The Salt River runs through the town of Fort Smith, NWT.
All is very green right now because recently, there has been a lot of rain.
The Salt River is not salty, but is named for the nearby salt plains. The plains can be found in Wood Buffalo National Park and are very attractive to the many types of animals who like to lick the salt that has worked its way up from deep inside the earth.
During the fur trading days, the salt was collected for seasoning. It could still be used for this purpose today.
Happy Independence Day to our American friends and greetings from the non-salty Salt River. 🙂
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. 🙂