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The Big Valley
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The Big Valley
The Big Valley

CANADIAN ROCKIES, Banff National Park
Near Moraine Lake, Alberta.

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The Canadian Rockies Are So Massive
THAT IT'S HARD TO CAPTURE THEIR MAGNATUDE.
I felt this one sort of got close however!!!
Trust me. As a person stands there in the midst of them all, a body feels pretty small.
(Better that ANY Jenny Craig program! HA!)
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F8, 250 shutter, ISO 200

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* * * * * HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO DALE HARDIN TODAY!!! A Help To All Those He Knows On BP * * * *


© Laura E. Swan
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Laura E. Swan
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    Happy Birthday Pictures, Images and Photos

To Dale Hardin !!!

8/29/2011 1:26:04 AM

 
Gord MacEachern
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Beautiful image of the Rockys Laura, well done.
Happy Birthday Dale.

8/29/2011 3:07:52 AM

 
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lovely capture with wonderful colors and lighting

8/29/2011 5:43:11 AM

 
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Lovely scenery here, Laura!
Happy Birthday, Dale!

Dominick

8/29/2011 6:46:30 AM

 
Stefania Barbier
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gorgeous scenery and capture Lala!

8/29/2011 8:24:45 AM

 
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Oh, how I wish just standing in a beautiful place like this would make the extra pounds melt away! Just gorgeous, Laura!

8/29/2011 9:08:38 AM

 
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You did a fabulous job capturing the magnitude here, SSSCWLala. I just want to take a deeeeep breath and take all of the beauty in.

8/29/2011 9:32:30 AM

 
Neal D. Hatcher
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This is Beautimus-into my favs

8/29/2011 10:03:58 AM

 
Emile Abbott
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Fabulous landscape

8/29/2011 12:09:35 PM

 
Craig D. Minton
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I love how you've captured the vastness of this place, Laura. I must go there some day.

8/29/2011 3:12:10 PM

 
Tammy Espino
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Stunning capture! I Would get lost for sure :)

8/29/2011 3:35:53 PM

 
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Great Shot, Laura!
I Can See Someone Waving On Top :::)

8/29/2011 3:39:09 PM

 
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I do agree on how dense and massive this green expanse of trees/mountain and so overwhelming Laura. An impressive capture.

Happy Birthday Dale, old friend! Woohoo!

8/29/2011 4:01:03 PM

 
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Terrific view and capture, Laura!

8/29/2011 4:10:20 PM

 
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Fabulous view and capture Laura!

8/29/2011 4:50:10 PM

 
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You have certainly captured the breathtaking magnificence of the Rockies here Laura. Look how small the trees are. Happy birthday Dale (I'm probably late by now).

8/29/2011 9:30:54 PM

 
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To All Of You! I've enjoyed your comments very much! I'm sure that Dale will, too!!!

Wm, I think I see a waver, too???!!!

About this location: It was amazing to stand in this spot and take it all in. I'm so glad you got the same feel just from viewing this. :) That was my hope!

Like SSSKiki said...DEEP BREATH! Take it all in!

-Laura :)

P.S. Dale, Happy Birthday From Us All!

8/29/2011 10:27:23 PM

 
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I'm thrilled by all the happy birthday wishes. Thanks to everyone for all the kind words and especially thanks to Laura for such a lovely gesture. Now if I could just get up to Banff ....... :o)

8/29/2011 11:29:40 PM

 
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Beautiful image and perspective, Laura. Banff has been on my list. Hope I'm not too old before I get there!

8/30/2011 6:33:07 AM

 
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Beautiful! Happy Birthday, Dale!

8/30/2011 8:53:33 AM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thank you Shelly.

8/30/2011 9:36:43 AM

 
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Gorgeous colors, tones, lighting, perspcetive, clarity & mood here, Swanee Laura! Hope to see this again, my friend!

Happy Birthday, Dale!

8/30/2011 5:30:37 PM

 
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Thanks Patrick

8/30/2011 8:39:18 PM

 
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Belated birhday wishes to Dale, that he have a terrific year ahead of him!
Pom, you did a phenomenal job of capturing those magnificent mountains and trees and valleys and sky and probably some tourists lost in all those trees!
Superb mountainscape, Ms. PommaLaura!

8/31/2011 2:07:52 AM

 
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Thank you all so much!!! I love your visits and don't deserve them. I haven't been here as much as I need to be and am so sorry!!!

If you folks have time and want to see one the most beautiful movies made in the 1950's of the Canadian Rockies (Love story of sorts!) Try and watch Rose Marie. Here is part ONE of TWELVE ten minutes segments.

So worth watching even just this segment!

Thank you all for your wonderful visits!

