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An icy adventure . . . . and other things

Rick C
December 29th, 2005, 09:31 AM
Some stuff from around here lately if you're interested . . . .

A trip a few days ago to windswept, barren Chain Lakes in southern Alberta for some shore walking.

Keeper's foot rests in a print left by a wild beast when the lake was still slushy, before it froze hard.

Abby scours the shores of one of a series of lakes created by dams. This is an area that becomes increasingly treeless as you head south along the Rockies, fit only for cattle and not crops. The wind has polished these lakes to a fine glass. I should have brought my skates.

Keeper walks off into infinity . . . .

Even in this desolate place a moment of beauty, a feather held delicately against the wind by a dead wild rose bush.

Some days before Christmas, Keeper explores the field at her home on a heavy, hoar frosted morning.

Abby looks beyond her fence . . . .

A classic Rocky Mountain Chinook Arch . . .

Polly checks out the limits on the macro feature on my camera on Christmas morning, Gramma Kay and Carol lounging in the warm weather in the background. You can see one of Polly's back stumpies. Both her back feet had to be amputated but we let her outside under constant supervision and she gets around pretty good.

Rick C

December 29th, 2005, 09:53 AM
Rick, your photos are simply stunning! I really love the one of Polly... she a beautiful cat - she doesn't need her back feet, she looks purrr-fect as is! Thanks for sharing those captivating shots, I really enjoyed them.

December 29th, 2005, 12:22 PM
Very beautiful. If everybody saw the world through your eyes, it would be a much more appreciated place.:)

December 29th, 2005, 12:31 PM
I always love opening your threads because they always have beautiful pictures in them. Your dogs and cat are beautiful. I'd give anything to live in a place like that.

December 29th, 2005, 02:13 PM
Beautiful, beautiful photos! May I ask - what model camera do you use? :thumbs up

Rick C
December 29th, 2005, 02:53 PM
May I ask - what model camera do you use? :thumbs up

I use a Panasonic DMC FZ20 5.1 megapixel with a 35-420 zoom. Picture this one with duct tape on it . . . . I've dropped it a couple of times and part of a grip went missing in some grass.

The newest version is the Panasonic DMC FZ30 with 8.1 megapixels and the same lens. . . . . that would be the one you should look at.

These are probably the best cameras you can buy if you don't want to change lenses. They're a step below the upper crust but do a great job.

A Christmas rose . . . .

Thanks for the comments earlier.

Rick C

December 29th, 2005, 06:42 PM
Your pics are absolutely beautiful. I will have to look into getting a camera like that one. I think I might even take a photoraph course.

December 30th, 2005, 07:34 AM
Rick C, incredible photos as always. Such a pleasure to look at and as Prin said "What a beautiful world it would be".

December 30th, 2005, 07:37 AM
Have you ever published your pictures. They are beautiful.

December 30th, 2005, 07:40 AM
Your photos are always a treat! That first one really puzzled me until I scrolled down a bit to see the caption. I never even thought of frozen lake.

December 30th, 2005, 07:44 AM
I guess that would be a strange thought where you are, eh. They are great for outdoor skating but many people lose their lives each year because they go out before it is thick enough or continue to go out when it has thawed too much but it is a lot more fun than a rink.

doggy lover
December 30th, 2005, 03:15 PM
Beautiful pics as always, mind the dogs on the river. Tucker fell through our pond at our cottage, last time we were there it was frozen so he played on it this time right through. Luckly he only ended up a cold wet dog.

Rick C
December 31st, 2005, 11:42 AM
Beautiful pics as always, mind the dogs on the river. Tucker fell through our pond at our cottage, last time we were there it was frozen so he played on it this time right through. Luckly he only ended up a cold wet dog.

We were on a lake, not a river . . . . I wouldn't let them go out on a river and that's for sure.

Keeper fell through the ice on a slough once, her experienced immortalized from her point of view at:

The ice at Chain Lakes is several feet thick according to local fishermen augering some holes at the dam we walked over.


December 31st, 2005, 05:41 PM
Wow Rick, I'm always in awe of your pictures, they're inspiring at the very least. My mother has taken to looking for university jobs in Alberta after showing her this site, and specifically Abby and Keeper's pics!

December 31st, 2005, 06:54 PM
Oh Rick! AWESOME!:thumbs up

Rick C
December 31st, 2005, 08:31 PM
Wow Rick, I'm always in awe of your pictures, they're inspiring at the very least. My mother has taken to looking for university jobs in Alberta after showing her this site, and specifically Abby and Keeper's pics!

Well, Edmonton, home of the University of Alberta, is about a five hour drive from the mountains and Calgary, home of the University of Calgary, is an hour or less from the mountains . . . . . . so that should make the decision easy.

Edmonton has some nice lakes around it though while Calgary is a pretty dry place (although whole neighbourhoods in the city have their own private lakes). But Calgarians love their parks and outdoors.

