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Bison Time

It’s that bison time of year. Wood bison, that is. 🙂

They are closely related to the plains bison that were nearly exterminated in the 1800s, but the woodland bison took quite a hit as well. The woodland bison have made a strong comeback and in parts of southern Alberta the plains bison are doing much better.

They are good parents and it was, in part, their stubborn determination to look after their little ones that hunters took advantage of. They stood their ground in the face of danger and were picked off.

Right now there are many, many little ones and they wander around at will, crossing roads whenever they feel like it and heading off to tastier greens.

I am glad to see them roaming like this as nature intended. 🙂

On the Shores of Great Slave Lake

This wonderful bastion of indigenous culture is on one the shores of Great Slave Lake, not far from where I work.

On the Beach

I recently spent a day there.

Great Slave Lake

The weather was fabulous.

Canoeing

Up here in the Northwest Territories we are enjoying some nice weather, finally. It’s been a wet, chilly spring, even for us.

Enjoy the late spring and all it has to offer. 🙂

A Little More Rain Forest

Here are two more views of the precious rain forest that can be found on Vancouver Island.

The rain forest, although damp and sodden, has a peacefulness that is easily communicated to humans. Our busy lives tire us out so much, and just taking a quick break in a forest is a wonderful, rejuvenating, special thing.

Another view of one of those ancient Douglas firs. Aren’t they wonderful? I hope they live for many, many more decades.

It’s a Bear!

I saw this lovely fellow standing next to the road leading from Wood Buffalo National Park. His coat was shiny and he was very healthy looking after his long winter sleep.

We stopped and then he stopped, and we looked at each other. He made no attempt to come closer, but just regarded us while I took pictures.

I am concerned at his lack of fear. Most of the bears in my locality quickly run away at the sight of humans, but I’m aware that on this particular road, tourists and locals alike will feed the bears, and they grow to expect that.

This is incredibly thoughtless and careless behaviour, because as the warning signs that are posted everywhere say, “A fed bear is a dead bear.” Bears need to be left alone to forage and to keep a healthy distance from humans.

A Rain Forest

Vancouver Island is home to very old, very sodden rain forests.

Many of the Douglas firs in this forest are 800 years old. They were little trees in 1219, when St Francis of Assisi was founding the Franciscans and Genghis Khan was a teenager.

It rains a lot here. A lot! As a result, the trees are covered in velvety moss fronds.

In areas where the sun gets through more easily, the moss is less prevalent.

These trees have seen a lot and are still standing and growing. It is our job to make sure that they can continue their life journey.

Greetings from the giant firs of Vancouver Island.