Day 15/21 – Part 2/2

I have to pee and take a secundary road. Instead of returning to the main road I continue following this little road for a while because that kind of goes into the direction I need to go and I’m curious where this is going to lead to. Not long after I encounter this beautiful corn silo. I walk around a bit and discover nice perspectives quickly.

From this side the corn silo is standing free with a pond on the foreground.

Corn silo

Quite a photogenic piece with that blue sky.

Corn silo

From the side where I discovered it, a rail track is passing by.

Corn silo

It looks like a kind of loading tower to load train cars with corn.

Corn silo

There are so many possibilities for original photographs here, but actually I’m a bit in a hurry.

Corn silo

But in less than 10 minutes I have shot a nice couple of photographs.

Corn silo

I could easily stay much longer here, but I’m happy with this set and continue to the next.

After a while I arrive at Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park but that is not much: a river with a couple of eroded hills. Only because it’s kind on my route I decided to visit, otherwise I would have skipped it most likely.

A weird little spider passes my feet. I do not really take the effort to have a close look but it appears to have lots of bubbles on its back. I quickly shoot a photo before it disappears in the grass and only then I see what these little bubbles are: have a close look…

Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park

I enter the valley, but return even faster. It’s full with gigantic flies and lots of them. As soon as I’m out of the car, they throw themselves at me. I have no idea if they are of the stinging type, but they are quite large, so I’m not taking the risk.

From a higher vantage point and in the wind, I’m not bothered by them and can shoot a couple of photographs.

Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park

Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park

Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park

Soon, I’m done here and leave for my next destination: Red Rock Coulee that’s not that far from here. It’s a valley with red boulders. This can get interesting in warm evening light.

It doesn’t take long to get there and I already see a couple of opportunities for nice photographs. I have the whole valley to myself and hear Coyotes howling in the distance. Annoyingly, I’m being stinged heavily by mosquitoes.

The terrain is covered with rocks like these. I’m wondering where they come from and how long they have been here.

Red Rock Coulee

Red Rock Coulee

These stones are covered with lichen.

Red Rock Coulee

Red Rock Coulee

On one of the rocks I notice a bird. A little trick that I first applied in New-Zealand is to approach a bird very carefully step by step while shooting photos continuously. Before that, I tried to approach as closely as possible before shooting the first photo and more often than not I ended up empty handed because it got spooked. By shooting continuously I always end up with the best possible photo.

Red Rock Coulee

Later I will learn that this is a Nightjar. These sleep during the day and fly in darkness. Once in a while his eye opens up and he keeps watching me, but it seems as it doesn’t care him that much.

Nachtzwaluw

I can approach him closer and closer until I’m almost on top of him.

Nachtzwaluw

The sun drops to just above the horizon and I select a nice boulder for the last photo.

Red Rock Coulee

Now the sun has set, the mosquitoes drive me completely nuts so I leave as swiftly as possible. Down the road I have seen big birds of prey sitting on a pole a couple of times now, but it seems impossible to photograph them. Now I see another one of these, stop the car, try to shoot, but precisely when I want to take the photo a big truck passes by, causing me to miss the photo by a fraction of a second. Next time I must have it. Deer I encounter often as well.

I find myself ending up in Medicine Hat. Here I photograph the logo of my favorite hotel chain against the evening sky.

Holiday Inn Express

Tomorrow I will visit Dinosaur Provincial Park followed by Drumheller.

Incredible how many photos keep coming out. Almost every day I wonder where to get my photos, but every day delivers many and most of the time more and different photos than I expected. Wandering around a bit can deliver quite good. Who knows what more things are here to see. Maybe I have to drink some more water and turn unplanned into little side roads (-;

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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