|Bright fall colours|
a week earlier than in Crofton
The property I stayed at is quite high up, offering distant views of mountains to the northeast and a feeling of incredible freedom in all directions - no dark ugly condos staring one in the face here!
|Mountains in the distance,|
not a condo in sight!
Some things are familiar - the deer are plentiful, just as they are here in Crofton, though I was surprised how many very young, still spotted, fawns I saw. Here in Crofton, most have lost their spots already. Perhaps the slightly different ecosystem and climate means ours are born a bit sooner.
|Spotted fawn prances across the field|
The rabbits are even more plentiful - on one evening's walk, I counted over 30 on a neighbour's lawn, in an area no bigger than my own small front yard. They ranged from very teeny newborns to granddaddies twice the size of little Mitzi. They are very skittish, and trying to get more than one in a frame was impossible - lift the camera, even from many yards away, and they skedaddled to the safety of the shrubs.
|Run, rabbit, run, rabbit|
Run Run Run
The geese were already heading south, and we saw and heard several flocks overhead. This group had just risen from a nearby field and was hurrying to catch up with the rest of its v-formation:
|The geese are on the wing|
One evening, Mitzi and I went for a long walk up the road, passing by a spot where yellow grasses waved in the foreground of a ridge of trees at the edge of what seemed to be a cliff - we couldn't check it out as it appeared to be private property, and besides dusk was quickly becoming dark. But we did take the time to capture these two shots:
|Multi-toned rock in grass|
|Grasses, trees, and endless sky|
The night sky and sunsets often took my breath away. At twilight the towering, sparsely-branched or barren trees and short bushy shrubs turned into black silhouettes against a deepening blue sky, and the orange and red of the setting sun could soon be seen along the horizon.
|Twilight at 'the ranch'|
|Sunset through the trees|
But perhaps the most fascinating sight - other than the owls whose photos I posted last week - occurred not at dusk but in the afternoon. A cloud began moving in, and all along the wavy leading edge of the cloud was...... a rainbow! Not the traditional arc so often seen here, and not the pulsating prism of Northern Lights I came to know and love when I lived in the Northwest Territories, but a simple undulating rainbow ribbon that stretched along the length of the huge cloud mass - too huge to get all in one shot - as it made its way across the azure sky.
I watched the rainbow ribbon for half an hour as it moved in unison with the cloud, never deepening but never fading, until it was time for me to feed the horses. By the time I returned to my camera, the rainbow was gone. The memory, however, will stay with me for a long, long time: