Calgary Parklands: Fish Creek Park, South

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August 7th 2020
Published: October 5th 2020
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 Bow River  Bow River Bow River

Shining on top, rushing below
The deluge of rain in the early morning gave way to a beautifully cool, sunny morning for the C Hikers as we strung out on the paths of Fish Creek Park along the sparkling diamonds in the rushing Bow River.

Bounteous wildflowers greeted us again. New this week was Tansy, dotting marshy scenes with bright yellow blooms. Surprising us, the Sea Buckthorn was bulging with dark red-orange berries. The red bark and white berries of Gray Dogwood reminded us of British Columbia's floral emblem.

Despite vehement advice from two posturing fishermen, a few persistent members of our group found the path from the verdant park up to the well-barriered walkway across the bridge on Stoney Trail over the Bow River. Vehicles pounded past us at high-speed as we trudged along in our boots and knapsacks. As short way back into the park, just off the pathway, we caught sight of a doe licking her fawn in the grasses.

With curiosity we passed by the Sikome Lake recreation area; the Covid circumstances meant few people were about. Close to where we started, most of us enjoyed our picnic lunches, with some indulging in ice cream from Annie’s Café.

I joined those
Fawn and Doe Fawn and Doe Fawn and Doe

Growing up in the city
who wandered through a unique outdoor art gallery, Artisan Gardens. Paintings with local themes were encased in specially designed cases in short stone pillars. Native plants gracefully framed the paintings and sculptures.

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Grasses Grasses

Fish Creek Park
Bow RiverBow River
Bow River

High flowing water
Still pondStill pond
Still pond

Shining reflections
Tansy Tansy

Tiny yellow beacons
Cattail Cattail

Standing tall and alone
Willow Willow

Fast growing and graceful
Raindrops on leavesRaindrops on leaves
Raindrops on leaves

A world in a drop
Sea Buckthorn Sea Buckthorn
Sea Buckthorn

Berries for birds!
Gray DogwoodGray Dogwood
Gray Dogwood

Also in my front yard
Up to the bridge Up to the bridge
Up to the bridge

The leaders and the followers
Scotch Thistle Scotch Thistle
Scotch Thistle

Purple punctuation
Fawn and Doe Fawn and Doe
Fawn and Doe

Loving care

7th October 2020

Another new-to-me park
How lucky to see a doe with her fawn. My cousin lived down in that part of Calgary but I've never seen the park. It looks a lot like the prairie surrounding Calgary in that quadrant, which I expect is the point. Love your cattail photo, and I hope the birds get to those buckthorn berries before the squirrels do.
12th October 2020

Another new-to-me park
So happy to re-introduce you to Calgary, as I have also been re-introduced

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