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Published: July 27th 2022
A large group of walkers gathered at Bebo Grove in Fish Creek Park
. We broke into two groups and were so socially-distanced that inadvertently two routes were followed. The fresh air and brisk temperatures gave everyone an enjoyable day.
Leaving behind the golden grasses near the pond, we immediately began to see birds flitting from crown to crown in the trees. Blue jays
and one raven
kept us looking up into the aspens and evergreens. In the dull grey brush, dogwood
bark shone brilliant red.
Fish Creek surprised us with its persistent ice. In low places the path itself was covered with crunchy snow that had been pummeled by feet into slippery passages. Also, beavers at work had felled logs in our way. We ducked through the bushes and trees for safer routes.
On a western-facing slope, pale purple crocuses poked through the natural turf. We clustered in excitement for this true sign of spring. Finally, Bebo Park welcomed our return with silhouettes of bull rushes pointing at the reflected sky. Well-warmed by our walk, we sat in a large circle to munch our sandwiches.
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It's funny, but I know more about the birds in Phoenix than in Calgary. Not sure I knew that there were blue jays, for example. Love the shot with the beaver lodge. You had a very still day.
Probably you spend more time in Phoenix than in Calgary, but actually I was surprised to learn that there were bluebirds here from another walking group member.