-Laura :)))

8/31/2011 8:37:05 AM

 
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8/31/2011 8:37:40 AM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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Laura: Since I am an old movie fan from way, way, back, I have seen this movie, and the scenes are indeed beautiful. I used to sit with my grannie as she loved the "oldies" too, and I married a man who likes them also. I am "blessed" all around.

You do the Canadian Rockies justice to rival the scenes in this movie. Way to go!!!

8/31/2011 8:57:37 AM

 
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:) Thank you Nancy Marie. :) YES! You are truly blessed to have those memories with your grannie and also be with someone who likes old time movies, too! :)))

I am not so in this way, I'm on my own. Lol...

-Laura :)

8/31/2011 10:01:36 AM

 
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What a brilliant country you live in Sister Laura! This is a delightful card for Dale, he sure looks like he enjoyed it!
Belated Birthday wishes Dale, and Happy T~K~W Day to all!

9/1/2011 4:15:49 PM

 
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Thank you Brother John! :) I am delighted to show you my home! :)!!!

I love seeing yours too!!! Mailbox by mailbox! Lol!!!

:D Thanks for the visit and the wishes for Dale!

-Sis

9/2/2011 12:06:59 AM

 
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You have done and impressive job of capturing them

9/2/2011 3:28:24 AM

 
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You live in such a Beautiful place - Wonderful pov and capture Laura!

9/2/2011 6:08:23 AM

 
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Just stunning Laura!!

To think I've lived 44 years here and I've never been out west but I've been to the other side of the world. I really need to plan a trip out there one of these days!

9/2/2011 7:25:06 PM

 
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Beautiful capture and Happy Birthday Dale!!!
Smiling Chris

9/3/2011 11:19:21 AM

 
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Beautiful, breathtaking scenery Lala! Love the clouds against the gorgeous blue sky! The air even LOOKS clean! :)

9/7/2011 7:10:46 PM

 
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So beautiful Laura! What a wonderful place to live. I hope you are doing well.

9/8/2011 6:13:56 AM

 
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You certainly do live in a great place, thanks for showing us all. You've done well with this wonderful, colourful scene. HBB Dale, hope you had a good one.

9/9/2011 11:49:50 PM

 
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Super gorgeous and WOW pov and color, Laura! Verrrry lovely!!!

9/11/2011 6:00:09 PM

 
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Wow Laura, what a beauty and you presented it sooo well!

jo ann c.

9/13/2011 10:58:22 AM

 
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I see GOLD in your future, Laura. A winner for sure!

9/13/2011 11:13:57 AM

 
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CONGRATS on an outstanding finalist!

9/25/2011 3:09:20 PM

 
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Beautiful Finalist, Laura! Big congratulations!

9/25/2011 3:15:58 PM

 
Laura D. Greene
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Congrats on the well deserved finalist!

9/25/2011 3:20:22 PM

 
Tammy Espino
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Laura loooooo loooooooo Congrats!!! :)

9/25/2011 3:27:27 PM

 
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Congratulations on your terrific finalist! Thanks for taking us there Laura!

9/25/2011 3:29:57 PM

 
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congratulations Laura. :o)

9/25/2011 4:07:57 PM

 
Cassie  L. Woodlee
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Congrats on your stunning finalist!!

9/25/2011 4:12:04 PM

 
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A big congratulations,Laura!!!

9/25/2011 4:36:03 PM

 
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I definitely feel the magnitude here Laura. Congratulations on this fine image receiving a finalist award. Good luck!

9/25/2011 5:06:10 PM

 
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Congratulations Laura!

9/25/2011 5:21:24 PM

 
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Congratulations Laura!!!!

9/25/2011 5:41:30 PM

 
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Big congrats Laura, wtg!

9/25/2011 5:47:51 PM

 
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WAY TO GO -CONGRATULATIONS

9/25/2011 5:51:44 PM

 
Karen Kessler
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Congrats on the FINALIST, Sis!!! Woo hoo!!!

9/25/2011 6:04:26 PM

 
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BEAUTIFUL SCENE!!! Congratulations Laura!! WTG :)

9/25/2011 6:08:10 PM

 
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Congratulations, Larua!

9/25/2011 6:08:41 PM

 
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Congratulations on your stunning finalist, Miss Laura!

9/25/2011 6:31:59 PM

 
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Stunning is the word Laura. Huge congratulations on your finalist.

9/25/2011 7:23:24 PM

 
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LOL at your narrative Laura!! Big congrats to you on this wonderful finalist!

9/25/2011 7:41:54 PM

 
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CONGRATULATIONS on your Beautiful Finalist, Laura!

