I live in Alberta, and have driven over into BC, but would suppose it depends on where you cross... we went on the Trans Canada, hours north of the Montana border.
Where exactly IS this beautiful spot? West of Waterton/Glacier National Park?
The exact spot is "Rock Island Lake. Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park".
There are no roads within cooee of this Lake.
So the only way in is a long long walk.
These next Pictures are all of Rock island Lake.
I have always looked at visiting Calgary.
But as a dumb Ozzie I only know what I read on the net.
I do remember Calgary was the first Canadian City to host the Winter Olympics.
And of cause the great Calgary Stampede.
Making it 'The Stampede City'.
Here is a water level look at the Mystery Lake.
Sammy with the Glacier way behind him.
This looks like Lake Louise to me. I have always been there in the winter so my view has never been from this angle or when the lake was not frozen. LOL.. Very beautiful and a lovely place to stay and ski!.
Looks like your friend the moose has been around.
This Picture looking down towards the Château on the far banks of LL was taken 1½ hours hike from the Fairmont Château Car Park.
The walk officially starts from just beyond the Château and follows along the north shoreline to where the silt-laden waters from Victoria Glacier feed into the lake.
From there on the Hike is all up Hill/Mountain.
The picture brings back what I learned about glaciation in Geography class, 50 years ago. It's a textbook U-shaped valley, with lateral moraines, striated and ice-plucked erratic rocks, etc. I forgot how I loved my Geography classes - thanks for reminding me!
What a great description June.
A picture tells a thousand words.
But standing right there only meters away makes the hair on the back of ones neck stand on end.
And there is the constant sound of rocks falling.
This Picture was taken from the same spot as the last Picture.
But looking straight up Victoria Glaciers Gorge.
If any of yall have a day or two to spare you must do this Hike at least once in a life time.
We have done it twice in three years.
There is no place like CANADA on Earth.
See the water fall to the right of this picture.
It's much bigger than you think.
Just a light relief from all that cold weather Yall are copping over there in Canada.
This is My property during our Hot Hot Summer.
During this last week Brisvegas has recorded the hottest temperature on living recorded memory.
I wonder how quickly I can get back to Banff ??? (love that cold weather)
Send me a new body, I want to take a hike in the Rockies! LOL. 40 years ago, when I lived in the UK, I visited the Rockies - a wonderful experience - took the train from Vancouver up to Banf, the bus to Jasper, and train back to Vancouver. The next year, I got married and insisted my DH see the Rockies too. As a result of our visits we both loved Canada and wanted to emigrate, but we didn't have job offers or any money, so got turned down. Nine years later, when we'd almost given up on our dream, my DH was offered a job in Ontario and we finally emigrated to Canada.
Not much cold weather yet in southern Ontario, Ginger. We've had record-breaking warmth since Christmas, and all the snow has melted. The temperature will go down to minus 10C tonight though.
I hope you soon get some relief from the heat in Brisbane. Those are gorgeous flowers - are they amaryllis?
As we see the mountains all the time, and go camping in them, here's what I have pics of... mountains are SO majestic, no?!?! This is in Kananaskis - Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, where we were camping in October. We were walking down a path in the campground.
Yes June, they are Amaryllis.
We call them Hippeastrums.
I started off with 4 bought ones and now have more than 800 bulbs in the ground.
Your journey to Ontario sounds very exciting June.
-10 C. and no Show sounds cruel.
Are you looking forward to some more Snow ?
My Mut/Dog seems to think the heat is very funny.
She is a lovely Dog.
We feel a bit the same living 30 minutes drive from the Gold Coast.
I have not been there for more than 12 years.
And yet tourists come from all over the world to walk on our beaches.
I prefer the mountains and real bush Camping.
I hope you don't mind but I have saved your picture as one of My screen savers.
If you have anymore pictures I would love to see them.
This next Picture is taken from inside My Studio looking out towards the front gate.
Awesome view, Tallulah! The trees get so tall on the west coast, it's as if they're columns in a giant cathedral. Long may they grow!
I love the dog pic, Ginger. I'm really a cat person though. (I have two elderly felines, Alba and Stumpy). Your garden is so manicured, with neatly trimmed grass and hedge - you take good care of it. My lawn is uneven, weedy, full of holes that skunks and raccoons have excavated, and looks more like a cow pasture. My bushes only get pruned if they're obstructing the view, and my flowerbeds are chaotic. I call it a "semi-wild" garden and pretend it's that way on purpose.
This is Sammys Sister and Mum.
Who was it who said he looked like a Moose ?
They are just fantastic feral critters who come to visit with Me.
They do not dig holes, They do not eat the Plants in My Garden, They only eat grass.
Thank God we don't have Skunks or Raccoons.
My two Rotties would love to cross their path. ^_^
But fortunately they like our Native wild life.
They never bother My Birds either.
Yes June they are Wallabies.
They are the most friendly Critters you could ever imagine.
This one has been feeding on My leftovers for about 1½ years. (while Camping)
But Winter last year he discovered the opposite sex. ^_^
So now he totally ignores Me and chases the girls around all day.
I don't mind if you use my pics as wallpaper!
Glad they're being enjoyed!
These were taken around Banff
1. Here are some ice Fields
2. and more
3. I love this pic...
4. Not sure which lake this is, but it's pretty...
5. This one was taken while on the Waterton ferry, on the way to Montana's Glacier park
Wonderfull pictures Tallulah,
I think I have been past the last one.
There is a waterfall hiding behind the frontal view.
I notice there are a lot of 'lurkers' on this Thread.
PLEASE feel free to comment on anything you see here.
I did start off on Pictures from Canada and I promise I will get back to them.
But sometimes we do get a tad sidetracked don't you think ?
Just backtracking to the partly tamed Wallaby.
During the time I was his best friend, I did teach him to play the mouth-organ. ^_^
Welll!!! He never did blow a decent tune, but I did get some great Pictures as he was trying to eat my mouth-organ.
Is eggs, sausages & bacon a typical Aussie breakfast? It reminds me of the hearty breakfast my English mum used to cook before sending me off to school. She served it with fried bread, and sometimes a fried tomato. All fried in lard, of course. How my diet has changed! Now my breakfast is a bowl of muesli with goat's milk. Now I've admitted to eating that sort of food, will I be refused entry to Australia?
On your campsite without phone or internet, how do you get word out if you have an emergency, or receive warnings about storms or fires?
7C is cooler than I imagined it ever got in Australia. What time of year do you go camping?
Bacon, sausages, eggs, fried tomatoes, and potatoes cut into ½ inch slices and fried.
I cook it all in cold pressed Virgin Olive oil.
We will still accept you even with your admission.
Is your Goats milk fresh ?
As for warnings about storms or fire or broken bones.
They do advise us to always walk with a friend.
If you fall off a rockface like this, you won't need help.
Where are those amazing rocks, and what are they called?
My goat's milk is not straight from the animal, but it is "organic". I buy it pasteurized, in a carton, from my local whole foods store. I use it to moisten my breakfast cereal, and to make rice pudding, not to drink. I never liked milk as a drink, even in the days when my stomach could handle the regular cow product. The whole foods store sells sheep's milk too. Sheep's milk yogurt, cheese, and ice cream is delicious, rich and creamy, with a higher fat content than cow's milk. My favorite sheep cheese, with a strong, nutty flavor and a soft red rind, is called "Mouton Rouge".
Thanks for the links, Ginger. I enjoyed reading about Girraween. Some of the little marsupials were new to me. I particularly like the look of the spotted Quoll, but it is listed as carnivorous, so it probably isn't cuddly and would consider my fingers to be edible. As for farming prawns - I had no idea!
No Tallulah, I haven't.
It is far to expensive here in Ozz.
I have a real Outdoor Pizza Oven where I cook often.
I have even done a full Sheep over night on the residual heat.
As you might imagine, all My neighbours want to be My best friend.
Have you ever tried a Sausage crust Pizza ?
It is one of My specialities.
This is one of them.
Highway 99 is the Sea to Sky Highway, which winds through five distinct biogeoclimatic zones in the Vancouver, Coast and Mountains region of BC, from coastal rain forest at Horseshoe Bay, through Squamish, Garibaldi Provincial Park, and the Resort Municipality of Whistler.
At Squamish we found a BEAUTIFUL Mountain called ' Stawamus Chief '.
And yes we did climb all three peaks.
Have you ever heard of Stawamus Chief ?
Sea to Sky Highway is just behind Sammys right ear.
Ginger - people who travel as visitors and tourists often go further afield than people who live here. I've only lived in Alberta for 6 years, and haven't been everywhere yet.
I've been to Kananaskis, Banff, Waterton, and the Hoodoos. We go camping in the Pincher Creek area, and I have lived in the Edmonton area and north (Whitecourt - only 4 hours of night in the summertime).
Alberta is 255,541 square miles, and you could put several states in it, so no, I haven't visited it all.
I haven't been to Vancouver since I was a teen - 10 hours drive over the mountains...
I never went on a Glacier tour, although we went on the lifts at Banff... very cool!
I also walked on the ice fields at Glacier Nat Park... interesting to see the alpine flowers peeking out, in JULY! Never truly thaws on the high mountains along Going To The Sun road...
As you can most probably imagine.
We have a lot of road kill here in Australia.
