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By: SMW (offline) on Sunday, October 02 2011 @ 12:00 AM EDT  
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It was a rare treat to discover a cattle drive with cowboys and cowgirls between Wycliffe and the Mission. There were around 85 head of cattle resting by the side of the road after walking for two hours. Although they were only halfway there, the rest of the way was going to be mainly downhill.

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By: SMW (offline) on Sunday, October 02 2011 @ 08:29 PM EDT  
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These shots were taken during a bike ride off the Kimberley/Ta Ta Creek Road overlooking the Kootenay River and the Rockies.

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By: SMW (offline) on Tuesday, October 11 2011 @ 12:27 AM EDT  
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This bald eagle was keeping a close watch on what was going on from its perch overlooking the Columbia River near Radium.
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This part of the river forms part of the Columbia River wetland which stretches from Canal Flats to Donald, and is the longest continuous wetland on the continent. It covers 26,000 hectares (64,000 acres) and supports over 260 resident and migratory bird species. This shot was taken above Radium looking N.
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By: SMW (offline) on Tuesday, October 11 2011 @ 12:38 AM EDT  
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After the climb from Radium on route to Banff through Kootenay National Park, Olive Lake is an ideal spot to explore.
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The Kootenay River crosses under the highway at Vermilion Crossing.
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This moose was feeding close to the highway.
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By: SMW (offline) on Tuesday, October 11 2011 @ 12:50 AM EDT  
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The Stanley Glacier Hike begins on the south side of Highway 93 close to the Continental Divide on the BC/Ålberta border. This view is to the NE towards Castle Mountain.
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Fall is a good time to explore this basin as the colours can be spectacular, and temperatures are pleasant for hiking.
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The glacier is an awe-inspiring sight although it continues to recede with climate change.
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By: edkeagle (offline) on Tuesday, October 11 2011 @ 08:51 PM EDT  
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Stewart, Great scenery up your way. Looking forward to more winter photos. Glad to see your recent photo of a moose. We just spent four days looking for moose in the mountains of Utah and came up empty. By the way, on your first page of your thread you posted an amphibian photo. It looks like it could be a Boreal Toad, which I’ve learned are extremely rare in the U.S. Rockies.


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By: SMW (offline) on Tuesday, October 11 2011 @ 10:52 PM EDT  
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Great to read comments from edkeagle. I'm no expert on amphibians, but the toad in question (see post on July 18, 2010) could be a western toad, which can be found in this part of BC, and has the distinctive white or cream dorsal stripe. I was amazed to find it by a mountain stream at around 1500 meters (close to 5000 feet).


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By: SMW (offline) on Tuesday, October 11 2011 @ 11:04 PM EDT  
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The hike back down from the Stanley Glacier in Kootenay National Park was equally spectacular given the sunny, blue skies, the dramatic views and the fall colours.

The glacier has gouged out this typical U-shaped valley.
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Forest fires have raged through this area back in the late 1960s and more recently in 2003. It's amazing how quickly nature recovers with certain plants thriving and growing well in the nutrient-rich soil.
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Further signs of regeneration.
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