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A Visit to Elk Island

I had finished church and was going to join the others at a restaurant though I had made no plans to join anyone. I was almost there when I saw a road that leads to the highway. “That is it”, I said to myself, “yes, I want to go to Elk Island”. I  picked up coffee and a rice crispy square on the way and started to wonder what the weather report was, since I had no snow tires on but decided to be careful and drive a little slower. There was a nasty accident on my left where a truck had slid off the road and I slowed down to the 60 km speed limit as I passed the vehicles with the flashing lights. Another reminder to be careful.

When I turned off the highway to the National Park, I sighed and thought, “I feel like I have come home.” I felt all my tensions and worries slide off my shoulders.There was a bison herd on the left and thought that I would stop on the way back. Silly me, I know better, of course they were gone later. They just look like they will  lounge forever.

Continued on to the main picnic area and got out for a walk . The snow drifts around the parking lot were beautiful and I examined the shapes and lines.

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I looked around and saw ice crystals in the air, or perhaps it was beginning to snow.

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Down the road a truck had pulled up to the gates and there was a flurry of activity as deer scattered in different  directions  and I snapped a shot although they were in the distance.

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Then I saw the reason for their flight and self-righteous anger welled up within me. Look below the stop sign.

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Their dog was loose and running after the deer. This is a national park folks and harassment of wildlife brings a serious fine.

I looked around some more and in the other direction but not far away from the dog I saw a bison lying down. I took a photo from a long distance without getting closer because I chose not to disturb the animal or bring attention to its existence.This photo shows the example that there may be wildlife close by and if you slow down and look you will see what is not immediately apparent.

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As I drove away from this area I stopped to take a photo from the car of one of the deer that was hiding on a wooded hill. Enough stress, it was best to SNAP and move on.

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I travelled back toward the highway from where I had entered the park but saw no coyotes, elk, bison or birds that I could spot. I stopped in a parking lot at a trail head to look and walk  around and tried to take a photo of the snowflakes on my car.As well,  there were lines that fascinated me in the environment.

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Further on, I  stopped and pulled over to the shoulder of the road  but the slant was unnerving-bad idea- and I couldn’t move forward but quickly backed up to get out before I couldn’t. A passing truck slowed down , perhaps to see if I spotted something or to help out if I was stuck but moved on when I got back on the road. Not something I want to do without snow tires.

The sky was getting darker and threatening snow so  I decided to head home, having enjoyed the respite.

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13 responses

  1. Great post and photos, Jane. I enjoyed reading it very much. 🙂

    January 14, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    • Thanks, Bob. I was still editing when you dropped by..have a great day of shooting!

      January 14, 2013 at 1:21 pm

  2. Maxine Lozinski

    sounds like you had a wonderful day, great photo’s of the shapes and lines in the snow, also love the snowflakes on your car and always love seeing photo’s of the wildlife.

    January 14, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    • Thank you, Maxine. I like it when I give in to spontaneous moments, as you know and it sure is fun when you join me.The weather is horrible today with snow and freezing rain so not going anywhere.

      January 14, 2013 at 4:51 pm

  3. These are fabulous Jane ~ the snowflakes on the car looks like a painting. Lovely — and looks like you had some fun too! xxoo RL

    January 14, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    • i was surprised the snowflakes showed up as well as they did.

      January 14, 2013 at 10:15 pm

  4. I enjoyed the wildlife photos, but like the other commenters above, I really thought that the photo of the snowflakes on your car came out well.

    January 14, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    • Thank you and as you see it certainly caught my attention.

      January 14, 2013 at 10:14 pm

  5. Wow where was this that a dog was chasing them? Was his owner close by?

    Poor animals have it bad enough with wild ones chasing them here in NH we can shoot pets destroying wildlife. Not sure how many do but I worry about dogs just being dumped to fend for themselves 😦

    January 18, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    • It has been a problem when dogs are dumped and form packs that chase cattle-then they get shot. The people here were with the dog, who ran ahead of them but all were in the area a long time before they left in their truck with the dog hanging its head outside the window. There is a huge fine for harrassing wildlife in a National Park.A warden told me that some idiots were actually paint-balling the bison-they were caught YAY!

      January 18, 2013 at 3:46 pm

      • Wow idiots can be found everywhere.
        What they do not understand is once dogs see it as fun it will be hard to stop them 😦

        Yes Parks get more visitors and more idiots I am sure
        The parks are there to preserve so wildlife so sad

        January 18, 2013 at 7:34 pm

  6. Beautiful images, love the deer. I get to photograph deer quite a bit because I work at a farm that raises them, plus there are loads of wild ones. I never get tired of seeing them though.

    January 18, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    • I love deer, too always a joy to come across one or a herd.

      January 18, 2013 at 3:40 pm

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