Road Trip – Hydro-Therapy

All photos taken on September 25, 2021 at Patricia Lake Bungalows.

I fell easily back into my mountain morning routine of sauntering down to the dock to see what was shaking at the lake in the morning. This morning was overcast and a bit dull, but the bright pops of colour provided by the aspen and birch trees helped to brighten up the scene. If there were others contemplating the lake, I did my best not to spoil their reverie.

Hydro-Therapy ©

Patricia Lake

brings a strange sense of calmness.


water craft rental at PLB
the dock shows that the water level here is still very high
what kind of day would the weather bring?
new snow adorns the mountain peaks
a bright spot at the end of Patricia Lake
peaceful view
Pyramid Mountain
full on autumn
a time for reflection
a strange absence of water birds at this time of year
the long look toward Pyramid Lake Road from the dock
water still covers the lower dock area
view to the far end of the lake

Road Trip – Patricia Lake Bungalows

All photos were taken over the course of our 7 day stay September 24-October 1, 2021) at this mountain resort.

L & A were only able to be there for the first part of the week, but we made the best use of our time together. The photos below did not readily fit into any other category, but show a daily overview of our mountain home. Check out the state of the golden maple tree in slide 2 of the September 25 and slide 1 of the October 1 slideshows.

September 25, 2021 – introduction

September 26, 2021 – an overview

September 27, 2021– time to relax

September 28, 2021 – game night

September 29, 2021- frosty morning

September 30, 2021- renegade raven

October 1, 2021 – time to say goodbye


Not Just Any Forest Walk

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All photos taken during our September 8, 2021 walk through Bunchberry Meadows/Tucker’s Field. I fear my readers may be growing weary of my posts on this walk. Apologies if that is the case.

As we crash headlong into autumn, the look of the forest is changing fast, so each week, it looks very different. We delayed our walk a day, as we had hiked/biked three days straight and the old knees were not in tip top condition.

Not Just Any Forest Walk ©

Bunchberry Meadows,

not just any forest walk.

Diff’rent points of hue.

Seeing Spots – The bright September sunshine was glinting everywhere

Earlier this year, we saw the Trumpeter Swans flying North – today, they were headed South – hmmmm

Nature’s Lace – bug buffet

Grasshoppers were everywhere – It was hard to avoid stepping on them as we walked

Introducing Autumn

Enjoying the first touches of fall colour

Colour and Texture – Some of the leaves were so amazing

Even though we have walked these same paths for 7 months, they took on a different look this time.

Rather than fading away, the fungi seemed to be getting even larger

Bright pops of colour
This lichen growth looks like a bunch of delicate flowers
Zoom this one in and you will see a really tiny ant carrying a very large part of a berry/rose hip
View in front of our picnic bench
View behind our picnic bench
Still a few wasp nests hanging in although many of them are shattering in the wind
The meadow is turning colour, but still no deer
Looking skyward
Bunchberry boundary fence
Cotton candy clouds in a bright blue sky
On the flight path
The meadow prepares for fall
The end of a short career for this grasshopper

Bubble Update – This Day Takes the Cake

All photos taken on November 17, 2021.

As it turns out, it was a good thing we did the iced coffee in the bubble thing on Saturday, November 13, 2021. The weather changed to cool and grey on the Sunday and was followed by high winds and about 15 cm of snow on Monday and Tuesday.

Nonetheless, we were back out in the bubble on November 17, enjoying a birthday celebration with friend J. The three of us have birthdays within the span of 3 weeks in November, so the timing was perfect. The sun was shining, but looking at the table in the morning, we knew it would not be as warm as the 13th.

J arrived near 1:00 PM and we gave her warm birthday wishes, if not a warm bubble experience.

This Day Takes the Cake

November birthday celebration

on a day not meant for sun tanner.

What kind of arrangement does it take?

Outdoors in our bubble creation

visiting in safe distanced manner,

friends and coffee, this day takes the cake.

Frosty reception
– 8 C in the bubble at 9:00 AM
Hey, what have you done with my green grass
my backyard is now a winter wonderland
Physically distanced birthday cake….Yay
on today’s barista menu – mochaccino and cappuccino
I took the last of the foamed milk, so my foam was lumpy
Yummmmy, cupcakes from Bountiful Market
Outside temperature at 1:00 PM
Outside looking in
inside bubble temperature of +9 C at 1:00 PM

Take a Gander at This!

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All photos take during a September 3/21 walk around our small city.

