Spring comes three or four weeks earlier to Drumheller, Alberta, than it does to my home in Prince Edward Island. And I can’t grow either of these plants: Pulsatilla (one of my plants lasted one winter) or Anemone. My cousin had them in his garden on May 6, 2016.
One of my rules of photography is: always carry the wrong camera lens when going out for a walk. With a 24-70mm lens, this was all I could get of the skittish deer who who stayed well away from us.
Find the two mule deer!
I suspect that the concrete blocks on the decommissioned bridge are partly there to prevent the bridge from floating away in a flood. But they also serve to discourage walkers and prevent cyclists from using the bridge as part of a rail trail. Something to do with liability – which should really be sorted out to the benefit of residents and tourists. We walked the trail on the east side – which is where we saw the deer.
Below: another wildlife sighting. Sitting on an island in the Red Deer River was an osprey (hiding behind the twigs on the right.) I was actually taking a picture of the recent rock fall on the upper left, which is distinguished by the fresher bands of orange.
An interesting rock!
A close up of the interesting rock. Drumheller, Alberta
The Confederation Trail has markings every kilometre, the occasional bench or picnic table, and purple (!) gates where it crosses major roads (to keep out motorized vehicles.)
There are signs of agricultural life everywhere.
Farmland and a conifer tree line.
It used to be common for farmers and others to dump derelict vehicles at the back of their properties. This faded red truck has never been retrieved, though there was an extensive program to recycle vehicles during the last quarter of the last century (gee it seems weird saying that!)
You don’t want to know what other common practice was evident in the pile on the left of this picture…at Kilometre 17.
These apples are not a sign of agricultural life, so much as a sign of how many apples the train crews must have eaten, throwing the cores out the windows. There are wild apple trees everywhere along all parts of the Confederation Trail.
My photo club had an outing to a junkyard last Saturday but it had snowed and I hadn’t installed my snow tires yet, so I didn’t go. On a walk two days ago along the new Hazelbrook section of the Confederation Trail, I made up for it!
VW Heaven and friend
The trail runs very close to the Trans Canada Highway. On PEI very little of that highway has limited access, so there are farms and houses and businesses between the highway and the trail. From the road, you would never know what lies behind. The dirty little secret is out…