Spring in Alberta – the bad isn’t always the ugly!
Like many fellow Canadians (and some US friends), Albertans struggled with what appeared to be an endless winter. Although the ubiquitous groundhog predicted early spring, never had he been more inaccurate. Calgary’s snowiest months are normally March and April, but Mother Nature forgot to throw in the warm spring days in between. When we received another 30cm (a foot) of snow at the beginning of May, I think calls to the depression helplines hit an all-time high.
I gave myself a much needed kick up the backside and decided, ‘if you can’t beat it, go shoot it’. (One bright side to spring snow is that usually the roads are in good shape because it hits and melts.)
This nippy Saturday, I headed west towards Kananaskis Country and Mt. Lorette Ponds – a year around favourite for stunning reflections, and a sense of tranquility. Part of me was beginning to think I’d lost my mind – until I spotted my first snow-covered field of horses, and I was lost in the beauty.
Carrying on up Highway 40, I took a random turn down a road leading to ‘Widowmaker’. What a stunning surprise that was – pristine rapids set amidst snowclad firs.
Robins abounded. Flocks littered the highway, and deserted golf course parking lots. Of course most vanished the moment the camera lens pointed their direction. I did managed to capture a couple.
Eventually I reached my intended destination. (A 40-minute drive had taken nearly two hours at this stage!) I was not let down. Two departing fishermen meant I had the pond to myself – with the accompaniment of birdsong.
And finally, a trip up Highway 40 wouldn’t be complete with a quick stop at O’Shaughnessy Falls – a small roadside oasis of a waterfall.