Sunny, cool mornings lend themselves to local walks these days. The meteorologist says we are now in meteorological fall and who am I to argue. We almost had our first frost a couple of nights before. I had to cover the tomato plants to keep them ripening on the vine. The weather was all sorted for the next few days, so I did not expect to have to do that again.

On this day, we opted to head for Four Seasons Park and see what was shaking. Here is what we found.

The storm pond waters were calm creating this reflection.

As we got closer to the park, we could see things had changed dramatically. Construction fencing was installed all over the place, blocking paths and views. A stage, food trucks, kiosks and porta potties proliferated the fenced-in area. We found out later that this was the setup for the Beaumont Blues and Roots Festival, which had been postponed from its usual time slot. Hope everyone had a good time and stayed safe during the event.

Many of the paths were blocked by the fencing, but we managed to pick our way through along the lake shore. As we got closer, we could see canoes on the lake and realized that the nearby high school was conducting their outdoor education class on the lake today. It did look a bit strange to see canoes on this lake.

The spray from the water aerator was catching the bright September sunlight
wildflowers were in short supply, but this lone bloom from the scentless chamomile weed was hanging in there

As we walked around the lake, the sounds of approaching autumn were everywhere, as family after family of Canada Geese flew over and/or landed. These were likely training flights for this year’s family additions, to build up skill and strength for the upcoming migration.

At long last, out of the park, we set off home, but paused at another storm pond to watch some incoming landings and interactions/altercations.

A grebe and two coots hastily scattered out of the goose runway path

It was clear that some geese were on the outside, looking in and any interaction with the family group would not be tolerated. This poor pair just wanted to land on an unoccupied part of the pond, but they were chased away by the family gander who made a not so graceful face plant on approaching the shore. He quickly recovered to strike the last threatening pose. OK, message received, loud and clear!

the two interlopers sighed and moved away from the pond

In the Interval

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All photos taken on our weekly walk in Bunchberry Meadows/Tuckers Field on August 30, 2021.

In the Interval © Tanka

Don’t worry, there is

another hike post coming.

In the Interval

please watch the seasons rotate

right before your very eyes.

Autumn Colour Watch #1

Autumn Colour Watch #2

The Grove

Tucker’s Field

Lunch Stop


Are You Nuts?

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All photos take on September 7, 2021 just off my back deck.

In our yard, we have this burr oak tree and every year at this time, it is a flurry of activity as the acorns reach ripe stage. A few days before, we looked out to see blue jays, magpies and crows all competing with the resident squirrel to secure these tasty treats. We watch in amusement as this plays out, but there comes a point where this squirrel’s antics are just annoying.

There was that year that I could hear this rustle, rustle, thunk, plop time after time. I looked up at my 30 foot back yard spruce tree to see the squirrel carefully picking the cones off and dropping them on the ground. This happened to the tune of about 200 cones. They lay in my grass for a couple of weeks, before I got annoyed, picked them all up and threw them in the compost bin, so I could mow the lawn without hitting these clangers.

This week, as I prepared to mow, I walked the yard looking for hazards and kept stepping on little acorn ball bearings. Hmmm, what to do? I picked them all up and stored them in a pile on my back deck step.

Mowing the lawn occurred and I thought nothing more about the acorn pile, until….

….September 7 when I looked over to see the stealthy blue jays eyeing the pile cautiously before flying down, looking around, grabbing an acorn and flying off to devour it. This played out for a bit, but has not since recurred, while I have my camera in hand.

Meanwhile, a day after I picked up the acorns, I heard this cheeky scolding sound from the squirrel who on inspecting his handiwork, realized the acorns were missing. I t was not long before I heard the rustle, rustle, thunk, plop of more acorns hitting the ground. Sigh!

Here is the burst sequence I shot of the jay’s shopping expedition on the bulk aisle.


Road Trip – Together

All photos taken on September 24, 2021 at Patricia Lake Bungalows, Jasper National Park.

The last time our family was all together was August 2018, coincidentally also in Jasper National Park. Changing situations and obligations continually got in our way, with Covid 19 complicating the matter even further. In September 2020, while in Jasper by ourselves, my Patty had an idea for a family get together (time and Covid permitting) one year hence. Cabins were booked and the seeds were planted, but none of us knew how they would grow. Over the ensuing year, all 6 of us made many concessions and changes so that we could make this plan work.

Together ©

A Mother’s dream almost one year ago

brought us all together here at this place.

