Calgary Parklands: Bow River Pathway, Inglewood


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November 6th 2020
Published: December 15th 2020
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Juvenile Bald Eagle Juvenile Bald Eagle Juvenile Bald Eagle

Glued to the limb, checking the territory
The storminess of the day held off long enough to give us a picturesque walk along the Bow River and into the Inglewood district.

We met at Pearce Estate Park and immediately headed down to the Bow River. The delightful smell and sound of crunched leaves accompanied us through the wooded part of the path. The clear blue river was calm enough to act as a mirror for the trees and high rises in the distance. Bridges were geometric exclamations: Nose Creek (CPR) bridge, the Zoo bridge, the George C King bridge, and the memorial to the St George’s Island bridge.

We paused at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers, talking about the First Nations that had camped there for centuries, the trading community that came with European settlers, and the founders of Calgary; all recognized the value of the waterways. Crossing onto St George’s Island, we lifted our eyes to a large magpie nest high in the trees and to the just-visible osprey’s nest on the high point of Bloom, the public art piece made of recycled lamp-posts.

Re-crossing the Bow on the Zoo bridge, we walked into Inglewood, where for a few blocks historic houses attracted our curiosity. Turning back to the river, we were astonished to see a juvenile Bald Eagle, camouflaged high in a tree; only the head twisted, revealing that it was alive. After lots of photos, we moved on to Harvie Passage. This marvellous canoeing challenge was built to make recreation safer, replacing a dangerous weir. We lingered on the plaza, happy to be looking, rather than doing.


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CPR Nose Creek Bridge CPR Nose Creek Bridge
CPR Nose Creek Bridge

Graphic interruption of nature
Zoo Bridge Zoo Bridge
Zoo Bridge

Minimalist bridge, towers of downtown
Zoo Bridge Zoo Bridge
Zoo Bridge

Waves over the water
East Village from Inglewood East Village from Inglewood
East Village from Inglewood

New neighbourhood from old neighbourhood
Confluence of the Bow and the Elbow Confluence of the Bow and the Elbow
Confluence of the Bow and the Elbow

Perfect for settlement over millennia
Magpie nest Magpie nest
Magpie nest

Large jumble of twigs
Osprey nest on Bloom Osprey nest on Bloom
Osprey nest on Bloom

Height, privacy, surveillance
Picnic area, St George's Island Picnic area, St George's Island
Picnic area, St George's Island

Waiting for summer visitors
Stewart House 1884 Stewart House 1884
Stewart House 1884

Back to Calgary's origins
New Place Cottages New Place Cottages
New Place Cottages

Less opulent original houses
Bow Passage Overlook 2014 by Lorna Jordan Bow Passage Overlook 2014 by Lorna Jordan
Bow Passage Overlook 2014 by Lorna Jordan

From regional landscape materials
Overlooking Harvie Passage on the Bow RiverOverlooking Harvie Passage on the Bow River
Overlooking Harvie Passage on the Bow River

Bow Passage Overlook by Lorna Jordan


15th December 2020

Ospreys and eagles, oh my
I guess there's supposed to be a third thing in there, but two like that seems sufficient to me. Very nice to see those birds within the City's boundaries. Great shot of the Nose Creek Bridge.
20th December 2020

Eagle
I was completely satisfied with seeing and photographing the eagle, who posed so helpfully.

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