There are many people here who will stop and pick up freshly killed 'road kill'.
They will take it home and chop it up and put it in their refrigerators for later use. (cooking)
The 'South Africans' and the 'Kiwis' are the most likely to do this.
On the way home from one of my Road Trips, I stopped for this poor Roo.
Sambo was not impressed but did give his deepest sympathy.
Do Yall eat 'road kill' in Canada ?
I was told Deer is very popular with Canadians ?
I've been having some Internet connection problems - snow and high winds apparently can affect the satellite dish adversely - so I'm back to using the dial-up line. Nice pics, ginger! Now then, why has Dave located you in Austria instead of Australia? I thought you said you were Danish!
Wow! what an unusual story June.
Who would have guessed Goats Cheese could be so flammable.
I use a lot Danish Blue on My Pizzas instead of Feta.
I find Feta won't melt even at 700° C.
I also use Pumpkins ,Mushrooms, Pineapples, Sun dried Tomatoes, Capsicums, Olives, Pine Nuts, and other Nuts.
This is not meant to stir or upset any Canadians.
But I have a personal choice when it comes to Capitol Cities in Canada.
I really love Vancouver.
I have spent more time in Vancouver than any where else in the whole World.
Except My home town that is.
I have no clue where the lighthouse is. I agree with you about Vancouver, although I've only been there a couple of times. The city's setting - by the sea, and so close to the mountains - is beautiful.
I feel as if the older I get, the less I know. I never heard of The Niche band! And what are those pink and white curly things? Do tell! I like to be adventurous with food - I wanted to try guinea pig in Peru, but when I was in the high Andes unfortunately I was too ill from the altitude to eat anything but yogurt.
Wow June, You have been to the High Andes ?
PLEASE do tell a little about your adventure.
I would just love to do an Adventure in the Alps.
But it will have to wait a few more years till I exhaust My thirst for Canada.
I don't use Lurpac butter - is it one of those fake butters that scientists said were good for you, and then they said it wasn't? If I use butter at all, I use unsalted dairy butter - and then only for cooking. I prefer olive oil.
Marzipan is very popular in Italy, where I have seen some amazing fruits, vegetables, and animals all made out of marzipan. My mother (British) only used marzipan at Christmas, when she made us a traditional fruit cake topped with a layer of marzipan and then sugar icing on top of that. She would also buy a box of dates, replace the date stones with little chunks of marzipan, and serve them as snacks in case you weren't already full of Christmas turkey, pudding, cake, mince-pies, etc.
OK, you asked for just a little about my trip to the Andes. It was about 10 years ago. Landed in Lima, drank some bad water, got upset stomach. Visited the Inquisition Museum. Flew from Lima (sea level) to Cuzco (11,000 ft), developed throbbing pain in back of head, worse when I lay down, so spent most nights walking around my hotel room when not throwing up. Coca tea did not help. Was able to see some Inca architecture - amazing stonework! Train to Machu Picchu, hotel at 8,000 ft so got some respite from the headache - saw more amazing architecture and mountain scenery - then back to Cuzco and the pain. Tried green coca chocolate - not very nice, although some tour members ate a too much and became hyper. Bus across the High Plains to Lake Titicaca - saw the reed islands, took a ride on a reed boat, blew up my hairdryer (didn't notice the electric current was different) - then on across the plains to the Bolivian border. Ended up in La Paz (13,000 ft) at New Year's. The whole city was drunk and wearing red underwear. Next day, city was deserted, apart from a few folks who hadn't made it home. On the city tour, our bus driver was pepper-sprayed when he tried to remove a drunk from in front of our bus and a policeman strolled up and sprayed both of them. Flew home very thin, but soon regained all the weight I lost. I will never go above 10,000 ft again, but I'm glad I went.
June, great short story, I enjoyed reading about your adventure!. I get migranes and totaly get the can't lay down but can thow up thing, yuck. And that is exactly why it scares me to go to Machu Pichu.
Ann, don't let my horror story put you off going to Machu Picchu as it truly is a magical place, and the hotels are down in the valley below, so no problems with altitude sickness while there. I stayed at the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, where the rooms were in cabins set in a wonderful garden, with little streams running through it, and orchids growing on the trees, and full of birds singing, like a little bit of heaven.
I had no lasting ill-effects from my Andean trip. As soon as I was back at sea-level, I felt fine. I had no digital camera at that time, so my trip pics are mouldering away in a photo album stored somewhere in a cupboard.
By co-incidence, I did a high school essay on the geography of Peru. I picked it because I had a fascination with Incas, and it was a far away, exotic country. I never dreamed I would actually go there one day! I've never made a paper mache volcano, but I've visited a few: Etna, Vesuvius, and one in Iceland - I can't remember the name (or spell it if I could). I also visited the Rotorua area in NZ, but nothing was erupting at the time. The Kiwis have some live ones at the moment, don't they?
I love the reflection pic. It's the sort of view that you want to lose yourself in.
Photography is just a hobby for Me.
But I am a full time Artist, so maybe that is rubbing off ?
This Picture was taken one minute after than last one.
Reflection was not as good but I was trying to capture all the Ski runs behind the Château.
As Yall already know, that is Banff in Summer in the background.
This Picture is of Lake Agnes with the Tea House up at the other end.
Lake Agnes is not fed by any Glaciers so the water is a beautiful blue colour.
There are Hiking Tracks all the way around Lake Agnes.
Another perfect shot! Did you encounter any marmots or bears on your hike? Do you carry binoculars and look around for birds, or do you walk looking downwards to look for alpine flowers? I once went with a combined birding and botanizing group to the French Pyrenees and we never got anywhere on our hikes because everyone stopped walking whenever a bird or a flower was spotted. (It was in 1998, before I had a digital camera, so I don't have any pics unfortunately.)
Many Canadian birds are migratory, summering in the north and wintering in the south. Ones that we see mostly in winter include pine siskin, redpoll, junco, nuthatch, grosbeak, and tree sparrow. Many waterfowl, such as this merganser duck that got curious about what the squirrel was eating, we see only in passing as they use local ponds as rest stops on their long journeys in spring and fall. Other birds, such as red-winged blackbird, cowbird, grackle, swallows (various), warblers (various), robin, wren, flicker, oriole, bluebird, indigo bunting, sparrows (various), wood ducks, mallard, trumpeter swan, herons (green and great blue), kingfisher, osprey, vultures (black and turkey), and ruby-throated hummingbird are summer residents of this area. Those that stay here all year include blue jay, mourning dove, cardinal, turkey, chickadee, goldfinch, crow, raven, red-tailed hawk, woodpeckers (3 kinds). Bird populations are somewhat different east and west of the Rockies, though.
June_Ontario wrote:Many Canadian birds are migratory, summering in the north and wintering in the south. Ones that we see mostly in winter include pine siskin, redpoll, junco, nuthatch, grosbeak, and tree sparrow. Many waterfowl, such as this merganser duck that got curious about what the squirrel was eating, we see only in passing as they use local ponds as rest stops on their long journeys in spring and fall. Other birds, such as red-winged blackbird, cowbird, grackle, swallows (various), warblers (various), robin, wren, flicker, oriole, bluebird, indigo bunting, sparrows (various), wood ducks, mallard, trumpeter swan, herons (green and great blue), kingfisher, osprey, vultures (black and turkey), and ruby-throated hummingbird are summer residents of this area. Those that stay here all year include blue jay, mourning dove, cardinal, turkey, chickadee, goldfinch, crow, raven, red-tailed hawk, woodpeckers (3 kinds). Bird populations are somewhat different east and west of the Rockies, though.
What an impressive collection of Birds.
I can only guess they all visit peoples back yards for a free handout during winter and not the wild west Rockies.
I will Photograph anything that moves.
And like I said, I saw less than 5 Birds in 3 weeks.
Our Creek is still not running.
But they are saying the Cyclone is heading our way and will get here today.
As you said June, Yesterday was 'Australia Day' for us. (26-1-2013)
I decided to fly the Flag for the first time to show my colours.
This is My front gate with the two Canadian street signs on the piers.
I have a bunch of questions:
Is that a cattle-grid on your gateway, and if, so what animals are you keeping out?
What do you have mounted on top of your gate posts?
What is that shrub with the pink flowers by your gateway?
And lastly, are those goats or sheep near Banff? I have a faint memory of seeing big-horned sheep on my long-ago trip to the Rockies.
Is that a cattle-grid on your gateway, and if, so what animals are you keeping out?
Yes it is a 2 ft deep Cattle grid.
One of our annoying neighbours uses our road as his private 'Long Paddock'.
If we choose to leave the remote gate open for friends to enter, then his Cows won't walk in.
There is also quite often Horses wondering about.
Once upon a time it was up to people who owned animals to fence their property off to keep their animals at home.
Thank you for the close-ups of the hibiscus. It's a beautiful flower, and very different from the shrubby hibiscus that is (just) hardy here. Pray tell: what is the bird in the painting in the background of your first photograph?
The Wedge-tailed Eagle has very long wings (wingspan is 2.3 m).
A characteristic long, wedge-shaped tail, and legs that are feathered all the way to the base of the toes.
