Close up – Up Close
I ventured out this month to visit one of my very favourite parks to photograph. Carburn Park in Southeast Calgary. It is a quiet gem, normally overlooked by many park enthusiasts. On a good day, I can see Pelicans, Cormorants, various ducks, woodpeckers, one or two owls and deer. The Pelicans were late this year, sitting on the Bow in mid-September when their usual visit occurs in late spring or early summer. I wasn’t able to capture them this time, but I do look forward to next years’ opportunities.
Carburn Park is a popular spot for local dog walkers who enjoy a bit of exercise with their fur babies. There is no off leash area here, due to the abundance of wild life and the way dogs do like a chase whatever runs. Therefore it is a once or twice around the lagoon before moving onto Sue Higgens’ Dog Park across the river or back home. The dogs appear to be content to wag their tails, scratch the grass, sniff the brush, and the trees that line the pathway. Occasionally they will catch the scent of a deer, squirrel or other park dweller, bark excitedly and try to follow their instincts into the woods. All the time, irritating their walkers who are so encapsulated in their world of walking and raising their heart rates, they don’t even look about to notice the life moving around them.
Often they miss, nature at large, up close and personal, right next to the pathway. This is the perspective I chose for this months’ Photo Blogging Challenge.
Nature Up Close and Personal
These last two shots were taken on a day when I was without my Nikon. Lucky me, I had my little Ricoh.
This fat gopher bodes a late and mild winter as she basks in the October sunshine.
A young Mule Deer walks so close to the pathway I could touch her, if only she would let me.
Cheryle October 2015