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Lingering snow . . . .

Rick C
June 15th, 2008, 08:05 PM
Today we were in Kananaskis Country, exploring the headwaters of the Kananaskis River.

Snow lingers on the sides of the mountains as Abby searches for squirrels beneath an Inukshuk someone had constructed. The trail below Abby circles Upper Kananaskis Lake - about 17 km round trip. But we were heading up and behind the lake. On Abby and Keeper's blog at www.goldentales.ca/new.htm you can see this place completely snow bound and ice bound in late April, only about six weeks ago.

http://www.goldentales.ca/DSC_1003-edit1.jpg

Below, a sun-dappled Keeper lingers for a sip of water in the Kananaskis River.

http://www.goldentales.ca/DSC_0938-edit1.jpg

Below, Abby and Keeper, still surrounded by snow.

http://www.goldentales.ca/DSC_0978-edit1.jpg


Below, oooops, a moose lady!!!

http://www.goldentales.ca/DSC_08700-edit1.jpg


Below, a picture perfect day for Keeper. Note the guy fishing on the point. This lake forms part of Calgary's drinking water. With the snowpack yet to fully melt, the recent rains have left people worried about flooding downstream. But this lake will fill up through the summer behind it's dam.

http://www.goldentales.ca/CSC_0882-edit1.jpg

Below, Polly the hunter . . . .

http://www.goldentales.ca/CSC_0824-edit2.jpg

Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

loopoo
June 15th, 2008, 08:09 PM
your pictures are really breathtaking, scenery and your animals and all... makes me want to jump in to the picture and be right there:cloud9: i love seeing the picture of holly in there too.. beautiful shot

Frenchy
June 15th, 2008, 08:12 PM
Oh I'm drooling here ! It's so beautiful ... I picture my house in one of those pictures :laughing: Love the Polly pic too :lovestruck:

ancientgirl
June 15th, 2008, 08:37 PM
Amazing shots! I love Polly!

angeldogs
June 15th, 2008, 09:21 PM
Beautiful shots and the scenery is amazing.

sophistikitten
June 15th, 2008, 10:12 PM
What breathtaking pics! Thanks for sharing!:thumbs up

loopoo
June 15th, 2008, 10:42 PM
omg i cant type tonight.. first i said brothe in one post then holly.. i meant polly of course:)

kimnmark
June 16th, 2008, 06:03 AM
Wow what an awesome landscape! Abby & Keeper look right at home.
I love Polly hiding out in the tall grass.

Sylvie
June 16th, 2008, 10:21 AM
Once again, your pictures are breathtaking!:)

Mahealani770
June 16th, 2008, 01:42 PM
Love the pics Rick..they are my favorite. And I still have "the pet wall" with that shot of Polly sitting in your shed (?) looking out into a pasture with a red barn and buildings in the background. I believe these new shots will have to get added :goodvibes: And for heaven's sake...what kind of camera are you using???
And if these pics aren't motivation to move to Canada, I don't know what is.

calikat421
June 16th, 2008, 02:25 PM
OH MY... I am in awe of all of your pictures! I love photography, looking and doing myself... especially flowers and scenery, but your photos are well beyond anything I've done, great eye!!!:thumbs up

TeriM
June 17th, 2008, 04:03 PM
Gorgeous :cloud9:. We were hoping for a return trip to Kananaskis this year but I think due to high fuel costs we might actually camp closer to home instead. Those fabulous pics make me want to rethink the decision again :rolleyes:.

I love that shot of Polly :lovestruck:.

Rick C
June 17th, 2008, 10:00 PM
Love the pics Rick..they are my favorite. And I still have "the pet wall" with that shot of Polly sitting in your shed (?) looking out into a pasture with a red barn and buildings in the background. I believe these new shots will have to get added :goodvibes: And for heaven's sake...what kind of camera are you using???
And if these pics aren't motivation to move to Canada, I don't know what is.

