Marsha Fouks: Blog http://marshafouks.com/blog en-us (C) Marsha Fouks mfouks@me.com (Marsha Fouks) Mon, 21 May 2018 16:46:00 GMT Mon, 21 May 2018 16:46:00 GMT http://marshafouks.com/img/s/v-5/u1032532214-o565241165-50.jpg Marsha Fouks: Blog http://marshafouks.com/blog 94 120 Lake Louise to Golden B.C. http://marshafouks.com/blog/2018/5/lake-louise Toronto to Vancouver (79 of 102)Toronto to Vancouver (79 of 102)

The next morning we left  Camden for   Golden B.C.   We stopped at Lake Louise on the way.  Lake Louise was named Lake of the Little Fishes by the Stony Nakota First Nations people.  It is a glacier lake within Banff National Park.  

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The emerald color of the water comes from rock flour carried  into the lake by melting water from the glaciers that overlook the lake.

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 We spent a good part of the morning hiking along the trail beside the lake.  The lake was named after the Priness Louise Caroline Alberta, the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria and the wife of the Marquess of Lorne, who was the governor general of Canada from 1878 to 1883.

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Fairmont's Chateau Lake Louise, is one of Canada's grand railway hotels.  The luxury resort hotel was built in the early 20th century by the Canadian Pacific Railway.

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The trail beside the lake goes a long way.  You can also pick up other hikes from this trail.

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All of these photos were taken from the trail.

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After leaving Lake Louise, we drove through the Yoho National Park towards Golden B.C. where we were spending the night.   We checked out Takakkaw Falls located in Yoho National Park, near Field, British Columbia.  Its highest point is 302 meters (991ft) from its base making it the 45th tallest waterfall in eastern British Columbia.  

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"Takakkaw", loosely translated from Cree, means something like "it is magnificent".  These falls were featured in the 1995 film, Last of the Dogmen.

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Later on in the afternoon we stopped at Kicking Horse River located in Southeastern British Columbia.  The river was named in 1858, when James Hector, a member of the Palliser Expedition, reported being kicked by his packhorse while exploring the river.  

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The Natural Bridge is an impressive natural rock formation that spans the flow of the Kicking Horse River west of Field.

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One more beautiful lake that we came across before getting to Golden.

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Jasper to Canmore http://marshafouks.com/blog/2018/5/jasper-to-canmore Toronto to Vancouver (64 of 102)Toronto to Vancouver (64 of 102)

After walking around Jasper and having lunch we made our way back to Canmore.  On the way back we stopped off to see some waterfalls.

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Another interesting  stop along  the highway.

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Living in Toronto, I really miss the mountains that I grew up with in British Columbia.  

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This was one of the stops where we just pulled off on the side of the road as it wasn't an actual viewing point.  

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We were lucky enough to see a group of Bighorn sheep.  They were just walking across the highway.  Obviously, these  sheep are named for their large horns.

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Their horns can weigh up to 14 kg(30 lb), while the sheep themselves weigh up to 140 kg (300 pounds).

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The sheep originally crossed  to North America over the Bering land bridge from Siberia.  The population in  North America peaked in the millions, and the bighorn sheep became part of he mythology of Native Americans.  By 1900, the population had decreased to several thousand, due to diseases introduced through European livestock and overhunting.

 

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After this last stop we headed back to Banff for dinner and then to Canmore. 

 

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mfouks@me.com (Marsha Fouks) alberta big horn sheep icefields parkway mountains http://marshafouks.com/blog/2018/5/jasper-to-canmore Sun, 06 May 2018 14:04:17 GMT
Canmore to Jasper along the Icefields Parkway http://marshafouks.com/blog/2018/4/canmore-to-jasper Toronto to Vancouver (52 of 102)Toronto to Vancouver (52 of 102)

After leaving 3 Hills, we stayed for a few nights in Canmore, Alberta.   We took a day trip to Jasper along the Icefields Parkway.  The total driving distance from Canmore to Jasper is about 311 km (one way) which takes about four hours.  Well that might be the average but for this photographer it took us closer to thirteen hours.  It was definitely worth the drive but we should have spent the night in Jasper.  We got off the highway to check out this lake.

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The Columbia Icefields Parkway is supposed to be one of the worlds most scenic  mountain drives.   I have to agree that the scenery was spectacular.  There are views of some of the highest mountains in the Canadian Rockies with over a hundred visible glaciers.  

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Many of the scenic views are conveniently located next to pullouts or reachable by short walks from the road.  Even if you don't stop, the scenery is stunning. 

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The Turquoise colored lakes were so beautiful.  

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We were pretty far away from this waterfall and  there was no way to get closer that we could see (not that we would have had the time).

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We hiked up to see the Athabasca Glacier.  The glacier currently recedes at a rate of 5 meters (16 ft)per year.  Over the last 125 years, the glacier has receded more than 1.5 km (.93mi) and has lost over half of its volume.

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The glacier is easily accessible so it is the most visited glacier in North America.  You can actually take a bus to the glacier edge, where the coaches transport tourists over the steep grades, snow and ice part way up the glacier.  

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Looking away from the Athabasca Glacier.  The glacier is approximately 6km (3.7mi) long, covers an area of 2.3 square miles and is measured to be between 90-300 meters (300-980 ft) thick.

 

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The Columbia Icefield was formed during the Great Claiation (238,000 to 126,000 BC).  The Icefield is located in the Canadian Rockies beside  the Continental Divide along the border of British Columbia and Alberta.  The ice field lies partly in the northwestern tip of Banff National Park and partly in the southern end of Jasper National Park.  It is about 325 square km (125 sq mi) in area, 100 meters (330 ft) to 365 meters (1,198ft) in depth and receives up to 7 meters (280in) of snowfall per year.

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We stopped to watch and photograph some Elk beside the highway before heading into Jasper.

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Driving around the town of Three Hills, Alberta http://marshafouks.com/blog/2018/4/driving-around-3-hills-alberta Toronto to Vancouver (41 of 102)Toronto to Vancouver (41 of 102)  

   After leaving Dinosaur Provincial Park, we took the slow route back to 3 Hills, Alberta where we were spending the night.  

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The best part of a road trip is getting off the main highways to see what the countryside is all about.  To me this image is what I always thought the Canadian parries would look like.

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The next morning we drove around the area looking for interesting stops.  Our first stop was Dorothy, a hamlet in Southern Alberta which is now almost a ghost town.  The community was named for Dorothy Wilson, a young girl that lived in the area at the time the post office opened.  Dorothy is home to two former churches.  

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The view behind the church.

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The Alberta Pacific  Grain Company began in 1900 as the Alberta Grain Company.  In 1911, the company merged with the Alberta Grain Company Limited to form the Alberta Pacific Grain Company Limited.  In 1967, the company was taken over by Federal Grain.   This  historic  grain elevator was built in 1928 and is protected. 

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We came across a colorful bridge crossing the river just outside of Dorothy.

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We walked across a suspension bridge to cross the Red Deer River to see  the remnants of the Star Coal Mining camp and mines.

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 Early mine camps around the area (Drumheller) were called "hell's hole" because miners lived in tents or shacks with little sanitation and little comfort.  Drinking, gambling and watching fistfights was the entertainment of the times.  

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In the afternoon, we drove to Horse Thief Canyon which was located in the Red Deer River valley.  The area earned its name during the early settler years when ranching was the main industry.   The legend was that the horses would disappear into the canyons and re-appear with a different branding, hence the name Horse Thief Canyon.  

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Prairie dogs were all over the place- you could see their holes everywhere. When a predator approaches, the first alert that a prairie dog gives is a sharp warning call.  Then it bobs up and down in excitement, calls again and then plunges below.  

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An old abandoned building on the side of the road. 

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Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta http://marshafouks.com/blog/2018/3/dinosaur-provincial-park-alberta Toronto to Vancouver (25 of 102)Toronto to Vancouver (25 of 102)

We spent a couple of nights in 3 Hills, Alberta so we could drive to Dinosaur Provincial Park.  The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated in the valley of the Red Deer River.  The  whole  area is known for its beautiful badlands topography.  The park is also well known for being one of the richest dinosaur fossil locations in the world.  

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Fifty-eight dinosaur species have been discovered at the park and more than 500 specimens have been removed and exhibited in museums around the world.

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We were fortunate in that it was a beautiful day perfect for doing some of the hikes in the park.

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There was a visitor center which had lots of exhibits about dinosaurs, fossils and the geology and natural history of the park.

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The park was established on June 27, 1955 as part of Alberta's Jubilee Year with the goal of protecting the fossil beds.  Until 1985, discoveries made in the park had to be shipped to museums throughout the world for scientific analysis and display including the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.  This changed with the opening of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology located near Drumheller, Alberta.

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This photo was taken on one of our hikes.  

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The park protects a very complex ecosystem including prairie grasslands, badlands and riverside cottonwoods.  

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Hoodoos are commonly found in the badlands.  The sediments comprising these hoodoos formed between 70 and 75 million years ago during the cetaceous Period as clay and sand sediments were deposited.  These hoodoos are able to maintain a unique mushroom-like appearance as the underlying base erodes at a faster rate compared to the capstones.

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Hoodoos typically form in areas where a thick layer of a relatively soft rock, such as mudstone, poorly cemented sandstone or tuff (consolidated volcanic ash) is covered by a thin layer of hard rock, such as well-cemented sandstone, limestone or basalt.  

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It was an amazing park which I highly recommend taking the time to check out.  

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The ecosystem is surrounded by prairies but is so unique.  

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mfouks@me.com (Marsha Fouks) alberta badlands dinosaur provincial park hoodoos http://marshafouks.com/blog/2018/3/dinosaur-provincial-park-alberta Thu, 29 Mar 2018 18:16:44 GMT
Saskatchewan and Southeast Alberta http://marshafouks.com/blog/2018/3/saskatchewan-and-southeast-alberta  

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We stopped to watch a parade in a small town which was fun to watch- the floats pretty much consisted of police cars, ambulances, firetrucks and farm equipment.  It was very cold  and windy out which didn't stop the kids from having fun.    I believe that this town was in Saskatchewan.

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Fortunately, the weather improved and we had much better weather.   I really enjoyed driving through this prairie province- I found it very scenic. There are some beautiful provincial parks which unfortunately, we did not get a chance to visit on this trip.    Saskatchwan is bordered on the west by Alberta, on the north by the Northwest Territories, on the east by Manitoba and on the south by the U.S. states of Montana and North Dakota.  The population is only around 1.1 million people and these residents mostly  live in the southern prairie half of the province.

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We spent the night in Regina, which is the capital city of Saskatchewan.   Her is a photograph of the legislative building taken from the park surrounding the building. 

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The legislative building and its grounds were designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2005.  