There are about 80,000 American citizens living in Calgary, a city of about 1 million.

Thanks for your comments everyone. They're my only reward. I appreciate it.

Rick C

Rick C
January 2nd, 2006, 06:41 PM
Another icy adventure if you're interested, from yesterday when we went to Kananaskis, first to wind-swept Barrier Lake then much higher, to snow-bound Upper Kananaskis Lake.

A cold place makes for hot walking, hence the rolling-in-the-snow ritual along Barrier Lake for Abby and Keeper . . . . .

An ebullient, happy to be anywhere, Keeper surveys the smooth as glass, wind-swept Barrier Lake. The lake was a greenish colour.

A lone ice fisherman is dwarfed by formidable surroundings at Upper Kananaskis Lake, quite a bit higher than Barrier and definitely far snowier. I think this is about 6,500 to 7,000 feet or so above sea level. A nearby pass on the highway is at 7500 feet I believe.

Abby at Upper Kananaskis Lake on a gloomy, snowing day . . . . . this is a source for a portion of Calgary's drinking water and wonderful walking both winter and summer around the lake and beyond.

A sense of place for those interested, a sight familiar to Calgarians, the Trans-Canada Highway as it approaches the Rockies west of Calgary . . . . I only post this picture because moments before I took it we had passed a rather gruesome scene, amid this beauty, of an Aboriginal man's hit and run death only an hour or so before, with the police on scene and some rather gory remains, in many pieces, protuding from under a wind flapped tarp. This scene is on the Morley Reserve and its not unusual to see natives hitching the highway at all hours. Strangely, I ran this particular stretch of highway in the Banff/Calgary relay in 2003.

POSTSCRIPT EDIT: The victim was a 16 year-old native girl walking the highway at 7 a.m. (in the dark), returning home from a New Years party. A witness, another native walking the highway, says she was hit by three vehicles, none of which stopped. The last two probably thought it was a dead animal on the road.

Rick C

January 2nd, 2006, 06:52 PM
Hi Rick,just wanted to say that in new year's eve,I showed my brother (who is into photography big time,worked for a lab for many years) your website.He said;"this is a professional" I said no.He couldn't believe me.Finally,he said "WOW!".You really should think about doing something with this,you have what it takes!I would be the first to buy one of your books.

January 2nd, 2006, 06:54 PM
It's sad that tragedies still happen on even the most beautiful roads.:sad: But I have to say, that's one of my favorite drives- from Calgary to Banff. You come over those big hills and see the Rockies, and then you descend and lose them. Coming into the Rockies so gradually is the best part...

January 3rd, 2006, 11:12 PM
Rick C,

That is a sad story, especially starting off the new year. But aside from that, I have to say that is one of the views I miss the most. The drive slowly approaching such majestic giants. Those are beautiful pictures but as you and every one that has seen them in person, no picture will ever do the Rockies justice. It is an awe inspiring scene to see, stays with you in your heart forever.

I have to agree with every one else when it comes to your pictures. If you ever bring this hobby into the professional world, I would definately want a copy on my book shelf.

January 4th, 2006, 07:01 AM
Love the pictures, Rick. They're making my ache to pack up the bike and head west stronger!

Rick C
January 4th, 2006, 10:29 AM
Thanks for the comments . . . . . still just amusing myself and haven't gotten around to anything commercial. I do pretty well in business so it hasn't been a priority.

The victim in the accident was a 16 year-old native girl walking the highway home at 7 in the morning from a New Year's Eve party . . . . . she was struck by three vehicles, none of which stopped, according to another native man also walking the highway but not with her. For the family, this is the second time in ten years one of their members has been run over in the same place. No perpetrator was ever caught in the first instance and no arrest to date in this one. At 7 a.m. at that spot at that time of day, it would be pitch black so you might expect someone might think they had hit an animal. At 7 a.m. as well, its still about a half hour to an hour early for the mountain ski crowd so it might have been thru traffic, going to Kamloops or Vancouver and they might not have even know they hit a person instead of an animal. Or . . . . they're hiding obviously.

A view on the Dump Road just south of Okotoks . . . . I've passed this scene a million times on my way to work through 18 years and this is the first time I've had a camera handy . . . .

Thanks again for you comments. Maybe you'll see an illustrated Abby & Keeper short story book someday. ;)

Rick C

January 4th, 2006, 02:05 PM
That's it, I'm packing up my apartment, Peaches and Simon and moving north LOL Always was a maritimes girl, but I'm starting to think the mountains have a louder call...

January 4th, 2006, 07:06 PM

Well I have been to DC and it's pretty nice and all. But you are right the mountains have this way of enchanting an individual.

January 5th, 2006, 12:08 AM
Who doesn't stop when they hit an animal?:confused: :sad: