Alberta Road Trip – Sibbald Creek Trail
May is one of my favourite months of the year. Trees are starting to green up, wildflowers and blossom trees bloom (if we’re lucky), and the weather is usually conducive to playing outdoors for longer periods at a time. This year we’ve been particularly fortunate; spring started in earnest a month early, and we’ve had leaves and blossoms out since April.
Roadtrip buddy Diane and I were debating another drive to spot wild horses, or trying somewhere new. The Sibbald Creek Trail (aka Hwy. 68) is only half an hour from our respective houses, and I’d seen several recent posts demonstrating wildlife and wildflowers spotted in the area. The trail ends at Highway 40 in Kananaskis, another favourite photography haunt. The technically 36 km, 45 minute, drive took us over 3 hours!. This did include a gorgeous side trip around the Jumpingpound Forest Demonstration loop!
As usual, large wildlife (deer, moose, Big Horned Sheep, bear…) were largely absent despite bear warnings posted for the entire area. I predicted this as there appears to be an invisible warning attached to my vehicle that says, ‘Suzan is coming, quick, hide!’ Other photographers will pass through the same area, same day and will be posting proud captures of said absent beasts.
That said, there were plenty of birds and ground squirrels, tons of gorgeous scenery, fresh spring scented woods abounding with new growth and, my highlight, a lone Bald Eagle cruising a quiet lake shore.