2015 Photo Blog
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Ruby before the shake . . .
Clean as a whistle
Ruby at Grassi Pass
Exploring the high country
near Pete & Ruby's home
to the beach - minus 21 C at home but only minus 6 C at Chain Lakes
Ruby takes a risk . . .
other side of Pete & Ruby's fence, elk at sunrise on a cold Christmas
morning. They usually keep going that direction but stopped and were very
wary. There might have been a cougar up ahead.
picture on Christmas morning
Christmas morning - about minus 26 Celcius
Ruby heads into King Canyon
fit for Ruby and Pete
climbers we were looking for
Looking towards King Canyon, walking thataway
on a hoar-frost encrusted, ice fogged morning near Pete & Ruby's home
on the Highwood River, Mt. Armstrong in the background.
Pete on the Highwood
Highway 40, closed for the next six months
passes over some Lynx or Bobcat tracks
out west with Pete and Ruby. When they look up a cliff like that, smiling
with tales wagging . . . . . it's a good idea to look yourself to see what
they see. Could be nothing, could be snowballs rolling down, could be a
squirrel, could be a cougar . . .
settles in at home
travels, Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep
Forestry Trunk Road
on a climb
Pete having fun at The Whaleback
conquers Powderface Ridge
Different day, different Ridge for Ruby, this one west of Chain Lakes. On
our first pass, Ruby found some young hunters sitting here, watching the
up the alternate way to Ptarmigan Cirque in a blizzard
hangs on in a burst of wind at the Whaleback
loves the big sky prairie
always wants to be on the other side of the fence
Fall colours near home
Hiking Foran Ridge
Fall to Winter
the low cloud
Ruby at sunset
in the Fall . . . .
Ruby in one of the Picklejar Lakes
Ruby on the
climb to Pickeljar
Ruby up in the
Pete on the climb
near Millarville Racetrack
On an obscure
road, in the middle of nowhere. A lady, with her gentleman and a white golden
named Dylan, walked up to us and asked "Is that Pete & Ruby?"
happened. Pete & Ruby became rock stars, just like their predecessors, Abby &
Keeper, who were also recognized on sight.
a bog in a light rain on the Forestry Truck Road
Ruby at home
Pete at home
Ruby on a trail in the Fall
snowy, Fall day for a swim
wrapped in winter
A brief moment
Let's get going!!!
Pete at the
Ruby in the tall grass
Pete on the
Revisiting a 1940 Dodge Coupe left on the prairie
Pete at Chain
Big snowfall for Pete at Elbow Lake
Hailstone Butte. Forest Fire smoke from Washington State obscures the view
on the climb higher
Another visit with the fire lookout man . . . . . he's been doing this
for almost 40 summers, almost his entire working life, except for one year
when he had a medical operation. Abby and I saw the dog in the summer of
2010, a few months before Abby's passing. Keeper was too weak to visit
watch station is up in the distance
Pete on the way lower
at home . . . . tired from the day's walk. Pete eats the peach tree in the
thick forest fire smoke at home for a week
out of the forest on the climb higher, Pete & Ruby stop to investigate
cellphone panorama as Pete and Ruby climb above the treeline.
snow for relief on the way higher . . . .
across the valley from Ruby
the top of Mt. Lipsett
goes for a walk
view at the summit cairn . . . .
encountered a Grizzly Bear here on the way down, about half a kilometre
below the summit, just as we were getting to the treeline. The bear came
out of the trees on the right, about 75 feet in front of us. I immediately
tugged on Pete & Ruby's leashes, halting their progress. Then pulled my
bear spray, thumb on the trigger and gave the command to "Come" and "This
way." We started to back away. The bear remained unmoving. I looked up to
our right and saw we could go upslope that way and then around the bear.
When I looked back a few seconds later, the bear was gone, downslope to
our left. We stopped our retreat and waited for any more suprises, like a
cub, meanwhile hearing the bear occasionally making a noise as it left the
scene. It played out like it was in a textbook. Everything went well. Pete
& Ruby helped by not saying anything, probably thinking the Grizzly was a
big cow. They were very interested in pursuing when we went further ahead
and crossed where the bear had been but that's why they have leashes on!!!
snowed on Pete's parade on August 21.
morning . . . .
and white . . . . . a little too early.
the other side of the fence, at sunset.
look like Ruby is lost in Saskatchewan somewhere but she's actually on top
of Table Plateau at about 8,000 feet.
comes running . . . .
looking at the hard way down. We took the easy way.
way, walking on a road. This is near the top.
Pete takes a glorious dump on the way down
previous week . . . . we didn't make it to the top on account of heat.
Pete was there.
. . . .
But . . . . beautiful. Pete with the mountains of the Continental
Divide behind him
the road down
the Sheep River
bridge is still wiped out from the 2013 floods.
another day on the Sheep River
going on down there? Two Golden's, one human leg . . .
Ruby at sunset
hunts for raspberries at home
patrolling her fence line in the morning
swim on a hot day
A hot, hot day for Ruby & Pete at Upper
confused by waves
The previous day, also very hot,
required some snow says Pete & Ruby, no matter what time of year
finds a cool stream on the way higher
perch . . .
out of focus . . .
the big picture
finds some snow
Ruby and Pete - the snow is leaving and
the grass is greening
Pete, hanging out
Pete disappeared for awhile . . . . . and then they came back.
Recent snow didn't stop Ruby from a swim
the ruins, Ruby and Pete find an old, abandoned car . . .
runs up from the lake
goose chase . . .
above the lake
gets down and dirty with a corpse . . . . again. Lotsa corpses on the
prairie. This was a deer.
crosses an icy stream west of Chain Lakes
For Ruby, a rare visit to the big city, in Fish Creek Park in Calgary
the run above Chain Lakes
the run. The bulls were on the other side of the lake so she was on this
side of the lake
above an old corral . . . .
miles to walk . . .
Ruby . . .
wants some help with snowballs in her feet.
into a sunset . . . .
enjoying the day
trees a squirrel . . . . which is okay for the squirrel because it lives
in the tree.
Trees against lake
crosses a stream . . .
at Pete and Ruby's home
Magnificent Pete . . . .
says its too cold, holding his foot out of the snow
shakes it off on New Year's Day
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