It had been thirty-seven months or so

since our family last met face to face.

Our plan was not simple to execute,

we had to recalibrate on the fly.

We may’ve come here by circuitous route,

but togetherness brought tears to Mom’s eyes.

fall is in the air at Patricia Lake Bungalows
catching up
B holds a plate of Langano Skies Ethiopian take out – all the way from Edmonton courtesy of L & A
family togetherness time

Road Trip – Rearguard Falls Hike

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All photos taken on our September 24, 2021 drive between Kamloops, B.C. and Jasper, Alberta.

1 hour and 15 minutes up the road from Thunder River and just East of Valemount was Rearguard Falls Provincial Park. We knew there was a short 1/2 hour hike there where we could stretch our legs and revel in nature. What we did not know was how beautiful this simple little stop would be. The parking lot and trails were far from crowded and we enjoyed our stop here.

Located on the upper reaches of the Fraser River, we did not know that the salmon migrated so far inland from the ocean.

Mother and son seem happy to be together.

fall was definitely in the air and on the trees as we got closer to Alberta
the sloping path was fairly simple to negotiate
bright pops of colour above

Rearguard Falls and the rushing Fraser River

OK, so this part of the walk is not wheelchair (or bad knee) friendly.
pretty puffball mushroom
B & K on the path up

Road Trip – Kamloops to Jasper

All photos taken on September 24, 2021.

PART 1 – New Day’s Promise

Our room was on the opposite side of the hotel from our first stay and the view was unremarkable, but next to the elevator was a window looking East. The sunrise was spectacular this day.

New Day’s Promise

Warm, rosy glow, announcing the day,

hinting at better things yet to come.

We must hit the road, we just can’t stay,

although all this driving leaves us numb.

This new day is so filled with promise

of events both numerous and great.

What we ‘ve long dreamed of is upon us,

long scheduled family time awaits.

the view from our room
the moon is on the wane

PART 2 – Thunder River Rest Stop

Leaving Kamloops, we stopped in at Fresh Street Market to pick up some breakfast for B & K as well as food for our lunch. Goodies in hand, we set off on the 5 hour drive to Jasper. Thirty minutes later we rolled through McLure and spotted a fruit stand, where we picked up grapes, plums and apples to supplement our Jasper provisions. So nice to still find fresh fruit for sale.

Two and a half hours later and half way between Kamloops and Jasper we stopped on the Thunder River Rest Area for a break and a bit of lunch. It was a pretty stop, although the toilets left much to be desired. ‘Nuff said.

K and B look on as I balance on my rocky perch – Maybe they were waiting for me to make a splash.
lunch on the rocks
I was trying to capture the sparkles in this rock but had limited success
the water seemed to be covered with blue sparkles until I realized they were being caused by my polarized sunglasses – so, I shot a photo through them to capture the effect
you can see the little flecks of mica in the sand which were causing some of the sparkles
we forsook the picnic tables for the river rock seats

Rest and lunch over, we climbed back into the car and drove on.


Road Trip – Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park

All photos were taken on September 23, 2021 during a stop at this park East of Chilliwack, B.C.

We always used to stop here with the kids on our way to and from Vancouver. So, it was kind of fitting to pop back with grown “kids”.

The park gave us our first chance to walk in nature after the chaos of driving out of Vancouver city traffic. It is a 1 km (.6 mile) trail through old growth forest to the base of the falls.

On this day, the sun was creating pretty shadow and light pattern on the ferns below the tall trees. The waterfall was as pretty as always, but many tourists still clamboured over the rocks in the Enter at Your Own Risk zone to get closer for their Insta shots.

trail entrance form the parking lot
do not stand still here or the moss will cover you too
this cascading stream is almost lost in the undergrowth
fall is coming

Spider webs abound and these spiders look hungry and alien

the sun beams bathed all in a wonderful light

the falls and outfall stream – the falls are 120 m (394 feet) high, but only 60 m (197 feet) can be seen from the bottom.

from the falls you can return to the parking lot along the same route or return by the slightly longer Woodland Trail, which we did. Coming from a land of shorter trees, the giants in this 32 acre park made us feel very small

Woodland, indeed
the stream from the other side
even the fallen trees have a purpose to support other forest life
log tunnel
on the trail
the forest
path adornmets
one last look

Refreshing walk completed and we climbed back in the car for the drive to Kamloops. There are no real scenic stops along the Coquihalla and only one easily accessible rest stop at Britton Creek.


