Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Yellowhead Highway through British Columbia and Alberta

We made a brief trip to Edmonton in June to see our new granddaughter and her family and made a number of stops along the way, looking for native orchids, wildlife and anything else of interest we could find.  We followed the Yellowhead Highway north through Kamloops and Blue River to Tete Jaune Cache and then east through Mount Robson Provincial Park and through Jasper National Park.  Here's a diary-in-pictures of that trip.


near Tete Jaune Cache

 entering Robson Provincial Park

Mount Robson

the Palisades, Mount Robson Provincial Park

Jasper Lake, Jasper National Park

more of Jasper

spectators begin spectated

she didn't mind having her picture taken

a lot of cameras and binoculars

 Athabasca River

Athabasca River

Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park

 Mount Robson Provincial Park again

 Moose Lake

last view of Mount Robson from the visitor's center

 evening in Robson


Bull Elk

Bull Elk

 Bull Elk near Maligne Lake

Bighorn Ram


looking a bit ratty

Bighorn Ewes and Lambs

 Bighorn Lambs

Bighorn Lambs

Black Bear


Bog Orchids along the Yellowhead

more of the same

 and still more

Tall White Northern Bog Orchis
Platanthera dilatata var. dilatata

Slender Bog Orchis
Platanthera stricta

Large Yellow Lady's Slipper
Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubescens

 Mountain Lady's Slipper
Cypripedium montanum

Small Round-leaf Orchis
Amerorchis rotundifolia

Green Bog Orchis
Platanthera huronensis

Frog Orchid
Coeloglossum viride var. viride

 Northern Small Yellow Lady's Slipper
Cypripedium parviflorum var. makasin

Yellow Lady's Slipper with Crab Spider


Elephant's-head Lousewort

Cluster Thistle and Harsh Paintbrush

Unidentified Berries


Kailyn and Ashlyn

Kailyn and Owen


  1. Adorable babies Ron.
    Your grandchildren are the sweetest.

    The picture of Kailyn holding her new sister is very neat. I have one of older boy with younger boy and they freeze time; its hard for me to imagine them as this young now--when they are teenagers.

    Your photographs make me feel that I wish I had gone to Jasper this year.
    Maybe soon.

    1. Hi Julie,

      Nice to hear from you. I check your blog periodically to see what you are up to and it sounds as though you are extremely busy.

      Thanks for the kind comments on the children's photos. They grow far too quickly and like you it is hard for us to think of our children with children of their own.

      Hope you get to Jasper.

  2. Wonderful nature shots! One more beautiful than the next. The Amish folks enjoying the same sites make for charming photos, too. I agree, the grandkid shots are adorable =) ~Fizzie~

    1. Thanks, Fizzie. Appreciate your taking the time to look and comment.

  3. Great photos Dad! The park ones look like paintings almost. And of course, the adorable children round out the group of photos perfectly ;-). Actually, they probably fit right in with all the wildlife somewhere :-) You had great shots of the mountain sheep/goats and elk - they look like they posed for you. Now you just need to repeat the trip with the beauty of some white snow. Imagine what great shots you'd get ;-) Xx ~ Rose~

    1. Thanks, Rose. The kids are the best part and we'd love to see them again.


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