Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park

Autumn Skies Azul and Gold

Autumn Skies Colour Palette

 

from Whitehorse, Yukon to the Rocky Mountains to northern Quebec

 

Autumn skies lure venturesome folks to the forests and streams and mountains and roadways this time of year. It is annual pilgrimage time and everyone is in search of colour. Nature dresses up the landscape for another showstopper season. Colours that pop with the post summer cool down when the autumn skies are bluest. Red, orange and yellow against azul skies. Even mother nature knows that complementary colours, opposite positions on the colour wheel, catch the human interest. Every day the blends evolve, meld, and transition into a new canvas.

Depending on where you live the experience may differ in palette but always thrills. Within a mere hours drive north of Montreal, Quebec lies a haven of lakes and streams with a multicoloured Appalachian mountain backdrop. In the east you can find the much sought after crimson reds. On the western prairies nature sticks to an analogous palette, primarily tones of yellow and orange with different values. On the west coast the big leaf maples wield the largest brushes. If you want to venture north where autumn takes on the coloured dress earlier look for brighter bluer skies to show off the colours. Even for those who prefer or can’t get off the beaten path most are accessible from the roadside. Midweek, you are in deserted territory. So what are you waiting for?

For more on autumnal musings, see also:

Historic Carcross, Yukon Discovered By British Royalty

Everything Is Turning Up Fall In The Rainforest

Magog, Eastern Townships Fall Cycling

Mont Tremblant Turns On The Fall Colour

Glenbow Golden Days of Fall

 

Yukon Gold Landscape
Yukon Gold Sunrise                                                                                     ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Quebec fall bicycling
Quebec Fall Cycling Landscape                                  ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Glenbow Golden Fall
Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park Fall Landscape        ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Quebec fall bicycling
Eastern Townships Fall Landscape                                    ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

fall Canadian Rocky Mountains
View of the Canadian Rocky Mountains in Fall                                              ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

nature photography landscape
Fall Reflections                                         ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

nature photography landscape
Fall Landscape Blur                   ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

New England azul gold
Vermont Fall Scene                                                                                       ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

 

All Creatures Great and Small

All Creatures Great and Small

at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park

 

We know who the great creatures are at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. Bucks accompanied by does and even fawns, the occasional coyote. And, flying by, the big birds, hawks, owls and osprey. But what about the far more secretive yet abundant small ones? A diverse group of songbirds make their home at the park in the summer. They migrate up from southern climes to breed and feed off insects and other northern hemisphere delicacies.

In Alberta, Clay-coloured Sparrows’ most common occurrence is in the prairies and parklands, not treed areas. A walk along a park trail can have them flitting out of the grasses every hundred feet. Listen for the insect-like buzzy calls of the male Clay-colored Sparrows from May through July. They can be distinguished from some other sparrows commonly found at Glenbow, the Vesper and Savannah, by their relatively unstriped buff breast. They search out insects in the shrubbery and seeds in the grass. Nesting habitat is typically a shrubby area with wild grass, situating the nest on the ground or in a low shrub above ground. They build open cup nests out of grass, weeds and twigs, lining it with rootlets, fine grass, and hair. This is another reason to keep dogs on leash in the park to avoid disturbing these or any wildlife shelter.

Spring after spring, Mountain Bluebirds return to nest boxes placed at strategic locations in the park. They can arrive in Alberta as early as March while fall migration for many migratory birds is an extended affair from mid-August to late October. Bluebirds can’t resist the open country with occasional trees for shelter offered at the park.

As members of the Thrush Family (such as American Robins) they feed mainly on insects, spiders or other invertebrates, which they glean from short ground vegetation. Nest boxes are paired, with Tree Swallows often taking one box, and the bluebird occupying the other. The former seeks out insects flying high and the Bluebird will not compete with its ground watch. Unlike other Bluebirds, they often hunt by hovering, obviously inspecting the ground below for any potential food item. The striking turquoise blue is unmatched against the prairie setting.

The next time you see an insect at the park think of the food source and protection it is offering our beloved small avian creatures.