The bill is pale pink to cream, the eye brown to dark brown, and the feet off-white. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wedge-tailed_Eagle
Not the kind of Bird of Prey we want to meet on a serious rock climb. ^_^
Those bird-handlers are brave to put their faces so close to an eagle's beak! And they must have strong arms. I once held a (hooded) golden eagle, and after a couple of minutes, I thought my arm would drop off.
Yes June, the creek was running one hour after I got the Hibiscus cutting.
Because of the cyclonic winds my umbrella inverted and was wrecked.
So my Canon got drenched.
But it did eventually dry out.
This is a sequence of the creek rising.
Ginger Looks like that creek made a big mess! Hope you fared well. I think the animals you have photo's of are sheep. The goats are white with very long hair. I will now google that to check because I always mix that up.
Ginger, I hope you are still above water. When the creek floods over your driveway like that, do you have an alternative route, or are you cut off from the road?
The sheep/goats crossing such a high bridge is amazing. I looked-up the Bighorn sheep in a reference book, and it says only the males have the massive curved horns, the females have short slender horns. The Bighorn's coloration is brown, with a white belly, nose, and rump. There is also a species called Dall's sheep, that has smaller horns than the Bighorn, and is the same color all over - and can be either white, brown, or black. The book also says that Mountain goats always have a beard, even in summer when their hair is short, and their coloration is yellowish-white all over, while their horns are black. Does this help with identification?
As for jumping off the bridge - yikes!
If I don't post anything tomorrow, it'll be because the power is out. We're expecting a winter storm with snow and freezing rain.
That is a great help.
Ann said much the same thing, I think.
It is amazing how much I forget while on such short Holidays.
I always believed the Pictures would refresh the old grey matter.
But obviously not.
This guy was just brilliant in his Jumping styles.
I thought he should have been an Olympian.
No alternate way out for me June.
I just don't go out for 2 or 3 days.
That jumper must be fearless! I hope the park rangers didn't see him, or he'd be in trouble - and "Jumping is dangerous and forbidden" signs would be soon posted. I guess Australians aren't in the habit of calling a lawyer if they do something risky and hurt themselves! I used to work for a public garden in the US, where visitors would sue if they stubbed their toe on a step because they weren't paying attention - it was apparently the garden's fault for being too interesting - so now I tend to view everything from the legal angle.
How's your flooding situation, ginger? The ice storm here has not amounted to much. So far we have had a couple of inches of snow, and then a light coating of freezing drizzle, which is still coming down, but the temperature rising and so the precipitation should change to rain soon. I took my garbage bag and 3 recycling bins down to the road for collection early this morning when it was still snowing, and then the snowplow went by and a bow-wave of ice traveling at 60 kph knocked bag and bins into the ditch, so I had scramble down into the snow-filled ditch, and heave my garbage out onto the side of the road again. One of the joys of a Canadian winter.
We saw no signs saying not to jump.
Flooding is going down very quickly.
Now the clean up begins.
Lots of organic material in fence wire.
I gather it up for Mulch.
All 3 Flowers have chirped up since getting a bit of warmth.
I hope your lovely hibiscus plant did not get swept away by the water. Here's a pic of the only hibiscus hardy enough to grow in my climate Zone - it's not so elegant! The pic was taken last August. The previous owners of my property planted the shrub, about 12 years ago, against the south-facing wall of an outbuilding. Every winter some branches die back, but the shrub is now about 8ft tall and as much across.
Great picture June,
Your Flower has a much deeper colour in the throat.
My stamens are much finer and longer.
And no it did not get washed away.
But did get more than a foot of water over its toes.
I have lost about 100ft of 3 strand barbed-wire fence and about 8 drops.
They will all need to be replaced to keep neighbours Cattle out.
I wonder if he would notice one of his Cows missing ?
I could fit ¼ of one in My Pizza Oven. ^_^
I just need to find a mobile Butcher now.
Suberb photography, ginger! What time of day were they taken? Were you up there skiing, or just sightseeing?
Sorry to hear you lost some of your cattle defenses in the flood. Please excuse my ignorance, but you need to tell me what "drops" are, in a fencing context. I keep envisaging pits with sharp stakes at the bottom!
Although I had the 300 mm lens on.
I was still quite close and did not feel threatened at all.
I don't know if it was a Male or Female.
I would have liked to take it home.
But I was already on excess luggage. ^_^
Thanks for the ID June,
It is always so hard to find out what things are while walking around.
And to be quite honest, interest vanes on arriving home.
There are so many other things to think about.
Do you have the Magpie goose there ?
Or do you just know it.
I have to confess to owning an ID book on Australian birds, due to my DH (who is a keen bird-spotter) having visited Oz a few years ago, and the Magpie goose was an easy one to name. There aren't many black and white geese to choose from!
What kind of horses do you have, ginger? I hope they were safe from the flood waters.
The most-asked question on this hike was, Where's the bloody tunnel ?
You guessed it, There really is no Tunnel.
The mountain earned its name from a proposed route for the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) back in 1882.
Here in AUSTRALIA we call that a 'Thoughty'.
A blunder in surveying led to the suggestion that a half-mile tunnel be blasted through the hillside. An idea that would have cost the CPR millions of extra Dollars.
That plan was quickly discarded and an alternative route was found around the mountain.
This incidentally, shortened the rail line by a mile and avoided two long hills, and most importantly, It got rid of that ridiculous idea of a Tunnel.
What on Earth were these early Pioneers thinking about ?????
The broad Hiking Track and well graded Switchbacks are worthy of Royalty.
The track was rebuilt in 1939 so King George VI and Queen Elizabeth could climb the mountain during their 'Cross Canada Tour'.
We looked for them but did not see them.
Oh well, maybe next year.
Meantime we were seeing lots of other Animals. (but no Birds)
That view looks very familiar. I do believe this was the mountain that, in 1975, I persuaded my then new husband to ride up in the cable car with me to the top. He suffers terribly from vertigo - cannot get past the second rung of a ladder without feeling dizzy - but I convinced him that he would not need to look down, and the journey would not take long. Half-way up the mountain, a wind sprang up and increased pressure on the cable to the point where a safety mechanism cut in and halted all movement. Our car was stationary, swinging on the cable, far above the treetops, for some time. He's never forgiven me!
That sounds like fun. (not)
We were told about that safety cut out as we were leaving.
We were also told that a favourite among the locals was 'The South East Ridge Trail'.
It is of cause located in “The Banff National Park”.
But this Trail should only be attempted by more adventurous and fit hikers.
A must if you are spending at least a few months in Canada.
Breathtaking pics, ginger. How do you get such crispness - do you rest the camera on a tripod, or are your hands rock steady?
I showed my dear husband the cable car pics, and he said he still feels ill just thinking about it.
I noticed in the Cosmic Ray Station pic how sharply tilted the rock strata are. Isn't it awesome to think that they were laid down level in a long-ago sea, and now they're thrust almost vertically up in the sky at the top of a mountain?
The ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain in a 4 person Gondola sure is an adventure.
It's the only way to experience a bird's eye view of six mountain ranges.
From the Banff Gondola, you'll see more mountains in 8 minutes than most people see in a lifetime.
This exhilarating ride is open all year round, a definite 'must see' on your trip to the Canadian Rockies.
The Scenic Look Out is partly on the way down from the Cosmic Ray Station, looking straight down over Banff.
This Picture was taken from just outside the Restaurant looking up to the Cosmic Ray Station.
The board walk can be seen winding its way up to the top.
There was still a lot of Snow about for a May Summers Day.
This sign says it all and then some.
I wonder if anyone ever reads that gibberish on the right/bottom of all these signs.
In all the times I have ever been to Canada, I have never struck anyone speaking gibber.
It's always The Queens English and why not ?
Surely you can't mean French, Canada's other official language! There aren't a lot of French-speakers in the west of Canada, but I'm sure there are some tourists who appreciate the translation, just as I'm glad of seeing English signage when I travel to places where English is not widely spoken. Do you have a second language in Oz - Chinese, maybe?
Ginger, I can't remember any of those structures - Ray Station or restaurant - from my visit nearly 40 years ago! They may have been there, and I've lost the memory, or they might be "new".
I tried to google the time frame of the construction of the Restaurant and Observation Deck-Round building.
This is the Banff Sky Walk & A National Historic Site.
When you arrive at the upper terminal, you will have the choice of exploring the building or witness the breathtaking 360° Panoramic views.
Or going up into the Restaurant area where you can sit in comfort and still enjoy the view.
Above the Restaurant levels is the upper Observation Deck giving the best outdoor view possible.
I read on the Net that more than 1.2 billion Chicken Wings will be devoured during the Supre Bowel event in Umerica.
So dutifully, I decided I had better join in. (not sure why)
I only had one kilo/16 wing pieces to BBQ.
I haven't had so much fun since my Budgie died.
Congratulations on winning your bet, ginger! The wings look tasty, and I bet there was more meat on them than on your old budgie, probably even more than on my old cat.
If you shop for footwear in Canada, you need to know that "thongs" are saucy knickers here. I was having trouble with my computer yesterday - it refused to show any pictures - so when you said you had posted a golfer wearing "thongs" I had the totally wrong mental image.
This particular day the 'smooth water Gods' were not on my side.
So I could not get a decent reflection in the water.
You know I go to bed at night dreaming about Scenes like this.
That is part of the tour group on the near right bank.
