This morning I get up at 07:00. I don’t have to get up any earlier because the first shuttlebus to Red Rock Canyon departs at 08:00. Close to the stop a big black bear is wandering around. He bolts immediately on a car passing by. Red Rock Canyon is luckily only a few hundred meters walking. I go there together with an Australian living in Lake Louise.
This is a typical case of beautiful but not photogenic. Nice to see but on a photo it looks like nothing. The Australian returns by bus already after half an hour. With that bear still in my head I do not feel like hiking down that path on my own.
On a meadow close by I start doing some macro work: flowers. Always nice with soft lighting and without wind, otherwise you turn crazy in no time.
Indian Paintbrush has been on my wishlist for a couple of years now, ever since I first saw them in a photobook.
Simple flower, but one that jumps at you with that vivid red color, in particular when there are lots of them.
These are there as well but I do not know what they are.
Lupines are always beautiful as well. There are many of these in Nieuw-Zeeland. This is a midget species.
Indian Paintbrush are here in yellow as well.
And a couple of red ones but then from above.
The Paintbrushes also work quite well as a background, especially with a delicate flower like this one.
And a last one.
After an hour the wind starts blowing and it’s time to return.
Back in my hotel I first have a lunch. Around 12:00 I’m going out again towards Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park close to the border with the US. The roads are straight and endless here with sometimes a sideroad towards a farm.
Typically gravel and I notice that the car starts drifting above 70 km/hr. After 1.5 hours the Rockies are still visible, but after well over 2.5 they are out of sight. The landscape is prairy: huge plains with grass. There are warning signs along the road for rattle snakes. Sometimes I look around but I haven’t seen any yet (-;
Apart from lots of grass I sometimes encounter other things, like this Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star. I immediately recognize it. Very unexpected in between these fields.
A deserted tractor in the middle of a field is also quite typical.
I encounter deer from time to time as well.
As well as oil pumps.
Maps, Charts & Downloads
GPS Map with color coded altitude information
Color coded distance/altitude chart
Download the original gpx file here.