Calgary Parklands: Nose Hill Park, Berkley Gate


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August 28th 2020
Published: October 30th 2020
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On the last beautifully warm day of summer, a good number of C Hikers from the Skrastins club gathered on the eastern edge of Nose Hill Park. Ann led us round the gentler slope of the park, avoiding the unnecessarily aggressive stairs to the top. Grasses waved golden heads around the Scotch Thistles, which were fuzzily going to seed, as so many plants were at this time in the season. Most attractive were the orange-red rose hips, just beginning to ripen. One last Alberta Wild Rose shone in the sunlight.

Deeper into the park, we walked through groves of Trembling Aspen, enjoying the cool air as a respite from the sun’s heat. The path dipped into ravines and small coolees. A few flowers still shone through the grasses, especially mauve Wild Geraniums and Wild Lupins. Near a pond, a brave Goldfinch pecked at the nutritious seeds of a thistle, ignoring the admiring ooing and aahing from our excited (socially-distanced) crowd.

For lunch we sat along the walking path, at first just enjoying the cyclists and walkers silhouetted on the far hill horizon. Quite soon, a string of walkers and bikers and baby strollers interrupted our view, compensating us with friendly greetings.
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Walker on the far horizon
Satisfied with a 7.5 km stroll punctuated with light breezes and lush vistas, we concluded our morning’s enjoyment of friendship and nature. Generously, a few hikers added another kilometre by helping me retrace my steps to find a dropped glove.


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Wild Rose Wild Rose
Wild Rose

One bloom keeping summer alive
Bunch Berries Bunch Berries
Bunch Berries

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Harebells Harebells
Harebells

Delicate dancing bells
Grasses Grasses
Grasses

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Trembling AspenTrembling Aspen
Trembling Aspen

Winkling the sun
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Rough-fruited Fairybells

I had to look up this identification.
Silver dollar plant Silver dollar plant
Silver dollar plant

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American Goldfinch American Goldfinch
American Goldfinch

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Nose Hill Park

Undulating landscape
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Nose Hill Park

Embracing the prairie landscape


31st October 2020

I enjoy your photos and commentary--thank you!
2nd November 2020

The Prairie Landscape
Having grown up in them, Mom loved the Prairies - crocuses, wheat fields, undulating hills, and the mountain backdrop. I don't think Gram ever took to them. Having grown up in Iowa, walking to school along roads where tress touched overhead, she found the Prairies too stark and could never see beauty in them. It's interesting how our notions of beauty are so linked to our childhood experiences.
6th November 2020

The Prairie Landscape
And, born here, I am a prairie girl.

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