Calgary Parklands: Big Hill Springs


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July 3rd 2020
Published: September 8th 2020
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An extraordinarily large group of C hikers (15 members, 4 guests) joined a steady crowd of families at Big Hill Springs on one of our best summer days. Nominally separating into “faster” and “slower”, we spread out along the forested up-hill trail.

At every glance, bright flowers popped up into our view. Pink and white Wild Geraniums greeted us on both sides of the path. Wild Roses thrilled us with their abundance – not just along the trail but in immeasurable array into the woods. Near the stream, Potentilla (Cinquefoils) added sparks of yellow in the dark shade. Long-stemmed Dandelions had their place, although one little boy was overheard convincing his mother these were snakes, not flowers!

While some bold C hikers scaled the Bill Hill, the rest meandered by the gurgling stream. Where the stream tumbled over the edge onto rocks, photographers knelt and craned to fix the rushing water into memory.

Reality returned in the over-flowing parking lot, and friends decided if and where eating a quiet lunch was even possible.


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Big Hill Springs stream Big Hill Springs stream
Big Hill Springs stream

Gurgling freshness
Log bridge Log bridge
Log bridge

classic hikers's solution
Big Hill Springs flow Big Hill Springs flow
Big Hill Springs flow

Natural abstract
Big Hill Springs falls Big Hill Springs falls
Big Hill Springs falls

Cheerful cascade
Big Hill Springs falls Big Hill Springs falls
Big Hill Springs falls

From little stream to little torrent
Big Hill Springs falls Big Hill Springs falls
Big Hill Springs falls

Picturesque scramble of rocks
Big Hill Springs Big Hill Springs
Big Hill Springs

Rolling landscape a few minutes from the big city
Rock foundationRock foundation
Rock foundation

Big Hill Springs
Tufa stone Tufa stone
Tufa stone

aka limestone
Marsh Marigold Marsh Marigold
Marsh Marigold

Tiny lights in the green


8th September 2020

Abstract water flow
I struggle with finding the right approach to flowing water, but I think you got it bang on in your Big Hills Spring flow. The abstract image is lovely. And I may never think of dandelions quite the same way again . . .
20th September 2020

Abstract water flow
Glad you like the abstract approach. I channeled a friend who does close-ups.

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