Monday 23 November 2015

Druid walk - Burnsmead and Bankside of Fish Creek Provincial Park

November 22 was a wonderfully sunny and warm day, just perfect for our Druid Walk in Fish Creek Park.  Of course, Fish Creek Park is so big (13.48 square km and 19 km long)  that it will take many many Druid Walks to see it all.  

Our group met and started walking on the paved trail to the east, towards Bankside.  You can see the houses on the other side of the Bow River, up on the bank from this spot.

On the map below you can see we started at Burnsmead (on the right hand side of the map)  and walked for about an hour - most of the way to Mallard Point, before turning around

It was good to see other people taking advantage of the warm day.   We stopped for a long look at the river, enjoying the waters edge.  The river is low at this time of year, but not frozen over.   We saw some fishermen too.

The little bit of snow we had earlier in the week was soft and melting.  It was more like spring than autumn.

The soft snow revealed many tracks.   I believe this is a Canada Goose print.  I think it looks like an upside down Awen symbol.

The magical space along the shore,  between the the land the river was even more special  with a small layer of ice between the water and the sky.   It was strange however to see little insects flitting about there.

There was plenty of long golden grass to walk through,  and as we approached a hill we were graced with a special appearance of a big buck, bouncing towards us through the grass.  He was beautiful, holding his antlered head proudly, as he looked around, before crossing the river to Poplar Island.  It is always  special  to see Cernunnos!

On our way back to the parking lot, we cut through the BirthPlace Forest to say hello to our special spot, the little stone circle and the three oak trees.

After the walk we stopped at Cornerstone Music Cafe for lunch and great conversation.
Another wonderful Druid Walk!

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