I went for a hike on Astotin Lake yesterday. I’ve been to the shore often enough looking out at all those islands, but I’ve never been on the lake. I decided, before it all melts, to walk out and see some islands up close.
I headed out, wondering how far I’d get. The crust on the snow wasn’t thick enough to support me and made it even harder to walk through the thigh-deep snow. I found a few old snowshoe tracks which usually held me up, and got out onto the lake. It turns out that further out onto the lake, it is easy walking. Once away from the shore I was only sinking down a few inches. This was a pleasant treat, and I got to three islands before heading back.
Here are some cattails (Typha latifolia) from the shore of an island in Astotin Lake.
A couple weeks ago I was out at Clifford E Lee Wildlife Sanctuary. It was dreadfully cold and winter depression had set in. I walked around for a while, not really inspired—just trying to soak in enough sun to stay sane. I hardly even looked through my photos when I got back. Today I was going through them and found this:
Fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium
) has provided me with so much color and so many great curvy lines to work with that I feel compelled to do a bit of a tribute to fireweed.
OK, I have to post some more from the trip to Abraham Lake. The ice is too cool to keep to myself.
Frost patterns on ice near the Bow River.
Another mushroom in moss.
Fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium) in fall.
Frosty snow. Taken near Beaverhill Lake, Alberta.
A willow leaf in a small stream at the top of Wilcox Pass.
Taken in the morning on the trail to the Saskatchewan Glacier.
Freezing water drops? Yeah, they’re awesome.
Taken today in Elk Island National Park.