Canadian Nature and Animals

Mammatus Clouds

Mammatus Cloud

Here in Alberta we get a lot of summer storms, they include anything from torrential rain to hail the size of golf balls. They don’t call this area “Hailstorm Alley” for nothing!

The other day I was just sitting by the window looking out into the garden when, by chance, I looked up to the sky and saw some odd cloud formations. I went out into the garden to get a better view and realized that we had a mammatus cloud heading our way. This is the first time I have ever seen this type of cloud.

There is a misconception that these types of clouds are a sign that a tornado is about to form, which is incorrect. They may be a sign of severe weather, but not always. In our case, no thunderstorm followed the cloud.

I had to search the internet to find out why these clouds form, and apparently it is the result of moist air sinking into dry air, which makes them an upside-down cloud.

 

In any case, they look very beautiful.

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Summer fields

You know summer is in full swing when the canola fields are in full bloom!

We are lucky that we have plenty of these fields all around us, which always reminds me of my childhood. Our six weeks of summer holidays in Germany were always accompanied by these bright fields. My uncle, who was a part-time beekeeper, would have his hives near the fields and the honey was just the best.

I always find that the yellow fields are looking there best before or just after a storm (of which we get plenty during the summer).

 

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Woodland Caribou

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Snow – that’s all

Snow – I don’t think I need to say any more…

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Two Birds with one Shot

Not quite right, but you get the gist. These two fully individuals were having a good time on a sunny winter day. Seconds after this shot they were off again chasing each other.

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Frozen Lake

This is the Upper Kananaskis Lake in winter (see this previous post for a summer version). As you can see, covered in plenty of snow and deep ice underneath this makes for a pretty spectacular place even in the cold. There were a number of people snowshoe walking and skiing on it when we visited.

Upper Kananaskis Lake in the winter

Upper Kananaskis Lake in the winter

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Making tracks

Came across these hare tracks in the woods the other weekend (looks like they were running late….).

Making tracks

Making tracks

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Frost

Last weekend we used the nice weather to take a drive out into the mountains. Despite the sunshine there was still hoar frost on the trees, which makes for some beautiful images.

Frosty

Frosty

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More Snow

We were lucky to get quite a lot of snow at Christmas (when this photo was taken) and we had some beautiful blue skies to go along with it once snowfall stopped.

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Too many?

Trees everywhere….

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