Early Spring in the Bow Valley

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April 29th 2016
Published: October 1st 2016
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The fresh green of spring!
Since spring came early to southern Alberta (and other places), I also started hiking early this year. This day some of us in the Skrastin's Outdoor Club walked in the beautiful Bow Valley, which was adorned with fresh green leaves.

Brushing against the bushes released the fragrance of dry green willows. Actually, we saw more dogwood than willow. Peeking up between new grass shoots were tiny yellow, white and purple blooms. Crocuses tracked the sun like solar collectors and dotted the fields of last year's dried grasses. Teen-aged Douglas Fir trees sported bright red tips of new growth, and some were still covered with exploded cones. The light breeze kept us feeling spring's coolness under the mildly sunny sky.

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Bow Valley trees

New leaves amongst ageless evergreens
 Bow Valley bushes Bow Valley bushes
Bow Valley bushes

Beautiful greens overshadow even the mountains!

Distant view of traditional and modern destination
Bow RiverBow River
Bow River

Beaver pondBeaver pond
Beaver pond

Man's pipe allows nature's beavers to keep their dams.
Beaver damBeaver dam
Beaver dam

The architect of swamps
New growthNew growth
New growth

Welcome back from winter
Early flowersEarly flowers
Early flowers

Violet looks like rock!

Delicate colours from a harsh land

Always fun to see the natural cousins of cultivated plants
Douglas FirDouglas Fir
Douglas Fir

Who needs Christmas lights!
Douglas FirDouglas Fir
Douglas Fir

Almost overloaded with cones
Middle LakeMiddle Lake
Middle Lake

Calm mirror at our feet

Sentinel for miles around

2nd October 2016

Such Beauty
Who knew. Thanks so much on a gloomy day in NYC.
2nd October 2016

Nice shots!
I especially like the Douglas Fir, abstract artwork, and Middle Lake. I think it's amazing how much more we see when we carry cameras.
9th October 2016

Nice Shots!
Thank you. Now I know why artists carry sketch books and writers carry notebooks.

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