Spring on Kootenay Plains

The flood plain of the North Saskatchewan River (Kootenay Plains) before it becomes Abraham Lake was a sea of spring green in early May.

Spring green on Kootenay Plains just off the David Thompson Highway.

Spring green on Kootenay Plains just off the David Thompson Highway.

Spring green on Kootenay Plains just off the David Thompson Highway.

Spring green on Kootenay Plains just off the David Thompson Highway.

But there were also signs of spring on the edges of the canyon below Siffleur Falls.

Geology and Geomorphology in the canyon below Siffleur Falls.

Geology and Geomorphology in the canyon below Siffleur Falls.

And orchids again!

A hurried shot of orchids on the trail to Siffleur Falls.

A hurried shot of orchids on the trail to Siffleur Falls.

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17 comments on “Spring on Kootenay Plains

  1. Naomi says:

    Those trees are such a pretty colour!

  2. So beautiful and oh… how I long for spring green… 🙂

  3. robert87004 says:

    wild orchids 🙂

  4. This looks like a fab place to visit! Super pics 😃

  5. spring time will be coming…i love the colours too….smiles for a happy day ~ smiles hedy

    • BuntyMcC says:

      Now I know that Spring will come again,
      Perhaps to-morrow: however late I’ve patience
      After this night following on such a day.

      While still my temples ached from the cold burning
      Of hail and wind, and still the primroses
      Torn by the hail were covered up in it,
      The sun filled earth and heaven with a great light
      And a tenderness, almost warmth, where the hail dripped,
      As if the mighty sun wept tears of joy.
      But ’twas too late for warmth. The sunset piled
      Mountains on mountains of snow and ice in the west:
      Somewhere among their folds the wind was lost,
      And yet ’twas cold, and though I knew that Spring
      Would come again, I knew it had not come,
      That it was lost too in those mountains chill.

      What did the thrushes know? Rain, snow, sleet, hail,
      Had kept them quiet as the primroses.
      They had but an hour to sing. On boughs they sang,
      On gates, on ground; they sang while they changed perches
      And while they fought, if they remembered to fight:
      So earnest were they to pack into that hour
      Their unwilling hoard of song before the moon
      Grew brighter than the clouds. Then ’twas no time
      For singing merely. So they could keep off silence
      And night, they cared not what they sang or screamed;
      Whether ’twas hoarse or sweet or fierce or soft;
      And to me all was sweet: they could do no wrong.
      Something they knew–I also, while they sang
      And after. Not till night had half its stars
      And never a cloud, was I aware of silence
      Stained with all that hour’s songs, a silence
      Saying that Spring returns, perhaps to-morrow.

      Edward Thomas, c 1913

  6. inesephoto says:

    Amazing orchids. I have never seen anything like that.

  7. Do the Siffleur Falls really whistle? (Siffleur is the French word for whistler.)

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