A relaxing afternoon park scene.
A relaxing afternoon park scene.
Dry Stone Walls in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. How many hands, over how many years, built such walls? Gravity and skill alone hold those …#ScenicSaturday 02/July/22
The Yorkshire Dales, courtesy of Stuart.
The correct name for the animals is “bison,” but the park’s official name hasn’t been changed yet.
This park was established in 1922 to protect the seriously dwindling bison herds but also became invaluable to protecting the whooping cranes, as well.
At just under 45,000 km², Wood Buffalo is the largest national park in Canada and the second largest in the world. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in 2013, the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada designated it as the world’s largest dark sky preserve to protect the habitat of bats and other night-time animals and also to ensure the visibility of the Aurora Borealis.
There’s lots of hiking and camping, including back country camping sites and many kilometres of day hiking trails available.
Whooping cranes migrate between the southern edge of the Northwest Territories and Texas. They travel a very long way!
These birds are often difficult to photograph as they are very shy and possessed of excellent hearing, so they are usually gone before you know they have been nearby. Generally, they just are not very gregarious; they like to keep to themselves in their pair bonds. Their nests are about five kilometres (three miles) apart from those of other cranes.
There are only about 500 whooping cranes in the wild, they migrate each year between wintering grounds at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas and their breeding grounds in Wood Buffalo National Park near Fort Smith, NWT.
Their numbers are very slowly improving after dropping to about 25 birds in the 1940s; their survival and growth has been helped along by protections that exist in both Northwest Territories and Texas.
There are lots of parks near Yellowknife. Somba K’e is just to the south.
People love to snowmobile on the frozen lakes and it’s definitely a lot of fun, but you do need to watch out for frostbite since the wind chill can become quite high.
Happy Monday. 🙂
I feel like publishing photos of home right now as I’m quite wistful for it.
Here in Northwest Territories, it has been a very long, long winter, literally, and although the record-breaking amount of snow we had has melted, the temperature hasn’t gone up much.
There’s been a lot of rain, too, and now there’s flooding in some areas.
With the addition of all the COVID anxieties and concerns, the last 15 months have been challenging.
I am looking forward to a break, at home, soon.
Happy Monday, happy week. 🙂
Under sunny skies on the weekend, M and I went to Prosperous Lake Park just outside of Yellowknife.
We crossed the lake itself via a very busy ice road, a total of 14 km.
There was an ice fishing derby going on, which is why it was so busy. People were fishing, yes, but there were lots of snowmobilers, cross-country skiers and snowshoers. Dogs and kids were running around and chasing each other, very much enjoying the bright sun and warmer temperatures.
Here’s a short clip of our trip across the lake.
It was a great day; sunny, warmer, windless. We returned home very happy after all the fresh air and bright light.
Happy mid-week. 🙂
I am very fortunate to live near this park.
It’s one of my favourite places for a stroll or to just sit on the beach and watch the lake. It always clears my head and leaves me feeling refreshed.
Happy Wednesday. 🙂
Alberta’s Jasper National Park is the largest park in the Rocky Mountains and was established in 1907.
It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Dark Sky Preserve and was also the backdrop for a Marilyn Monroe movie, “River of No Return.” It has one of my favourite hotels as well – Jasper Park Lodge.
If you like to hike, walk, kayak, canoe or just watch the animals, Jasper is wonderful. Loads of trails, lakes and rivers, and, of course, there are hot springs in which to relax those tired muscles after a good day of exercise amidst gorgeous scenery.
Greetings from beautiful Jasper Park. 🙂