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By: SMW (offline) on Sunday, October 16 2011 @ 12:12 AM EDT  
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The leaves on the poplars and trembling aspen by the St. Mary River are beginning to change colour.
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Fall colours by the St. Mary River against a backdrop of Fisher Peak and the Rockies.
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A quiet stretch of Joseph Creek as it meanders its way through Cranbrook before eventually flowing into the St. Mary River.
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By: SMW (offline) on Monday, October 17 2011 @ 12:14 AM EDT  
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My afternoon began with a bike ride to nearby Elizabeth Lake in Cranbrook. When I stopped at the dock to watch the wildlife, I noticed a muskrat approaching from the right.
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It swam close to a coot, which began to give chase, then continued feeding.
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The muskrat immediately dived, then reappeared shortly afterwards swimming in the same direction. A moment later both the muskrat and the coot had moved on with their lives. It's amazing what nature has in store for us, when we have the time to stop and observe.
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By: SMW (offline) on Monday, October 17 2011 @ 12:23 AM EDT  
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Jimsmith Lake Provincial Park, a 4 kilometer uphill ride from Highway 3, was my next stop. I wanted to check out the fall colours. I wasn't disappointed.
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By: SMW (offline) on Monday, October 17 2011 @ 12:39 AM EDT  
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These views were taken from two different vantage points on the road back from Jimsmith Lake to Cranbrook.

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Looking E. towards the Rockies.

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Elizabeth Lake with Baker Mtn. on the left and Cranbrook Mtn. to the right.

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Same view from a different vantage point.


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By: SMW (offline) on Monday, October 17 2011 @ 12:44 AM EDT  
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The Steeples reflected in Elizabeth Lake.
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Cranbrook Mtn. forms a backdrop to Elizabeth Lake.
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Quiet reflections.
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By: jkr (offline) on Monday, October 17 2011 @ 10:33 AM EDT  
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Beautiful pictures SMW. Thank You

Our BC members may be be interested to know that the Steeples mountains in your picture are the same mountains used on the background of the newer BC Drivers Licenses.


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By: SMW (offline) on Wednesday, October 19 2011 @ 09:50 AM EDT  
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This pair of bald eagles was spotted yesterday by Elizabeth Lake, Cranbrook. This is the first pair I have ever seen in this area.
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By: SMW (offline) on Saturday, October 22 2011 @ 03:26 PM EDT  
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These two white birds were on an island about two hundred meters from the shore at Elizabeth Lake yesterday.
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They looked like some kind of swan or goose.
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They turned out to be a pair of tundra swans, which used to be known as whistling swans. This morning there was no sign of them.
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