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Some ridge walking . . . . and a visitor

Rick C
August 3rd, 2008, 11:03 PM
Pretty cold up on the ridge southwest of Calgary the other day . . . . about 14 C and blowing wind, distressing the temperature even more.

Keeper listens intently for rodents in this windswept place . . . she's hovering over one of their holes. The view is looking east, towards Toronto!!! Next highest spot in that direction would probably be the French Alps.

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. . . . . and finding none, gives up in favour of a little exploring . . . .

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Below, the flowers of spring were still hanging on . . . .

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Upon returning home, I found this momma beast lounging in the shade against the house, with Abby and Keeper loose elsewhere in the yard.

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Nice lookin' . . . . but for her own safety, I shooed her away. She probably had babies tucked away in the willows on the other side of our fence.

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Ten years ago, before Abby and Keeper, a deer with a big chunk taken out of one ear, whom we named Freddie, spent many a day in the same spot. After one summer, we never saw him again.

Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

14+kitties
August 3rd, 2008, 11:14 PM
Awwww the deer. :cloud9: I know the damage they can do but I think they are a magnificent animal. :lovestruck:
You could send Keeper here. We always seem to have lots of mice. Stormy is getting quite chubby catching all the mice she does.
Beautiful pictures as always Rick. My friend lives in Edmonton. She was telling me tonight that it is pretty chilly there too.

Smiley14
August 3rd, 2008, 11:56 PM
Beautiful pics!!!! I love the deer!!! Amazing that she was so close!

growler~GateKeeper
August 4th, 2008, 12:26 AM
Keeper is so cute on the look out for rodents :cloud9: :lovestruck:

Wow I'm surprised the deer is laying down that close to the house :eek:, I guess she knows where she is safe :cloud9:

Have Abby & Keeper come very close to a deer/elk/moose etc on their own property not beyond the fence before?

Rick C
August 4th, 2008, 09:38 AM
Have Abby & Keeper come very close to a deer/elk/moose etc on their own property not beyond the fence before?

Abby and Keeper - and Carol - have been charged by a moose in our yard.

They avoided an Elk stampede where something had spooked the animals in a nearby forest and they were rocketing over our fence by the dozens and running by the house. Abby and Keeper and the humans watched safely but mesmerized from inside the house. Each elk is as big as a horse at least. Our resident elk herd gathers together in the Fall and numbers over 100, frequently lounging in front of our fence.

A mother bear and two cubs visited our crabapple trees for five straight nights last fall but we had the dogs inside. Momma bear seemed to want to avoid a confrontation.

Bear cub in our apple tree:

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Abby was porcupined earlier this year and they've been skunked a few times. There was a badger in the yard earlier but disappeared without a trace or confrontation.

And deer . . . . . . they're in the yard at night after hours frequently. I have tree guards up on our trees because they do tend to mangle things.

The passing elk herd, in the field in front of our house:

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Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

ancientgirl
August 4th, 2008, 09:48 AM
You really live in an amazing place. The pictures of the dear are beautiful.

KimandAutumn
August 4th, 2008, 10:35 PM
haha OMG that bear cub in the apple tree is a riot. Great pics. :thumbs up

hazelrunpack
August 4th, 2008, 10:51 PM
Great pics, Rick :thumbs up As always! :D Abby and Keeper are sure looking chipper! How many miles do you think those paws have traveled?

The elk herd shot is magnificent! I'd love to paint that scene.... :cloud9:

Do you know what kind of flower is in that third pic? It's beautiful.

growler~GateKeeper
August 4th, 2008, 10:57 PM
Abby and Keeper - and Carol - have been charged by a moose in our yard.

They avoided an Elk stampede where something had spooked the animals in a nearby forest and they were rocketing over our fence by the dozens and running by the house.

:eek: Yikes! I guess the moose & elk realize they are bigger & aren't that afraid of charging past. The elk stampede musta been quite the sight! I'm glad everyone was inside.

I remember that Elk herd pic :cloud9: beautiful

TeriM
August 4th, 2008, 11:17 PM
Those are wonderful shots :cloud9:.

rainbow
August 6th, 2008, 12:57 AM
I've seen lots of wildlife where we live but your photos never cease to amaze me. :cloud9:

Rick C
August 6th, 2008, 12:10 PM
Thanks,

More from Monday:

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Above, Keeper and Abby, exploring Elbow Pass on Heritage Day. The pass behind them would eventually take them all the way home if they chose to walk it.