For these and other nature sightings at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, see also:

 

Glenbow July Floral Show

Glenbow Kaleidoscope of Summer

Summer Colour at Glenbow

Mother Nature Human Nature

 

songbird wildlife photography
Hermit Thrush, Beloved Singer                                                                           © heathersimondsphotography.com

 

bird outdoors Glenbow
Bird Photography at Glenbow Ranch                                                ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

prairie photography wildlife
Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park Late Spring Fenceline                                   ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

bird wildlife Glenbow
Sparrow with Insect                                                                    ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

bird Glenbow wildlife
Female Mountain Bluebird with Insect                                                              ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

bird Glenbow wildlife
Waxwings Love Berries                                                                                     ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

bird Glenbow wildlife
Male Mountain Bluebird with Insect                                                        ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Canadian wetlands dragonflies nature
Dragonflies are Tasty to Avian Creatures                                                         ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Black and White Glenbow Park, Alberta

Black and White Winter

Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, Alberta

 

Monochrome and a nature park do not always dance together. But sometimes the palette begs it. Take black and white Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park (west of Calgary, Alberta), toss in a fresh dusting of snowfall and the prairie paradise is dressed in it’s grey scale finest. There are trails to discover so don your booties and venture into the black and white world of western Canada’s best.

Meditate on your surroundings and drink in the cold season’s best. Lily Loop will not disappoint as the poplar boughs bend to frame your route. While heading down the drifting path, other sets of eyes may be on you so pay attention if only for the pleasure of sighting wildlife curious about you. It is not every day you are so popular. Moose would be rare in these parts but Mule Deer or White-tails often venture to the edge of a human encounter. And coyotes are always watching.

Fence lines defining natures’ borderless panorama. Meandering trails lure your athletic prowess with deer springing across the landscape, anywhere and everywhere, and spooky poplars with fingers grabbing the sky. And possibly you. All awaits your inquisitive wonder.

Mind the slippery ramble back up the hill to wind up your adventure. All roads lead up at Glenbow park. Before departure, be sure to amble your eyes west, drink in the Rocky Mountains creeping up behind the foothills vista. Can you imagine all of this in monochrome, a black and white Glenbow?

 

For more on Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park in winter, see also:

Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park- A Park For All Seasons

Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park in Monochrome

Winter Landscapes at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park

November Monochrome Musings

 

Black and White Glenbow
Black and White Glenbow ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Black and White Glenbow
Black and White Glenbow                                                                                                                                                     ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Black and White Glenbow
Black and White Glenbow                                         ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Black and White Glenbow
Black and White Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada                                    ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

 

Black and White Glenbow
Black and White Glenbow ©heathersimondsphotography.com

Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park Dog Daze

Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park Dog Daze

 

It was my lucky day! I was off to the unique park that everyone has been barking about in dog walking circles, Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.

The drive down the ravine overlooking the entire north shore of the Bow River had my tongue hanging with anticipation. I could hardly refrain from jumping out of my furry skin in excitement especially when I saw a doe jumping over a fence. There were people to meet, dogs to greet, children’s faces to lick and 25 km of paved walking paths to explore and leave my telltale calling card wherever allowed: leg lifts only, not the other kind, it is a park after all! Being kept on a tight leash was all I could bear. Lead on. Up Tiger Lily Loop and down Glenbow Trail, past the Corrals, through the CPR Crossing, around Bow River Loop and back across the tracks. Another train! I would not want to be off leash with those monsters careening through the land. My ears detected a sign of spring, Richardson Ground Squirrel, and it was a good thing I was contained or I would have made mud stew out of their hole sweet hole. Up Yodel and return by Glenbow Trail. Phew! So many different trails had me in a daze, and, after that last steep climb, I deserved a biscuit, or six. I was exhausted sniffing every canine, smiling at the unfortunate dog-less and trying to withhold friendly smacks from small children. They are delicious to lick but parents like me to keep my space.

Dogs and dog walkers love Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. Enjoy the upcoming season of dog walking and other park activities. Keep your loveable mutts on leash, and the park, the trains, the wildlife and all of the visitors thank you.

 

For more on Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, spring and dog daze, see also:

http://heathersimondsphotography.com/glenbow-ranch-provincial-park-spring-2014/

http://heathersimondsphotography.com/dog-days-winter/

http://heathersimondsphotography.com/april-glenbow-ranch-provincial-park/

 

Alberta provincial park walk
Dogs Love Vistas Too ©heather simonds
Alberta provincial park walk
Dogs Love Trains Too ©heather simonds

 

Alberta provincial park walk
Dogs Love Walks Too ©heather simonds

 

Alberta provincial park walk
Dogs Love Bikers Too ©heather simonds

 

Alberta provincial park walk
Dogs Love Mysteries Too, What Is That Stuff On The Trail? Cow Manure Sure Smells Great           ©heather simonds
Alberta provincial park walk
Dogs Love Water Too ©heather simonds