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Our weekend adventures

Rick C
October 15th, 2007, 09:39 AM
Sunday, we got an early start to Chester Lake, a walk off the Smith-Dorrien Trail in Kananaskis Country in southwestern Alberta.

Below, Keeper and Abby at Chester Lake, in shadow at this time of the day.

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The Larch pine were particularly awesome. I believe its the only pine that has its needles die and fall off every year, creating a very nice show at this time of year at high altitudes.

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More Larch below:

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Below, Keeper in the immenseness (if that's a word) of it all.

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Saturday, we took a hard hike up to Indian Oils in K-Country. Below, Keeper and Abby contemplate going higher.

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Below, Abby on the trail.

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Keeper in fall colours on the trail.

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Keeper finds refuge in a leaf covered stream - pretty hot day for the time of year.

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Below, mountain goats do their thing

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Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

clm
October 15th, 2007, 09:45 AM
Beautiful pics Rick.

I have a larch, it's in the process of turning brown so the needles will be falling off shortly. It gets the most beautiful new growth green colour in the spring.

Cindy

breeze
October 15th, 2007, 09:56 AM
This is a great way to start the day, beautiful pictures, peacful, and so enjoyable to look at..

thank you for posting so early in the morning :thumbs up:thumbs up.

JanM
October 15th, 2007, 09:58 AM
Beautiful - and awesome as usual!

growler~GateKeeper
October 15th, 2007, 11:28 PM
amazing :thumbs up

otter
October 15th, 2007, 11:39 PM
Amazing pics :thumbs up....
Rick - I was up in your "neck of the woods" on the long weekend and I kept thinking of your photos. My picture taking skills just couldn't do it justice, I'm constantly in awe of your abilities to capture the beauty and grandeur of the area!!

shredy
October 16th, 2007, 12:20 AM
Those are two lucky dogs! Can I come live with you??? Amazing pictures! I miss the mountains having been transplanted at the beach for a couple years and your pictures make me very homesick!!

hazelrunpack
October 16th, 2007, 10:14 AM
Beautiful country--makes the perfect setting for two beautiful dogs! :dog:

Hard to believe it was a warm day after that first picture of snow on the rocks and the dogs in the cold water. What a difference altitude makes--around here, we're pretty much all in the same climate zone. :D

Love4himies
October 16th, 2007, 01:38 PM
Ok Rick, if you are going to post such beautiful pictures for those of us here in eastern Canada, then at least your posts should come with a invitation to visit. It is torture to sit in my office looking at these:yell:! Jasper (hence me naming my cat after it) is my favourite place in the world, and K-country is a very close second! It is as close to heaven as we can possibly be!

Love4himies
October 16th, 2007, 01:53 PM
Rick, I shared your pictures with another photographer enthusiast (sp?) and she is stunned. She would like to know what camera you are using.

Rick C
October 16th, 2007, 04:09 PM
Rick, I shared your pictures with another photographer enthusiast (sp?) and she is stunned. She would like to know what camera you are using.

I have a Nikon D80.

Typically I'm using auto ISO and varying the shutter speed. So, using the "S" setting. But you can be more sophisticated than that.

Hard to believe it was a warm day after that first picture of snow on the rocks and the dogs in the cold water.

Depends how high you go.

Nevertheless, I was actually tromping around in the snow in my shorts, although I had some layering on, including a windbreaker, to keep my core warm. By the time we had descended from Chester Lake, I was back down to a t-shirt again.

I have a larch, it's in the process of turning brown so the needles will be falling off shortly.

I'm amazed!!! I seem to only see them at higher altitudes around here.

Another Larch shot:

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Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

clm
October 17th, 2007, 07:21 AM
There were 2 kinds of Larch to choose from when I bought it. European or American. I picked the American. We had Larch at the cottage too. My dad and my husband hate them, but the garden is my domain so I buy whatever my little heart desires :laughing:
I thought about a redwood since they also drop their needles every fall, but the larch is faster growing, so that's why I chose it.

Cindy

growler~GateKeeper
October 17th, 2007, 10:42 PM
Rick when you take Abby & Keeper on these fantabulous hikes how long are you & the dogs out for? What time do you usually go, I mean do you leave really early in the morning or are they close enough to get there if you leave mid morning? It sounds like some of the locations you need to drive a bit to get to & they always look like they are having the time of their lives :)

mummummum
October 17th, 2007, 11:55 PM
Rick ...unlike the others here, I respect your and Mrs Rick's need for independence, freedom from obligation and privacy. As such I won't ask to come live with you but I will humbly and modestly offer the opportunity for you to give my dog's a vacation :D

Seriously , Keeper and Abby are living THE life ! My doggies think they are in their glory at our little ol' Cherry Beach on Lake Ontario here in the city. :laughing:

Rick C
October 18th, 2007, 10:10 AM
Rick when you take Abby & Keeper on these fantabulous hikes how long are you & the dogs out for? What time do you usually go, I mean do you leave really early in the morning or are they close enough to get there if you leave mid morning? It sounds like some of the locations you need to drive a bit to get to & they always look like they are having the time of their lives :)

The door-to-back-to-the-door turnaround on something like Indian Oils (above) would be about 4.5 hours . . . . you could leave at 10 a.m. and be back by 2:30, hiking included.

We have a lot of things to do within about 40 minutes of the house. Lets me get back for an afternoon beer and some reading in the hammock/deck.

The trip to Chester Lake would be more elaborate, about 1:40 minutes to drive - 1:30 to drive to Upper Kananaskis Lake - and then hiking time. So, leave at 9:30 a.m. and back by 3:30 or 4. Aside from winter road closures, we go the back way via Longview which is spectacular and lightly travelled - meaning I can bomb along at a high rate of speed.

Most weekend days I'll either 1) go to the office about 6:30 a.m. for a couple of hours (my Calgary office is a 25 minute drive from our house) and then run/bike in the city or 2) go to the county dump (I love going to the county dump!!!) then go for a long run (1.5 hours) in the country . . . . . and after that, I'll pick up Abby and Keeper and Carol, if she wants to go, and head out for a few hours.

We go to the Bragg Creek area less as there's a bit of traffic and, believe it or not, Banff and Lake Louise are pretty inconvenient from our house - about a 2 hour or 2.5 hour drive, so we engage those areas only occasionally.

We do a lot of winter walking down closed roads, on mountain ridges, etc.

So . . . . office/run, then to the mountains/hiking, then off for a walk, then back in the afternoon for some lounging around.

Thanks for asking.

Sun comes up, leaving Abby and Keeper pondering where they'll be going today. The view is southwest, towards Black Diamond/Longview:

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Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

rainbow
October 18th, 2007, 07:22 PM
Your pictures never cease to amaze me. :cloud9: :thumbs up

growler~GateKeeper
October 19th, 2007, 04:40 AM
You're very lucky to have such gorgeous hiking companions & gorgeous vistas to fill your mornings :) and all in resonable distances from home too. The last shot is great :thumbs up