Friday, March 22, 2019

A Trip Down Memory Lane – The Destination

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Heading into the Valley that holds Pelican Lake and the Village of Ninette

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A Trip Down Memory Lane – The Journey

When I was a young boy my family would often travel to a small town of Ninette in SW Manitoba, located at the north shore of Pelican Lake, down in the valley and surrounded by hills and lakes.  This is where my Mom grew up and where my Grandparents lived for most of their adult lives, until age and health forced them to move to Winnipeg where there was better care and more things available to them

This trip would take us about 2 1/2 hours to get there and as young children often do, we would get bored quickly and want the journey to come to an end, so our parents would have to become creative to keep our attention focused on fun things and give us something to occupy our minds along the way.

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Although no longer an elevator in the town of Starbuck, this small statue of what used to be, sits proudly off the highway as you enter the town.

 

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‘Twas The Night Before Christmas Out on the Bog

Twas the night before Christmas, where out on the Bog
Not a creature was stirring, not even a Frog.

Leopard Frog, which is green with black spots and brown ridges, sitting in the grass
Leopard Frog Hiding in the Grass along the Marsh

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Looking For Spring

Today I went out looking for Spring.  Like many others in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, I’ve had enough of “Old Man Winter” and the extreme cold that keeps rearing it’s ugly head, so as the temperatures hovered today around -1 C I thought this would a good time to go and see if Spring was anywhere in the vicinity.

Perhaps I might find Spring hiding under a rock or buried inside an empty Bird Box somewhere just outside of town.  I searched high and low, but think I may have to try this again in a month or so, once Spring decides to finally show it’s face around here. 

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A locked gate to a snow covered field

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The Majestic Snowy Owl

The Snowy Owl is a bird seen on the Southern Prairies and other geographic locations of Canada from November until April as they head south from their summer home in far northern Tundra.  These birds have a mystery about them that Wildlife Biologists and Ornithologists are still gathering information about, with much yet to be learned about these magnificent owls.  They are my favourite of all the owls and one that I look forward to seeing and photographing each winter.

Yet, they were an owl that I never got to see in the wild until I moved to SW Manitoba in 2012!  Now I see them everywhere I go.

White with dark maked Snowy Owl perched on a fence post, looking towards me in my vehicle.

Snowy Owl Sitting on a Fence Post

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