Spring in the Wildcat Hills

Often overshadowed by their looming mountainous cousins, the Foothills of the Canadian Rockies offer a stunning variety of scenery for the avid landscape photographer.  The trick, though, is getting access to these areas.  Much of the land is privately owned, with a few multi-use parks scattered like crumbs down the toes of the Rockies.  In Alberta, we tend to cling to the notion that nature is our playground and many parks in this area support grazing, hunting, and ATV use, despite their incredible uniqueness and fragility.

But I digress….

Darwin and I recently obtained access to land west of Cochrane in the Wildcat Hills.  The private landowner is a wonderful person and has preserved a huge chunk of his ecologically important land with a conservation easement.  On his property, you can still find rare and endangered species such as the centuries-old limber pine and native grasses like rough fescue.  I like the mixture of open prairie, rolling slopes and dark forest all crammed within a few hundred feet.  I made these images from a short trip this spring.

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~ by Samantha on June 15, 2010.

3 Responses to “Spring in the Wildcat Hills”

  1. A vocal “wow” popped out as I came across that last one Sam. Nicely done.

  2. Wow, beautiful, I love the green colors so lush. 🙂

  3. The bottom one is my fave! The Aspen trunks really pop!

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