June! You have asked me before if I took any Bird Pictures.
And yes, I did take a couple.
But I felt they were not worthy because they are slightly out of focus.
The drip of water on this Birds beak is out of focus.
So I have not shown it here on DG before.
I have wondered about the name too. Maybe the early settlers had bad eyesight and thought they were seeing a vulture?
Now then, you obviously haven't mastered the art of bird photography. My dear husband has explained to me many times that the correct method is to scare the bird into flying off, and when it perches about a mile away, you take a picture in which the bird is visible only as a brown dot. Then you tell everyone what a rare specimen it was, if only they could see the plumage, etc.
He's adorable! You have to be careful feeding the wildlife, though, as I discovered on a trip to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison (in Colorado?). When I ran out of crumbs, the cute little ground squirrel tried to eat the edge of my shoe.
Well, to the best of my birding ability, which isn't great, I think the one on the right looks like a jay, and the one on the left looks like a sparrow. This is what happens when you put radioactive water in the bird bath. The Godzilla jay has been known to carry off small children and Japanese anime characters.
Lions Winter Ale is the best Beer I have ever tasted.
After returning to Ozz.
I contacted Granville Island Brewing to find out where in Australia I could buy some more.
No luck, They do not export to any other country at all.
She told me it is local sales only.
And only a Winter Ale to make it even harder to get.
I feel your pain, although I'm not much of a beer drinker. I particularly like an Italian aperitivo called 'Punt e Mes' (it's brown, slightly bitter, with a more complex flavour than Campari, and makes you feel alert). If I want that I have to fly to Rome, buy it there, and fly it back in my suitcase. If any of my friends in BC decide to take a trip to Ozz, I'll ask them to fit some cans of Lions Winter Ale into their luggage for you!
Sorry, I wasn't clear - the 'Punt e Mes' isn't a beer. It's wine-based, flavored with "secret" herbs, and intended to be drunk before meals to perk up the appetite. It's good to try the beers, wines, liqueurs, etc. of any country you visit, don't you think? When I'm in restaurants in Europe and I hear tourists ordering Coca-cola or "American" coffee with their meals, I feel sad. They're missing so much!
By the way, I'm impressed that you drank Canadian beer and still managed to take great photographs.
Great shots, ginger. You can amost see the speed of the bikes leaning into the downhill curves! Who are all the folks in your boating/biking/snow-sport pics - friends, relatives, or chance encounters? Are any of them You!
I'm full of questions this morning. What is a Tunnel House used for? And what is a YPO?
Speaking of snow, I need to go out and clear 8 inches of the stuff off the roof of my aluminum-frame greenhouse before it collapses under the weight. It's still snowing, too.
By the way, I did the white water rafting in the Ottawa River that Betty posted about - mind you, this was about 25 years ago, when all my limbs were working properly. It was fun until the spray covered my glasses, and then I couldn't see the huge rocks, whirlpools, standing waves, etc. any more and could just concentrate on paddling for my life and trying to stay in the boat.
Holy moly! I seem to recall taking a gentle stroll along the riverbank, to let my heart rate get back to normal while a truck took the rafts back to the starting point, not more exertion! Where did all these folks get their energy? Had they been eating Scroggin?
We could not find a good shop in Horseshoe Bay that had the ingredients to our home made recipe.
The Hotel was no help either.
The Truck idea seems like a good idea.
Having been part of this Rafting trip in person.
I'm not sure what these Ladies were so happy about ???
This Picture was taken at the start of the adventure.
And they have absolutely no idea of what's in-store for them.
Nudge-nudge Wink-wink say no more.
This is ''The Drop” they mentioned at the very end of that last link I added.
This public place is absolutely amazing.
It's right next to 'Çanada Place' where all the Big Ships leave to go to Alaska.
The entire roof is covered with Lawn.
And the roof is 8 to 10 stories high and sloping.
Can you imagine mowing the Lawn/Roof ?
Just make sure you are sober when you start that Ride-On.
Great shot! I'm feeling dizzy from looking at it sideways. I need to take a break from the computer now, or dinner will never be cooked (it's Korma curry tonight). Please carry on posting, I'll catch up later!
Restricted to day trips from the boat.
The Train trip to 'Denver' and 'White Pass' was FANTASTIC.
We looked for Sarah Palin.
But alas, missed her by only a few days.
I did want to talk to her about 'Gun laws' in America. ^_^
I did get a nice T shirt. (I never wear)
And no, I did not see any blow up Dolls of her.
That would be totally freaky.
I did look at the Calendars but they are also totally freaky for us.
Dates, Times and Holidays are all wrong.
I know you Guys are in the middle of a deep freeze.
So I thought I would just brag a little here.
This is My daily Garden harvest here in Brisvegas.
The 'Snake Beans' have gone ballistic.
They are up to 3 feet long at picking.
I have 8 different kinds of 'Heirloom Tomatoes'.
And the Bees are very busy. (or is that Buzzy ?)
I get around 12 kilos of Honey a month from them.
Much more than the two of us can possibly eat.
I got the light blue T shirt you can see in this link. http://danwin.com/2011/07/the-sarah-palin-store-in-skagway-alaska/
I was going to get a Coffee Mug.
But I was already over weight with luggage.
I wanted to take the Moose. Oh well.
If Sarah was to make and sell a nice Alaskan Lager.
She would definitely be President within the next 10 years.
I was hoping to be invited up to her Bed Room.
I only wanted to know if I could see Russia from her window. ^_^
You do like to live dangerously! Did you know that a skunk can spray both forwards and backwards? To spray forwards, it stands on its front legs, hoists its hindquarters up and over, and sprays over the top of its head. On the other hand, I hear they make wonderful pets - after their scent gland has been removed.
I don't photograph people carrying weapons any more, after I took a picture of a group of tourist police (armed with semi-automatic rifles) at the pyramids in Egypt, and they all wanted "lots of dollars" from me. I found one dollar for each of them, and then pleaded poverty, and they reluctantly let me go.
These People were much safer to Photograph.
To enter the show Grounds where they were performing, there was a 150 Kina Camera admission.
Which is about $80 Aus.
But I must say it was worth every penny. ($)
I will only include a couple of Pictures from that day.
The teeth of these Beautiful young girls is simply appalling.
They all eat 'betel nut'.
You Canadians should all be very happy the (Arecacatechu) does not grow in Canada.
It is a drug as bad as 'grass' but it is totally legal to every one.
I have seen Indiginous Carpenters totally wasted by 10 am.
But then they only earn $2 per day.
Does the betel nut cause bloodshot eyes too? Or maybe the paint all over the young lady's face is an eye irritant. Do the PNG tribes-people still use traditional, home-made face paint, or do they import it from China these days?
Well known for our Georgian bay..when I had the 2012 gathering we toured some of the islands, ate at world famous Henry's for the catch of the day..my son 42 is a kayaker, he and better half did Trent waterway in 21 days..lots to do and yes if you are ever in my region you will be more than welcome to spend time in my region..always extra beds..i just don't cook. Lol
Most tours we do are on a tight time limit.
And all accomodation is included in the tour.
Even tipping is all taken care of.
We love Kayaking.
We did a bit in Alaska.
Bloody cold that was.
Tours of the Niagara region are popular, including wine tastings and locally-sourced meals.
There's a long hiking path - The Bruce Trail - that follows the Niagara Escarpment up to the Bruce Peninsula.
At Tobermory, on the Bruce, you can take a ferry to Manitoulin Island, or just do a short, sightseeing boat trip around the Flowerpot Islands.
I'm no camper, but I hear that Algonquin park is excellent for camping and canoeing.
If you're on an organized tour, you'll probably be taken to Niagara Falls, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal. If you get to Montreal, do visit the Botanical Garden (accessible by subway train from the city centre).
I have to admit that I've never been very enthusiastic about team sports. I blame my English school's sports education program. In winter, when the boys played football (soccer), we girls played field hockey. We played wearing plimsolls and flimsy socks - no protective gear - and we all had perpetually bruised ankles. If you were goalie, and could not run around to keep warm, add chilblains. In summer, when the boys played cricket, we girls played rounders (the barbaric precursor of baseball) using a cylindrical wooden bat and an extremely hard ball - and we wore no gloves or hats. If I saw the ball coming at me, I would instinctively run away. This was in the 1960's, so maybe it's not quite so painful or dangerous to play sports at English schools nowadays.
The pedestrian traffic was very busy all day going up to the Olympic stadium.
The Stadium can be seen at the end of the street on the right.
This Picture was taken right outside the Library.
And yes, I did get a T-Shirt from that day.
I hardly ever wear it to keep it looking good.
Your Computer Corner looks very high-tech! What kind of Internet connection do you have in your area - dial-up, cable, satellite, or cell-phone signal. I struggled with dial-up for many years, tried using cell-phone signal (it was even slower than dial-up), and finally invested in a satellite dish.
The Internet "dongle" looks like the "stick" offered here by various cell phone companies. I tried a "stick" on my laptop computer, but transmission speed was slower than dial-up, and the connection was unreliable because it used cell-phone frequencies, and I live in a spot that does not receive a strong cell-phone signal. The satellite dish works better, even with snow on it.
The only time I can remember seeing RCMP officers in full dress uniform was at my citizenship ceremony 30 years ago. I believe the rights to producing RCMP memorabilia/collectibles were sold to Disney a few years ago, and probably outsourced to China by now.