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Ralph and Katie posing in front of Capone's Hideaway motel in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.  Moose Jaw is situated on the Trans-Canada Highway, 77 km(48m) west of Regina.   Moose Jaw is home to the Snowbirds, Canada's military aerobatic air show flight demonstration team.  There are rumors that mobster Al Capone used the  Saskatchewan city's tunnels to bootleg booze into the US in the late 1920's.   One of Al Capone's relatives admits that the businesses run by her grandfather and his younger brother Al,  included bootlegging, gambling and prostitution.  The only actual crime that Al Capone was charged with was income tax evasion.   He spent seven years in jail, some of which was spent in Alcatraz.   Deirdre Capone, also said that her family's operation came up "near Moose Jaw"-nicknamed Little Chicago by some.  

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Driving on the Trans Canada Highway was very scenic if you like this type of landscape.  Unfortunately, some of the photos had to be taken in the moving car as there was no place to pull off.

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I believe this is an example of Potash mining.  We didn't stop to check it out so I just photographed through the window.  

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We saw lots of trains along the highway- another shot taken while driving.  

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We drove by lots of grain storage facilities.  

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Established in 1913, Richardson Pioneer was the first company to handle western-grown grain and the first to build elevators in many prairie communities, long before railroads were in the area.  
Today, the company has one of Western Canada's largest networks of grain-handling and  production facilities.

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We did take a few roads off the highway so I could photograph the beautiful canola fields.  

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Toronto to Vancouver by car, part 1 http://marshafouks.com/blog/2018/3/toronto-to-vancouver-by-car

On June 17th, Ralph, Katie and I left Brampton and drove 4000 km to Vancouver British Columbia, driving on the Trans Canada Highway.   The driving distance was approximately 2,841 miles and took us a total of 16 days.   We drove through Ontario staying in Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie, Wawa, Thunder Bay and Kenora.  Leaving Ontario we drove through Manitoba staying in Brandon with a short stop in Winnipeg.  Then we drove though Sasksatchewan staying in Regina.  We spent quite a few days in Alberta, staying in Medicine Hat, 3 Hills and Canmore.  Finally we arrived in BC staying in Golden and Revelstoke before arriving in Vancouver where we spent just over two months.

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Our first stop on the route was Perry Sound,  a popular cottage country region for Southern Ontario.    Perry Sound, Ontario is located on the eastern shore of Parry Sound.  The area also has the world's deepest natural freshwater port.    I actually went to a summer camp near Parry Sound but of course I didn't recognize the town at all.    We drove up to Tower Hill where I climbed up 117 steps to get this view overlooking the downtown area.  It was a very grey and coolish day but it was still a nice view.  

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Katie and Ralph posing in front of the Big Nickel (a replica of a 1951 Canadian nickel) in Sudbury, Ontario.   The Ojibwe people of the Algonquin group inhabited the area for thousands of years prior to the founding of Sudbury following the discover of nickel ore in 1883 during the construction of the transcontinental  railway.   I had been to Sudbury in the 1980's  for a bridge tournament and had not been back since.   At one time, Sudbury was a major lumber centre and a world leader in nickel mining.  

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We stayed in Sault Ste. Marie for a night and enjoyed meeting friends whom we had not seen in years.   We had lots of great memories of the Sault as we had come to a few bridge tournaments in this city.  Algoma Steel is  fully integrated steel producer based in Sault Ste. Marie and is the largest employer in the city.  

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In nicer weather we have sailed on the St. Marys River.  The city is well known for the Soo locks where freighters, barges, tugboats and other ships use to travel between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes.  The air pollution here can be extremely bad at times when the plants are working at full force.  You can see the industrial plants spewing out the mass of smoke from the the large stacks.  

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We stopped off for a quick hike at Aguasabon Falls which was just off the highway near Terrace Bay, Ontario.  This 100 foot waterfall cascades into the Aguasabon Gorge, flowing along a 2.6 billion year old rock face (granodiorite).   The falls were created in the late 1940's when the north end of Long Lake was dammed up for the Auuasabon hydro development.  The development diverted the water away from  Hudson Bay where the water had traditionally flowed.  This was done to make sure there was an ample supply of water for the Aguasabon generating station.   This had the result of raising the water levels  in Lake Superior and the rest of the Great Lakes.  

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A view of Lake Superior just before we approached Thunder Bay, Ontario.  Driving around the lake was a bit disappointing to me.  First of all we had  cloudy and cool weather during the drive and there were very few places to stop or even see the scenic views even though we were driving along the lake.    I've included this photo just to show what Lake Superior looked like.  Fortunately, on this day the weather was a little better.

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Terry Fox was a Canadian athlete, humanitarian and cancer research activist.  In 1980, with one leg having been amputated, he took on an east to west cross-Canada run to raise money and awareness for cancer research.   Because of his cancer spreading, he was forced to quit after 143 days and 5,373 km (3,339 mi).    The annual Terry Fox Run, first held in 1981, has grown to involve millions of participants in over 60 countries and is now the world's largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research.  Over C$750 million has been raised in his name as of January 2018.   The Terry Fox Monument is located in the outskirts of Thunder Bay, Ontario.  This statute marks the place where Fox was forced to halt his run on August 31, 1980.  The actual place where Fox ended the run is approximately 4 kilometers further west.   

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Kakabeka Falls is known as "the Niagara of the North".  It is on the Kaministiquia River, 30 km (19mi)west of the city of Thunder Bay.  These waterfalls have a drop of 130' cascading into a gorge carved to of the Preamvrian Shield.  The Kakebbeka Falls Provincial Park is right off the Trans Canada Highway so it was an easy place to stop and and walk around in.  

