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A journey . . . . and a visitor

Rick C
May 3rd, 2009, 02:43 PM
Still snowy white up in the mountains, another visit to Upper Kananaskis Lake in K-Country, southwestern Alberta yesterday.

This actually turned pretty balmy and I was marching around in a T-shirt.

Below, Keeper takes on some snow for cooling down (I do carry water and food for them) . . . . .

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Below, this placid scene disguises a lot of activity right at this moment. Abby pushes her ears forward as she listens to a coyote howling ahead of her, a coyote that came into view running along the lakeshore only a few minutes later. Simultaneously, there was jet engine-like roar coming from the mountain ahead as snow avalanches were coming down. Behind Abby, out of view, there was a crashing as a rock avalanche came off yet another mountain. The jumble we are standing on that extends down into the valley is from a big avalanche off the same mountain about 100 years ago. We were hiking to the headwaters of the Kananskis River . . . .

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Below, Upper Kananaskis Lake . . . . . we encountered a couple of young ladies jogging through the snow, making a round of the lake which is 17.4 km. I'd run 33 km the day before, prepping for an upcoming marathon so it was all I could do to walk this day!!! The coyote was yowling and running along the lakeshore below, it's howls providing a surreal backdrop in this setting.

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Below, at home, Abby is pursued by Sally, from Saskatchewan, a visitor. The snow on our place is virtually all gone, except for a few shadowy pockets, and the grass is greening. But the leaves are late this year.

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Below, Sally . . . . . a cross between a chow and a Sheltie and an owner surrender who has a lot of energy.

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Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

hazelrunpack
May 3rd, 2009, 03:49 PM
I don't normally think of a mountain vista as being noisy...looks like Abby was surprised, too! :D

The shot of Keeper getting some refreshments is breathtaking! So much subtle color from blue to green to reds...

Sally is a gorgeous girl--I love the shot of her pursuing Abby across the yard.

14+kitties
May 3rd, 2009, 04:20 PM
:cloud9: Wonderful pics as usual! If I were a little younger and healthier I would be so tempted to go on a trip.......... :rolleyes:
Beautiful!

Rick C
May 3rd, 2009, 09:42 PM
More from today . . . . .

Sally did a lot of exploring . . . . .

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Below, there was a bit of a domination struggle, but Abby won the stare downs when Sally, the much younger and energetic dog, got too uppity . . . .

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. . . . . while Keeper was just kind of confused by the whole thing.

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Below, in the end, Abby and Keeper have a tight bond . . . .

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Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

Dee-O-Gee
May 3rd, 2009, 10:10 PM
Rick, I'm sure you've heard this many times but your pictures are absolutely stunning.

So...what's with the equipment? Do you use a good old fashion SLR or a new high tech digital SLR?

Just curious :shrug:

hazelrunpack
May 3rd, 2009, 10:19 PM
Sally looks like she's making herself right at home. :D Is she a foster, Rick? (do tell :p)

I love the look on Keeper's face when she's watching Sally! :laughing: And Abby and Keeper's united front :cloud9:

Rick C
May 3rd, 2009, 11:13 PM
Rick, I'm sure you've heard this many times but your pictures are absolutely stunning.

So...what's with the equipment? Do you use a good old fashion SLR or a new high tech digital SLR?

Just curious :shrug:

I use a Nikon D80 digital with an 18-70 zoom and a 70-300 zoom . . . . or, on holidays, an inexpensive Sony Cybershot to stuff in my pocket . . . . the Cybershot has actually had a picture in Photo Life Magazine and won a few awards. Equipment doesn't have to be important.

Sally was the property of an 80 year-old fellow but was too high energy, so now she's adopted Carol's brother Don, and they live in Viscount, Saskatchewan. They are visiting for the weekend.

Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

growler~GateKeeper
May 4th, 2009, 12:14 AM
:cloud9: *sigh* gorgeous views

Love the "stand off" between Abby & Sally too cute :D

Brandykins
May 6th, 2009, 06:59 AM
Stunning photos - the dogs are beauties, love Sally. Beautiful scenery - you are lucky with snow still on the mountains. Our Scottish mountains have lost most of their snow hats!!

Dee-O-Gee
May 6th, 2009, 09:14 PM
I use a Nikon D80 digital with an 18-70 zoom and a 70-300 zoom . . . . or, on holidays, an inexpensive Sony Cybershot to stuff in my pocket . . . . the Cybershot has actually had a picture in Photo Life Magazine and won a few awards. Equipment doesn't have to be important.

Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

How long ago was the Photo Life Magazine Cybershot picture?

We have a nice good old fashion Pentax SLR with a few different lenses and filters. It was my husband's hobby and he has a great eye for photography too. :)

As for myself--a simple Kodak or our Olympus digital, point & click camera is good enough for me :shrug:

angeldogs
May 7th, 2009, 05:58 AM
Beautiful pics Ricks.all Keeper,Abby and Sally are all gorgeous dogs.

clm
May 7th, 2009, 07:11 AM
Just love your pictures. Sally even has the same sort of colouring as your two. Love the pic of confused Keeper. :laughing:

Cindy

Mat&Murph
May 7th, 2009, 09:31 AM
I just love your pics Rick!!! You have a great eye!! And your pics are always stunning!!!