Calgary Parklands: Baker Park

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September 29th 2020
Published: November 21st 2020
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In the fall, Calgarians seek out the larchesin their shining golden hues. Every year I have gone to the mountains, where the larches are far away, shining against the dark evergreens and the grey granite mountain slopes.

This year, a friend invited me to go with her to Baker Park for a walk. She gleefully surprised me with the brilliant yellows of magnificent larches – surrounding the parking lot! I have never been so close to these uplifting trees! Their colour enhanced the very sunlight. Close to the Bow River, they have the moisture to grow wide and high into the sky.

In the distance was the other attraction of the day – the twinning of Stoney Trail bridge over Bowness Park and the Bow River. As we walked alongside the river, the towering X-shaped pillars became larger and larger in our view. Not quite aligned to the original bridge, two of the new pillars were almost completed, but a third was only evidenced by a huge round highly-reinforced hole. The pedestrian way under the existing bridge gave us close-up views of the workers moving soil and gravel around, and others concentrating mysteriously on the underside of the pillar-tops high above
Growing roadwayGrowing roadwayGrowing roadway

Twinning Stoney Trail
our heads.

Walking back along the park pathway, not so dazzled by the larches, I could admire the light yellow poplars painted in the blue sky accented by puffy white clouds. The red leaves and bright fruit of planted Flowering Crabapples drew my gaze closer in. Playful Cubs (sculpture by Leo Mol) tumbled in the sunshine. Picnic tables scattered near the flower gardens made our tea break beautiful as we gazed at the spectacular colours of fall.

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Larches in Baker Park Larches in Baker Park
Larches in Baker Park

Surprise of the gold!
 Pathway through Baker Park  Pathway through Baker Park
Pathway through Baker Park

Other trees have their own beauty
Ripe rose hips Ripe rose hips
Ripe rose hips

Ubiquitous Alberta Wild Rose
Pathway Pathway

Good view for side-walk superintendents
Bow River Bow River
Bow River

Golden Fall
Poplar along the Bow RiverPoplar along the Bow River
Poplar along the Bow River

Twinkling yellow leaves
Flowering Crabapple Flowering Crabapple
Flowering Crabapple

A luscious looking ornamental
Sunbowl Amphitheatre Sunbowl Amphitheatre
Sunbowl Amphitheatre

Park's focal point
Playful Cubs 1996 by Leo Mol Playful Cubs 1996 by Leo Mol
Playful Cubs 1996 by Leo Mol

Perfect spirit for a fine day in Baker Parker

21st November 2020

Yellow on yellow
Twinning that bridge already? It's hard to keep up. Of course, my sense of how long it's been there might be a tad off. Your fall photos are spectacular. Another park for me to explore at some point.
28th November 2020

Twinning the bridge
I was also surprised. Time rushes by.

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