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The rock face of the falls and the escarpments along the gorge are made up of unstable shale and are eroding.  As you can see from above, the rocks host sensitive flora and contain some of the oldest fossils in existence, some 1.6 billion years of age.  Due to the fragile rock, going into the gorge below the falls is prohibited.  

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This photo is the top of the Whitecap Pavilion in Kenora, Ontario.  Kenora was actually my favorite Ontario town to stop in during our trip.  The weather was cool but sunny and the town and surrounding area was quite picturesque.  Kenora is very close to the Manitoba border and just 200km east of Winnipeg.  It took us five days just  to drive through Ontario.

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Leaving Kenora, we made our way to Brandon Manitoba.  This photo on the Canola fields was taken  somewhere in Manitoba, from the road beside the farm.  Canola oil or canola for short is a vegetable oil derived from rapeseed.  This oil has a relatively low amount of saturated fat so is considered safe for people to eat.  Canola is Manitoba's most important oilseed crop.  Its production in Manitoba has grown steadily over the years and it now accounts for the greatest amount of seeded area, followed by wheat.  17.5% of canola farms in Canada are in Manitoba.  

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  Brandon, Manitoba is the second-largest city in the province of Manitoba.  It is located in the southwestern corner of the province on the banks of the Assiniboine River.

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Brandon has a population of about 49,000 people.  It is a major hub or trade and commerce from the Westman region as wells parts of the southeastern Saskatchewan and northern North Dakota, an area with a combined population of around 180,000 people. The city was incorporated in 1882 having a history rooted in the Assiniboine River fur trade as well as its role as a major junction on the Canadian Pacific Railway.  Brandon is known as the wheat city.  To me, this photo looked like it could have been taken in the 1950's.

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The next morning we finished our drive through Manitoba.  The weather was still cloudy and cold.  

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A 4,560-tonne wooden grain elevator in Shoal lake was formerly operated by Manitoba Pool.  It replaced an earlier elevator built in 1973 that was destroyed by a fired in 1980.  Closed by Agricore in mid-2001, the building is now used for private grain storage.  

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mfouks@me.com (Marsha Fouks) brandon canola fields kakabeka falls kenora manitoba ontario parry sound sault ste. marie terry fox http://marshafouks.com/blog/2018/3/toronto-to-vancouver-by-car Sat, 10 Mar 2018 21:54:11 GMT
Captive Wildlife http://marshafouks.com/blog/2018/3/captive-wildlife I have been spending the winter in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Its hard to believe but I will only be here for another month before returning to Ontario.  I haven't spent a lot of time photographing -actually I've been spending more time editing older photos but I have had a few opportunities to get out with the camera.   Liberty Wildlife is a conservation and rehabilitation organization in Phoenix.    I was at one of their presentations at the McDowell Preserve so  to start out,  I am including a few of the photos I took at that outing.    I also spent one day at the Phoenix Zoo where the majority of the photos were taken.

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The great horned owl is also known as the tiger owl or the hoot owl.  it is a large owl native to the Americas.  This owl is an extremely adaptable bird and is the most widely distributed true owl in the Americas.  The Great Horned Owl was adopted as Alberta's provincial bird on May 3, 1977 by a proven wide children's vote.  This bird lives in Alberta year round.

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The burrowing owl is a small, long-legged owl found throughout open landscapes of North and South America.    These owls get their names since they nest in an underground burrow.  

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The barn owl is one of the most widely distributed species of owl and the most widespread of all birds.  One interesting fact about this bird is that its ability to located prey by sound alone is the best of any animal that has ever been tested.  

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The Harris's Hawk used to be known  as the bay-winged hawk or dusky hawk.  This bird is a medium-large bird of prey that breeds from the southwestern United States to Chile, central Argentina, and Brazil.  While most raptors are solitary, only coming together for breeding and migration, Harris's hawks actually hunt in cooperative groups of two to six.

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This Bengal tiger shot was taken through the glass at the Phoenix Zoo.   The Phoenix Zoo opened in 1962 and is the largest privately owned, non-profit zoo in the United States.

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The black swan is a large waterbird, a species of swan which breeds mainly in the southeast and southwest regions of Australia.  When on the ground, a large group of black swans is known as a "bank",  but in flight it is known as a "wedge".  

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White pelicans are large water birds that makes up the family Pelecanidae.   These birds are characterized by a long beak and a large throat pouch used for catching prey and draining water from the scooped up contents before swallowing.  While swimming, these birds plunge their heads beneath the surface to check for prey.  

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The Scarlet Macaws  are always fun to photography because of  their vivid colours.  The scarlet macaw is a large red, yellow and blue South American parrot.  

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As well as standing in the water, flamingos may stamp their webbed feet in the mud to stir up food  from the bottom.

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The squirrel monkeys were so much fun to watch.  

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These monkeys have a widely varied diet thats primarily comprised of fruits and insects.  They also are known to eat flowers, buds, eggs, nuts and lizards.  

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These monkeys are covered in fur that is mostly olive or grey in color.  Their faces, ears and throat are white.

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Baboons are African and Arabian Old World monkeys.  There are five different species of baboons.  

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Watching the lions is always fun and this male lion was a bit of a performer.   Lions sleep an average of 15-20 hours a day but fortunately, this guy was awake.  

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There were a lot of other animals at the zoo but I didn't have time to photograph them all.  I hope to get back there one more time before we head for home.  

