Day 15/21 – Part 1/2

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.

Red Indian Paintbrush

Simple flower, but one that jumps at you with that vivid red color, in particular when there are lots of them.

Red Indian Paintbrush

Red Indian Paintbrush

These are there as well but I do not know what they are.

Wildflower

Lupines are always beautiful as well. There are many of these in Nieuw-Zeeland. This is a midget species.

Blue Lupine

Indian Paintbrush are here in yellow as well.

Yellow Indian Paintbrush

Yellow Indian Paintbrush

And a couple of red ones but then from above.

Red Indian Paintbrush

The Paintbrushes also work quite well as a background, especially with a delicate flower like this one.

Delicate wildflower

Delicate wildflower

And a last one.

Red Indian Paintbrush

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.

Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star

A deserted tractor in the middle of a field is also quite typical.

Tractor

Tractor

I encounter deer from time to time as well.

Deer

As well as oil pumps.

Oil pump

Oil pump

Maps, Charts & Downloads

GPS Map with color coded altitude information

Color coded distance/altitude chart

Color coded distance/altitude chart, Canada Spring 2010, Day 15

Download the original gpx file here.

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