The Cypress Hills in Alberta do not feature the same towering conifers as they do in Saskatchewan but they come with their own charm. The transition from prairie to hills and forest is rapid. The Pelicans on Elkwater Lake welcomed us and then because the weather was forecast to be rainy, we headed out the evening we arrived. In the second picture, in the distance you can see a small bit of water that is Reesor Lake. The other view is the miles that this high point provides from where the ice age 10,000 years ago didn't reach.
Reesor Lake in the evening light is stunning. It is stocked with rainbow trout and there are upwards of 30 pelicans enjoying the bounty. Fisherman were hopeful as they slip-bobbed from the shore. Other birds fished, as well. From a distance, I saw the splash as one dived to capture supper. The little doe was grazing in the grounds of the Lodge and cabins. As you can see, it's a mule deer. The next morning, when rain threatened as promised we drove to Horseshoe Canyon. You can see the lowering clouds and the canyon beyond the trees. Next is a view of Elkwater Lake. We tried for a walk but suddenly grey clouds came in and sent us back to the car. These are resident geese of Elkwater Lake. They had one chick but I took the picture from the car. The up and down threats of their heads let me know it was a good decision.
Wednesday morning was RAIN. When there was a break, we tried to take a little drive, perhaps back to Reesor Lake. The fog thickened into what for us prairie dwellers seemed like a pea-souper. This is what the road looked like, the trees eerily draped in grey. In the evening, there was a bit of sun. This abandoned farmhouse was on the southern side of the Hills on the way to the border. Yes- after a crappy day (weatherwise), the setting sun painted the sky in delicate pinks and peaches.
Of course, the next morning dawned bright and sunny as we had to head out. Medicine Hat was a good stop and the Siiamus teepee has beautiful paintings by Indigenous artists, depicting their culture and history.
The cactus bloomed on a bank near one of Medicine Hat's golf courses. Below my intrepid travelling companion is watching nervously as I scrambled up to get my picture. She would have called 911, had I rolled to the parking lot, I think. After lunch, we went for a walk on Police Point along the South Saskatchewan River. The bull snake sunning itself on the path looked dead. HA! He was playing dead AND we thought he was a rattlesnake. There are a few rattlers in Medicine Hat and the bull snake takes advantage of its venomous cousin to scare predators off. It worked on us. Lastly, the tail-end, so to speak, was this little albino bunny in the parking lot. Great little getaway and the weather was a minor annoyance. You make your fun.
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