Calgary Parklands: Glenbow Ranch Park

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June 12th 2020
Published: September 1st 2020
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View of the Bow River, foothills and the Rocky Mountains
On such a beautiful sunny day, the C hikers of Skrastins Outdoor Club were happy to meet up for a walk through Glenbow Park Ranch. The rolling prairie landscape opened up before us, wafting the scents of Wolf Willowand new grasses on a light breeze. Sylvia led us down the path towards the river; unfortunately, we couldn’t reach the river itself because of the segregation of the cows’ pasture to their use.

For a while, we thought the only wildlife we might see was the noisy “whirly bird” – a bright, red helicopter evidently practicing landings and takeoffs. As that bird flew off to the horizon, we began to hear the musical notes of the Red Winged Blackbird. Far into the distance, Cheryl’s sharp eyes saw the light-brown shape of a White-Tailed Deer on the grassy slope of a hill.

Some of the group trudged up the hill to the picnic tables, but our dedicated newsletter editor, Dee, and I stayed down by the pond for our lunch. We watched the calm assurance of a duck floating and diving, bringing choice green morsels to the surface. A few mosquitoes joined us, but the peace of this dip in the landscape soothed our city sensibilities. Other walkers and
Wolf Willow Wolf Willow Wolf Willow

Fine aroma of the prairies
bikers, and even a passing train faded from our consciousness.

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Lady Slipper Orchid Lady Slipper Orchid
Lady Slipper Orchid

Flowers bobbing in the breeze
Buffalo Beans Buffalo Beans
Buffalo Beans

Adored flower of my childhood
Everlasting Pea Everlasting Pea
Everlasting Pea

A wild member of the Pea family
Locoweed Locoweed

Too much makes cows very sick.
White-tailed Deer White-tailed Deer
White-tailed Deer

Munching and walking
Red-winged Blackbird Red-winged Blackbird
Red-winged Blackbird

A superb concert venue

2nd September 2020

Far-sighted group members wanted
Cheryl spotting the white-tailed deer reminded me of our guides in Scotland spotting well-camouflaged deer on Highland hills. Even with binocs I had a tough time seeing them - and they'd done the spotting with the unaided eye. Impressive. Your description almost transports me to a park I've never been in, especially the bit about becoming oblivious to the potential intrusions. Sounds like a lovely day.
7th September 2020

Odd benefits
One of the odd benefits of the pandemic is that it has introduced me, and others, to many Calgary area parks that I used to pass by in a bus.

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