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mfouks@me.com (Marsha Fouks) captive wildlife owls phoenix zoo http://marshafouks.com/blog/2018/3/captive-wildlife Sat, 03 Mar 2018 22:17:05 GMT
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On our last full day in the Palouse, we went up in the hills to photograph the farmers at work.  We were all going to have rides in the machines but unfortunately the tractor broke down before I had a chance to ride in it.

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Wendy and our friend Mark taking a ride on the tractor before it broke down.  The women in the middle was the farm owner's daughter.

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We stopped to look in this old circular barn.

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This shot was taken  inside the barn, looking up at the roof.  

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Driving through the area.

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Another abandoned barn that we drove to later on in the afternoon.  

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A close up view of the old barn.

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Another abandoned barn in a different area.  There  was still  lots of haze and smoke in the skies.

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On our last night, we were invited to Jack's (photo leader) house for dinner.  Before eating we hiked up in the hills on his property to see what the sunset was like.  This shot was taken while we waited for the sun to set.

 

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A different view from up top.  

This photo was taken facing a different direction.  It was too bad that it was another hazy night.  We really had a difficult time photographing the sunsets on this trip.  There were either no clouds or lots of hazy conditions.

 

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The next morning we had a few more hours to take some photos before leaving the area and starting our six hour drive  back to Vancouver.

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Two other members of our group visiting with the horses.

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We came across another old abandoned building.

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A grain of wheat that the Palouse is so famous for.

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Another popular barn in the Palouse where photographers like to visit.  

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The last photograph of the trip.  It was a wonderful area to visit and I'm looking forward to returning some year during the spring.

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mfouks@me.com (Marsha Fouks) palouse washington http://marshafouks.com/blog/2018/2/the-palouse-part-3 Fri, 09 Feb 2018 20:08:51 GMT
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One of my favorite places to photograph  was this farmhouse in the hills.  We finally had some nice blue skies (although almost cloudless).  As you will see, I included quite a few photos of the farmhouse all from different angles and perspectives.     

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We stopped along the side of the road to photograph these horses.  I couldn't seem to get the horses to look at me.

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Of course there were a lot of grain storage silos in the Palouse so I had to include a couple of photos.   I liked the shot both in color and in black and white.

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Another abandoned structure falling apart which I found interesting to photograph.

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I liked the photo in black and white as well. 

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Our  photo leader took us to some other beautiful hills where we hiked up to get the views.  This turned  out to be one of my favorite places to photograph.  As you can see I had a tough time limiting the number of photos that I included from this area.  There were so many beautiful patterns in the fields.

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Just before sunset.

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I had to hurry down the hill where I was shooting the sunset photos from so I could make a photo of this tractor with the setting sun in the background.

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I believe the next few shots were taken from the hills in Steptoe Butte.  Steptoe Butte State Park is a publicly owned 150 acre recreation area located 12 miles east of Colfax.  

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Most mornings we were up  bright and early to photograph from different areas.    There were so many different patterns to photograph.

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Even though there was so much colour in the hills, I liked the black and white effect as well.

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The same shot in color.  

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mfouks@me.com (Marsha Fouks) eastern washington harvest season palouse http://marshafouks.com/blog/2018/1/the-palouse-part-ii Thu, 25 Jan 2018 21:49:03 GMT
The Palouse, Part 1 of 3 http://marshafouks.com/blog/2018/1/the-palouse The Palouse is a region in southeastern Washington and north central Idaho.  It is a major agriculture area which mainly produces wheat and legumes.  At one point the Palouse was Washington's most populated region, even surpassing the Puget Sound (Seattle) area.  Many people have never even heard of the Palouse and I was one of them up until about 3 or 4 years ago.  I saw some photos that a friend had made and they reminded me so much of Tuscany that I really wanted to go.  I was finally able to  arrange  to go on a photo tour of the Palouse last summer.  The tour was led by Jack Lien, a native of the area who was an excellent tour guide.  

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The above map shows the area of the Palouse where we went.   We stayed in Colfax, Washington. The forest fires in Alberta, BC and Washington made for very hazy conditons which made it challenging for making photos.  As you will be able to see in some of the photos, there is a definite haze in the skies.  Apart from rolling hills in the Palouse, there were also many abandoned barns and other interesting structures  we stopped to photograph.  Since I was there in August, harvest season was in full swing.  In the spring, the hills are alive with greens but during harvest season, there are fields of gold.  I will definitely try to go back in the spring as well since it would be so different.

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On the first evening we were hoping for a sunset but the air was much too smoky.   You can barely make out the hills in the background.  Still I thought this barn was interesting enough to include it.  Since there was no color, I chose to process  the photograph  in a sepia tone.  

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During the same night we came across this beautiful lone tree.  Again because of the lack of colours, I liked the black and white version of the photo better than the color one. 

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The next morning we went out to photograph some sunflower fields.  

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There is a well known spot in Whitman Country where you can find a number of old and  colorful farm trucks.  

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Of course being farm country, there were barns everywhere.  I couldn't decide if I liked the photograph in color or black and white better so I included both.

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The rolling hills of the Palouse.  Because I was there in August during harvest season,  there were golden hills  everywhere.  

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I really enjoyed  making photos with the patterns of the fields. 

We went back to  photograph the same tree from the first night.  This time there was a bit more of a sunset but you can still see how hazy the skies were.

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The next morning we were up early to photograph the sunrise.

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This shot and the next few shots show off the patterns of the wheat fields.

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One of the many barns we drove by.

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A very well known wagon wheel fence at Dahmen Barn.  This barn was used as a commercial dairy operation until 1953.  The surrounding wheel fence was built over a 30 year period with contributions from the family and friends.  There are actually wheels from almost  every type  of machine.  Today there are over 1,000 wheels.

