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Itching for a Walk in the Forest

All photos taken on July 4, 2022.

It has been a very rainy couple of weeks. Rather than risk worse weather later in the week, we changed our original afternoon walk plan to a morning walk in Bunchberry. The weather was cloudy, but mild, so off we went.

We knew bug jackets would be required, if we were not to be eaten alive by the mosquitoes, so donned them immediately, before starting out.

This hiker took a prime parking spot, right on the Devonian Trail.

Canola (a variant of rapeseed) is a big cash crop in our area and it is tough to keep all the seeds in control, so we often see canola blooms in the forests (or on our lawns).

This photo tells a TAIL. Not sure if the squirrel lost it naturally or he was a victim.

Alberta wild roses were everywhere. I have grouped them together in this slide show for better viewing

Canada Anemone

The meadows were covered in a lush growth of grass

You can see the grasses changing colour as they grow taller. The purple Prairie Blazing Star spires interject themselves where they please.

This path is still very green

The number and colours of different grasses in this meadow are amazing

The Grove

Accidentally skewered or artfully placed, we may never know

Leafy green canopy

Vandalism or emphasizing the point?

A pair of ravens were playing hide and seek

on the boardwalk

This grass was about 6 feet high

10 petal anemone

Achillia Millefolium (Yarrow)

Great progress on last year’s branch plantings

Hilly meadows and wild roses

the thicket near the parking lot


Yellow goat’s beard

meadow scene with purple vetch in froeground

this American robin seems to be trying to decide which way to go

Western Red Lilly

The trails had been recently mown. In places, the cut grass looked like a hay crop

A variety of mushrooms were now in evidence. All grouped here for viewing ease.

We paused for a rest here and the mosquitoes were on us. You can only see a couple here against the right leg, but they were thick.

The tamarack needles on the forest floor were a bit wet and springy thanks to recent rains and the mosquitoes were thick as thieves here

looking back on Tamarack Trail

Today, given the light winds and large numbers of mosquitoes, we headed for the car to eat our lunch.

Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

18 thoughts on “Itching for a Walk in the Forest

    1. Yes, we could not figure the squirrel tail out. Did he escape by losing his tail. Hope that was it, but the tail is used for balance, so maybe not good either. Thanks for reading Luisa. Happy Saturday. Allan

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  1. Have you figured out what those branches by the parking lot are for? Do they actually grow from branches? I couldn’t see a purpose except perhaps to keep people and some animals from walking there.

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    1. Yes. We actually saw them planting these. It is a good way to propagate trees without having so many new saplings. They cut green saplings or branches into lengths once the sap is up and then plant them in moist ground. The cut lengths continues to grow. Last year, they got knocked back by the high heat during the heat dome. This year, they seem to have fared better. In a few years, hopefully they will be part of the forest. Thanks for reading Glen. Hope all is well. Allan

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      1. I don’t even like one or two that sneak into the house at bedtime waiting to strike once the light goes out. I think they would spoil a beautiful walk like this one in your post if you weren’t prepared for them. I suppose there are animals that love them (birds and frogs).

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      2. I hear you. Nothing worse than that high whine as you try to drift off and all of a sudden, you are itching everywhere. Here, mosquitoes are a fact of life from June to September. We have to find ways to be outside and using a bug jacket is still better than using chemicals. The dragon flies and frogs make a fest on them, but there are always too many mossies. 🦟🦟🦟🐸

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  2. I hear you about the mosquitoes. In NWT they will carry you away if given a chance. This year there haven’t been many because it’s been so dry, but they can almost be a wall. You’re right about the bug shirts. Without them I wouldn’t go outside, so no beautiful photos, either!

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    1. No darn mosquito is going to keep us inside….scratch….swat…..slap….arghhh. It can be a chore and the bug shirts are way warmer than they should be, but we would not go for a forest walk without them. Thanks for reading Lynette. Happy Sunday. Allan

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