Home Wrecker!!!

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All photos taken on our weekly walk in Bunchberry Meadows/Tuckers Field on August 30, 2021.

The forest understory is lit with gold.
Not sure what was going on here, but these scrapes look claw like.
Shady Lady
Lit leaves
This yellow palette shot shows how the leaves are changing colour
The meadow grasses are no longer simply green
Grassy path
Like a paint store ad—our leaves come in a wide variety of colours and shades
You almost expect to see a leprechaun here
mushrooms among the 3 leaf clovers – not quite shamrocks

The GROVE – normal, yellow palette and green palette

turning corner and turning colour
gold and green
this long exposed stretch is no longer blindingly hot

colourful vegetation – normal, yellow palette and red palette

normal and red palette

Floating – this one took us a while to figure out. We spotted movement out of the corner of our eye and just as we focussed on this leave, it would float away. It moved up, down, back and forth and finally we figured that it was tethered to a tree by a long slender thread of cobweb.

and now to the TITLE – we are not sure if this wasp nest was knocked down by animals, humans or structural failure. Either way, it was a fascinating glimpse into a wasp home.

Aspen and birch trunks are again stark white in the fall sunshine
a late blooming alpine Aster
one of only a few butterflies still flitting about
pretty bluebells
a line of red rosebushes near the hilltop
fall is in the air and on the trees
the forest floor

normal, yellow palette and green palette

some late blooms

grasshoppers in abundance hopped all over the paths before us

forest greeter
even this wasp nest seems to be breaking apart
sunny leaves
Tucker’s Field trees have been touched by gold
the path near our picnic spot

An inviting path – normal and yellow palette


Time After Time

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Updating my interval photos after our August 25, 2021 walk in Bunchberry Meadows/Tucker’s Field.

Time After Time ©

Every week

we walk the loop,

passing these points

time after time.

Well, wasn’t that fun. When I moved to this new site, I could no longer copy and paste my time interval slide shows. As I tried to recreate this one, I found I had duplicated the wrong slide show and had to recreate this one on several posts. But, I managed to correct them all and so…..here is…

The GROVE interval shot

The Tucker’s Field interval shot

The lunch interval shot

The Fall is Coming interval shots. The first week, I took the shots on yellow and green palette setting, but this week and from now on, I will only include the full colour shots



All photos taken November 14, 2021 in our walk around town.

After a spectacular day on Saturday, Sunday dawned dull and moody. Nonetheless, we set out for a walk before the impending snow storm hit. It was a grey day and as we walked, winds increased until it happened, the “S” word. Snow flurries started hitting us and by the time we reached the turn around point, the accumulation was evident on the frozen surfaces of the lake and storm ponds. We should have known this was coming, as there were no Canada Geese in evidence for the past 2 days.

Sullen ©

Sullen, sky-spilled snow,

silently slanting,

slowly settling,

softly squashing sturdy sepia stalks,

subtly stirring shrubbery silhouettes,

shaping scintillating scenery,

shuffling steps spraying splatters,

staining slacks,

stubborn souls start seeking shelter.

Shovelling starts soon.

Hard water tops the storm ponds
The sign says it all
Not a Canada Goose to be seen
A chilly shore scene
Frozen air bubble in the pond ice
more bubbles and rocks pitched to test the ice thickness
recent winds have shredded the bullrush fluff which has frozen into the icy surface
just before the flurries fly
landscape is all dressed in fall drab
taking the shortcut to the lake
Don Sparrow Lake as the flurries start
OK, how did that get out there?
trust me, this weather is no picnic
flurries accumulate on the pond ice
ice quickly gets covered in white
fall changes to winter
looks like its time to head home for coffee
this all looks so familiar, sighhhhh

Road Trip – Vancouver to Kamloops

All photos taken on September 23, 2021 as we drove from the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal into Vancouver’s West End and beyond.

PART 1 – Bouncing Through Vancouver

This was the start of our 2 day trek back to Jasper, Alberta for our family mountain time. We drove into Vancouver to pick up K and Benji the Wonder Dog. Unfortunately, due to me not knowing what “pet friendly” meant, I had failed to book the proper cabin in Jasper and Benji would have to sit this trip out. As a consolation, he was headed to the Doggie Hotel for some pampering. Sorry, Benji.

As we drove into Vancouver, we could see that fall colours were arriving here too.

