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Winter scenes

Rick C
December 11th, 2007, 12:01 PM
A few winter scenes:

Abby and Keeper in their back yard southwest of Calgary . . . .

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Below, mining for rodents as the sun sets over the Rockies

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A little earlier, Abby watches the valley under a low winter sun from our deck

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A little, little earlier, Keeper runs the Sheep River Gorge west of Turner Valley.

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Below, walking the road . . . . this road is closed from December until May, making for a pleasant walk. Also used by X-country skiers. Here, we're heading back to the vehicle, away from the Gorge picture above. The wind was behind us and the dogs kept stopping to look into the forest on the left, sniffing the wind, causing me to wonder if something wasn't tracking us . . . and the only thing that would track us would be a cougar. It was near here that we had our apparent cougar encounter last winter. But . . . . I saw no movement and maybe I just have a couple of paranoid neurotics for dogs.

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Below, for amusement, the short cut home. Just don't drive straight through or you'll end up in the drink, in this case, Threepoint Creek. This is a favourite swimming hole for Abby and Keeper in the summer. There is a concrete pad under the water for crossing in the summer and its used after freeze-up as well, shaving about 15 minutes off our drive home. But someone always goes through the ice with their vehicle in the Spring and sometimes early in the winter too. The creek is shallow enough that its only a car-wrecking adventure and not too much of a danger.

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onster
December 11th, 2007, 12:28 PM
wow, ure pictures are so beautiful...almost makes me not want to despise winter :P

CearaQC
December 11th, 2007, 12:32 PM
The third picture :cloud9:

Wow, what an amazing view, with the dog looking over the horizon. I hope that is a large resolution because it's a keeper.

What kind of camera are you using?

want4rain
December 11th, 2007, 12:43 PM
*sniffles* it was 26.6c yesterday. looks like another today. your first picture is on my desktop now.


*sniffles*

-ashley

Frenchy
December 11th, 2007, 01:01 PM
Gosh I love the view from your deck ! :cloud9:

jadams007
December 11th, 2007, 01:05 PM
great shots! and good looking dogs too!

Rick C
December 11th, 2007, 01:07 PM
The third picture :cloud9:

Wow, what an amazing view, with the dog looking over the horizon. I hope that is a large resolution because it's a keeper.

What kind of camera are you using?

I am currently using a Nikon D80. Resolution is quite large. The first picture in this thread is likely going to be the cover shot for Abby and Keeper's new book coming out whenever I can find the time to put it all together. Looks nice in the mock-up though!!l

Gosh I love the view from your deck !

The summer view with Abby:

http://www.goldentales.ca/P1080735_edited-1.jpg

Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

Lukka'sma
December 11th, 2007, 01:09 PM
Great pictures Rick as always
Now what I want to know is do you have some secret weapon to rid the dogs fur of nature's velcro (burrs) when they are exploring in the woods and fields. They have long fur like my dog and the burrs tangle the fur and leave me with such a mess to deal with, even a slight graze past a burr plant can spell doom.

Rick C
December 11th, 2007, 01:18 PM
Great pictures Rick as always
Now what I want to know is do you have some secret weapon to rid the dogs fur of nature's velcro (burrs) when they are exploring in the woods and fields. They have long fur like my dog and the burrs tangle the fur and leave me with such a mess to deal with, even a slight graze past a burr plant can spell doom.

Burrs are a big problem in the pasturelands but I rarely see them in the mountains or forests. Our nearest forest walk is only a 20 minute drive away and its easy to hit the mountains within 40 minutes. So that's what we do.

We haven't spent a lot of time in the pasturelands the last few years as the ranch next door sold to new owners . . . . and we don't have burrs in our own yard, four acres.

Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

ancientgirl
December 11th, 2007, 01:45 PM
Wow! You live on some beautiful land! Those pictures of your pups are absolutely beautiful.

SARAH
December 11th, 2007, 04:03 PM
Beautiful pictures, lovely dogs, heavenly landscapes (summer and winter) and even a trail I could ski on without getting scared of falling :laughing:

Dog Dancer
December 11th, 2007, 05:28 PM
Rick your pics are always breathtaking. I'm sure you stop and count your blessings daily. What a picture beautiful place to live in.

dmc123
December 11th, 2007, 06:47 PM
I agree Rick, your pictures are always absolutely gorgeous!

Good job,
Diane

wdawson
December 11th, 2007, 10:40 PM
amazing as always rick.....i love your playground.....lucky pups

rainbow
December 12th, 2007, 01:30 AM
I agree with all the comments....there's nothing more to add. :cloud9:

TeriM
December 12th, 2007, 02:21 AM
Fantastic shots and gorgeous dogs :cloud9:. Do you ever cross country ski or ski tour with them?

Rick C
December 14th, 2007, 12:11 PM
Fantastic shots and gorgeous dogs :cloud9:. Do you ever cross country ski or ski tour with them?

I X-country ski around the property . . . about 10 minutes per circuit - and occasionally out into the field with them. Not in the mountains with them . . . we prefer to walk in the winter. When they're eventually gone, I'll return to the mountains for x-country skiing. A lot.

Amusing update story about the picture of the ice bridge above.

I went that way later yesterday afternoon and there was a big rectangle hole in the ice where the dirty track is in the picture above. Obviously someone went through.

And I crossed - after watching someone else first - where there appears to be a bit of a hole above, straight through. Now it's frozen enough to take the Durango.

It's probably about 3-5 feet deep, enough to wreck your vehicle a bit but not fatal.

It's also busy. As I said, it's a very handy short cut.

Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

growler~GateKeeper
December 16th, 2007, 06:24 AM
simply stunning :cloud9: