Writing on Stone

An afternoon trip to Writing on Stone this past weekend. It was overcast and cool but the colors were amazing!!! Love this park when it is not unbearably hot!

Writing on Stone
Looking south down to the river

Surprisingly there were a lot of people camping considering the weather was cool and damp.  But as usual as soon as you walk a few feet into the coulees you may hear the people but you seldom see them.  Not a lot of animals out this trip, saw a number of Pronghorns just outside the park but that was it.

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Saskatchewan Sand Hills 2

Part 2 –  If you want to visit part 1 click here.

Small World – even in Saskatchewan

While I was sitting in the van having some supper a crazy couple pealed into the parking lot in their passenger van 🙂 . The driver got out and was seeing if he needed bug spray before heading out to shoot. As he turned towards me we both said “Mike” at the same time. It was a couple that I knew from Lethbridge that had moved to Calgary a number of years ago and they were stopping there for the night to shoot. When you consider the size of Canada running into someone in a remote part of Saskatchewan is weird!   I have to say that the sand hills do seem to be a popular place considering how remote it is!!

My supper buddy
My supper buddy

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Saskatchewan Sand Hills 1

Part 1

The largest sand hill close to the parking lot
The largest sand hill closest to the parking lot

Another Bucket list Item

For a number of years I have wanted to go to the Saskatchewan Sand Hills. These are not the ones up north that you need to fly into but they are the ones in southern Saskatchewan. I had read up on them, researched how to get there and was ready to go a couple years ago. My problem was that I wanted to stay there overnight and having a RV was a sure way to attack attention, or so I thought, as there is no camping in the area.  So now that I have the van set-up and with our former neighbors living out that way, off it was last week. The drive was a little mixed up as I went from Lethbridge to Medicine Hat, then to Eston then back down to the sand hills. My trip was a little longer than it should have been but it did allow me to see some friends and to cross on the ferry – three times!

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Waterton Summer 2018

From my last trip July 23 2018 to Waterton summer 2018 – Red Rock Canyon

The parks started to allow foot and bike traffic on Red Rock Parkway so I wanted to take a trip to see what it looked like.  I am a fan of fires and how nature rebuilds and to me this is amazing.  I wish that the fire was not as large as it was but the damage is done so we need to live with the results.

With only a few months of regrowth the park looks amazing.

Waterton summer 2018 - The beaver pond
Waterton summer 2018 – The beaver pond
Waterton summer 2018 - The road
The road
Looking west
Black & Green
Flowers and more flowers
Fire Weed
More fire weed
Lunch with an old friend
Liking the new growth and berries
Waterton Summer 2018 New life
Life in one of the heavier burnt areas
Waterton Summer 2018 new food sources
Seeds and more seeds
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Learning – White Turtle III

Learning, Learning & Learning

White Turtle III - Learning as I go!
White Turtle III – Inside, Learning as I go!

I have been learning a lot with the build of my van……… it has been a lot of fun, a challenge and I have to say again FUN!!!  I love learning new things and building the van has really challenged me to learn. Looking at the van today I am 100% done with the functional part of the build. I could leave tomorrow and drive anyplace in the world and the van would do what I want it to.

What I want from the van

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Yellow-Headed Blackbird

Went out to photography the Yellow-headed Blackbird. Had a great day. The birds co-operated and the weather was amazing.

When I think of spring this is one of the birds that I think of.  They are loud, brightly colored and fun to watch. On top of all that they really don’t care if you are taking their picture.  So many birds once a person comes into their range they act differently.  Not these guys!!  They will sing and dance for hours!

Yellow-headed blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus)

McQuillan Reservoir May 21, 2018

Canon 70D

Sigma 150-600

Love this time of year as the birds look great with their bright colors.

Yellow-Headed Blackbird

More pictures below

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