The only Guy willing to be in our Pictures was in another County.
We were having so much fun taking Pictures in the heart of Ottawa with this 'Mounty'.
One of our group was even happy to wave the Canadian Flag. (the red and white one)
But when it was time to leave, the Mounty turned a tad nasty.
I think he wanted to get paid for his contribution.
Very much like that Native in New Guinea did.
I'm thinking of charging people for taking pictures in My Studio and Garden.
'What goes around, comes around' I think. http://worldfacts.us/Canada-Ottawa.htm
I hope you've never gotten arrested while on your travels, ginger.
Thanks for the Ottawa link. I ought to plan a visit. I only have only been to the city once, when I was invited to spend Christmas with some friends who had moved from Toronto to Ottawa. On the day of my journey, the temperature had plunged to minus 25C in Toronto, and it was minus 30C by the time I arrived in Ottawa. I didn't see anything of the city, because I didn't leave my friends' house until it was time to drive back to Toronto.
Here on The Cold Goast just south of Me, we have a place called 'Dreamworld'. http://www.goldcoast.com.au/article/2008/05/12/382_gold-coast-theme-parks.html
There are at least 40 rides and a dozen of them cost around $3,000,000 each to build.
And it costs Adults $75 each to go in there all day and ride all these fabulous Rides.
So for one single man to stand outside Ottawa's Parliament House and expect $20 for 2 to 3 minutes, is simply 'Highway Robbery'. (Ned Kelly would be proud)
I am really not sure where I took this Picture.
It was in Vancouver and we were on a Bus Tour.
The Bus only slowed down but did not stop.
Sorry to be so dumb, but are you saying that the Mountie outside Parliament in Ottawa actually asked for a $20 photograph fee? If he did, I guess he was a fake, as it would be illegal for a real Mountie to take money. I'm surprised he didn't get arrested for impersonating an RCMP officer.
The "fleece the tourist" game goes on all around the world, it seems.
I must say he was a lot of fun to Photograph.
But yes he was a fake Mountie.
And as for impersonating an RCMP officer.
I'm not sure why he didn't get arrested.
We spent more than an hour inside The Parliament House and he was still there on our return.
He sure did look like the real thing.
Maybe he has a special buskers licence ?
This Angel walks around 'Sunnybank Plaza' in Brisvegas.
He never ever try's to charge you for taking his Photograph.
He always has a small Easter Basket full of Dime size chocolate Easter Eggs with him.
He hands them out to Children with a big Faiy-size smile.
He is not subsidised by the Plaza or any of the Stores within it.
I can only say he just loves to talk to people. (I know the feeling)
Cute angel outfit! I wish I had a pic to show you of the "living statue" I saw one time in Nice (south of France). The guy was dressed as a Cavalier statue with a large floppy hat, but he was posing with live cats on his arms and hat, and was asking for cat-food money. I'm a cat-lover, so of course I contributed.
Do the people in Canada eat Grubs ?
This is a Witchetty Grub, Yummy!!! tastes like Chicken.
If you ever go on an Outback Trek in Australia.
You will be expected to eat a couple of these cute little critters. (BBQ'éd)
Ayers Rock is a most popular venue for these morsels. ;o)
Try Googling them.
Ah, now I wish I had taken a photograph of the fried eggs with baby eels that I ate in Barcelona. The eels were tasty, about pencil size, but very difficult to get onto a fork. They had stopped moving, but they were still slippery.
On the subject of Canadian food, did you try Butter Tarts?
Nope, no clue. I even looked in the dictionary and all it told me was that the word had two meanings, either to give birth to a calf, or for a chunk of ice to separate. Maybe the geologists picked a word that was descriptive but not offensive. I suppose we're lucky they didn't decide that glaciers "excreted" icebergs.
I wonder how many Canadians have ever been on a Boat that catches your food ?
Then takes you back to their Restaurant and cooks the catch right there in front of you.
Well!!! we had that exact experience.
I'm one Canadian that has been on a boat that caught my own food! It was during a trip to Newfoundland, in the middle of the month of June, when the capelin (tiny fish) began spawning. Huge numbers of capelin gather just offshore and then make a dash for the beach to spawn in the shallows. I was with a group on a whale-watching boat, and our guides demonstrated how to catch capelin using a weighted, circular net that was flung into the water above a mass of the fish. As the net descended it was drawn shut by pulling on a line, and it came out of the water full of capelin. We ate them fried for our supper. We were told capelin of one sex are considered a delicacy (I can't remember if it's the male or the female fish that are preferred) in Japan.
Yes they did June.
More desert that night that's all. ;o)
I would like to know what that 'Roll' is under the Rooster in this Picture.
To be honest, it only caught my eye after returning home and seeing the Pictures on the Puter.
Perhaps it is some kind of Canadian treat ?
Hmm, I'm not sure what that "tree" was. It's too regular in shape to be a bunch of grapes, so maybe it was a ceramic jar. On the walls of the tasting room there were shelves lined with examples of the very decorative ceramic plates, figurines, jars, and so on, made locally. Tiles were displayed on the walls, too,
That sign is outrageous! It looks most unstable - I wonder how it stands up to a high wind. Where is the winery?
My dear husband just informed me he's re-organizing the computer equipment, and will be disconnecting the satellite modem so he can string the cable up into the ceiling and across to the other wall, so I may be off the Internet for a while. If he has problems getting everything re-connected, I might be away from the website for a while. Please carry on posting, and I'll catch up later.
The Great Computer Equipment Move seems to have been successful, and I have Internet access again!
Ginger, did you get a complete tour of the winery? It's eye-opening to see the progression from bunches of grapes to the final, drinkable product. This tub full of luscious, sweet, dark grapes is about to be processed at a small winery near Mount Etna, Sicily.
Those grapes look good enough to eat! The winery I visited, Cantine Nicosia, allowed the tour group to walk around one of its vineyards located on volcanic slopes high above Catania, where we saw the grapes being hand-picked and loaded onto a small pickup truck to be taken to the winery. The owner then took us into an old barn where he showed us ancient wine making equipment, including a stone trough where the grapes used to be trodden.
Very impressive bottle collection, ginger! My "cellar" is a 10-bottle wine rack in the cold, dark closet under my basement stairs where I also store suitcases, a folding bed, and packets of seeds. I never buy wine by the case, just different bottles of whatever takes my fancy to fill up the rack when it starts to look empty. My local liquor store (run by the bureaucrats at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario) stocks a small selection of imported wines from around the world, but rarely has anything that I'm specifically looking for, and is unresponsive to requests. After returning from the Sicily wine tour, I asked LCBO staff why none of the excellent Marsala wines I had tasted were available, and all I got was shrugs and disinterest. On my next visit to the LCBO I will look in the Australian wine section for any bottles from Stanthorpe Granite Belt wineries, and hope I'll be pleasantly surprised!
I hope you can find a bottle or two from Stanthorpe.
On arriving at this Estate, one good look at this Sign told us to move right on along.
If this is the best they could do to try to get us in ?
They were sadly mistaken, leaving all of us happy to go to the next Winery.
If their Wine tastes as BAD as this Sign looks. (time for a wake up call folks)
The Bus simply drove right on by after a vote from all of us.
It's sad that a lot of small businesses fail because they don't pay attention to appearance - they let their sign fall to bits, don't spend money on advertising or landscaping, and so on - so even if their product is good, they don't get many customers. I hope the wine at the second winery was as good as their sign and their cheese.
I'm not sure what type of wood Canadian wineries use for their barrels, or if the barrels are made in Canada or imported. I do remember on several Italian winery visits being told that French Oak is greatly favoured for wine barrels, but I'm sure there aren't enough oaks in France to supply the entire world's wineries. Some research is required!
Yikes, those tiles do look huge! Maybe concrete was poured and then made to look like tiles?
Do you still see any Wine Bottles with Corks in them ?
We have almost done away with them completely.
I personally like the screw tops.
Easy to get off and easy to reseal and put away for tomorrow.
Also the Restaurants can't charge you $10 corkage for opening your Wine at the table.
In some Restaurants here in Brisvegas they even charge you $2 each for providing you glasses ???
So to sit down and eat a $32 meal, It can cost another $25 for incidentals.
What really gets up my goat is they don't tell you in advance.
It's just added to your bill at the end. (too late to argue then) http://danmurphys.com.au/dm/home.jsp
After a quick trip to Google-land, I can report that Canadian and American oaks are used to make wine barrels in North America, although they apparently do not impart exactly the same taste as French Oak.
On the subject of corks - I prefer to find real cork stoppers in my wine bottles, as cork is not only bio-degradeable, but also a renewable resource. I do not like plastic or resin corks, because of hazardous chemicals getting into the soil, air, and water at their production and disposal sites. Screw tops are fine for wines that are drunk young. I recently encountered re-usable glass stoppers on some wines from Italy - luckily I noticed that the cork was glass before I used a corkscrew on it.
