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Hiking on Borrowed Time

All photos taken on March 23, 2023.

Spring is coming or so we are told. We have been waiting for the spring closure notice to go up on the website, but it is late this year. However, on arrival at Bunchberry Meadows this morning, a notice was posted stating that this year’s spring closure will be from April 3 to May 23.

Alright then, lets make the best of the time remaining.

Hiking on Borrowed Time ©

Blinding light from above

on gleaming icy sheen.

Cloudless skies, brightest blue

the best we’ve ever seen.

Snow, then ice, then grass

along pathways sublime.

Access soon to close, we’re

hiking on borrowed time.

The parking lot was empty this morning.

We have been told.

Even on the cold days, the melt is on. The picnic tables are almost usable.

The snow has a shiny hard crust on it

You can see far into the forest, but you still can’t spot the deer

Grass and dead leaves are starting to appear

In the shade, the snow on the paths was granular, providing good footing

Brightly lit meadow

closeup of the granular snow

One of our lunch stops (clockwise route) near Blueberry Connector.

Where the sun reached the path, snow turned to ice and then to leaves and needles

Near the junction with Tamarack Trail

Long March shadows

Still some colour on this row of Tamaracks

Sunlit details – this one natural…

…this one staged

This snow patch is not long for the world

Along the West boundary


Along the levee

Is this what they mean by rotting snow?

The view up to and down from today’s lunch spot

Nothing but blue skies

Wherever leaves appeared, they sped up the melt of the snow below

Now heading towards the Grove

At the Grove, a lot of grass had been exposed

Coming into the last meadow

The bottom of this jet looks frosty

The marsh boardwalk is starting to appear. No more bunny hiding places.

Tamarack cones

Almost done this week’s walk.


17 responses to “Hiking on Borrowed Time”

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  2. UN lento e spettacolare risveglio!! Son luoghi bellissimi da attraversare a piedi! Grazie per queste atmosfere magiche, Allan.

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    1. And thank you Elena for following my wanderings. Always a pleasure to have you read and comment. Allan

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      1. Il piacere è tutto mio. 🙂 Le passeggiate nei boschi canadesi sono un mio obiettivo, prima o poi. 🙂

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  3. As with all of your posts, you have to tell you that these photos are really beautiful.
    Those of the snowfitti are delightful ❄️❄️❄️

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    1. Thanks Luisa. Working hard to run all these snow posts out before June gets here. The Snowfitti was cute for sure. Thanks for reading. Have a great day. Allan

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      1. Wishing you the same, dear Allan🤗

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  4. An interesting hike with splendid pictures, Allan.

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  5. Thanks Sue. Hope all is well with you. Allan


  6. Great photos, Allan. The signs of spring’s arrival are always awesome.

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    1. Thanks Lynette. It is even better when it gets here, like here in Van today. An awesome walk. I have to get all of these snowy posts out of the way so I can start posting on spring and summer. Thanks for reading. Allan


      1. Looking forward to your spring and summer photos.

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  7. Beautiful shots of your stroll through Bunchberry Meadows. It looks like spring is almost here.

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    1. Spring seemed to take forever to get here this year, but when it came, it came in 2 days, as if a switch had been flipped. Thanks for reading Linda. Hope all is well with you. Allan

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  8. These are all wonderful photos, Allan 🙂 Winter takes its toil upon all that is natural, including us. It is a time of cold and for the terrestrial barrenness and bareness. And if you are tired of the dark, dull tones of the fall and winter (although sunny winter days are not that dull at all, you know what I mean) one of the reasons to look forward to spring is the bright colours. Thanks for sharing and have a good day 🙂 Aiva xx

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    1. Winter took forever to pass this year Aiva, but once the melt started, it seemed it was gone in a flash. The greens and flowers of spring are worth the wait. Now, my carrots are up and my potatoes are almost a foot high and I can’t keep up with mowing the lawn. Maybe winter is not so bad…..NOT!. I want spring, summer and fall to last for a while to get me ready for the winter. Thanks for reading and commenting. Allan

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