A Walk By The River. Part 3.

Hello everyone on this beautiful July day.  Beautiful in some ways.  Not so beautiful in other ways.  This morning smoke rolled into our town.  Heavy, thick smoke, like a thick fog.  From forest fires.  There are 28 fires burning, 12 are not under control.  They are not close to us however.  But that can change.  Quickly.  One year some careless people were not watching their campfire.  What damage can a small campfire do?  It was a windy day.  In one week that small campfire destroyed 50,000 hectares of forest.  That’s a lot of damage from a small campfire.

A closer picture of the dam.

I better stop. I could write an entire post on that subject.  But today we are finishing the river walk.  Too bad it took so long to find out about this beautiful spot.  But I’m glad to find out at least.  After my little incident with the slipping rock, I decided to find a nice spot to sit and relax for a while and just enjoy the remarkable scenery around me.  Once I found a good spot to sit I noticed my friendly pelican had moved away from shore a bit so I took a couple more pictures of it.  Looked so nice and bright white bobbing along on the water.

Here is my beautiful white pelican again.

The water here is sometimes much higher than it is now.  You can see the high water mark on the rock along the shore.  It could be another 8 feet higher with water.  That’s a lot of water.  That would be at times in the spring when they have to let a lot of water through the dam.  That would be quite interesting to see from this vantage point.  Right now it looks so calm.  A person’s cares could easily float away downstream on a day like this.

The high water mark, about 8 feet higher than now (2.5m)

The merganser family is staying around too.  Just amazing how those little critters can so easily swim around in that terrible current.  Those little legs and feet are moving incredibly fast.  No wonder they want turns on the mother’s back.  Must be tiring for them.

Poor mother seems to be having a bad hair day, or maybe I should say, bad feather day. A family of mergansers.

This is a large and beautiful river.  This is the Winnipeg River which winds its way to Lake Winnipeg which is Canada’s 6th largest lake.  The Winnipeg River can be up to 2km wide in places and has many islands of various sizes along the way.  But right here it is very nice.  It would be a wonderful spot for a picnic and enjoy the amazing scenery while eating.  The many species of birds in the area produce a constant chorus of song for everyone’s listening pleasure. 

Looking down river, talk about a beautiful spot.

Plus all the fantastic variety of wild flowers.  From the tiny wood sorrel to the larger ladyslippers and wood lilies.  Plus wild roses which have such a wonderful scent.  It would take a whole post to list all the flowers that can be found here.  But I guess it’s time to leave once again.  So I pick up my camera and start on the trail back to the beginning.

Heading back uphill and home.

But I shall return again with camera in hand to hopefully capture some more wildlife in this beautiful spot.  Perhaps even that eagle.  Until then, I hope you all enjoy your weekend and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

© 2019 Steve McLeod.



23 Comments on “A Walk By The River. Part 3.

  1. There is a symphony in my ears and eyes when I read your post Steve. It is so beautiful.
    I love that bird with a bad hairday. Sometimes I feel like that….
    My heart is crying because of the forest fire.
    I hope you stay safe my friend.
    I wish you a beautiful day.

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    • Thank you for such a beautiful comment Lillian, I am glad you were able to enjoy it so! Yes, forest fires can be so bad and most are caused by careless people which is sad. It is indeed a beautiful day! I went back to the river and said hi to my little duck family, they were not quite as afraid this time. I hope your day was great and that you will have a wonderful weekend!!😃🌞😺A hug from Muffin and I.

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  2. Beautiful photos and I hope the fires don’t encroach on your beautiful area, they wreak such damage. They’re also a problem on the Cote d’Azur but not to such an extent. It is frightening how quickly they can travel.

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    • Thank you for reading Sheree!! Yes, they can travel fast. I had to be evacuated once for a fire, it traveled 12 km in one hour, which meant it was only an hour away from where I lived at the time, so I had to leave quickly. That was a 25,000 hectare fire started by a campfire. Careless people out fishing. So sad.

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  4. Another beautiful day at the very beautiful river 🙂 glad you decided to have some safe spot and enjoy 😊 the mergansers family is great despite the bad luck hair 😂
    the pelican shot is even prettier 👌 the dam is certainly clear now 🙂
    glad the smoke has gone somehow, these people are reckless and they deserve punishment!
    beautiful walk and pictures 🙂 hope your day and weekend will be great 😸😸🌞

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    • Thanks Huguette! Rough day but good day too. The smoke is back again. They actually issued an air quality warning for us, that doesn’t happen often for us. If caught, people can be fined the cost of fighting the fire, if from outside the country they will be deported and banned from coming back again.😠 I had another good walk to the river🚶‍♂️ and more nice pictures, but I will probably save these, or most of them, for winter use.😃📷Looks like it will be a sunny and warmer weekend ahead which will be nice. Enjoy your weekend!😃😺

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      • Good morning Steve and hope today will be much better than yesterday 🌞 this is a very good threatening actually hope it will scare them a bit 😕
        You’re doing a good job, there will be some days where you will not be able to have good pictures I guess
        Enjoy the sunny and warm weekend then 😺😺🌞

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      • Good morning, the smoke has come in again like a thick fog. It has blocked the sun completely, but hopefully once the wind starts up it will clear again and the sun will shine. Well, it’s shining now, just can’t see it!😂Enjoy your weekend!😃🌞😺

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      • Smoke still here, no wind yet which is odd. At times the sun appears just like a ball, more like the moon than the sun, and staying cool, still only 13.😬 Hope your day is great! But at least it’s a good day for doing things inside!😁😸

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      • Yes, inside is best. Cool day, only 18, and this is July. But it’s because of that smoke. But I’m getting lots done inside so that’s good, needed a day for that.😂😹

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    • That smoke is like a thick fog again this morning, terrible. Yes, indeed, nothing like being in nature for a while to relieve stress and refresh. Enjoy your weekend!😃😺

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