How I Spent My Summer Vacation, 2004 
August 10, 2004 - A view to the south at Ghostpine Nature Sanctuary near Innisfail.  This is where I spent my wee summer vacation.  This natural lakebed was drained in the 1960's by its previous owners and planted with hay.  Then in the 1980's with the help of Ducks Unlimited, Wayne Roberts reclaimed the wetland.  Today this lake is home to geese, pelicans, herons, mallards, teals, scaup, redwing blackbirds...just to name a few species.
August 10, 2004 - A view to the south at Ghostpine Nature Sanctuary near Innisfail. This is where I spent my wee summer vacation. This natural lakebed was drained in the 1960's by its previous owners and planted with hay. Then in the 1980's with the help of Ducks Unlimited, Wayne Roberts reclaimed the wetland. Today this lake is home to geese, pelicans, herons, mallards, teals, scaup, redwing blackbirds...just to name a few species.

August 10, 2004 - If you click twice on this photo, you'll get a close up view of the pelicans flying across the water.
August 10, 2004 - If you click twice on this photo, you'll get a close up view of the pelicans flying across the water.

August 10, 2004 - Landowner and biologist Wayne Roberts checks out the wildlife on a daily basis.  His neighbours across the road keep cattle and horses.
August 10, 2004 - Landowner and biologist Wayne Roberts checks out the wildlife on a daily basis. His neighbours across the road keep cattle and horses.

August 10, 2004 - A view to the west.
August 10, 2004 - A view to the west.

August 10, 2004 - Wolfgang the cat takes a short break in the middle of the road.  These morning walks in almost 30 degree weather can be a bit much for a furry creature.
August 10, 2004 - Wolfgang the cat takes a short break in the middle of the road. These morning walks in almost 30 degree weather can be a bit much for a furry creature.

August 10, 2004 - Among the many wildflowers in central Alberta you'll find tiny asters.  These ones happen to be white, but you'll also come in purple and pink ones.
August 10, 2004 - Among the many wildflowers in central Alberta you'll find tiny asters. These ones happen to be white, but you'll also come in purple and pink ones.

August 10, 2004 - There's lots to see from the road beside the lake at Ghostpine.  The white speck in the background above my spyglasses is actually an island covered with 40 or more pelicans.
August 10, 2004 - There's lots to see from the road beside the lake at Ghostpine. The white speck in the background above my spyglasses is actually an island covered with 40 or more pelicans.

August 10, 2004 - The lake spans two 80 acre parcels of land, and in high water years, the water flows onto the land on the other side of the road.
August 10, 2004 - The lake spans two 80 acre parcels of land, and in high water years, the water flows onto the land on the other side of the road.

August 10, 2004 - One of four species of wild rose that grow in Alberta.  This one was a delight to find.  It is pale pink with dark pink bars streaking the middle of each petal.  Each frond has 11 leaves.   This is rosa arkansas.  It caught our attention because it was blooming so late in the summer.  The common Alberta rose blooms in June.
August 10, 2004 - One of four species of wild rose that grow in Alberta. This one was a delight to find. It is pale pink with dark pink bars streaking the middle of each petal. Each frond has 11 leaves. This is rosa arkansas. It caught our attention because it was blooming so late in the summer. The common Alberta rose blooms in June.

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