Seeing is believing and enjoying: a midsummer rotogravure

COFFEE WITH WARREN, with Warren Harbeck
Cochrane Eagle, August 10, 2017

A great blue heron surveys a pond along Highway 22 south of Cochrane, while a volunteer pansy adds its beauty to our garden, and fruit on our crabapple tree prepares for this fall’s tasty sauce and feathered friends. A radiant sunset along Highway 1A near Bearspaw concludes this rotogravure.
Photos by Warren & Mary Anna Harbeck

When I was a kid, the first thing I’d do whenever the newspaper arrived was flip it open to the centre and delight myself in its full page of fabulous photos. Based on the rotary press printing techniques of the day, it was known as the rotogravure section.

I’m glad to say that I’ve never broken that habit, as my family and friends will readily agree.

So, indulging once more in my addiction, here’s my own midsummer rotogravure.

I’ll start with the much anticipated return of Great Blue to the pond south of town along Highway 22 across from River Heights Dr. Exactly one year ago this past week, that elegant great blue heron visited that same pond and was celebrated in my column for Aug. 4, 2016.

Then just the other day Mary Anna took a portrait of a volunteer pansy that had appeared in her garden. So glad it likes her floral artistry; I sure do.

And speaking of our garden, you may recall that my column for May 25 featured our promise-filled crabapple tree in bee-satisfying full bloom. Well, the tree delivered on its promise, as can be seen in this photo I took from our bedroom window this week.

And yes, I can never resist the temptation to end a photo essay with a sunset. This was the radiant view I encountered last week along Highway 1A near Bearspaw as I was returning to Cochrane from a meeting.

So, folks, that’s my midsummer rotogravure. I hope you’ve enjoyed viewing it as much as I enjoyed creating it.


© 2017 Warren Harbeck

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