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Above, Abby on the prowl . . . . . some peaks up here had fresh snow while the temperature on our walk hovered at about 13 celcius.

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Above, Abby, above the tree line. We are at about 7,000 feet above sea level at this moment.

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Above, before our walk in the mountains, Abby took an early morning turn in the tall grass of the prairie, hunting mice at her home.

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Above, the previous day, Keeper in the forbidding forest on a rainy day near our home.

Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

ancientgirl
August 6th, 2008, 12:18 PM
These last two area my favorites!

Rick C
August 6th, 2008, 12:36 PM
These last two area my favorites!

. . . . . and no deadly snakes in that tall grass!!! :highfive:

(I saw you're from Miami)

Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

NoahGrey
August 6th, 2008, 12:51 PM
Thank you for the pictures they are beyond beautiful.

ACO22

Chris21711
August 6th, 2008, 12:53 PM
Truly wonderful shots Rick. I got everything as far as the Elk Herd then good old dial-up kicked in and a bunch of red exes :sad: I will try again later.

Rick C
August 6th, 2008, 01:53 PM
Truly wonderful shots Rick. I got everything as far as the Elk Herd then good old dial-up kicked in and a bunch of red exes :sad: I will try again later.

Click on these individual links and they'll come up individually:

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http://www.goldentales.ca/DSC_0359-edit1.jpg

http://www.goldentales.ca/CSC_0407-edit1.jpg

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. . . . . and we must find a way to get you off dial-up!!!

Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

rainbow
August 6th, 2008, 01:54 PM
The detail that shows in your pics is amazing....they look like paintings. :cloud9:

growler~GateKeeper
August 6th, 2008, 09:51 PM
Above, Abby, above the tree line. We are at about 7,000 feet above sea level at this moment.

That would (well they all would) make such a great pic for a calendar or tourist hiking guide book ~ great way to lure visitors (though maybe we don't want not too many trampling through the area :laughing:)

Sylvie
August 6th, 2008, 11:03 PM
Once again awsome pictures.

I have always thought that if I ever win the lottery, I would move back to the Yukon. But I have decided that I want your house. :lovestruck:

Once I win the millions tonight, just name your price :laughing::laughing:

Frenchy
August 6th, 2008, 11:33 PM
Upon returning home, I found this momma beast lounging in the shade against the house, with Abby and Keeper loose elsewhere in the yard.





omg she's beautiful :cloud9:

Chris21711
August 7th, 2008, 08:58 AM
Click on these individual links and they'll come up individually:
. . . . . and we must find a way to get you off dial-up!!!
Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

Thanks Rick, it made it nice and easy for me :thumbs up. As far as getting off of dial-up :laughing: the satellite company says that they need to install a mast because of the tree line and that amounts to too many $$, so I plod along with Ma Bell :yell:. Living where you live, you can get high speed :confused:

Rick C
August 7th, 2008, 10:08 AM
Thanks Rick, it made it nice and easy for me :thumbs up. As far as getting off of dial-up :laughing: the satellite company says that they need to install a mast because of the tree line and that amounts to too many $$, so I plod along with Ma Bell :yell:. Living where you live, you can get high speed :confused:

That is sad. I have a gaudy dish attached to the side of the house. Well, two gaudy dishes, one for TV and one for internet.

Once I win the millions tonight, just name your price

Millions!!!

That would (well they all would) make such a great pic for a calendar or tourist hiking guide book ~ great way to lure visitors (though maybe we don't want not too many trampling through the area )

The short walk straight up hill to Elbow Lake is actually a pretty popular walk as it is . . . . . . but we went about an hour off to the East and that thinned things out.

Elbow Lake last Fall . . . this is about a 1.5 kilometre uphill hike from the highway and fairly popular for hiking and fishing. I saw a beaver in her last year!!! From here, we thinned the crowds out by hiking east about an hour to get to the shots you see above. This is in Kananaskis Country, which has far fewer visitors than nearby Banff National Park.

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Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

allymack
August 7th, 2008, 08:31 PM
As usual those are great pics, Rick! i just love to look at all of your photos!