The Big Valley

© Laura E. Swan

The Big Valley

Laura E. Swan Student 8/29/2011 1:26:04 AM

Happy Birthday Pictures, Images and Photos

To Dale Hardin !!! #1404660

Gord MacEachern 8/29/2011 3:07:52 AM

Beautiful image of the Rockys Laura, well done.
Happy Birthday Dale. #9639874

Doug Pignet 8/29/2011 5:43:11 AM

lovely capture with wonderful colors and lighting #9640070

Dominick M. Dimacale 8/29/2011 6:46:30 AM

Lovely scenery here, Laura!
Happy Birthday, Dale!

Dominick #9640198

Stefania Barbier 8/29/2011 8:24:45 AM

gorgeous scenery and capture Lala! #9640436

Monnie Ryan 8/29/2011 9:08:38 AM

Oh, how I wish just standing in a beautiful place like this would make the extra pounds melt away! Just gorgeous, Laura! #9640592

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer 8/29/2011 9:32:30 AM

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. #9640644

Neal D. Hatcher 8/29/2011 10:03:58 AM

This is Beautimus-into my favs #9640683

Emile Abbott 8/29/2011 12:09:35 PM

Fabulous landscape #9640883

Craig D. Minton 8/29/2011 3:12:10 PM

I love how you've captured the vastness of this place, Laura. I must go there some day. #9641215

Tammy Espino 8/29/2011 3:35:53 PM

Stunning capture! I Would get lost for sure :) #9641246

Wm Nosal 8/29/2011 3:39:09 PM

Great Shot, Laura!
I Can See Someone Waving On Top :::) #9641254

Reynaldo D. Reyes 8/29/2011 4:01:03 PM

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! #9641299

Barbara Waldoch 8/29/2011 4:10:20 PM

Terrific view and capture, Laura! #9641314

Daniella Puente 8/29/2011 4:50:10 PM

Fabulous view and capture Laura! #9641431

Ann Coates 8/29/2011 9:30:54 PM

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). #9641921

Laura E. Swan 8/29/2011 10:27:23 PM

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! #9641963

Dale Hardin 8/29/2011 11:29:40 PM

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) #9641994

Nancy Marie Ricketts 8/30/2011 6:33:07 AM

Beautiful image and perspective, Laura. Banff has been on my list. Hope I'm not too old before I get there! #9642515

Shelly A. Van Camp 8/30/2011 8:53:33 AM

Beautiful! Happy Birthday, Dale! #9642799

Dale Hardin 8/30/2011 9:36:43 AM

Thank you Shelly. #9642870

Patrick Rouzes 8/30/2011 5:30:37 PM

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

Happy Birthday, Dale! #9643579

Dale Hardin 8/30/2011 8:39:18 PM

Thanks Patrick #9643826

Mary K. Robison 8/31/2011 2:07:52 AM

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! #9643965

Laura E. Swan 8/31/2011 8:37:05 AM

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 :)))


Laura E. Swan 8/31/2011 8:37:40 AM


Nancy Marie Ricketts 8/31/2011 8:57:37 AM

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!!! #9644501

Laura E. Swan 8/31/2011 10:01:36 AM

:) 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 :) #9644585

John Connolly 9/1/2011 4:15:49 PM

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! #9647342

Laura E. Swan 9/2/2011 12:06:59 AM

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 #9648016

Stephen Zacker 9/2/2011 3:28:24 AM

You have done and impressive job of capturing them #9648199

Jeff W. Robinson 9/2/2011 6:08:23 AM

You live in such a Beautiful place - Wonderful pov and capture Laura! #9648595

Mary Dimitriw 9/2/2011 7:25:06 PM

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! #9649885

Christine R. Lobsinger 9/3/2011 11:19:21 AM

Beautiful capture and Happy Birthday Dale!!!
Smiling Chris #9651016

Karen Kessler 9/7/2011 7:10:46 PM

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


Amanda J. Tanner 9/8/2011 6:13:56 AM

So beautiful Laura! What a wonderful place to live. I hope you are doing well. #9660015

Tony Ebben 9/9/2011 11:49:50 PM

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. #9663652

Ellen Hodges 9/11/2011 6:00:09 PM

Super gorgeous and WOW pov and color, Laura! Verrrry lovely!!! #9666452

JO ANN CLEVELAND 9/13/2011 10:58:22 AM

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

jo ann c. #9669457

Nancy Marie Ricketts 9/13/2011 11:13:57 AM

I see GOLD in your future, Laura. A winner for sure! #9669487

Lyn Darlington 9/25/2011 3:09:20 PM

CONGRATS on an outstanding finalist! #9690534

Thomas E. Hinds 9/25/2011 3:15:58 PM

Beautiful Finalist, Laura! Big congratulations! #9690571

Laura D. Greene 9/25/2011 3:20:22 PM

Congrats on the well deserved finalist! #9690593

Tammy Espino 9/25/2011 3:27:27 PM

Laura loooooo loooooooo Congrats!!! :) #9690638

Phyllis A. Houghton 9/25/2011 3:29:57 PM

Congratulations on your terrific finalist! Thanks for taking us there Laura! #9690657

Dale Hardin 9/25/2011 4:07:57 PM

congratulations Laura. :o) #9690916

Cassie L. Woodlee 9/25/2011 4:12:04 PM

Congrats on your stunning finalist!! #9690950

Bobby Ray Goodman 9/25/2011 4:36:03 PM

A big congratulations,Laura!!! #9691154

Heather Loewenhardt 9/25/2011 5:06:10 PM

I definitely feel the magnitude here Laura. Congratulations on this fine image receiving a finalist award. Good luck! #9691490

