Sunday, April 21, 2013

Off To The Valley

For those of you who follow this blog regularly,you know that one of my favourite places to bird,especially in spring,is the Pembina Valley.
Today I invite you to pile into my car,and let's take a drive to and through this valley.


As we approach the valley from the south,this is what we see.It doesn't look like much,but hold on,we are moving ahead.




Now we are at the crest of the drop off.These pictures were taken from the driver's seat and yes I was driving,but very slowly and I know that there is not much traffic here.
Note also that despite the fact that it is April 19 when these pictures were taken,there is no greening of the trees and still snow on the ground. This is not typical,but this year winter is hanging on for too long.



As we continue we see this. What is going on here? Oh,you guessed it,did you? Yes,it is a typical day during the annual Hawkwatch. On this day there were only three vehicles,and mine was about to join them,but often there are many more.What do these people hope to see?




This is what they are hoping for and most likely won't be disappointed  Here is a Red-tailed Hawk soaring past,it's trailing edges of the wings highlighted by the sun. Standing at the side of the road with eyes to the sky is so worth it when we see things like this.But we are driving through right now,so we must carry on.




 The road is very winding as we make our way down.I don't ever get tired of these views and they change with the seasons.Some day I will take you through here again,perhaps in summer and again in fall.



Our final look,as we are almost at the bridge which crosses the Pembina River. You can see the road as it snakes it's way up on the other side.This is a beautiful drive and what I really like,it is only a half hour drive from my home.


I hope you enjoyed this little drive with me.Let's do it again,soon.

Have a beautiful day and don't forget to thank the Lord for creating such beauty,for us to enjoy.

33 comments:

  1. Gorgeous, Ruth... I would love that drive and seeing the birds.... I hope you do photograph it for us during different season... That would be fabulous..

    Hope you have a great Sunday.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  2. I did enjoy the drive, it is beautiful with the snow sprinkled on it. at least the road is clear.
    i had to smile at the thought of you and the others driving a half mile and parking on the side of the road to look at hawks. the reason is we live 2 miles, 4 minutes from the park where half dozen hawks live, also 2 family's of osprey and i have never seen anyone over there watching them or taking photos of them. they are so common no one pays attention. Bob sees them every morning when he flies his RC planes. you would be snapping your self to death here.

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  3. Thank you for taking us along with you on your drive to the valley. It's a beautiful place and well worth the drive even if there were no hawks around. I only hope the snow is soon gone.

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  4. even though it is still wintry, it is a beautiful curving drive!

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  5. And Thank YOU for Sharing it with us!

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  6. It is a lovely,lovely drive! And the hawk looks very close. How long do you guys leave the car at the side of the road?

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  7. Thank you for taking us on this lovely drive with you. The snow is beginning to melt here, but very slowly.

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  8. I love going for drives. I especially like the second picture with the big hill.

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  9. Ruth, great shots! Your winter is certainly hanging on. Mind it's not much better here. No snow, but very wet and cool. Only 5 degrees this morning and pouring!

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  10. Such a great drive. I can only imagine what it is like during summer. You must take us on this drive again when it's warm and green!

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  11. The landscapes in your area are so very pretty. And, look at that snow. Guess this means your temps are still pretty chilly? You are blessed to have so many beautiful birds in your area...
    have a wonderful day...
    shug

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  12. It is nice seeing what it is like near where you live. Hope your snow melts soon. We finally have little green leaves spouting from some of our trees. The sun is out, but the breeze is still chilly.

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  13. Yes, I did enjoy the drive with you. : )
    Looks more like winter than spring!!
    I saw a red tailed hawk fly right over my head yesterday and land in a tree on my walk!!

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  14. It would be wonderful to 'really' go on this drive with you. We'd both have our cameras and we'd talk about life too.

    Love and hugs to you dear Ruth,

    FlowerLady

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  15. What a pretty place! I'm already looking forward to seeing it in the fall. Love the shot of the red tail hawk.

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  16. Thanks for the ride, Ruth. You always talk about this valley and now I get a small feel for it. Is there a reason the birds choose this route in their journey back south? Diane

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  17. From one bird lover to another I'm looking forward to following your blog and watching for some fun bird posts! Our skies are loaded right now with ducks, geese, cranes, and the back yard is full of hungry birds all stopping for food and a good bath! They are so much fun to watch. Glad I found your blog today!

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  18. Looks like a lovely drive. Hope you spotted lots of birds!!

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  19. what a gorgeous road for a drive!! i hope the skies are filled with all the birds and excitement you are hoping for!!

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  20. Ahhh, what a relaxing drive. Such beauty! Nice sighting of the hawk. :)

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  21. A lovely drive. Makes me want to get out on an adventure soon.

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  22. So glad there was room for me in the back seat!

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  23. Hi Ruth, I enjoyed the visit to the valley! Your photos are great and made me feel like I was along with you for the visit. Very nice! Hope you will take us along again in the summer and fall. Thanks for sharing. John

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  24. Ruth: I do hope the weather changes for you real soon and you can see the greenery of Spring.

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  25. I loved going for a birding drive with you Ruth!! Your blog is always fun and you have such good ideas. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving a comments. cheers.

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  26. How great that you live so close to the hawk watch!

    We don't have snow like you do but still the hawks seem to have been slow in coming this year. I have seen lots of red tails and turkey vultures, but most of the other varieties have been elusive. Maybe they are simply flying too high for me to see, though.

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  27. Still is a beautiful place,even though it looks like winter. Looking forward to seeing it in green.

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  28. I loved the drive Ruth and I certainly love coming and seeing again. Have a nice weekend

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  29. Thanks for the ride Ruth. I'd like to be there with you and would love to look for hawks. I did come upon some folks looking at hawks a week or so ago, but the hawks were so high, and I forgot my binoculars, so didn't see any.
    Hope your snow leaves soon. It's still cold here and very foggy this morning.
    Take care.

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  30. dear ruth,

    what a great drive; i'd love that drive and seeing those beautiful wintry views!
    thank you for taking us along with you.

    wonderful photos as usual.

    big hugs~

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  31. A most enjoyable ride, indeed. Thanks for bringing us along. It's always such a treat to see a soaring hawk.

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  32. Thank you Ruth, it was such a pleasure to go with you on to this place which is a favourite of yours. The best way to see any place, is through the eyes of someone who loves it. I love to travel to places where a local is willing to take me around to the restful places for the soul rather than the touristy ones. Thanks again. Your love for your countryside really shines through.

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