I'm not sure what the usual restaurant charge for "corkage" is hereabouts, as I never take wine to a restaurant. I figure my local restaurants need the money on the wine mark-up to stay in business, and if it's a good restaurant, I'd rather keep it going than have to eat somewhere worse next time. Not many folks are eating out these days, due to the economic recession, and only the cheap and ghastly "value meal" providers are busy. KFC, McDonalds, etc. thrive, while bistros serving real food die out. That's how it is in the rural communities outside Toronto, anyway. When I visit the city, the restaurants there seem to be as busy as ever!
Heading North from Vancouver.
We could not believe this Train had a Pot-Belly Stove in each Carriage.
Take a look at the glass cabinet above the Stove.
There are two Axes just in case we break down and run out of fire wood.
At least we would not die from Frostbite. ;o)
We make something here called 'Worm Tea'.
You most certainly would not want to drink it.
It comes from our Worm Farm.
And it is worm castings from kitchen waste.
It tastes horrible even with full cream milk. ^_^
I last visited the Vancouver Aquarium nearly 40 years ago. At that time, there were Killer Whales and Belugas existing in rather cramped quarters, and although it was exciting to see the whales up close, I hope you will tell me that the aquarium has been enlarged and improved since then.
I feel sorry for animals caught in the wild and imprisoned by humans for the remainder of their life. I think that, wherever practicable, wild-caught animals should be returned to their natural environment after a few years of serving as an educational exhibit in a zoo or aquarium. Having said that, I know that a lot of zoos and aquariums now make great efforts to replicate the natural environment of their captives. At the Boston aquarium, the core of the exhibit is a massive tube of water several stories high containing a coral reef habitat that gives the impression of endless swimming space for the inhabitants.
Well, I think we're doing better than we were at keeping captive wildlife happy, if they're swimming in circles instead of back and forth.
I wonder if future generations will look back on you and I in horror for imprisoning plants in pots. I shudder to contemplate the number of houseplants I have killed by allowing them to become pot-bound.
Anyhow, I digress. Can we see more pics of the Vancouver aquarium, please?
Yes, the children look cute, but how noisy were they? Those high-pitched shrieks they let out when they get over-excited hurt my ears. I guess you can tell I'm not a real fan of ankle-biters. Most of the time, it's the parents' fault for not teaching their kids how to behave. I've witnessed kids screaming and beating their fists on the glass in aquariums and zoos, scaring the fish and animals, and their parents standing by doing nothing. I'm that nasty old lady that tells the kids to stop having fun and makes them cry.
Back in the early 80's we were driving back to Chicago after a vacation in Newfoundland, going through Quebec and we took a ferry boat across the St. Lawrence River and we must have gone through a pod of Belugas. There were dozens of them, they looked almost silvery in the sunlight when they surfaced. Just gorgeous! I understand that there are very few in that area any more, but it was a sight I'll never forget.
Thanks for the links. I wish I had some Dragons! I don't see any lizards here, and very few snakes. There are lots of frogs, toads, and turtles in my pond, though.
It's too bad the Belugas have fared so poorly at the Vancouver aquarium. It's disturbing that the aquarium would keep getting replaclement whales without knowing what was wrong with the environment it was putting them into.
The link to candianliving.com didn't work for me, so I don't know what they're suggesting you do with your beans. I assume you have bought dry beans. I recommend you soak them in cold water overnight, then drain the beans and add them to fresh water (1 measure of beans to 3 measures of water). Simmer in a covered pan for one-and-a-half hours, or until tender. Drain the beans and stir in whatever sauce or seasonings take your fancy.
Suddenly I want a home aquarium full of Nemo fish! Do you have a fish tank at home, ginger? I haven't kept any fish since my parents gave me a goldfish bowl containing a goldfish and a catfish when I was about 6 years old. They made me siphon out the dirty water using a rubber tube - suck too hard and you got a mouthful of fish poop - and that kind of put me off keeping fish.
June, Here is a Picture of what you were talking about earlier.
This is what I call a Tin of Salmon in Brine.
The walls of this Tank is 30 mm thick.
It is made all in one piece.
Why can't we make them like this ?
I can't get close to our wild turkeys, and can only photograph them through the window. We put food out for them, but do not try to make them tame. They are hunted on some nearby properties and so need to keep their fear of man.
Our posts crossed. That's one impressive fish tank! If I remember rightly, the big columnar tank at the Boston aquarium is not see-through all the way round, instead the walls are concrete inset with glass or perspex windows for viewing.
And we crossed again. Wow, ginger, your paintings are awesome! Sorry to hear you have had some grief with admin. It happens to us all occasionally. I have learned to avoid any mention of certain subjects that may cause offense due to my opinions not being shared.
I hope the turkey never mistakes your fingers for food! The only bird I've ever hand-fed was a Trumpeter swan that spent some time around our pond one summer, when she was recuperating from heat-exhaustion, and she had a blunt, leathery beak.
We no longer roast our Trumpeter swans, having almost extirpated them. There is now a breeding project underway to build up the swan population, and all the birds are tagged and monitored. This one was a juvenile spending her first year away from her family. Hundreds of swans spend winter safely on the shores of Lake Ontario, but this one chose to go it alone and migrate further. She flew over the Appalachian mountains and should then have followed the Atlantic coast south. Sadly, she flew into the path of a winter storm and ended up on Long Island in New York State, where she found nothing to eat, was too weak to fly further, and so perished. Only a small percentage of the young swans survive to the breeding age of 4 or 5 years old.
Well, it's getting late and I need to rest my eyes. I'll be back in 8 or 9 hours.
I'm glad you were able to save the bird that got caught up on your fence. When I saw the first pic, I thought it was a gonner.
How I know the history of the young swan is through the number it wore. If people who see a number on a swan do an Internet search on it, they can get in contact with the Trumpeter swan breeding project staff, who keep records on the individual swans. My DH contacted the breeding project after he rescued "our" swan from a nearby farm (where it had crashed from heat exhaustion while flying in extremely hot weather) and brought it home to recuperate on our pond, where it spent the remainder of the summer. After the swan migrated, a birder on Long Island found the swan at the end of its life, researched the wing tag number, and notified the project staff. They knew we had spent some time looking after the swan earlier that year, so they notified my DH and I.
Yes, ginger, we have foxes in Canada. We also have coyotes and wolves. In Ontario, the wolves live further north than where I live, but there are foxes and coyotes in this area. In spring, foxes and coyotes search the long grass and reeds around the margins of ponds looking for goose nests full of tasty eggs. The parent geese put up a good fight, but lose. Somehow, though, a nest is always overlooked and every year I eventually see a bunch of fluffy yellow goslings and their proud parents pecking at my lawn.
Hey June, did you hear about the Quantas Plane leaving Brisvegas Airport under the control of a Jewish captain and his co-pilot who was a Chinese Canadian citizen.
It was the first time these two pilots had flown together.
An awkward silence between the two seems to indicate a mutual dislike.
And yes you guessed it, they were heading straight to Canada.
Once they reach cruising altitude, the Jewish captain activates the auto-pilot, leans back in his seat,
and mutters, 'I don't like Chinese'.
'No rike Chinese?' asks the co-pilot, 'why not?'
'You people bombed Pearl Harbor , that's why!'
'No, no', the co-pilot protests, 'Chinese not bomb Peahl Hahbah! That Japanese, not Chinese.'
'Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese...doesn't matter, you're all the same to me!'
There's a few minutes of silence. 'I no rike Jews!' the co-pilot suddenly announces.
'Oh yeah, why not?' asks the captain.
'Jews sink Titanic!' says the co-pilot.
'What? You're insane! Jews didn't sink the Titanic!' exclaims the captain, 'It was an iceberg!'
Iceberg, Goldberg, Greenberg, Rosenberg , ..no mattah...all same.
Aw, that's a very old joke! In the version I heard 30 years ago, a Jewish guy is just walking down the street and an Irish man runs up and punches him on the nose and yells, "That's for the Titanic" etc. Both versions of the joke manage to be offensive to two ethnic groups.
Getting back to birds, whatever did Bower Birds collect before there was any blue plastic around? I would think blue objects must be uncommon in the natural environment.
It's too bad we can't give road crossing safety seminars to wildlife. Squirrels are the worst at crossing - they dart out into the path of the car, dither in the middle of the road, suddenly change direction when they were safe and run back into danger - and then theres the thud, and you see in the rear-view mirror a little body lying motionless. I swear some of them have a death-wish.
On a happier note, I saw a beautiful red fox in my garden a few weeks ago. By the time I had gotten my camera out of its case, though, the fox was gone. At this time of year foxes are hunting for small rodents, such as meadow voles, that are active under the snow. When the snow melts, the "tunnels" that the voles made are visible as shallow, snaking runs on the surface of the lawn, and I find their spherical winter nests made of dry grass tucked into my flowerbeds.
THE TRUE STORY OF FLUFFY THE RABBIT
A lady I know agreed to go to her sister’s house every day to feed and exercise her sister’s dog while her sister was on vacation for a few days. Her sister left instructions not to let the dog out if the neighbour’s white rabbit, Fluffy, was out of his hutch, because she was afraid that the dog would jump the fence between the two back yards and attack the rabbit.
On day one, there was no sign of Fluffy, so the lady let the dog out to run around the yard for an hour. On day two, still no rabbit, she let the dog out again, but it was scratching at the door to be let back in after 20 only minutes. When she opened the door, she was horrified to see the dog standing there with a very dead white rabbit in its jaws.