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Another abandoned? farm.  We were always careful to not trespass on any of the farms so all shots were taken from the road.  The Palouse is a very popular spot among photographers but unfortunately, there are many who trespass on private/abandoned land  and give a bad name to  the rest of us.  

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I really enjoyed the landscape in this part of the world. 

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mfouks@me.com (Marsha Fouks) eastern washington palouse rolling hills http://marshafouks.com/blog/2018/1/the-palouse Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:34:18 GMT
Banff National Park http://marshafouks.com/blog/2017/1/banff-national-park On our last full day of the tour, we drove into Banff National Park.  We were headed towards Lake Moraine.  We made several stops along the way to photograph the pretty scenery.

 

 

 

 

 

We finally arrived at our destination, Lake Moraine.   Moraine Lake is a glacially fed lake in Banff National Park, 14 kilometers (8.7m) outside of the Village of Lake Louise, where we had driven the previous day.  Its elevation is approximately 6,183 feet.  

 

 

We spent a couple of hours at the lake before heading back to Canmore.  

The next morning before heading to the airport, we went out to take a few photos in Canmore.

 

 

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mfouks@me.com (Marsha Fouks) Alberta Banff Canmore National Park http://marshafouks.com/blog/2017/1/banff-national-park Thu, 26 Jan 2017 02:14:46 GMT
Snow at Mount Assiniboine National Park http://marshafouks.com/blog/2017/1/last-day-at-mount-assiniboine  The day before we were leaving Mount Assiniboine we were fortunate enough to wake up to a winter wonderland.

This photo was taken just hiking around the lodge.

 


 

Eventually I made my way down to the lake below the lodge.

 

It started to warm up in the afternoon and the snow started to disappear off the trees.
On our last day in the park, a few of us went on a different hike.  Much of the snow had melted by now. I still thought this pond was very pretty.

 

A photo of our group  in front of the lodge waiting for our helicopter to arrive. 

The morning started out pretty foggy so we were a bit concerned about the ride down but the fog disappeared and all was well.  The lodge was actually closing for the season on the day we left.  I watched the helicopter flying in.

One last look at the lodge before walking over to the helicopter pad.

On the way down, I was fortunate enough to sit in the front seat of the helicopter with the pilot.  Here are a few shots taken from the helicopter.

 

 

Once back on the ground, we waited for the rest of our group coming down on the next helicopter.

After checking into our hotel in Cranbrooke, we headed out to Lake Louise.  We didn't have a lot of time but it was worth seeing the lake.  We then had a fabulous dinner at the Chateau Lake Louise.  

 

 

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mfouks@me.com (Marsha Fouks) Alberta Assiniboine British Columbia Lake Louise Mount Park http://marshafouks.com/blog/2017/1/last-day-at-mount-assiniboine Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:22:36 GMT
Another Day in Mount Assiniboine National Park http://marshafouks.com/blog/2016/12/another-day-in-mount-assiniboine-national-park  

The next morning we were up again very early.  This time instead of hiking down to the lake, we photographed a different pond.

Our group went on a different hike after breakfast.  

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David Muench was one of the leaders of our group.  David is a famous  American landscape and nature photographer and one of the nicest people I have ever met.  

 

Every where I went I saw some spectacular scenery.  

After lunch a few of us went on a different hike.  

In the late afternoon  we did the difficult hike from the previous day again.  This time we left later in the afternoon and for some reason I found it easier.  Maybe I was getting used to the altitude.  

The photographs were similar from the previous day but of course the light was different.  

 

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mfouks@me.com (Marsha Fouks) Assiniboine British Columbia Mount National Park http://marshafouks.com/blog/2016/12/another-day-in-mount-assiniboine-national-park Tue, 20 Dec 2016 19:50:29 GMT
Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park http://marshafouks.com/blog/2016/12/mount-assiniboine-provincial-park In September of 2015, I joined a group of photographers to  hike in the Canadian Rockies.  Although I grew up in B.C., this was my first time visiting the Rockies.  

I flew into Calgary to meet the group.  .  You can see from the map above where Mount Assiniboine is (#157).  We left the next morning for the Canmore Alpine Heliport which was about 1 1/5 hours from our hotel.  It was my first ride in a helicopter and it was fantastic.  I had been a bit apprehensive about the flight but once we took off I found it to be an exhilarating experience and enjoyed every minute of the flight.  The flight only lasted about fifteen minutes and was over much too quickly.  

As our group was  waiting  for our flight we photographed the arriving group.  

This photograph was taken from the helicopter.  The scenery was absolutely spectacular.  Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park is located in British Columbia.  It is a high alpine backcountry park with no road access.  You can only reach the park by hiking up, cross country skiing or helicopter.  There were some hikers that we met-we were told it takes approximately 9 hours to hike to the lodge from the bottom of the mountain.  

This was my first view of the Mount Assiniboine Lodge.  The main area of the Park is at about 2,180 meters (7,200 feet).  The lodge itself had some rooms upstairs (maybe six or so?) and also many cabins as well as a campground.  Although rustic it had a lot of character and excellent food.  

This was the view of the lake that can be seen from the lodge.  The hike to the lake was only about twenty minutes or so.  However, since there are Grizzly bears in the area it was recommended to never hike by yourself and take certain precautions.  We did hear that the campground had been visited by bears during our stay but I never saw one.

Our group made our way down to the lake once we had settled into the lodge.  Unfortunately, we didn't have the clouds for the sunset.

