Sunday, January 10, 2010
Kananaskis - Spray Lakes - Canmore loop : January 10, 2010
I awoke this morning after another great night of sleep thanks to the remainder of my cold I have. I felt great this morning, and even better when my room-mate told me it was a beautiful warm morning! I did some tidying up around the house, then figured HEY! I've been inside for a couple of days (excluding yesterday) with a cold so I'm going to get out and take some photos! Plus it helps gets my mind off things and lowers my stress level :)
I decided I'd drive down Highway 40 through Kananaskis country. This meandering, popular highway, weaves through the mountains, by Kananaskis Village and Nakiska (which is where they held the downhill skiing for the 1988 winter Olympics). At this time of year, the "Highwood Pass" is closed via a snow gate. I saw some ravens feeding on a dead coyote at the side of the road (obviously "road kill"), but again, like last weekend, the normally dosile ravens wouldn't stay feeding when I stopped my car and got out. Then, the only other wildlife sighting down the "40" was one young mountain sheep. When I turned onto the Spray Lakes road, I was hoping to see some moose as I've seen an increasing number down this road in the winter. Luckily, I saw one near the Chester Lake/Sawmill area. At the time, I didn't realize she was pregnant until I saw the photos on my monitor at home, but it was well worth the effort of struggling through almost waist high snow. A group of snow-shoers were at their car and I told them about the moose. They were quite happy I did that, and I told them that I really needed a pair of their snow-shoes as the snow was waist deep. They laughed, but brought out their point and shoot cameras. It's amazing that people, although out in the wilderness, don't see the wildlife. Although I do have to admit - those moose blend in VERY WELL and I have been extremely lucky to see the ones I have seen. More photos from today are on my photostream at http://www.flickr.com/photos/nyphotosca
Enjoy! And thanks again for tuning in!