Not only was Fluffy dead, but he was filthy, looking as if the dog had been dragging him around in the dirt. So, before returning Fluffy to his owners, she shampoo’d him, dried him with a hairdryer, and brushed his fur until he looked immaculate. Then she braced herself and carried the sad burden next door. She knocked on the door. There was no answer. Nobody was home.
Then she thought how she and the dog could escape blame. If she put Fluffy back in his hutch, the neighbors would think he had died peacefully from natural causes. She carefully arranged Fluffy in the hutch, as if he were asleep, and snuck away.
She did not mention any of this to her sister on her return from vacation, but about a week later, in conversation, she casually asked her sister, “How are the neighbours?”
“Oh!” her sister said, “They are really upset. Fluffy the rabbit died. But the worst thing was that some SICK person dug Fluffy up and put him back in his hutch.”
Thanks for the link to your old thread. I enjoyed the "toilet" humour! There's an outhouse in my garden, but I'm afraid to even open its door because yellowjacket wasps, and who knows what else, live in there.
Are those water dragons slow-moving, or are you an expert at catching them?
Eeek! Was it your rooster inside the snake? If an 8-foot snake is small, how long are your large snakes? The largest snake I've encountered was a 6-foot Racer snake, when I was living in southeast Pennsylvania. Racer snakes used to hunt for mice and voles on my lawn, and I'd sometimes see the tail of a snake poking out of a hole in the ground. I didn't see an entire snake until one got caught up in a plastic net fence. I had hold the snake and cut the netting off it using scissors, and it wasn't very happy with me. I was wearing leather gloves, though, so when it tried to chew on my hand I was OK. I got rid of the plastic net fencing after I realized what a hazard it was to snakes - the holes in the net were just big enough to allow the front end of a snake to go through, but not its middle.
Yes, the black specks on the snow in my squirrel pic are sunflower seeds that have fallen out of bird feeders suspended above.
I don't have any Chooks at all.
It was a Neighbours Prize Bantam.
I went and got it out of his Pen.
Then I had to keep it till it passed the remains of the Rooster.
The Neighbour had to have the leg band as proof of the Roosters death.
Something to do with Club Insurance.
I just kept it in an empty Fish Tank till it pooped the Skeleton and Feathers.
Just touching back on the Land Mullet.
He lives on a National Park Trail at Springbrook.
The Hike is 17 kilometres long and is called Warrie Circuit.
We always add 5 kilometres by going out to 'The Pinnacle'.
I'm not sure if you have a Hotmail account ?
But today Hotmail have turned my world upside-down.
They have introduced a new set-up ???? for Hotmail accounts.
I am going to change to G-mail for sure.
Trouble is, I loose all my friends addresses.
I use G-mail, which seems to work fine, although I find it annoying that every time I log in, Google pesters me to change my browser to Chrome. My DH uses Hotmail as an interface for his Bell e-mail account, and it has worked fine for years, but lately the Hotmail server has begun to randomly delete some e-mails instead of forwarding them into his Bell in-box. He can't figure out what's going on. What is Hotmail doing to you? You might try posting on the Computer Forum, and see if anyone there knows what's going on with Hotmail.
Because The Warrie Circuit is only 40 minutes drive for me.
I try to walk it once a month. (always alone)
I find it very relaxing and I do see a lot of new Plants and Critters there.
I always Photograph the new things and add them here when I get a ID on them.
Crayfish I might have guessed, but not the rest of its name! I look forward to more challenging ID pics - I'm sure you have quite a lot of them.
When you were traveling in Canada, did you encounter our only marsupial, the Virginia Opossum? 'Possums are at the farthest north of their range in Ontario, and they sometimes lose their tail to frostbite. We usually only see them in winter, when they search for food during daylight on mild days, otherwise they are nocturnal.
Do you have totally nude National Parks in Canada ?
I don't mean the Park is naked. (that would be a Desert)
I mean the people who traverse the terrain within the Park.
I wonder how they carry their Scroggin ?
I have never been on that Hike !
There are no nude parks around here that I know of, but I do have a neighbour who takes all his clothes off when he's walking in the woods or working in his garden in the heat of summer. I avert my eyes if we meet by accident.
Being nude in the outdoors doesn't appeal to me. I like to have a layer of clothing between me and the ticks, spiders, wasps, black flies, deer flies, and mosquitos. I am a bug magnet, and so I garden and hike completely covered head to toe. A burka would be perfect summer garb for me.
Do you have 'Leaches' in Canada ?
They are blood sucking snake like critters. ( approx. 4" long)
You never feel them attach to ones skin.
If pulled off physicly the wound goes on bleeding for hours.
Best way to remove them is with fire.
Like a match or a Cigaret Butt.
This Sign is on the Warrie Circuit.
It needs no explination.
I'm going to guess this one is the Gnat-eating Zebra Lizard. Whatever his real name is, he's lovely!
Yes, we have leeches in Canada. I have them in my pond, and that's one reason I don't swim in it. They're tiny compared to your leeches, though.
The notice board lists an aboriginal name for a boomerang, but I always thought Boomerang WAS the aboriginal name of the hunting weapon that you throw and it comes back. Now I'm confused. Are there different types of boomerang or is a boomerang called different names in different parts of Ozz?
June_Ontario wrote:The notice board lists an aboriginal name for a boomerang, but I always thought Boomerang WAS the aboriginal name of the hunting weapon that you throw and it comes back. Now I'm confused. Are there different types of boomerang or is a boomerang called different names in different parts of Ozz?
I'm not sure June.
I have never learnt much about Aboriginals or their ways.
Don't worry about not being able to answer my aboriginal language question, ginger. I'm pretty sure that in a country the size of Australia, there must be lots of aboriginal languages and dialects, just as there are in Canada. And before you ask, I'm no expert in Canadian native languages - I know "igloo" and "wigwam" and that's about it. Some Ontario towns, such as Toronto, Mississauga, Tecumseth, have native names (and, come to think of it, the name of the province sounds native too), but I have no clue what they mean.
I was talking about “Hotmail” earlier.
The top part of this Picture has been My Hotmail for the last 8 years.
And now the new “Öutlook/hotmail” at the bottom of this Picture is all we get.
I am no GEEK, but this new one is total CRAP to Me.
I am changing to “Gmail” from now on.
A swimming pool with Deathadders in it sounds like something out of a Horror movie called 'Attack of the Killer Snakes'. There used to be a whole bunch of 'Attack' movies. Do you remember 'The Attack of the Killer Worms'? And 'The Attack of the Killer Rabbit'? And 'The Attack of the Killer Tomatoes'?
My DH received an explanatory e-mail from Hotmail or Microsoft with instructions on how to use the new Hotmail/Outlook interface. Did you get those instructions?
This Picture was taken at Girraween National Park.
With all the rain we have gotten in the last 8 weeks.
This sign that is usually 7 meters out of the water got washed down stream.
Sambo and I dragged it back to its original place.
Hope it stays there for a long while.
Even if it is a tad crooked.
Ozzies know how to make a proper out-house, it appears. Mine should be called an out-hovel, in comparison.
Are you still getting floods in your area, ginger? Is this usually your wettest time of year, or has the climate gone crazy? Is it early autumn where you are, or still summer? There is still a foot of snow on the ground over much of my property. There was a bit of melting today, though, and a patch of open water has appeared on the pond, so spring cannot be far off. In a fit of optimism, I have watered the potted plants in my cold greenhouse, so they can start growing again.
It's a tiny little dinner bell for the birds. No, just kidding. It's an ant-baffle. In the summer, we hang a hummingbird feeder full of sugar-water below the "bell". Inside the "bell" is a layer of grease, which ants won't cross. Remind me in a couple of months time, and I'll take a pic of the same view showing the feeder on the hook.
I would have believed you about the dinner bell.
I do a similar thing here with the Butcher Birds.
They would come all day if I let or fed them every time.
But I make a loud whistle a bit like a Cooee.
And they come and get one piece of meat each.
It is only meant to be a snack not a meal.
Makes for some easy Photography for me.
I don't have to chase them around.
You got the country right! It's rooftop decoration on a house in the city of Barcelona, in the Catalonia region of Spain. Casa Batllo (2nd from right in pic) was designed and built by Antoni Gaudi, in collaboration with Josep Maria Jujois, around 1904. The theme of the house is St. George & the Dragon, and the roof is the dragon's back. It is the most beautiful and strange house I have ever visited - the stairs, walls, and windows look like frozen waves or organic growths - and the tile and mosaic work is incredible.
Perhaps it resembles a flying saucer impaled on a spike, but I think "Space Needle" is a bit of an overstatement - unless you need a space suit to go up to the observation deck! Is that its official name, or a nickname? Did you go up it?
Yes I concur.
We went up there in 1974 and loved it.
We also took Pictures from the top of The Leaning Tower.
Ah yes, they were the good old days.
We had a bottle of Coke with us and it nearly rolled off the edge.
Can't imagine that sort of thing happening today.
I guess we have all done this kind of silly stuff.
The trouble was in those days it took 2 months to get your Pictures developed.
By then you were in another Country and unable to go back and do it again.
Thank God for the Digital SLR Camera.
By the way check out the bell bottom jeans. ^_^^_^
Classic Pisa picture! And the jeans are back in fashion.