9/25/2011 7:41:56 PM

 
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YAY-YAY for you on Finalist # 2, Ms. Pommers!
I'm sure those tourists lost in the trees are singing, "The hills are alive with the sound of Laura, celebrating with all her friends over her lovely mountain scenes making the finals..." They, and you, deserve it!
CONGRATULATIONS, Pom, and my fingers are crossed for you in the next round!

9/25/2011 7:53:51 PM

 
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Laura "Rose Marie" Swan: YOU DID IT! Congratulations on your Banff Rockies finalist! I'm so proud of you!!!

9/25/2011 8:06:11 PM

 
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Deep breath now Laura, this is so awesome. Congratulations on your finalist!

9/25/2011 8:13:08 PM

 
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Photobucket EVERYONE!!!

This is such an honor and thrill.

ALL OF US ARE WINNERS....EACH ONE! Let's never forget this!

I don't make the Rockies. I only report them to you! Lol....

Loved all of your comments. My dear friends. Thanks so much!

-Laura :D

9/25/2011 8:26:13 PM

 
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Congratulations on your beautiful finalist, Laura.

9/25/2011 10:39:00 PM

 
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Laura, CONGRATZ on this terrific Finalist award and good luck up next!!!

UB.

9/25/2011 11:21:22 PM

 
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Wow...so beautiful, Laura, congrats on this amazing finalist!

9/26/2011 12:44:33 AM

 
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gorgeous finalist, congratulations Lala!

9/26/2011 1:29:13 AM

 
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Really like the light on the trees and depth this has. Congratulations

9/26/2011 3:29:46 AM

 
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Congratulations my Friend... A lovely Finalist!!!!
Smiling CHRIS

9/26/2011 4:45:47 AM

 
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Looks mighty familiar! Congratulations, Laura! Playing catch-up now!

9/26/2011 5:30:47 AM

 
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Congratulations on this wonderful finalist Laura!

jo ann c.

9/26/2011 5:53:10 AM

 
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Wow, great another beauty, Laura...congratulations...well deserved!

9/26/2011 7:26:50 AM

 
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Congratulations Laura

9/26/2011 7:27:51 AM

 
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Laura

A big CONGRATULATIONS :)

Ysa...

9/26/2011 10:23:45 AM

 
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Congrats on your finalist

9/26/2011 11:24:05 AM

 
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Congratulations!
You’re the kind of person who makes the world a better, brighter place…You worked hard for this, you made it happen, and you have a right to be proud. So enjoy these satisfying moments; you deserve every one! Merna

9/26/2011 12:51:12 PM

 
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Congrats & good luck, Alberta Rose!

9/26/2011 2:36:08 PM

 
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My God it took forever to get to the bottom of this thread to offer my CONGRATS on achieving the silver! LOL!

Looks like I'm in a LOOOOOOOONG line of admirers because this image is seriously THAT GOOD!

Best of Luck for the next round! :)

9/26/2011 3:36:26 PM

 
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WOW! Two finalists in the one month, Laura! Outstanding work, my friend!

9/26/2011 3:43:07 PM

 
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Two..awesome!!!!! Congrats!

9/26/2011 11:30:41 PM

 
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To Everyone!!! I so appreciate your Congratulations to me!!!

-Laura :D

9/29/2011 1:29:43 AM

 
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Beautiful Lala! Congratulations on the silver!

~Patxxxxx

9/29/2011 6:48:46 AM

 
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Happy Belated BD, Dale!!!

Laura,

CONGRATULATIONS on your very deserving
FINALIST! 8o)

9/30/2011 2:55:58 PM

 
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WHAT a scene! That green, the blue sky; the clouds and mountains--it has it all! Congratulations!

10/14/2011 8:05:01 AM

 
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Laura

CONGRATULATIONS on this beautiful finalist

Ysa...

10/14/2011 8:19:24 AM

 
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Hi Big Sis Pat! xxxxxx :) Hi Mumj! xo:) Hi Chris!! Hi Ysa!xo :)

So good to see you here. :) Dale and I really love this place and to have reached the top of this hill to get this image meant a lot to us.

Just like life. It isn't always easy but always worth it!!! Life is a gift and so is this Earth! Happy you like seeing this part of it!

Thanks all for the congrats!

-Laura :D

10/14/2011 8:55:10 AM

 
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Wow.....congrats on this awesome pic :-)

11/6/2011 4:47:06 PM

 
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Thanks, Kimmy! I have another one I hope is even better, (that I shot as I stood there standing in another direction), and maybe the judges will let it go GOLD. I will re-enter it this month. :)))

You know the Rockies are so gorgeous. Everyone says, once they get here, that EVERYWHERE THEY TURN there is another great shot to take...So my little motto is that I don't make the beauty in my Rocky images. I only report it! :)

-Laura :D

11/6/2011 6:22:58 PM

 
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