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Anyone that visited Banff National Park probably went to see Moraine Lake;  at one time it was on back of Canadian $20 dollar bill.   Lake is beautiful, but it is tourist zoo.  14km winding road ends at fairly small parking lot that simply can't accommodate swarms of tourist cars, tour buses etc.   For that reason I don't go there, although there is some world class hiking above.  But as the road is not plowed, it is closed off-season.  May 31 was last day before re-opening and I went for a bike ride.  It is awesome, angle is not too steep and on return you can coast almost all the way back!  

 

Area was still largely snowbound and lake just began to thaw.  So unable to do any higher elevation hiking I went for a stroll around the lake, following tourist path on the north side.  This pic was taken along that path, and it truly showcases beauty of this unique area in Canadian Rockies;  and I had it all to myself; in season it feels sometimes like Calgary stampede

 

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Trail ends at far side of the lake - roughly lower right of the photo.   I admired 2 harlequin ducks enjoying sunshine at lake inlet, wishing I had telephoto lens on me;  I tried to come closer, but they wouldn't let me.  Then, as I had time, I decided to try to make it to other side of the lake.  This was very tricky, crossing raging stream and postholing in wet snow but I made it.   Here's the 4x2 pano taken there;  if you have seen classic Moraine Lake shot before, would you be able to guess this is Moraine lake too? (Towering Mountain on left side is Mt. Temple, 3rd highest in Southern Rockies)

 

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Then the devil inside told me to circumvent the lake, coming back on south (right on pic above). There is no trail and I almost got myself into deep trouble.  Had to cross several avalanche slopes without mountaineering gear, but I made it.

 

Hope you enjoyed the pics and apologies for the rant

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12 hours ago, Autumn Sky said:

Anyone that visited Banff National Park probably went to see Moraine Lake;  at one time it was on back of Canadian $20 dollar bill.   Lake is beautiful, but it is tourist zoo.  14km winding road ends at fairly small parking lot that simply can't accommodate swarms of tourist cars, tour buses etc.   For that reason I don't go there, although there is some world class hiking above.  But as the road is not plowed, it is closed off-season.  May 31 was last day before re-opening and I went for a bike ride.  It is awesome, angle is not too steep and on return you can coast almost all the way back!  

 

Area was still largely snowbound and lake just began to thaw.  So unable to do any higher elevation hiking I went for a stroll around the lake, following tourist path on the north side.  This pic was taken along that path, and it truly showcases beauty of this unique area in Canadian Rockies;  and I had it all to myself; in season it feels sometimes like Calgary stampede

 

valley-of-ten-peaks-above-frozen-moraine

 

Trail ends at far side of the lake - roughly lower right of the photo.   I admired 2 harlequin ducks enjoying sunshine at lake inlet, wishing I had telephoto lens on me;  I tried to come closer, but they wouldn't let me.  Then, as I had time, I decided to try to make it to other side of the lake.  This was very tricky, crossing raging stream and postholing in wet snow but I made it.   Here's the 4x2 pano taken there;  if you have seen classic Moraine Lake shot before, would you be able to guess this is Moraine lake too? (Towering Mountain on left side is Mt. Temple, 3rd highest in Southern Rockies)

 

wide-panoramic-landscape-scenic-view-of-

 

Then the devil inside told me to circumvent the lake, coming back on south (right on pic above). There is no trail and I almost got myself into deep trouble.  Had to cross several avalanche slopes without mountaineering gear, but I made it.

 

Hope you enjoyed the pics and apologies for the rant

 

Great images Autumn Sky! You have the most amazing scenery for local walks. Glad you got back ok without a trail.

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The cotoneaster is absolutely seething with bees, but the flowers aren't really out far enough to make a picture, but not to worry, they like the iris sibirica as well.

Looks like quite a job getting in and out, so I had time to get this.

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The amaryllis has flowered for the first time in a few years, so worth a look.

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........and this little creeping wood-sorrel on the drive. I had to use a black umbrella to cut down the daylight.

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21 hours ago, spacecadet said:

The cotoneaster is absolutely seething with bees, but the flowers aren't really out far enough to make a picture, but not to worry, they like the iris sibirica as well.

Looks like quite a job getting in and out, so I had time to get this.

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Hi Mark,

 

I know you will know the names of plants in your own garden but I am surprised that the image above is a Cotoneaster as I have never seen one with a flower like that shown. Had a quick look on the web and could find nothing like it relating to Cotoneaster. Can you tell me what it is so I can add it to my list please.

 

Allan

 

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1 hour ago, Allan Bell said:

 

Hi Mark,

 

I know you will know the names of plants in your own garden but I am surprised that the image above is a Cotoneaster as I have never seen one with a flower like that shown. Had a quick look on the web and could find nothing like it relating to Cotoneaster. Can you tell me what it is so I can add it to my list please.

