Friday, July 3, 2015

Photo-Finish Friday -- A Weird Effect

We spent Canada Day in Banff National Park doing a few hikes and then having a picnic at the end of a side road at the top of Bow Pass.
There's a hike to do that takes a person up the peak at the center of the photo. 
If you look above the tree line you can see a snow pack.
Our picnic spot.

I point this out because Mike hiked up there while I waited.
I took the following pic of him which, by some oddness, looks like I am shooting downward.
It's weird, but I like it.
If anyone has an explanation I am all ears.

Please click to enlarge the photos.

I shot up, but it looks down.     

Monday, June 29, 2015

Gratitude Monday -- High Test

Ptarmigan Cirque Trail, Kananaskis, Alberta.
I'm grateful on  many fronts today.
The Ptarmigan Cirque Trail in Kananaskis is one of my benchmarks. I haven't done it in years, but wanted to so as to see how I am doing.
It's not that long a hike, but it is in the mountains and it is up.

The first time Mike and I did this hike, about 23 if not 25 years ago, it took me two hours.
About 15 years ago or so the same climb took me half an hour.
On Saturday it took me just under an hour. For the record it was nearly +30C (86F) during our hike. Later, when we had lunch, it was +31C.

It was a good hike and I am pleased with how quickly I did it.
I rested quite a bit. At one point during the climb I sat in the shade while Mike went to a nearby viewpoint. I had my head in my hands when a nice young man coming down the trail asked me how I was.
I respond I was good, thanks, and how was he before realizing why he was asking.
I expect I looked as worn as I felt.
He asked if I had water, did I need water, was I sure I was all right?
I am grateful for this and for knowing a stranger was willing to give me his water if I needed it.

The trail goes through a mountain stream, twice. I splashed refreshing mountain water on my face and even drank a bit. I am grateful it was there.

We had a fine picnic later on in a shaded spot by a creek. It was relaxing.

Afterward we went to the rock glacier where Mike set up a chair and waited for pikas while I set a chair under a tree. I'd been wanting to sit quietly under a tree for quite some time. It was wonderful.

For all of this I am grateful.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Gratitude Monday -- A Good Trip For The Soul

We've gotten out and about several times in the past few weeks. I am grateful for that. It's good to use the time when you have it.
We've usually gone west into the mountains, but on Saturday we went east, to the prairie.
It was a wonderful change. It had been years since we were out that way and it is good for the soul to see the open spaces.
We went to Gooseberry Lake Provincial Park north of Consort and looked around.
It was peaceful, and beautiful and surprisingly quiet given there was a rodeo going on across the road.
I took plenty of photos, mostly of the American avocets along the lakeshore.
It was a long day, but a good one. And for it I am grateful.

American avocet searching for food at Gooseberry Lake

Friday, June 19, 2015

Photo-Finish Friday-- A Grizzly Breakfast

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This fine looking fellow was spotted along Hwy. 11 early Saturday morning. He was rooting around for food in the ditch west of Nordegg near Abraham Lake.

Click, enlarge, enjoy.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

How About A Look At Ram Falls?

Ram Falls is about a 70 mile drive from Rocky, yet still within Clearwater County.  The y are found along  the Forestry Trunk Road and it makes for a lovely drive. Here's a quick look at the setting and the falls.

Please enjoy.


Monday, June 15, 2015

Gratitude Monday -- Mountain Lunch

We had lunch in Golden, B.C. on Saturday.  The setting was wonderful.
We made the trip to the see the wolves at the Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Centre.
Afterward we had a picnic behind the Visitor Centre in Golden.
It was a lovely spot and I was even able to get a really good cup of coffee there as they had Kicking Horse Coffee.  It is a good coffee, and it's made not far down the road from there.

Mike enjoying lunch in a grand setting.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Photo-Finish Friday-- HooDoo You Do?

Below are photos of the hoodoos on HooDoo Creek as promised.

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The two HooDoos together in the morning light.

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The larger hoodoo at a different angle and in the early afternoon.

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Same big hoodoo, different angle and in silhouette.