BCP623 Elk Creek Fish Pond
After leaving Alford Lake, we moved on to our main objective for the day: the Forestry Trunk road from west of Caroline to Nordegg. The first section was the worst we encountered. Due to recent rains, there were several spots that were a bit wet and slightly rutted--nothing that any vehicle accustomed to gravel roads could not handle. Mostly, the rain kept the dust down completely at this end and to a minimum further north.
We were shortly welcomed by two female sharp-tailed grouse who posed for pictures. A steller's jay, a deer, two chipmunks and several squirrels were too fast for the camera. The ditches were a riot of floral color. Mostly they were pink with clover, but there were reds, corals, yellows, purples and whites as well, usually mixed together but occasionally one type of flower clumped into an eye-stopping monochromatic display! There was a new vista around every corner--and this road has a [i]lot[/i] of corners!
The cap was spotted as we pulled off the road. I don't think we've seen one in as good a condition as this one! Thanks for a cap along a beautiful road.