.

PS: I often forget to remind readers but each week the newspaper that I write for also posts my environmental columns online after the paper goes out in print. Here is last week’s Everyday Earth Wise.

Diane is a freelance photographer serving the Grande Prairie and Peace regions of Alberta and BC from her rural residence near Hythe, Alberta. She is available for commercial, environmental, editorial, and portrait assignments. Contact her (above) or visit her website to view her portfolio.


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Eileen - January 28, 2010 - 12:04 pm

Lovely farm pictures! Love the pig in all its glory. I wish more people would have roosters (and chickens) for I too miss their crowing. My friend always had a rooster for her small flock … some good ones and most rascals. I loved to stay these friends on my summer holidays (as a single gal) and wake up to that comforting sound. We loved watching the antics of these birds as well! So sad when they moved to the city.

Farmergal - January 28, 2010 - 1:47 pm

Someday, children may only see pictures like this in books if we aren’t careful. Sustainable farming used to be the only way farmers cared for their land…now it’s considered old-fashioned. When I pass a beautiful,masssive cornfield, growing from altered seed and drenched with chemicals, I sometimes feel sorry for my struggling corn patch back home, fighting the bugs and weather. But when I smear the ears with butter, I know where it came from and what’s in it. Farmergal

Toni - January 28, 2010 - 10:51 pm

Sure is different from the farm that I work for, Diane! Great shots – love the pig. =)

Marcie - January 29, 2010 - 8:00 am

So great to see such ‘conscious’ farming…and what wonderful images to illustrate. Fantastic!!!

Ginnie - January 29, 2010 - 12:20 pm

It sure must be a joy to get that up-close and personal with the farm animals, Diane. How many of us ever get to do that anymore?! The pig is priceless and worth the whole show!

sherri - January 29, 2010 - 2:55 pm

These captures make me miss our farm. Hard work, fresh air, good sleep.

Candace - February 7, 2010 - 12:50 pm

Awesome farm shots, those animals are all beautiful and I am glad they are living in humane conditions rather than factory farming, ugh!