Thursday, 19 January 2017

Scrap post

There are a few photos that I have saved and I try to find something to do with them. I like this and I wanted to make an interesting post out of it. For now it will be scrap post, a post from the scraps of things I collect. Fitting in this case since it is scrap metal.

December 30, 2016 near Leduc, Alberta

Chinook time

I live just a bit north of Calgary, Alberta. The Chinook hit. A Chinook is just a warm wind. About week ago it was bitterly cold and temperatures were in the minus twenties in Celsius. This week we have hit plus ten. The snow is rapidly disappearing and I have seen green grass. In the past I have experienced a few winter days where there was no snow and it was warm enough you would think it was summer. The countryside is soggy. This time of the year makes it difficult to get out except for on the weekends. Before and after work there is not quite enough light for some quick runs out to the country. 

The days are getting longer. We will get at least a few more snowstorms before winter dies. The season is in transition. If these warm temperatures keep up I might be tempted to get the motorcycle on the road.

Spotted in Radium January 14, 2017

At the Horsethief Creek Pub and Eatery.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Radium Hot Springs January 14, 2017

Saturday January 14, 2017 was the day for a one day road trip to Radium Hot Springs in British Columbia. From where I reside it is about a three and a half hour drive. This is Highway 93 from a bit north of Banff and heading west into British Columbia. It was a bit icy.

Being close to the mountains allows you to see sights like this.

Along Highway 93 you do not have to go far to see views like this. This one is just outside Radium and right beside the highway.

Heading west just before you enter the town of Radium.

The whole complex is being renovated. The hot pool is kept at about 39C. I stopped to try it out. It was warm but not hot. There are a few hot springs in this area of British Columbia. Fairmont Hot Springs is just a bit south of here and I find it hotter. It is an easy day trip from Calgary, Alberta.

In the lower right is a lifeguard chair and umbrella that someone never bothered removing. It is completely iced over.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Avian encounters in Kootenay National Park

These are lousy photos however I am posting them as I had a bit of fun with this character. I pulled off to the side of the highway to see if the path was open to a waterfall that was just off the road. This character was hunkered down on top of a snowbank. I thought it might have been injured as a snowbank seemed an odd choice for a place to hangout.

I got close up for a photo and ignored. 

I had the car window down when I was back in the car. My subject heard a bag of chips krinkle when I moved it and that got its attention. I do not feed wildlife. A short flying hop off the bank and on the road and it was convinced I gained a new friend. Confirmed no obvious injuries. No food from me either and it walked away in disgust.