We made it to B & K’s place in the West End in good time and hung out in the back alley, so we could load them and Benji up for the next phase of the journey. Benji was happy to see us and bounded into and through the car, giving Patty a generous licking, which she was neither prepared for nor appreciated. After his enthusiastic greeting, I felt like such a traitor for relegating him to doggie daycare rather than mountain time.

Nonetheless, on arrival at the doggie hotel he was quickly checked in without incident.

At this point, we were near some of Vancouver’s best food choices, so drove to Commercial Drive to pick up lunch and supper. Pat & I popped into La Grotta del Formaggio to pick up delicious focaccia sandwiches for supper. B & K stopped into Sal y Limon to pick up lunch burritos.

We walked to Alice Townley Park to enjoy our lunch. We had much to catch up on with K, but with our mouths full of delicious food, we would wait for our long car ride to Kamloops.

Lunch over, we got back in the car for our 4 hour drive out of Vancouver to Kamloops. B knew Vancouver very well and provided better directions out of Vancouver than any GPS could. We were soon in heavy Trans Canada Highway traffic East of Vancouver.

Enroute, we stopped at Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park (next post) to stretch our legs and for, well, you know, other reasons….


Given the speed limit on most of the Coquihalla Highway between Hope and Kamloops was 120 k/h (75 m/h) for most of the way, our remaining travel time would be less than 2.5 hours. The rolling scenery was spectacular, but also a bit unnerving to see how much fire damage occurred during the 2021 wildfire season.

Need for Speed © Tanka

Coquihalla is

fastest route between two points.

High mountain highway

provides rolling scenery

for those with a need for speed.


Road Trip – Misty Ferry

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All photos taken on our September 23, 2021 ferry ride between Swartz Bay, Vancouver Island and Tsawwassen on the mainland.

After 4 nights with Fada, the time had come to head back through Vancouver and on to Kamloops, then Jasper for our scheduled family gathering. Getting up at 6:00 AM, we let Fada sleep in , grabbed a quick breakfast and headed out at 7:30 A.M. to catch the 9:00 AM ferry.

A low morning mist hung over the coast and the water. I thought, well, that is that, there will be nothing to see. Boy was I wrong!


Morning came away too early

our departure now nigh at hand.

Lack of sleep left us quite surly,

leaving from Vancouver Island.

But with horizon cloaked in mist,

our view became quite magical.

As we watched morn become sun kissed

our lot seemed far less tragical.

Waiting to board

Near departure – jellyfish, cormorants and sea gulls in abundance

Under way

In Active Pass

Below decks, before landfall


Road Trip – Harbour Traffic

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All photos taken on September 22, 2021 during our walk along the Songhees Walkway in Victoria.

PART 1 – In the AIR

There are many ways to reach Victoria from the mainland, scheduled airline, car and ferry crossing, cruise liner or other boat and of course the ubiquitous seaplane. Being a Government center as well as a business and tourist destination, there are many such seaplane flights from Vancouver every day. The 35 minute flight can cost as little as $125, depending on date, time and luggage weight. Harbour Air is the largest seaplane airline in North America.

We have yet to take this mode of transport, but perhaps, some day……

Ups and Downs ©

With a noisy roar,

another seaplane takes off.

Island ups and downs.



PART 2 – On the Water

The Victoria Harbour is busy with all kinds of water craft and our walk provided many opportunities to photograph many of them.

Water taxis

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Harbour tug boats
Whale watching cruises

Rowing Skulls

Kayaks and kayak lessons

Sailboats and pleasure craft

Coast guard vessels – Esquimalt is the home of part of the Canadian Navy and Coast Guard fleets
Stand up paddle boards were a rare sight
this boat, no longer floats

Road Trip – Natural Setting

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All photos taken on September 21, 2021 on our walk on the Songhees Pathway in Victoria.

Victoria is a city of colour and blooms and this walk was no exception. Brightly coloured blossoms, leaves tinged with fall colours, late blooming roses, blackberries and chestnuts in various stages and the peeling (and appealing) bark on the Arbutus trees. Animate wildlife included numerous bees and wasps as well as a few seals. If I lived here, I would walk this path daily.

Natural Setting ©

Along walkway side,

flora and fauna abound.

Natural setting.

Brown Eyed Susans

Fall foliage is more rare here, but it is definitely coming
Roses at this time of year?
the various stages of blackberries
more roses
yellow poppies
and again
birds enjoying the sun
and yet, another rose
glorious arbutus bark
local seal cruising
and further afield
seaweed on clear water

pollinators at work


Fall is in the Air

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All photos taken on August 17, 2021, during our weekly walk in Bunchberry Meadows/Tucker’s Field.

