Charlie spends as much time as he can out in Waterton Lakes National Park. He prefers photographing and hiking out there from mid-September until the snows melt in the spring.
There are no ticks during those months and very few tourists.
Here are some typical winter scenes he sees on his way out to the park.
Coming into the town of Leavitt.
There are lots of cattle and horses in southern Alberta.
These sloughs are beautiful as is, but Charlie much prefers them filled with swans and mallards.
Snow and stubble. A wonderful combination.
Many farmers and ranchers grow hay for their livestock.
The end of winter. The beginning of spring.
And some scenes he sees as he turns onto Hwy. 5 and heads in toward the townsite.
A slough to the right just after he turns south into the park.
Crossing Red Rock Creek just before coming to the townsite.
The first major landmark is the Prince of Wales Hotel.
Looking south across Emerald Bay.
The townsite seen from the hill beside the Prince of Wales Hotel.
From the picnic area directly below the Prince of Wales.
The eastern edge of Waterton.
The townsite itself.
Pat’s is not the only business that is under snow.
Most of the town is closed in the off-season.
The town’s campsite is closed as well.
Finally, it’s tourist and tick time in Waterton.
Most residents have interesting denizens, often in both their front and back yards.
A view of the townsite from the top of the Bear’s Hump.
The Miss Waterton is one of the busier tourist attractions.
The townsite in summer seen from across the bay.
Upper Waterton Lake. The townsite is on the right.
Likely the Connie Marlene is bringing hikers back from the Crypt Lake hike.
That point is on a walkway around the townsite.
On the way into the townsite.
The same slough to the right, sans snow and ice, just after he turns onto Hwy. 5.
A rainbow over Lower Waterton Lake.
The Prince of Wales is now open for business.
The drive out to the park from Lethbridge.
A Texas gate across the road, which livestock won’t cross.
Beautiful rolling hills.
The big prairie sky. The yellow is canola, and the blue may be flax
Charlies enjoys gates and fences.
Perfect. A fence and gnarly trees.
A typical barbed wire gate.
Actually, Charlie enjoys the drive out to the park so much that sometimes he doesn’t even make it all the way there.
He’s learned not to pass up a good photo op en route simply because he’s assuming the light in the park will be better.
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