I was very impressed by the scenery as we made our way back up to the lodge.

We were up early the next morning to photograph the lake.  

We spent about two hours photographing before returning to the lodge for breakfast.  It was quite cold out waiting for the light but it warmed up nicely during the day.  

After breakfast we started off on a hike which proved quite challenging to me.  Along the way we stopped off at a pond to take a few quick photos.

 

One last photo before we continued our hike.  You can see the peak of Mount Assiniboine in the background (the snow covered peak).  

We arrived at our destination after about an hour of hiking.  It was definitely worth the effort.   

I wandered around the area admiring the fall colors.

We took some more photos before heading back down to the lodge.

Much later on  in the afternoon we headed back to one of the ponds to photograph the sunset.  It was very cloudy out but finally some light broke through.  

 

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mfouks@me.com (Marsha Fouks) Alberta Assiniboine British Canadian Columbia Mount National Park Rockies http://marshafouks.com/blog/2016/12/mount-assiniboine-provincial-park Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:34:23 GMT
Wrapping up my visit to Gros Morne, Newfoundland http://marshafouks.com/blog/2016/9/wrapping-up-my-visit-to-gros-morne-newfoundland In the last couple of days in Gros Morne, we spent some time exploring Rocky Harbour and re-visited a few places that we had been to.

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mfouks@me.com (Marsha Fouks) Gros Morne National Park Newfoundland Rocky Harbour http://marshafouks.com/blog/2016/9/wrapping-up-my-visit-to-gros-morne-newfoundland Thu, 01 Sep 2016 23:19:57 GMT
Gros Morne, July 31st http://marshafouks.com/blog/2016/8/the-tablelands-august-30th We actually got to sleep in this morning and met at 6 AM instead of 5.30!  We were headed to Woody Point and the Tablelands for the day.

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20150731_Newfoundland_000820150731_Newfoundland_0008 Europeans were slow to settle the west coast of Newfoundland.  The British were concentrated on the east coast and the French were on the Grand Banks.  In 1713, the Treaty of Utrecht gave the French some land on the west coast which was extended in 1783 to the entire coast. British settlement also spread and by 1800 the first British settlement in the Bonne Bay area occurred in Woody Point.  When fisherman began to stay during the winter rather than return to England,  a basis for permanent establishment was laid.  By 1904, the French had left the area to pursue fisheries farther up the coast.  By this time Woody Point was bustling.  It was pretty much considered the capital of the area with banking and customs offices, merchants and a harbour full of domestic and foreign vessels.  In 1922, when the town was at its height of commercial success, a devastating fire broke out and 58 buildings were destroyed.  The town never recovered to its  prior bustling state.

20150731_Newfoundland_001020150731_Newfoundland_0010 Our group wandered around the town after breakfast.

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20150731_Newfoundland_002020150731_Newfoundland_0020 After exploring Woody Point and eating breakfast our group drove to the Tablelands.   If you remember, I took a photo of the Tablelands my first morning in Gros Morne.  Today we actually spent quite a few hours exploring the area.  After driving on the highway, we suddenly came across a desert-like landscape with little vegetation.

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20150731_Newfoundland_002220150731_Newfoundland_0022 The ultramafic rock (peridotite) makes this place look pretty barren.  As mentioned in an earlier blog, the Tablelands is one of the few places in the world where you can see the exposed earth's mantel.  The rock was forced up to the surface millions of years ago during a plate collision and peridotite lacks the nutrients which allow plants to grow.  Apparently because of this, there is virtually no wildlife in this area of the park.

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20150731_Newfoundland_004920150731_Newfoundland_0049 After hiking in the Tablelands we returned to Woody Point.  This photo is of one of the colorful buildings in town.

20150731_Newfoundland_005020150731_Newfoundland_0050 While walking around later in ‚Äčthe town I came across this "moving play" where actors were reading scripts while walking through the town, something I had never come across before.

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mfouks@me.com (Marsha Fouks) Grow Morne Newfoundland Tablelands Woody Point http://marshafouks.com/blog/2016/8/the-tablelands-august-30th Wed, 17 Aug 2016 16:08:35 GMT
Gros Morne, July 29th and 30th. http://marshafouks.com/blog/2016/8/gros-morne-july-29th On the morning of July 29th, the sunrise shoot was actually cancelled this morning (the one and only time).  It was raining so whoever had gotten up went back to sleep.  We met later on and went into town and took some photos in the gardens of a restaurant (JavaJack's)

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Panning shot of flowers in the garden.

20150729_Newfoundland_000320150729_Newfoundland_0003 It was cloudy for the day (but no rain) so we were able to head out to the beach for some afternoon shooting.  We went to Hogsweed Beach in the afternoon.  

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20150730_Newfoundland_001420150730_Newfoundland_0014 Our destination for the afternoon was Western Brook Pond.  Western Brook Pond is a fjord in the Longe Range Mountains, the most northern section of the Appalachian Mountains.  We had tickets for the boat ride through the fjords which meant a 30 minute hike to get to the dock.

20150730_Newfoundland_001520150730_Newfoundland_0015 Some of the scenery along the way.

20150730_Newfoundland_000120150730_Newfoundland_0001 This was the boat we were supposed to take.  Unfortunately, the ride was cancelled due to the foggy conditions.  Oh well an excuse for me to go back someday.

20150730_Newfoundland_001820150730_Newfoundland_0018 We walked back to the vans on the same trail but since there was no rush, I had more time to check out the scenery.

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20150730_Newfoundland_002020150730_Newfoundland_0020 Later on in the day we found ourselves back at No Name Beach.

