Thursday, May 30, 2013

Animal Bridge

in Banff National Park, Canada

Wildlife crossings exist in many other countries as well.  The first of these crossings were constructed in France during the 1950s.  Studies have shown that these structures--bridges and tunnels-- greatly reduce the conflicts between wildlife and roads.  

1.  ecoducts in the Netherlands, photos 
2.  ARC Wildlife Crossing Competition 2011 design winner HNTB + Michael Van Valkenburgh and Associates, designed for West Vail Pass on I-70 in Colorado--scroll down to see the bridge
"The primary goals of the competition were to re-imagine how we create structures to ensure the safe mobility of humans and wildlife by allowing them to coexist, and to inspire the next generation of wildlife crossing structures."
3.  Nutty Narrows a squirrel bridge!  constucted across Olympia Way in Longview, Washington in 1963.  Check out these photos!  (Thanks for telling me about this, Cynthia!)

We've begun round 8!!
Alphabe-Thursday, hosted by Ms Jenny, is so much fun!  This week our letter is "B." Come visit others' submissions HERE and join in the fun! 

photo by me © 2012 all rights reserved

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Flowers: a Challenge

The Blogging Business Artisans team Challenge for the month of May was created by Sharla of Beaded Tail.

April showers brought May flowers so let's see them! Create something with flowers and let your imagination bloom!

Ahhhh....the loveliness of Spring!  Flowers are blooming profusely at present.  I've enjoyed taking spins around my yard photographing them, especially looking at color combinations.  Some are very subtle like this one of soapwort, a tiny 5-petaled flower, displaying
tones of pink with anthers of lavender.  delicate and feminine.

There are bright and wonderful shades of yellow and gold in this coreopsis.

I love the delicate lavenders of this allium against the bright green foliage.

What a gorgeous pansy of blues, lavender, and golds!

I was inspired by the pink and yellow combination of
the Missouri Primrose and 

the pink Knockout Rose blossoms.

I thought it would be fun to dye a silk scrunchie in these colors.  

First I dyed the scrunchie a very pale yellow.  

After processing, I then painted pink flowers with deep yellow centers.  Little dots of light pink, dark pink, and deep yellow were then added.

order.  check in.  wash.  dry.  soak in solution.  dye.  steam.  wash.  dry.  soak in solution.  paint with dye.  steam.  wash.  dry.  sew.
photo.  list.
now in my SHOP!

My Blogging Business Artisans team sets forth a new Challenge every month.  The purpose is to encourage us to explore our creativity, to stretch our imaginations.  Perhaps we are re-working something we've done in the past or still do.  Perhaps we're making something entirely new.  It's always fun to see how others interpret the Challenge!

BBA's list of monthly Challenges 

Linky Party for the May Challenge 
May's Challenge

photos by me © 2013  all rights reserved

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Athabasca Glacier

Located in the Canadian Rockies, Athabasca Glacier is one of six principal "toes" of the Columbia Icefield.
In the above photo, Athabaca Glacier is the tongue of ice in the valley between the mountains.

The cool thing about this glacier is that you can almost drive up to it.
This photo was taken through the front window of our car--see the wipers?  There's a small wooden building to the left of the parking lot.  You'll see that building again.

See that gorgeous aqua glacial lake on the right?  Here's another view.
We park.  We've already donned multiple layers of clothing.  We add jackets.  I get out my gloves and headband.  It's already cold and it will be much colder up close to the glacier.

We start up the path.

There is an "other worldliness"  to this landscape.

looking back.  See the building?  It looks so tiny already.  The trail is a little over a half mile in one direction, going uphill gently and steadily with short, steeper sections.  The trail begins at 6500 feet (2000 meters) elevation with a gain of 165 feet (50 meters).  not impossible.  The windy coldness increases as we approach the glacier.

informational signs

We have arrived at the toe of the glacier.  There is glacial melt--a small waterway--in the foreground. 
See the tiny people?

A plank has been laid to enable the fearless (foolhardy) to cross over to the glacier.

not a public 
crevasses and millwells (DEEP HOLES, SOMETIMES HIDDEN)
Changeable ice conditions
Swift flowing creeks with slippery banks
Mountaineering and rescue equipment
The knowledge of how to use it

You may have noticed those people on the glacier.  Yep, a few folks wandered onto the glacier in spite of signs like this and one detailing the fall of a young boy into a crevasse a couple years before.  (It's easy to take a SnowCoach trip onto the glacier with a guide--see LINKS below.)

