Manitoba

Spring Traditions

Photo Series by Andy Goodson

*Whip crack*

*Whip crack*

A few days after my trip to Prince Albert National Park some friends and I made our way to Duck Mountain for our annual get-together-and-plan-all-the-trips meeting, which usually devolves into Tetris competitions and drunken rambling about sociopolitical hoopla. This year was no different, but we did manage to go on a day trip to Little Boggy Creek to check out the spring thaw.

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View from the Valley

View from the east ridge of Little Boggy Creek Valley, across from the Duck Mountain ski area.

"Smokey" woods — the grey canopy of nude trembling aspen (poplar) trees

"Smokey" woods — the grey canopy of nude trembling aspen (poplar) trees

Ostrich fern fronds among snow

Green-bean water

"Help me I'm in fractal Hell"

"Help me I'm in fractal Hell"

Wireboxes

Melted

After the meeting, I was alone for a few days until Teisha came out to visit. We then took a trip to the Manitoba-side of the Duck Mountains to check out some of the trails.

We started at the Copernicus Hill trail loop, which culminated rather quickly at a picnic site with a lookout tower. The view from the hill was mostly obstructed by trees so we decided to continue hiking on a path away from the loop, just to see where it would take us.

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Copernicus Hill Trail to Glad Lake, Manitoba

A day-hike at Duck Mountain Prov. Park, Manitoba in springtime was quiet, secluded and magnificently insect-free. Take it in, folks.

Taking a break at Glad Lake

Taking a break at Glad Lake

The path crossed a road and led us to Glad Lake, where fallen trees made the hike a more familiar challenge. But the cool temperature and peacefulness at the park was all we could ask for. Besides, I needed some exercise. 

"'Cause they're soft, like a kitty."

"'Cause they're soft, like a kitty."

Fall at Steeprock River

Photo Series by Andy Goodson

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Steeprock River, Manitoba

In September 2017, Sean and I were lucky enough to spend a couple nights in Manitoba's Porcupine Hills. The weather was perfect, allowing us to get in a full-day exploratory hike where we found marine fossils, a rut site and plenty of fall scenery.

This photo series was shot with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3, 14-42/F3.5-5.6 lens.

Caterpillar resembling a wasp or bee – this might be an example of  mimicry  as a defense against predators.

Caterpillar resembling a wasp or bee – this might be an example of mimicry as a defense against predators.

Marine fossil found in the face of one of Steeprock River's many boulders (View Rocks and Fossils Gallery)

Fall colours reflecting on a calm pool

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Stand-out Specimen

A birch tree near camp stood out from the rest on the riverbank. I couldn't describe why it seemed odd until I noticed how the trunk and branches appeared superimposed on top of its leaves.

The river just before dusk at camp