North Coal Lake Hike

North Coal Lake HikeSixteen people arrived at the boat launch to begin our trek on the particularly sunny morning. The stillness of the air made the lake look like glass. The rain from the previous day had filled the dips in the trail, but it barely slowed us down as we stepped around, aiming our boots for the lush grasses.

The saskatoons here are still ripening on some bushes. Clearly, it’s not too late to enjoy this year’s abundance.

As we approached the final section of our trail, we were more than a little apprehensive when we saw a (gorgeous) herd of brown and white cows blocking our stile. As we were plotting our strategy (stay together–look big), the cows reacted first and collected themselves away and towards the centre of the valley.

 

Cows

 

Prominent flowers included the richly purple smooth aster (Symphyotrichum laeve) and the many-flowered aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides). We saw some pelicans and several instances of wolf spiders’ traps on the ground, as the heavy dew on their webs really made them stand out.

Oh!–and Vadim managed to capture a porcupine.

Wolf Spider
Wolf Spider
Smooth blue aster
Smooth blue aster
Coal Lake Hike by Vadim Bulitko on 500px.com
Porcupine, Courtesy Vadim Bulitko

 

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Coal Lake Hike by Vadim Bulitko on 500px.com
Courtesy Vadim Bulitko

 

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