Alberta Fissure

The Peace Valley at Dunvegan

At most points in the geography of Alberta the Peace River is at least one kilometre across.  At various points it will broaden out allowing for islands and sand dunes. The first time I saw what the Peace River was about what I noticed was something this photograph conveys, the river has cut a fissure into the land through time and while the river is most times one kilometre across, the distance from level land on top of the river valley to level land on the top of the other side of the river valley is greater, spanning as much as four and five kilometres. The other thing noticed is that it takes about two kilometres of gradual descent in a vehicle to reach the river from the valley’s crest. This photograph is taken at the start of the descent toward Dunvegan and the Dunvegan suspension bridge looking north.  It’s late on a September Sunday and shadows creep from the west extending eastwards.

Listening to Bill Mallonee & the Vigilantes of Love sing Resplendent from their Audible Sigh album, a message about the nature of resilience borrowing from the narrative of the dustbowl.

Quote to Inspire – “I hate cameras.  They are so much more sure than I am about everything.” – John Steinbeck

  2 comments for “Alberta Fissure

  1. February 8, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    I saw the Peace river for the first time this summer. Great photo, I love the way you were able to capture the rolling landscape.

    • February 8, 2012 at 11:36 PM

      Hey there, Maggie:

      When you took-in the Mighty Peace were you in Alberta or on the British Columbia side of things? Did you take in the Dunvegan suspension bridge?

      Take care (and thanks for looking in the blog).

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