Thanks . . . . . Nikon D80 for the above. Panasonic Z20 for the below.

Polly is actually in our house, looking through a window, in the picture below, which is digitally altered to look like a painting. . . . . the early morning sun touching the tops of the raspberry stalks.

http://www.goldentales.ca/P1000772_edited-3.jpg

Below, Polly, one storey higher, in our bedroom. She has only two front feet but she managed to get up on a dresser. . . . . .

http://www.goldentales.ca/P1010868_edited-3.jpg

But I do like this one, same window as the first, Polly looking out a window on a winter morning . . .

http://www.goldentales.ca/P1000331_edited-13.jpg

Experiments in depth of field.

Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

growler~GateKeeper
June 18th, 2008, 12:05 AM
:eek: Hope the lady moose was forgiving of your crossing paths :D

Keeper & Abby happy to see the ground once again? :D

Polly is a purrty & courageous little grrl :lovestruck:

As always stunning photos :thumbs up

kimnmark
June 18th, 2008, 05:56 AM
Wow I love the way you framed the window shots of Polly. I agree my favorite is the third one...it looks right out of a dream.

Mahealani770
June 18th, 2008, 07:33 AM
Gosh Rick, I freakin love that pic of Polly looking out. So, are your cameras digital so that you can easily transfer the pics online or do you have to get the pics developed and scan them, etc.? I'm asking because I'd love to have a camera that takes pics like the ones you produce but I need them to be easily transferable from the camera to online.
Also, would you recommend a vacation to the Kananaskis river area? It looks like you could pitch a tent right there on the edge of that gorgeous lake..lol
I've always wanted to visit Canada but it's just so huge, I have no idea where to go.
Thanks!

P.S. - I had no idea that Polly was missing her back legs...what happened to her?

Rick C
June 18th, 2008, 09:40 AM
Gosh Rick, I freakin love that pic of Polly looking out. So, are your cameras digital so that you can easily transfer the pics online or do you have to get the pics developed and scan them, etc.? I'm asking because I'd love to have a camera that takes pics like the ones you produce but I need them to be easily transferable from the camera to online.
Also, would you recommend a vacation to the Kananaskis river area? It looks like you could pitch a tent right there on the edge of that gorgeous lake..lol
I've always wanted to visit Canada but it's just so huge, I have no idea where to go.
Thanks!

P.S. - I had no idea that Polly was missing her back legs...what happened to her?

Polly washed up at a local pet store with five new kittens. Polly also had mites in her ears and wouldn't stop scratching while she was being treated so the pet store owner put little sacks on her back feet and used elastic bands to hold them on. They were real tight. We took (demanded/bought?) Polly out of the store and within two days, specialists had determined her back feet, which were hard as rocks after being without circulation, had to be amputated. It was a $1,600 bill but the surgeons at Western Veterinary in Calgary donated their time, without being asked, cutting the bill in half. Polly has lots of friends. We found good homes for the kittens, including Skyler, who is with ourselves.

Polly has good mobility now on her stumps. She goes outside with constant human supervision and Abby will follow her around because she knows Polly can still catch mice.

Below, Polly lunges for a maybe mouse while Abby patiently waits for the spoils:

http://www.goldentales.ca/DSC_1184-edit1.jpg

Below, Polly revels in life, her stumps clearly shown:

http://www.goldentales.ca/DSC_1166-edit1.jpg

People visiting the area generally zoom in on Banff/Jasper National Parks, and rightly so, but Kananaskis Country offers wonderous scenery as well.

Nakiska was the site of the alpine events for the 88 Olympics. There is a fabulous golf course nestled in the mountains near Nakiska as well as higher-end hotels where the G-8 summit of world leaders was held a few years ago.

But . . . . lots of great camping and RV'ing places and fabulous hiking challenges.

The official site:

http://www.tpr.alberta.ca/parks/kananaskis/flashindex.asp

Abby and Keeper and I like to hike there in the winter months as well. Some great cross-country skiing there.