This day was to be a cloudy day with highs of only +18C. Perfect for a walk in the forest.

We got under way a bit earlier than usual and as we stepped into the cool of the forest, we were surprised how fall-like it looked, how fall-like it felt.

Fall is in the Air © Tanka

Bunchberry Meadows

now donning its bright colours.

Fall is in the air

soft breeze stirring yellow leaves.

We revel in cool morning.

The trails were mostly empty. During our 10 km hike, we only saw 5 other hikers and 2 ladies on horseback.

The low vegetation is fast changing colour, with some bright pops higher up.

The Grove interval stop

The rehab zone. Grasses and flowers now adorn. The jury is still out on the saplings. Next spring?
Once lush green meadow grass has taken on a more subdued tone

Back in Tucker’s Field, we separated and I took a turn down through the wetlands. To say it was now overgrown was an understatement and I almost lost the path a couple of times.

Coming back out of the wild

Tucker’s Field interval stop

Equine sighting. As they passed our picnic stop, I exclaimed….Look Wildlife….and horses too! The ladies laughed politely.

Lunch Interval stop

Here is where I mount my camera on the Gorillapod for the interval photo
My Patty thinks she may have picked up a rock in her shoe.

Stop, Look and Glisten

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All photos taken during our August 25, 2021 walk in Bunchberry Meadows/Tucker’s Field.

After our recent rainfall, we were eager to see what had changed out in the forest. The day was cool and fall like, but the bright sun was beaming down as we pulled into our usual parking spot on Banksiana Drive in Parkland County.

The first thing we noticed was how well washed it all looked. All the greenery was covered in beads of moisture and the air smelled fresh and clean. Amazing what a little rain can do.

While it was obvious we were marching forward into fall, the colours had not really changed that much from last week. The leaves on the low shrubbery were expressing their own individuality but those on the upper story remained a stubborn green. Yay.

I tried a few more palette setting comparisons and was surprised that what I saw as red in the 2nd series did not show as red on the camera.

The sun was painting the forest with points of light and shadow. Birds sang, grasshoppers hopped about, wasps buzzed past our ears and from far away came the rat-a-tat-tat of the pileated woodpecker.

Spiders had been busy at work. The circular web from last week remained and the grass beside the trails was littered with tangled web designs of the sod webworm, now covered in droplets of moisture.

Fungi were still flourishing and our translucent mushrooms seemed a shade of their former glory.

Bright pops of colour were still about, but the flowers seem to be phasing out. Look at the spikes on the rose hips in the last shot. I guess the roses are counting on animals to come along so they can hitch a ride to the next spot and start a new plant.

The fen/meadow grasses are rapidly changing colour, but still no wildlife visible.
Green fading to other shades as summer marches on
Aspen and birch trunks again appearing stark white in the sunshine
Sorry this shot is so fuzzy, but these guys were everywhere in the deep forest gathering and stashing their winter food supplies.
The horse population is again increasing at the stable as owners bring their mounts back from summer pasture
The blue jays were flying everywhere, but seldom stopping long enough for a good photo. This guy definitely turned his back on us.
Very few butterflies and moths left, but captured this one on a Canada Thistle
Still plenty of bees and wasps around tidying up their summer’s work
We saw more of these nests as we walked the clockwise route. Most seemed empty, but I was not about to knock on the door to see if anyone was home
For rent, cheap, a real fixer upper
at long last, we spotted a deer on our walk. This lovely lady had her eye on me

Nature’s Palette

All photos taken during our August 17, 2021 hike in Bunchberry Meadows/Tucker’s Field.

This fall-like walk seemed to be the perfect time and place to play around with the palette setting on my camera. My Patty is not always a fan of this effort, but I think the results in this case speak for themselves. What do you think?

Nature’s Palette ©

Bunchberry Meadows

in full colour or just one.

Its Nature’s Palette.

These are my yellow/green control shots

I may do interval shots of these next two slide shows to show the advance of fall

I should have taken a normal shot of this leave. It was half green and half yellow.

a stand of goldenrod (normal, yellow and green palette settings)

Mountain ash berries (normal, red and green palette settings)

Blue sky (normal, blue and green palette settings)

Bunchberries (normal, red and green palette settings)

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