The Rocky Mountains and the colour of Abraham Lake were awe-inspiring but these little copper-coloured hummingbirds around Aurum Lodge stole my heart. The owners have snags around the property for the birds to perch, and dead branches fastened to one side of the lodge – from which they hang the feeders. Rufous Hummingbirds are native to the west coast of North America and migrate as far north as Alaska. It was early May when we visited Alberta and it snowed one morning, but there they were, about ten of them, chasing each other around the property and each trying to dominate a feeder. Alberta experienced a very dry winter (2015-16) and the birds returned about 10 days early, so we were lucky to have seen them.
I didn’t have a long lens or a tripod so the pictures don’t do the birds justice.
On our first evening at the Lodge I went for a walk along the designated walking trails. The eco-system is fragile and you’re asked to keep to the trails to avoid damage to the flora.
Tiny pine trees, isolated as this one is, may or may not survive harsh winters and drying winds.
Rocks – naturally white.