Abby crosses the timber line atop Moose Mountain (Brokeback Mountain) in K-Country on New Years Day 2008.

http://www.goldentales.ca/CSC_2506-edit1.jpg

We have a team in the K-100 relay this Saturday, running from Longview to Nakiska. Should be fun on a nice day.

http://www.k-100relay.ca/

Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

SIL
June 18th, 2008, 09:44 AM
Breath taking pictures as always. I also enjoy your website.:thumbs up

angeldogs
June 18th, 2008, 09:45 AM
Awesome pics.i love the first one with Polly and Abby.Polly is lucky you and the wife saved her.beautiful girl she is

mollywog
June 18th, 2008, 10:11 AM
wow!!! :eek:
what amazingly beautiful pictures!!! I spent this past winter living in Golden, BC. Driven past Kananaskis numerous times but never stopped.. might have to next time!
Nikon, eh? I use a D40 but am still very much a newbie when it comes to all the bells and whistles. Still takes beautiful pictures anyways!
Great story about Polly. Lucky girl! :pawprint:

angeldogs
June 18th, 2008, 10:29 AM
I'm using the D80 and i'm still learning the camera.hopefully one day i will get pics with the same quality may not the scenery but quality.

Mahealani770
June 18th, 2008, 02:40 PM
Awe Rick, I was sickened to read about what poor Polly has been through. What in the WORLD was that pet store owner thinking???? :mad:
I'd like to tie a couple of sacks to his b_ _ _s for what he did to her!

I'm beyond greatful though, that she is with you and Mrs. C now. Again, what gorgeous pics you take. Is your camera a digital or does it take film?

P.S. - I am editing this post because I just found out why your pics are so awesome.....I saw the price on the Nikon D80...lol
I can't find the Panasonic Z20, though.

Thanks,
Mahealani

Rick C
June 18th, 2008, 03:10 PM
Awe Rick, I was sickened to read about what poor Polly has been through. What in the WORLD was that pet store owner thinking???? :mad:
I'd like to tie a couple of sacks to his b_ _ _s for what he did to her!

I'm beyond greatful though, that she is with you and Mrs. C now. Again, what gorgeous pics you take. Is your camera a digital or does it take film?

P.S. - I am editing this post because I just found out why your pics are so awesome.....I saw the price on the Nikon D80...lol
I can't find the Panasonic Z20, though.

Thanks,
Mahealani

The pet store owner was a she. Not mean. Just dumb.

The Nikon D80 is a single lens reflex digital camera.

The Panasonic DMC FZ50 - the newest model - is an electronic camera, basically a modest step down from a single lens reflex but well regarded. My FZ20 pooched after about 50,000 images and all the abuse it took on hikes.

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasonicfz50/

It has credible competitors in it's price range you might want to check out. Very easy to use.

We also have a cheap Sony Cybershot digital. I often use it on holidays to stuff in my pocket, thereby avoiding carrying a lot of camera stuff around. I might take the Cybershot on my trip up Kilimanjaro in October instead of lugging a lot of heavy equipment.

The lesson there is that spending lots on camera equipment isn't necessarily going to get you great pictures. In fact, there's a lot of fun in the challenge of taking a cheap camera and turning straw into gold.

The Cybershot meets Joy, a Golden living in Atascadero, California on our trip there last November.

http://www.goldentales.ca/DSC02117-edit1.jpg

Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

angeldogs
June 18th, 2008, 03:34 PM
We also have the Nikon coolpix S4.and we all have fun with it.

I like that last pic you post.

jealma
June 18th, 2008, 07:49 PM
Just amazing pictures. Breath taking, and makes a person feel at peice. Are your shots make the senery look great and the animals look wonderful. Loved looking at them and thanks for the enjoyment

rainbow
June 21st, 2008, 11:43 PM
Great shot of Ms Moose. :thumbs up

And, I love the third pic of Abby & Keeper :lovestruck: and the pics of Polly. :cloud9: