Sunday, 13 November 2016

Bow River Pathway Bridges Druid Walk

Our next walk will be November 27th, along the Bow River.  We will meet at 10:30 am at the Calgary Curling Club parking lot along Memorial Drive.  The address is 720 3rd Street NW.     We will then walk west along the Bow River to the Peace Bridge, and if the weather is nice,  farther to the next Bridge towards Kensinton.
We will  cross the river and walk East through Prince's Island Park, and grab a coffee at Eau Claire Market before heading back across the river to the curling club.

It sounds more complicated than it is.  

See you there!

Confluence Park and Birth Place Forest

We had a wonderful walk with new friends amongst the 6000 trees planted here at Confluence Park in 2007.   It is a shame that the planting of Birth Place forests did not continue after 2009.  These little trees have done well, and grown significantly since the last time I walked here, a year ago.



There was frost on the ground, but the sun was shining and quickly melting all signs of the cold weather.  It was a day to be wrapped up in warm wooly clothes, but after a few minutes of walking, we were warm enough.



It looked like the grasses and wild flowers had grown very tall over the summer,  making this a sort of 'wild space', although a relatively new park.  The forest is on a formerly bare hill top, overlooking Nose Creek.  The trees are becoming a wonderful wind break.





Piles of sandstone rocks add visual interest, and if you use your imagination a bit, can remind one of Standing Stones.


The trees are planted around the outside of the space,  leaving a long narrow meadow in between.   This is a very quite space, even though it is so close to the busy Beddington Trail roadway.   It was quite amazing how as soon as we left the little forest,  the sound of traffic bombarded us in the parking lot.






Most of the leaves had already fallen, but here and there where a few still hanging on.     The fox tail was very pretty, with its purple, green and gold colours in the sun.










Looking to the North, we could see the walking trails along Nose Creek Parkway, and across to the community of Harvest Hills.







Over this last little hill is the parking lot,  and back to the noise and bustle of the city.
In fact, after our walk, we drove off to Starbucks to continue the visit over hot drinks.


Blessings to all,
Feather
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Saturday, 22 October 2016

October 23 Druid Walk

We will meet at Confluence Park at 10:30 am  for a walk through the 2007 BirthPlace Forest, and along Nose Creek.

Park in the lot at 300 Beddington Trail NE    This is at the intersection of Beddington Blvd and Beddington Trail NE.


Confluence Park

Of course, dress for the weather!

:)

Feather

Monday, 17 October 2016

Autumn Beginnings

Autumn is such a curious time of year. We celebrate the harvesting of our year's hard work, and the dying of the year that has been. Yet it is also the time of new beginnings - here in Canada our school year begins in September.

The new must come from the ashes of the old, just as we harvest the seeds for next year's crop from the fruits of this year's labour.


In terms of esoteric work, it is a good time for Initiation. A moment that begins a new journey which takes us deep into the still, quiet winter of our Selves.

And so, on a beautiful autumn prairie weekend, the Grove was blessed to initiate a new member into the Order of Bards Ovates and Druids. Welcome Eilantha! May your journey be blessed /|\





Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Weaselhead Flats Druid Walk

It was a beautiful autumn day for our latest Druid Walk!   Weaselhead Park is an amazing park along the North West end of the Glenmore Reservoir and the mouth of the the Elbow River.   We met and started down the hill, across the bridge and took a trail to the right,  going west along the river.

Weaselhead Park

This post is filled with photos, more than usual, as it is just too difficult to leave any out.  The sky was just the right colour of blue, the aspen leaves a beautiful golden colour, and the White Spruce trees glorious and green.


The sound of running water always nearby is such a blessing in the city.   It is so hard to believe this park is in a city of over a million people.

Another thing that is hard to believe is that after the 2013 flood, unexploded explosives were found here.   They have all been since cleaned up according to this UXO brochure,  but signs are up to remind us to be careful.



Please have a look at the following pictures, and enjoy the meandering river, the wandering paths and lush vegetation of Weaselhead Flats.

Sun and Sky, River and Trees


Picturesque Wooden Bridge

Fall Colour


The Bridge Across the Elbow River


Park Signage


Grandmother Spruce

Autumn Colour


The Meadow


Branches and Roots


Elbow River


Elbow River


A Board Walk



Red Leaves


Changing Colour


Baby Spruce


A Trail thought the Aspens


Leaves on the Path


Beautiful River Bank


Red Green and Yellow


Shadows

Driftwood


Ducks at the river


Sunlit Aspens


Wasp Nest


Wasp Nest in the Sun


Fungi


Beaver Dam


Beaver Dam


Bright Green Moss


Oxbow in the river


River Rocks


Who lives here?


Can you see the chickadee?

Friendly Chickadee

Hungry Chickadee


River Reflection


Wandering Pathway


Shades of Green


Golden Leaves


Archway in the Park

Riverside Path

The Mouth of the Elbow River





Erratic near the entrance to the park

At the end of our walk, we headed for lunch at the nearby Grey Eagle Casino.  Great friends, great food, and a beautiful day.  It was wonderful.   After lunch some of us headed down to another fantastic Calgary Park:  Fish Creek Park,  for a Bardic Initiation.  That however, is a story for another day.

Aine and I both took many more photos, and I just might upload them in another post.  They are just to pretty not to share.

Autumn Blessings to all,
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feather