Susan Fox 9/25/2011 5:21:24 PM

Congratulations Laura! #9691643

Kelly Alholinna 9/25/2011 5:41:30 PM

Congratulations Laura!!!! #9691852

Randy D. Dinkins 9/25/2011 5:47:51 PM

Big congrats Laura, wtg! #9691906

Neal D. Hatcher 9/25/2011 5:51:44 PM


Karen Kessler 9/25/2011 6:04:26 PM

Congrats on the FINALIST, Sis!!! Woo hoo!!! #9692027

Datha Y. Thompson 9/25/2011 6:08:10 PM

BEAUTIFUL SCENE!!! Congratulations Laura!! WTG :) #9692059

Wm Nosal 9/25/2011 6:08:41 PM

Congratulations, Larua! #9692065

Patricia A. Coblentz 9/25/2011 6:31:59 PM

Congratulations on your stunning finalist, Miss Laura! #9692205

Ann Coates 9/25/2011 7:23:24 PM

Stunning is the word Laura. Huge congratulations on your finalist. #9692515

Renee Doyle 9/25/2011 7:41:54 PM

LOL at your narrative Laura!! Big congrats to you on this wonderful finalist! #9692638

Sabrina Ryan 9/25/2011 7:41:56 PM

CONGRATULATIONS on your Beautiful Finalist, Laura! #9692639

Mary K. Robison 9/25/2011 7:53:51 PM

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! #9692714

Nancy Marie Ricketts 9/25/2011 8:06:11 PM

Laura "Rose Marie" Swan: YOU DID IT! Congratulations on your Banff Rockies finalist! I'm so proud of you!!! #9692778

Reynaldo D. Reyes 9/25/2011 8:13:08 PM

Deep breath now Laura, this is so awesome. Congratulations on your finalist! #9692821

Laura E. Swan 9/25/2011 8:26:13 PM

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 #9692895

Bojan Bencic 9/25/2011 10:39:00 PM

Congratulations on your beautiful finalist, Laura. #9693333

Usman M. Bajwa 9/25/2011 11:21:22 PM

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

UB. #9693471

Gina M. Savage 9/26/2011 12:44:33 AM beautiful, Laura, congrats on this amazing finalist! #9693717

Stefania Barbier 9/26/2011 1:29:13 AM

gorgeous finalist, congratulations Lala! #9693825

Stephen Zacker 9/26/2011 3:29:46 AM

Really like the light on the trees and depth this has. Congratulations #9694244

Christine R. Lobsinger 9/26/2011 4:45:47 AM

Congratulations my Friend... A lovely Finalist!!!!
Smiling CHRIS #9694448

Courtenay Vanderbilt 9/26/2011 5:30:47 AM

Looks mighty familiar! Congratulations, Laura! Playing catch-up now! #9694653

JO ANN CLEVELAND 9/26/2011 5:53:10 AM

Congratulations on this wonderful finalist Laura!

jo ann c. #9694734

Lydia Williams 9/26/2011 7:26:50 AM

Wow, great another beauty, Laura...congratulations...well deserved! #9695146

Emile Abbott 9/26/2011 7:27:51 AM

Congratulations Laura #9695152

isabel C. Zepeda 9/26/2011 10:23:45 AM



Ysa... #9695796

Susan Fox 9/26/2011 11:24:05 AM

Congrats on your finalist #9695998

Merna L. Nobile 9/26/2011 12:51:12 PM

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

Patrick Rouzes 9/26/2011 2:36:08 PM

Congrats & good luck, Alberta Rose! #9696779

Ann Varley 9/26/2011 3:36:26 PM

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! :) #9697041

John Connolly 9/26/2011 3:43:07 PM

WOW! Two finalists in the one month, Laura! Outstanding work, my friend! #9697078

Kathy Coombs 9/26/2011 11:30:41 PM

Two..awesome!!!!! Congrats! #9698446

Laura E. Swan 9/29/2011 1:29:43 AM

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

-Laura :D #9704480

Pat and Graham Robards 9/29/2011 6:48:46 AM

Beautiful Lala! Congratulations on the silver!

~Patxxxxx #9705029

Nancyj Hovey 9/30/2011 2:55:58 PM

Happy Belated BD, Dale!!!


CONGRATULATIONS on your very deserving
FINALIST! 8o) #9707893

Christopher J. Budny 10/14/2011 8:05:01 AM

WHAT a scene! That green, the blue sky; the clouds and mountains--it has it all! Congratulations! #9734576

isabel C. Zepeda 10/14/2011 8:19:24 AM


CONGRATULATIONS on this beautiful finalist

Ysa... #9734616

Laura E. Swan 10/14/2011 8:55:10 AM

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 #9734697

Kim Andelkovic (Kovic) 11/6/2011 4:47:06 PM

Wow.....congrats on this awesome pic :-) #9787947

Laura E. Swan 11/6/2011 6:22:58 PM

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 #9788066

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

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The Canadian Rockies Are So Massive
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 * * * *

Exif: F Number: 8, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 10/2500 seconds, Flash: did not fire, auto mode, ISO: 200, Model: NIKON D90

Uploaded on 8/29/2011 12:50:32 AM

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Camera: Nikon D90 Digital SLR Camera Photo Contest Finalist

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