 

Allan

 

Allan, he said the cotoneaster wasn’t ready yet to make a picture, but the Iris is. So this isn’t cotoneaster. Reread carefully.

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WHOOPS!    Sorry Mark.

 

Allan

 

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44 minutes ago, Allan Bell said:

 

WHOOPS!    Sorry Mark.

 

Allan

 

As you say on the other thread.........👓

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On 07/06/2021 at 09:38, Betty LaRue said:

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a bumblebee sit on it’s behind before! 😊

 

I actually wonder if the bee was drunk 😂  It seems to have half fallen asleep while feeding on nectar with its arms just managing to hold itself up while it has fallen on its behind 🤣  I've actually seen bees drunk on nectar before, unable to fly straight and trying to land on a flower but keep kind of missing and then rolling off it. I was curious if there was a video of this phenomenon and just found this one of drunk bees in slow motion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSqknjdKJ3c

 

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It is winter here now and in the Perth Hills that means the streams start to flow again and it is a lovely time for walks up there. This is a photo I took of Piesse Brook in the hills late in the day a few winters ago.

 

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9 hours ago, Sally R said:

 

I actually wonder if the bee was drunk 😂  It seems to have half fallen asleep while feeding on nectar with its arms just managing to hold itself up while it has fallen on its behind 🤣  I've actually seen bees drunk on nectar before, unable to fly straight and trying to land on a flower but keep kind of missing and then rolling off it. I was curious if there was a video of this phenomenon and just found this one of drunk bees in slow motion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSqknjdKJ3c

 

Hilarious! I’ve never seen a drunk bee.

The last time I felt like that, I thought it just made me dance better! Delusional, of course. I was definitely limber, though. Close to sliding under the table limber.  Those Mai Tais will sneak up on you because you just taste all the delicious fruit juices, not the liquor. You don’t want to start slurping them on an empty stomach, I learned. 2 1/2 drinks did me in until I ate.

Those days are behind me.

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Love-in a mist- never had (or spotted!) this in the garden before. Nigella (something- doesn't look big enough for damascena, John?..........)

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Serbian bellflowers...put these up last year....it's been a whole year!........just outside the kitchen...

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On 14/06/2021 at 23:16, Betty LaRue said:

Hilarious! I’ve never seen a drunk bee.

The last time I felt like that, I thought it just made me dance better! Delusional, of course. I was definitely limber, though. Close to sliding under the table limber.  Those Mai Tais will sneak up on you because you just taste all the delicious fruit juices, not the liquor. You don’t want to start slurping them on an empty stomach, I learned. 2 1/2 drinks did me in until I ate.

Those days are behind me.

 

I've never been much of drinker (and not at all now), but the few times I've been sozzled involved beverages with fruit juices. One involved some sort of purple fruit from Africa, and I remember hearing myself say things but having no control over what I was saying.

 

I visited New Zealand in 2018, and they have a large pigeon there called the Kereru that is known for getting drunk on fermented fruit. I got to see some though none were drunk at the time. They are loveable, plump birds. This is a video of some drunk ones:

https://www.theguardian.com/global/video/2018/oct/15/inebriated-kereru-pigeons-binge-on-fruit-punch-video

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1 hour ago, Sally R said:

 

I've never been much of drinker (and not at all now), but the few times I've been sozzled involved beverages with fruit juices. One involved some sort of purple fruit from Africa, and I remember hearing myself say things but having no control over what I was saying.

 

I visited New Zealand in 2018, and they have a large pigeon there called the Kereru that is known for getting drunk on fermented fruit. I got to see some though none were drunk at the time. They are loveable, plump birds. This is a video of some drunk ones:

https://www.theguardian.com/global/video/2018/oct/15/inebriated-kereru-pigeons-binge-on-fruit-punch-video

Aww, poor birds! Very funny, though. I wonder if they get cirrhosis of the liver? 😂

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21 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

Aww, poor birds! Very funny, though. I wonder if they get cirrhosis of the liver? 😂

 

Well, the funny thing is, a nice couple who have been rehabilitating birds for decades in NZ have opened a detox centre for kereru at their wildlife rehab place. A story ran on a NZ news channel about it https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/wed-better-open-up-brewery-jokes-veteran-rescuer-drunk-kerer-numbers-soar

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23 minutes ago, Sally R said:

 

Well, the funny thing is, a nice couple who have been rehabilitating birds for decades in NZ have opened a detox centre for kereru at their wildlife rehab place. A story ran on a NZ news channel about it https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/wed-better-open-up-brewery-jokes-veteran-rescuer-drunk-kerer-numbers-soar

😁 Now I get to worry about birds on the other side of the world!

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