I don't think they let anyone climb the Leaning Tower any more. I don't remember the year I was there (maybe early 1980's?) and at that time they were only letting people go half way up. Oh well, there are still plenty of other towers to climb, and I'll keep going up them - as long as they have elevators in them (my knees don't work properly any more).
The Christopher Columbus monument in Barcelona was interesting. It had the tiniest elevator I have ever seen, and an observation platform only just wide enough for two people to squeeze past each other, as long as one of them was skinny. So you got a view and claustrophobia at the same time.
I believe that it is still possible to get souvenirs shipped from Italy, but I've never been brave enough to try sending anything home that way. I know someone who had an inlaid-wood table shipped from Naples to the U.S.. Glassware, though - wow, you were brave!
Why is it that some humans are impelled to build towers and tall buildings, and others are impelled to climb them? I like rooftops as well as tower-tops. Do you know where this fine collection of stone spires is located?
Well spotted, ginger, it is indeed the Duomo in the center of Milan. I have not traversed any of the Alpine passes. I always arrive in Milan by air. There's a frequent bus between Malpensa airport and Milan's Central Station, and I like to stay near the station at Hotel Auriga, which is just across the street from the Pirelli Building. From Milan's Central Station, trains go to a number of interesting places.
It is in Cremona (about a 1-hour train ride from Milan) and is 370 ft high. It is believed to be the tallest medieval bell tower in Italy. I did not walk up it! Cremona is a lovely little city, full of people riding bicycles, and on Saturdays the entire historic center turns into an open-air market.
Did you spend your entire visit to Florence looking at artworks? I think everyone does! I hope you were there at a quiet time of year. My first visit to Florence (1988?) was a disaster. It was in August, when the weather was unbearably hot, the city streets were full of vehicle fumes, everywhere was crowded, and the mosquitos were biting. After about 10 years, I went back for a second look, this time in a cooler, less crowded time of year. The mosquitoes were still active, but I enjoyed strolling around. I crossed the River Arno and climbed a hill on the far side to see the panorama of Florence.
Oh no, I missed seeing the Pig! Now I'll have to go back for another visit.
Still on the subject of towers, did you climb the steps of the Bell Tower in Florence? I did, and it nearly killed me (it was an excessively hot day, and I wasn't in good health at the time). It was about then that I decided to look for towers with elevators in them.
When you were traveling in the Pisa-Florence area, did you visit Lucca? There's a tower in Lucca with trees growing out of the top. No elevator, though.
I know we came from the complete opposite side of the World to visit Florence.
And there were so many Iconic subjects to see and visit.
But this Senior Lady caught my attention and I am very pleased with My Picture.
I had the Statue of David right behind me when I took this Picture.
I find it amazing how blasé the local Italian people are about their History.
When you live surrounded by historic artefacts going back several thousand years, I guess it is easy to become jaded! However, I have noticed that young Italians are enthusiastic to re-enact medieval ceremonies, especially if it involves dressing up in tights. Here's an historically-costumed, drum-beating band marching to entertain the visitors at Lucca's annual Gardening Festival. I should explain that the old town of Lucca is surrounded by a humongous defensive wall so wide that it has a road on top of it and the bastions are tree-filled parks. Every year, for a week in September, a section of the wall's top is partitioned-off and used to stage a horticultural event. Specialist nurseries set up exhibits, booths sell gardening books, artists show garden art, artisans sell botanically inspired artifacts, and so on.
It must have been fun to be there on that day in September.
This Picture of 'Boy with Thorn' was in the Gallery right behind the Statue of David.
The Gallery is called Uffizi Gallery.
The Original Boy with Thorn, also called Fedele (Fedelino) or Spinario, is a Greco-Roman Hellenistic bronze sculpture of a boy withdrawing a thorn from the sole of his foot, now in the Palazzo dei Conservatori, Rome.
A Roman marble of this subject from the Medici collections is in this corridor at the Uffizi Gallery, Florence, and that is the one in this Picture.
Today all these Sculptures are behind very thick Perspex to protect them from us/the people who love them, Go figure.
The negatives are scanned in a special cradle that lies flat in the scanner.
The cradle holds one strip of negatives at a time.
Then they are automaticly transferred to the PC. and numbered.
It is a lengthy process but well worth the effort.
There is a second cradle that holder coloured slides.
It is a tad slower, every Slide needs to be put in in the right way and order.
I got the cradles and special scanner from 'Dick Smiths Electronics'.
Much earlier you asked if we went up into the Space Needle in Seattle.
Well it took some time to find these Pictures.
And yes we did pay the $15 each to go up there. (and no, we did not get any Space Suits)
We chose not to eat at the Restaurant as it was 12.55 pm and we had already eaten Maccas, pity really.
Sammy felt a tad Sea Sick, The tower sways about 1½ meters at the top.
To clarify that, it moves 800 mm either way off centre.
Those buildings down below look like giant bags or packages - very strange indeed!
A swaying tower sounds like fun!
Thanks for the photo conversion information. I was hoping you would say, "I just lay the photo on my scanner", but special cradles and such are beyond me, and I haven't kept any negatives at all. Perhaps I'll try using my digital camera to take pics of old photos. The vast majority of my pre-digital pics are photos, not slides. First, though, I need to unearth my old photo albums and sort them out. Some albums contain just one or two vacation's worth of pics, postcards, brochures & maps, while other albums are garden journals that span many years.
I have just one more Italian tower pic to show you. I call these the Tipsy Towers. They are in the city of Bologna. I would not like to live anywhere near them, especially during an earthquake.
P.S. Is it time to start a new thread? This one is starting to take a long time to load.
June_Ontario wrote: Perhaps I'll try using my digital camera to take pics of old photos.
The vast majority of my pre-digital pics are photos, not slides.
P.S. Is it time to start a new thread?
This one is starting to take a long time to load.
People have given me B & W Photographs over the decades.
And I take a digital Picture of them.
It works just fine.
I just feel they take a lot of cropping and enhancing.
It works just fine but yes, it is time consuming.
I'll start a new Thread this afternoon. ;o)
Thanks for suggesting it.
Seeing all those different kinds of Pears on that table in your last picture.
Reminds me of our encounter with Pears in North Italy.
These Pears were growing in a front yard right next to the main road.
We never picked any, we only took Pictures.
The Flag-wavers web page would not load for me, but I'm guessing it refers to whirling the flag, throwing it up into the air and catching it again. I have seen it done on a number of occasions, but never managed to get a pic of the flag in the air. My reflexes are too slow, alas.
I didn't realize the proximity of all the landmarks on the Tablet. Were you in Seattle before or after Mount St. Helens blew its top?
Thanks June for your condolences.
She was 40 years old.
I have never known a Horse to be over 28 to 30 years old.
She belonged to DD. And her favourite Tree is a Poinciana.
So this morning I went and bought a large Pink Poinciana to plant next to her Cross.
Wow, 40 years is an incredible age for a horse. I think that only a happy horse would live that long. She must have been well loved.
The link to the flag-waving site probably isn't working for me because it has been truncated somewhere along the way - the end has been cut off and replaced with dots - so whether I click on it in DG or cut and paste the link, nothing happens. I guess my Internet browser needs to know what comes after "/photoblog-flag-waving-c..." to reach the web address. But don't worry about it. See you on the new thread!
I am a tad annoyed with the Garden centre where I got the Frangipani Tree from.
I told them it would be in 100% full Sunshine.
Well now 3 days later every leaf is burnt and crumbling up.
I know the new leaves will be fine.
I think they stored it under shade cloth before I got it.
Well I took your advice June.
I went back to the Nursery with Photographs.
After explaining what the Tree was for, they were quite sympathetic.
I asked them to exchange it but they said no.
Instead they gave me the full $74 refund and told me to keep the Tree.
And now even after 6 days it is starting to get new leaves.
It is also shooting one flower spike.
So everything will hopefully turn out OK.
I find it amazing that here on The Cold Goast Tree Leaves get burned by the hot Sun.
There in Canada your Leaves get burned by Frost.
Somewhere in the World there has to be a nice Balance.
Not too Hot and not too Cold. ;o)
That's a bad case of sunburn! I'm glad to hear you got a refund, and I hope the tree eventually recovers. Will you be getting cool, autumn weather soon? Or are you in a tropical zone that doesn't have seasons?
ginger749 wrote:Hi Tallulah,
The exact spot is "Rock Island Lake. Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park".
There are no roads within cooee of this Lake.
So the only way in is a long long walk.
Most people who visit this spot just take the bus up from Sunshine Village ski resort, then it's about a mile out on a wide trail. Did you hike in off a backpacking route? Haven't been to this spot myself (though we hike in the area) but it's a nice way to see the alpine zone for people who don't want to or can't hike. The "white flowers" are the seedheads of Anemone occidentalis, a wonderful, iconic plant that blooms as soon as the snow melts off - love seeing them!
Is there an architect or building code anywhere that would possibly approve that? :-) Wow!
Ginger, would you consider starting a new thread to continue with this? This thread is probably a record for length - truly amazing! However, it takes a long time to scroll to the bottom, and I imagine it's a deterrent for people with slow internet?
Edit: Please disregard my comment about starting a new thread. Annabell52 pointed out to me that one can always skip to the new entries without having to scroll down. Funny I had never noticed that feature before; it works great!