Latitude 49º 6′ 33.63″, Longitude -113º 50′ 58.92″


This essay was updated and republished as ‘I have located heaven.’ Please enjoy it here:

Western blue clematis (Clematis occidentalis)
Western blue clematis (Clematis occidentalis)
Western wood lily (Lilium philadelphicum), Mountain lady's slipper (Cypripedium montanum), Red paintbrush (Castilleja-rhexifolia) in Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada by Betsey Crawford
Western wood lily (Lilium philadelphicum), Mountain lady’s slipper (Cypripedium montanum), Red paintbrush (Castilleja-rhexifolia)
Tall purple fleabane (Erigeron peregrinus) hosting butterflies
Tall purple fleabane (Erigeron peregrinus) hosting butterflies


(More images are in the Waterton wildflowers gallery, which is here.)

14 thoughts on “Latitude 49º 6′ 33.63″, Longitude -113º 50′ 58.92″”

  1. Betsy: This is such a beautiful blog and post. Waterton misses you. Come back often. You are “one of us”, one of the flowers, a kindred heart.
    thank you for sharing this.

    1. Thank you so much, Holly. Loved seeing you here. And love the idea that I’m “one of the flowers, a kindred heart.” I’ll be back!

  2. Thank you Betsey! I so feel this journey. I also took an amazing trip to Montana and Canada and felt like I touched heaven. I went on a hike through wildflowers and cried the entire hike because it was so powerful. Thanks for posting! xoxoxo

  3. Yay! Canada! I love this post! 🙂

    I’ve actually been to Waterton Lakes when I was 16, but I had long forgotten how beautiful it is. Thanks for the reminder. The air is so fresh there. Everything is so pure.

    Your photography is getting more and more ridiculously gorgeous. Keep shooting and sharing! I love your (camera) eye!

    Ps. Hope that we really do eat ice cream in Heaven! 🙂

    1. Time to go back! Take your watercolors. Thanks for your lovely words. And yes, I’m sure we really do eat all the ice cream we want in heaven.

  4. Wow! Heavenly indeed! And now added to my bucket list.

    Thanks for sharing this incredibly beautiful place Betsey!

  5. Bless you my friend, pretty powerful words. I loved the glimpse of heaven that you gave us. I have been there and appreciate it.

    1. Thank you, Venus. If you’ve been there, you know. So many beautiful things/scenes/creatures/flowers abounding there.

  6. Carol Nicklaus

    Oh my, oh my, oh my… This is just TRANSPORTING… (And how could one not immediately fall in love with a plant called “grasping twistedstock”…?) You’ve taken many a gorgeous photo, my dear, and even gorgeous photos of things that often, themselves, do not appear essentially “gorgeous,” until you have shown them to be so… But this place does, indeed, look like heaven… And you have done it justice, and taken us all there!

    1. Thank you, my dear. Yes, ‘grasping twistedstock’ gets the prize for best name ever. I love the idea that I can convey the gorgeousness of things that aren’t necessarily ‘gorgeous’ in themselves.

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