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20150730_Newfoundland_002220150730_Newfoundland_0022 Our last stop of the day was Green Point Beach.   I think this was my favorite place in the park.

20150730_Newfoundland_002320150730_Newfoundland_0023 When we first arrived it was so foggy that you couldn't see much at all but it got better.  This time,  I spent my time on top of the cliffs looking down at the water.

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mfouks@me.com (Marsha Fouks) Greenpoint Beach Gros Morne National Park Norris Point Western Brook Pond http://marshafouks.com/blog/2016/8/gros-morne-july-29th Sun, 07 Aug 2016 00:53:47 GMT
Grow Morne, July 28th http://marshafouks.com/blog/2016/7/gros-morne-august-28th 20150728_Newfoundland_000220150728_Newfoundland_0002 Early morning photograph of  the colourful buildings in Rocky Harbour.   ‚ÄčThe harbour was previously known as Small Bay or Little Harbour.  The town is near the entrance of Bonne Bay.  Arrowheads have been found in the area which proved that Micman Indians once lived here.  During the 18th and 19th centuries, the harbour was frequented by  French fishermen.  The first year the town of Rocky Harbour appeared in the census figures was in 1874, when it had a population of 35.  Following the opening of Gros Morne National Park in 1973, the population further increased and services such as an RCMP detachment was added.  In 2011, the population was 979.  

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A shot of the rapids.

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We spent the early morning photographing around the beach in Rocky Harbor.  

20150728_Newfoundland_000820150728_Newfoundland_0008 The Norris Point area.

20150728_Newfoundland_001020150728_Newfoundland_0010 We came across a great little Inn in Norris Point which would have been another great spot to stay in.

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People were very friendly in Newfoundland.  No-one ever had a problem with us trespassing on property to take some photographs.  Sometimes people would even invite us onto their deck.  

20150728_Newfoundland_001220150728_Newfoundland_0012 Richard photographing on the beach.

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20150728_Newfoundland_001420150728_Newfoundland_0014 A pretty classic view of the area.  There were some kids playing in the fields.

20150728_Newfoundland_001520150728_Newfoundland_0015 On the way back to Rocky Harbour, a storm came up.  We stopped the car to photograph just before the rain came.  An observation about Gros Morne was that it could be raining in one spot and a few miles away, the sun could be out.

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20150728_Newfoundland_001720150728_Newfoundland_0017 We had dinner at a local  pub with great fish and chips.  After dinner, I took a couple of photos of the docks of Rocky Harbour.  Lots of storm clouds tonight.

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20150728_Newfoundland_001920150728_Newfoundland_0019 After dinner we drove to the Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse.  The lighthouse was built in 1897, a great place to watch sunsets or crashing waves on stormy days.  The automated light is still run by the Canadian Coast Guard.

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A view from the lighthouse looking out to the ocean.

 

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mfouks@me.com (Marsha Fouks) Harbor Newfoundland Norris Point Rocky http://marshafouks.com/blog/2016/7/gros-morne-august-28th Wed, 27 Jul 2016 12:07:58 GMT
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20150727_Portfolio Photos_000120150727_Portfolio Photos_0001 Another early morning.  Today we went back to Green point, where we had been the previous evening.  

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20150727_Newfoundland_000320150727_Newfoundland_0003 Natalie lent me her fish-eye lens (ultra wide angle lens) which was fun to try out.

 

20150727_Portfolio Photos_000320150727_Portfolio Photos_0003 Georgia photographing beside the cliffs.  You get an idea of just how large these cliffs are.

20150727_Portfolio Photos_000420150727_Portfolio Photos_0004 A very close up of the actual rocks.  Great texture and colours in these rocks. 20150727_Portfolio Photos_000520150727_Portfolio Photos_0005

20150727_Portfolio Photos_000120150727_Portfolio Photos_0001 Rick photographing the beach.  

20150727_Portfolio Photos_000120150727_Portfolio Photos_0001 This photo was  taken just before walking down to the SS Ethie Beach   where we spent the afternoon.

 

 

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20150727_Portfolio Photos_001020150727_Portfolio Photos_0010 It was a great beach to explore.  It was a bit tricky getting close to the water as the rocks were very slippery.  One of the members of the group did fall in the water but fortunately there was no harm done except for some wet clothes.   This beach was all about the rocks!

 

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A close up view of the textures and colors of the rocks.

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There were huge boulders on this beach.

20150727_Portfolio Photos_000220150727_Portfolio Photos_0002 This photo shows the rusty remains of the SS Ethie at Martin's Point between Cow's Head and Bonne Bay.  Its amazing that some of the boat still remains.  The story is that the boat was tossed by hurricane-ravaged waters until it ran aground  in 1919 and threatened to burst into flames.  There were a few heroic fishermen and a dog onshore desperately trying to save passengers and crew.  There was also a tale of a daring rescue of a baby stashed in an old mailbag dangling from a rope high above the raging sea.  Folk songs have been written about the tale, including "The Wreck of the Ethie".  

20150727_Newfoundland_003120150727_Newfoundland_0031 If you came on this trip, you had better enjoy taking photographs of rocks- fortunately I enjoyed it.

20150727_Portfolio Photos_000120150727_Portfolio Photos_0001 For something different, a closeup photograph of a tree on the beach.

 

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mfouks@me.com (Marsha Fouks) Gros Morne Newfoundland Park http://marshafouks.com/blog/2016/6/gros-morne-park-july-27th Sat, 25 Jun 2016 01:41:34 GMT