Glenbow Ranch, A Kaleidoscope Of Summer Colour

 

Glenbow Ranch, A Kaleidoscope Of Summer Colour

Unlike most early summers on the prairies this one has been wet. Too wet!

Although the water has not been so kind to rivers and streams and folks living nearby, the prairie landscape has flourished under the unusual nourishment, turning native landscapes like Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park into a kaleidoscope of colour. These days saturated doesn’t just apply to ground water levels; after successive (and excessive) rains, the prairie landscape has been enriched to an unprecedented cornucopia of colours. This summer, rainbows, admired for their full range of primary and secondary colours, hang over emerald green pastures, not fescue fields half baked by a sun, reluctant to leave the prolonged days.

Florally speaking, at the macro level, nothing beats the Prairie or Wood Lily  (Lilium philadelphicum) or Yellow Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium parviflorum) when dressed in their finest, hugging the warm side of the colour wheel through the height of summer. Sadly, both species are endangered in some jurisdictions; you know the rules, be sure, when admiring, to look and sneak a capture, but no random stomping or casual picking.

If you like a little contrast in your landscape and don’t mind hand of man, the Canadian Pacific Railway presents a live snake of red and beige cars about seven times daily, easterly and westerly directions, depending on your desire and chosen background. Some just like to soak in the buildup of late afternoon clouds in big sky country, ever hopeful that this time no more rain will fall.

For more on the ravages of the saturated Canadian prairies, see:

http://heathersimondsphotography.com/2013/06/28/mother-nature-reveals-human-nature/

http://heathersimondsphotography.com/2013/06/24/glenbow-ranch-provincial-park-before-the-storm/

 

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©HeatherSimonds, Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park Summer Landscape

 

©HeatherSimonds, Prairie Wood LIly
©HeatherSimonds, Prairie Lily Takes In A Shower
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©HeatherSimonds, Early July Yellow Lady’s Slipper

 

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©HeatherSimonds, Rainbow On The Prairie

 

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©HeatherSimonds, Canadian Pacific Railway Inches Across Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park East Towards Calgary

 

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