Road Trip!

We went for a Sunday drive on Monday, which is my Saturday. It was wonderful! We followed the Victoria Trail which is on the north side of the North Saskatchewan River and started out as a trail the Indians used thus making it the oldest road in Alberta that is still in use. I will expand on the trail as I process and upload photos, for now here are just a few scenic shots from yesterday.

Click any photo to enlarge.

I think we counted 23 (edit) Sandhill Cranes (Thanks Leah) in total, too many for one shot.

I liked the pattern that resulted here.

We stopped here for supper, as I was walking up to the bank, a raven with an eagle below it came up from the valley! Couldn't have been more than 30 feet away from me and right at my height! I didn't have the camera on alas and all I could do was point and sputter.

We stopped at Astotin Lake at Elk Island Park as the sun was setting.

Just a taste of what we saw, I will post more as the days go by.

Have a good day all.


the Bag Lady said...

Those are great photos, sis! The herons are terrific, the pattern of the swathes is very cool, but the first sunset picture is absolutely stunning!
Very cool.
Post a map when you put up more pictures so I can figure out where it is that you are talking about, 'kay?

Leah J. Utas said...

Oh Wow. Cousin those are gorgeous. Especially love the sunset pics, but they're all great.
I first thought those herons were cranes.

PS I was first but blogger wasn't co-operating.

Jay said...

Beautiful sunset photos. I love road trips through beautiful scenery like that. And I love it when other people go and share the pics with us!

Travis Erwin said...

Great shots. Love the herons.

Leah J. Utas said...

I came back because I had to check. You've got sandhill cranes, Reb. And it's one hell of a shot.

the Bag Lady said...

By jove, I think cousin is right, sis. I didn't look closely the first time around, but when I enlarged it, I do believe those are sandhill cranes.

Anonymous said...

I don't care if they are cranes or herons -- I just like the picture! ;)
Those sunset shots are breathtaking.

Reb said...

Thanks Sis. Yes, I will put a bit of a map in the next post.

Leah, thanks so much.

Jay, thanks, me too.

Travis, thanks.

Thanks Leah, I knew I could count on you to find out :)

Kcinnova, me either they were so pretty. Thanks, glad you enjoyed.

Hilary said...

These shots are wonderful! I love the cranes and the pattern in the field. I sure do empathize with and relate to the "point and sputter" syndrome. That sunset is startlingly beautiful.

Glad to see you posting again, Reb. I hope all is well with your health.

Reb said...

Thanks Hilary. The point and sputter is disappointing, but at least we did see them.

Barbara Martin said...

Excellent photos, Reb. I look forward to the other ones.

solarity said...

All of these are wonderful, but on the birds--my first thought was "Wow, those guys know how to arrange themselves." Perfect balance.

Mary Anne in Kentucky

Reb said...

Thanks Barbara. This would be the route that Steele took :)

Mary Anne in Kentucky, yes, they were very kind. Thanks.

Dianne said...

love the patterns in the field

all your shots are beautiful

Reb said...

thanks Dianne, I am glad I turned around.