Glaciers form because more snow falls in a year than can melt during the short summer season.  Over time the accumulated snow transforms into ice and begins to flow outward through gaps in the mountains.  This creates great tongues of ice called glaciers.  The Columbia Icefield receives about 33 feet (10 meters) of snow annually, falling every month of the year. 
In places the ice is 2,952 feet (900 metres) thick.

Glacial ice is in continuous motion, creeping forward at the rate of an inch or so per day, flowing down the valley like a frozen, slow-moving river.  The Athabasca Glacier has been receding/melting for about 125 years because of a warming climate.  The extent of its retreat during that time frame has been about a mile.  Signs mark the years when the glacier reached farther.  The shrinking glacier has left an other worldly landscape of rocky moraines in its wake. 

The Columbia Icefield at 126 sq miles (9325 sq km) is the largest icefield in the interior of North America.  It feeds six glaciers, of which Athabasca is one.  However, this glacier makes up only 2% of the total mass of the Columbia Icefield.

Through the glaciers of the Columbia Icefield, fresh water flows into three oceans--east to the Atlantic, west to the Pacific, and north to the Arctic.  This forms a triple continental divide.  Since Snow Dome is the highest peak in the Icefield, it is the hydrographic apex* of North America which means that this is the center of water distribution to the continent.

Meltwater from the Athabasca Glacier feeds into the Athabasca River which then flows into Lake Athabasca in northeastern Alberta. 

Parks Canada  Columbia Icefield Area and Athabasca Glacier
satellite view of the Columbia Icefield 
Banff and Beyond  photos and information, including SnowCoach trips 
Climb Wild great information on the Columbia Icefield with photos

my post--peaceful  Athabasca River in Jasper National Park 

*One other apex exists on the continent of North America--Triple Divide Peak in Glacier National Park, Montana, USA.

We've begun round 8!!
Alphabe-Thursday, hosted by Ms Jenny, is so much fun!  This week our letter is "A." Come visit others' submissions HERE and join in the fun! 

photos by me © 2012 all rights reserved

The End: Alphabet Soup

The end of yet another odyssey with Alphabe-Thursday has been reached!  What a challenge it had been at times to come up with a creative post for the current letter of the alphabet!    I've enjoyed this journey with you, my readers and fellow Alphabe-Thursdayers, sharing our posts and lives.   Thanks, Jenny!
(You can click on any of the following links to go to that post.)

A  Apple Chips -delicious and easy to make!

B  3 Boys and a Girl -Tigra and Bunkie came to play with Oliver and Earnest 

C  Chamois, tie dye style -I've been dyeing chamois (soft absorbant towels used by swimmers and divers) for Kast-A-Way Swimwear for many years


 D  Snowman Decorations -I love snowmen!


E  Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Sugar Chips (Eat) 


F  a few fun Fs 

G  Green: Close Up -Kootenay National Park, British Columbia, Canada

H   Desert Haiku  -Salt River Canyon, Arizona

I  island sunset St. Maarten, NA 


J  jagged -jagged photos taken in the Superstition Mountains and at the Aviation Museum near Phoenix, Arizona

K  Sun Puddle Delight -Oliver enjoying sunny days!


L  serenity -Lake Agnes, Banff, Alberta, Canada

M  Mansion -a few vignettes from Winter Wine Weekend 2013..


N  narrow -views of a hike along Kanarra Creek which runs through a beautiful canyon west of the northern part of Zion National Park

O  outlines -a series of photos


P  Purple -photos of objects in varying tones of purple 

Q  Quiddity of St. Lucia 


R  round -a funny pizza truck in St. Lucia

S  sea -3 photos of Mandele Point, St. Lucia and a haiku


  T  Textures


 U  under


V  Vacation Vignettes

W  Radium Woodcarver 

 X  inside xanthic flowers 

Y  yard -a few Spring photos from around my yard   



Z  Zion -a few random photos

POST   Alphabet Soup I
POST   Alphabet Soup  II

POST   Alphabet Soup  III

Dear Ms.Jenny, 
I LOVE Alphabe-Thursday!  Thank you so much for hostessing this awesome meme AND visiting EVERY single post!

It is often challenging to come up with a post for each letter as well as committing to posting for every letter.  But it is so much FUN!

So begins Round 7 in which we start with the Letter "A."    Come visit others' submissions HERE and join in the fun!
  (You do not have to post for every letter.)

photos by me © 2009 - 2013