Calgary Parklands - Glenbow Ranch in Winter

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March 11th 2022
Published: November 29th 2022
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Shining bright!
We nine started our just-out-of Calgary walk in the glow of the Rocky Mountains. The whiteness of the snow was carved sharply by blue-black rock too steep to be covered, even by fresh flakes.

Tramping down the Bowbend Trail, so familiar in summer, we admired the golden-brown grasses that had shaken themselves free from patches of crunchy old snow. In front of us were magnificent vistas of natural prairie on both sides of the Bow River. Obligingly, a long freight train wound through the bends and bushes, returning us gleefully to our childhood. Dorothy counted 166 cars including four engines. We waved at the conductor but were too far away to perceive a response.

Behind us, above the Badger Bowl, were massive remnants of what had once been the flatland, now escarpments in dun winter shades. One of many informative signs explained that 13,500 years ago gigantic camels, bison, mammoths, mountain sheep, and caribou roamed the area, eating lush vegetation fed by what had been a glacial lake.

Enjoying the warming day, we diverted up onto the gravel paths of the Tiger Lily Loop. Carefully negotiating the packed snow, we gazed at ever wider views of the blue river, gentle hills and shining mountains. After a final effort to climb up to the park entrance (8 km), some of us had lunch in the possible dining room of an old farm house, now marked by lonesome stone chimneys.

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Mountains loom over Cochrane Mountains loom over Cochrane
Mountains loom over Cochrane

natural optical illusion
Chimney stands aloneChimney stands alone
Chimney stands alone

Waverley Ranch
Freight train Freight train
Freight train

Too far to wave!

29th November 2022

You got some lovely panoramas of the mountains. I particularly like the one with the hikers and the one with the band of conifers that I take to be spruce. It's good that the City (county? province? - anyway, taxpayers of some sort!) put the money into some interpretive signs. For me, it's the only way I can appreciate the changes in the landscape over time. And think of camels here. Somehow, I never do.
7th December 2022

Camels in Alberta
The pre-historic camels were a surprise to me, too.

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