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Walk Toward the Light

All photos taken August 30, 2022, our last walk in Bunchberry until October 31, as it was closing during migration and ungulate rutting season.

As has frequently happened in the past, the media section of my free Photo Drop WordPress site is too full of photos to add new posts. I still have an Analogue Adventures series in the Photo Drop blog spot, but will delay it while I post about more recent adventures. The link will be updated in my Picture This posts. I will let you know when the next Analogue series starts. Thanks for coming along. Oh, an by the way, WordPress free sites now only come with 1 Gig media storage, rather than 3 Gigs. Wahhhh!!!

Our walks in Bunchberry seem to be getting earlier and earlier. Not a bad thing, as it is amazing what you see as the sun’s rise light the landscape.

Walk Toward the Light ©

Which way should we go,

clockwise or counter clockwise?

Walk toward the light!

Despite knowing better, we headed down one of the lesser used trails in Tucker’s Field to get to Bunchberry Meadows.

We had not walked this path for a few months, when grass and plants were smaller. At one point, it was hinted that perhaps I had taken a wrong turn, you know, zigged when I should have zagged. Nonetheless, we eventually found the good path.

In Bunchberry, the strong sideways light created some spectacular shots.

Pack your trunk.

The trail through the Tamarack grove was dark and a bit foreboding.

At one point, we took a slight jog off the path to look at one sunlit meadow

As the trail turned the corner by another meadow, the sun lit the dew covered cobwebs…

…and Tamarack needles

Patty enters the Tamarack tunnel

These cobwebs are a bit messier

The light and shadow play continued to enthrall

Fall is on the way

The Prairie Asters were still prolific

Just around the corner

A rare summer sighting. These Bohemian Waxwings were gathering, for what purpose, we do not know.

leaf colours like an out of sequence traffic light

at the junction with the Blueberry Connector

golden glow

a moose track indent by the toe of my boot

forest light

at our next deviation, we stumbled upon the Bunchberry motherlode

Aster glow

just about out of the forest

back out in the open

me and my shadow

the thicket by the parking lot – in the parking lot, we spotted a notice telling us Bunchberry would be closed from September 6 to October 31, to safeguard bird migration and for the ungulate rutting season. This will be our last walk here for a while.

rose hips

everywhere on our walk, the chattering of squirrels busy gathering their winter food stash was heard

Colourful display

sunny thicket

Back in the dew zone again

one lone Prairie Blazing Star getting to the end of its life cycle

glowing Canada Thistle

the meadows are no longer spring green

dragon flies were everywhere, but all that light on my bug jacket screen made it difficult to get a bead on them

looking back for one last glance into the light


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.

16 thoughts on “Walk Toward the Light

  1. This reminded me of when a friend and I went back to a good remote mushroom picking spot after not having been there for two years. No one picked on that side of the lake and the spot was hugely overgrown. But when I realized I was following a trail, it dawned on me that there shouldn’t be a trail here. Sure enough, as I got closer to the lake, I saw big bites missing out of skunk cabbage beside the path. I know only one animal that eats it here. I said to my friend, I think we should get out of here. This is a bear’s game trail.
    So, I kept expecting you to come across a bear as your bumbled around semi-lost on your paths, looking for the light.

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    1. We have never seen a bear there, just moose and deer, as well as rabbits, squirrels and grouse. We can here the coyotes and see their scat on the trails, but have never seen them. In any event, we do carry bear spray with us, just in case and also, we are very noisy. We hiked a few spots in B.C. and Jasper lately, where the bears had been around, but never saw them. Thanks for reading Anneli. Allan

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      1. These days you’re more likely to need the spray for the coyotes. They are getting pretty brazen in some areas where they are used to seeing people. But if you’re armed, most likely you won’t need it.

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      2. Agreed. We know they are around now, because we can see their footprints and scat in the snow and we can hear them howling in the distance. With the whistly noise of snow pants and squeak of the boots on snow, they can tell when we are coming from a mile away.

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    1. Last April 1, my 3 G storage suddenly changed to 1 G. The next day, it changed back to 3. I took that as an April Fools joke, but perhaps it was a test to see if anybody noticed. And here we are. Its all my fault for taking too many photos. Thanks for reading and commenting. Allan

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    1. I am sure many are saying Bunchberry again!!! Does he not go anywhere else. Well, in fact with BBM closed for September and October, we did. Unfortunately we missed the entire fall season at BBM. Thanks for reading and commenting Lynette. Allan

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    1. We’ve never seen these guys working. Perhaps they stay out of the morning dew. The webs and quantity were huge. We have had a lot of cold already. Some days at -25C. It is warming back up to +3 for the next few days. We will take it. Thanks for reading and commenting Ruth. Allan

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