Wednesday, August 14, 2013

More of the Photo Hunt...Bison

It's hot here in Edmonton right now...27C but it feels like 34C with the humidity. It's nice to have weather like this as summer winds down, and Richard has had some vacation days too which has been nice and thanks to Rinda's Summertime Photo Challenge we've been getting out in search of some of the items on the list.

We didn't want to go look at caged animals in a zoo so we decided to pack a picnic lunch and head out to Elk Island National Park today in search of bison.  We weren't disappointed...

#11 Bison at Elk Island National Park

These animals roam free throughout the park, at times crossing the road and making traffic come to a standstill.  They are impressive creatures - the males massive - and I may or may not have been heard to exclaim in a panicky tone, "No, no, don't go any closer and don't get out of the car!"  As much as I was awed watching them, they made me nervous.  Not that anybody was attempting to get out of the car to approach them, but mother that I am I was just laying down the ground rules even though I no longer deal with small children.  ;-)

We also saw a coyote moving along the edge of the road, a nice sight to see but the poor animal had some sort of large growth hanging off the side of his body.  You can't really see it in this photo since it had sort of swung up against his body as he ran along but it sure made us feel bad for him having to deal with it and wondering what will happen to him....


Goose tracks on the beach near a lake...


And then the geese...


A pretty butterfly resting on the ground...


Some interesting plants spotted along the floating boardwalk...


And some pretty flowers...


That was how we spent our day today, enjoying nature and its beauty.  And we're happy to have seen one more little corner of Alberta that we hadn't yet explored.

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Fishermen & Dinosaurs...Photo Scavenger Hunt

I'm back with a couple more photos that I took for Rinda's Summertime Photo Scavenger Hunt

Richard was on vacation the first few days of this week so we decided to check out the Royal Alberta Museum to get a photo of a dinosaur.  We've always liked visiting museums and this was our first time since moving here in 2010.  There was a really interesting exhibit called "The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design" which featured chairs from the early 19th century to the present.  There are some truly amazing chairs in this world!  This museum also has an impressive live insect collection which had me feeling itchy just looking at them!

As we entered the first gallery I was disappointed to see a sign stating that it was forbidden to take photographs.  I'm a rule follower so the thought of taking a picture when I was not allowed to, and the possibility of getting caught, bothered me.  But as we moved along I saw many people with their cameras in action, flashes included, and they seemed oblivious that they were breaking the rules.  As we approached the dinosaur display I was happy to see that the security guard was nowhere in sight and the room was empty.  I quickly got out my camera and snapped a few shots before anyone could see me.  This dinosaur is the "Albertasaur" which was discovered in Alberta in 1933. It was a small, carnivorous tyrannosaur which existed 80 to 65 million years ago.  I suppose this is an "illegal" photo of sorts but I sure am happy to have it!

#20 Dinosaur


We also spent a day at an "urban fishing pond" in the northeast of the city.  The pond is supposedly stocked with trout but it was a hot day and those fish were not biting for anyone.  Still, it was a great day to be outside.  We had a picnic lunch and then I read a book and enjoyed watching the Canada geese roam about while Matthew and Richard fished. 

  #19 Fishermen


Doing this photo challenge has really encouraged us to get out and explore some of the things that the city has to offer and I'm thankful for that. 

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Catching Up on the Summertime Photo Scavenger Hunt...

It's time for me to catch up a bit with posting my photos for Rinda's Photo Scavenger Hunt. I've been lazy with blogging the past little while but I've been busy knitting and am still searching out and taking photos for the scavenger hunt.

#1 Open Air Market

This is the farmer's market which is located close to where I do all my weekly food shopping.  We used to buy bread there a lot until I decided that I could make bread that was just as good using my bread machine and at a fraction of the cost.  Now we go once in a while to have a look around and sometimes treat ourselves to a bag of kettle corn or some fresh cherries. 


#6 Someone (Tabby) taking a nap


#7 A Sign That is Intentionally Funny

I went with Richard last weekend to his workplace to help him move into a new office.  As we were passing by the small lunch area I noticed this sign taped to the refrigerator and thought it was quite funny.  When I first decided to do this photo challenge this was the one item on the list that I really had doubts of finding, so I was thrilled when I saw it.


#16 Windmill

Not an actual windmill, but a windmill of sorts!  It was the best I could do at the time I was searching for a windmill but since then we have discovered several windmills in our travels and even learned that there is a hamlet called Neerlandia, located northwest of Edmonton, which was founded by Dutch immigrants. I bet there'd be windmills of some type there.

I'll be back soon with more photos from the challenge...

Until next time...
Susan :-)