The Current Normal – September 24, 2020 Walk – (Part 2) University of Alberta Lands

The University of Alberta was founded in Edmonton in 1908, by Alexander Cameron Rutherford, the first Premier of Alberta. It includes 4 campuses in Edmonton, one in Camrose and a staff center in downtown Calgary. The original North campus now comprises 150 buildings covers 50 square blocks. The U of A student population is around 39,000. Both of our sons received their undergrad degrees here and L obtained his Masters at U of A.

The University Endowment Lands run right to the edge of the North Saskatchewan River and while not suitable for building on, they do provide a beautiful recreation area for both the students and the population at large. On the date of our walk, we were in awe at the fall beauty. The colours were predominantly green and gold. Is it any wonder these colours are used by the U of A sports teams and our CFL football team?

I will let my photos speak for themselves.

Outbound (West)

The morning light was spectacular.
The dappled road leads us onward.
Golden leaves were flying through the air, as the wind blew.
My beloved captured me and the shot.
After the autumnal equinox, the light is strong from the South.
Golden polar leaves.
Sorry, I could not stop taking photos.
Leafy river view.
The trail narrows.
Stairs up the hill to the U of A
OK, now we are on the mountain bike trail. Much less travelled on this day.
Carpet of leaves.
Some rare red leaves and blue flowers.
Looking East, back to downtown.
Back on the main trail.
Last stairs back up to U of A.
bright red berries pop

Inbound (East)

the early afternoon sunlight is softer and more muted
the trail was a bit rough in places
but, the mountain bikers like it that way
leafy wonderland
winds had picked up by now, but we hardly felt the effect, down in the river valley
leaves like red beads on a necklace
compare the lighting on this afternoon shot and the morning one
back on the road
here is the one I really fall for…I was on a scouting mission to see where a lower trail went, while she waited.

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Published by kagould17

After working for 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 3+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wanted me to do has been rewarding. While I still miss the social aspect of working with a team of great people, I have managed to keep in touch with many from my former team and I have many friends and family members who now fulfill this part of my life. Now that my Patty has retired, we are able to spend more time in pursuits and with people who are near and dear to us. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may not become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

10 thoughts on “The Current Normal – September 24, 2020 Walk – (Part 2) University of Alberta Lands

  1. The beautiful colours of autumn are really a joy to look at and encourage to get out as soon as the sun appears. In Toronto we are in this colour phase at the moment, with a month’s delay. Moving from north to south, there is the potential for a long autumn in Canada. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. There’s nothing more beautiful than soft light filtering through colourful leaves on a sunny fall day. I’m glad to see you out and about before winter arrives. Who knows what rest of the year has in store 🙂 Aiva

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    1. Agreed. It is such a beautiful diffused light. We managed a walk to day about the town and it was cool but sunny, as the new snow crunched under our shoes. Yup, winter will seem long this year. Stay well Aiva. Allan

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