It wasn’t supposed to snow. The forecast called for cloudy skies and I figured I could live with that. But not snow. I was halfway to deciding to stay home and make a pot of soup when the ancient Roman poet, Horace, spoke to me from the grave.
“Don’t think. Just do.”
I had to go out anyway because I promised Santana a ride to work. Might as well take the camera and go for a short drive. I doubted there would be much to see. I’m not very fond of wintery and the day was definitely that.
I decided to follow Old Vernon Road from north of the airport south to Bulman road, which would lead me back to the highway.
Old Vernon Road was interesting enough – the Kangaroo Creek Farm is there. I haven’t been yet, but it’s on my list of places to see. The Farm reopens in March.
Once I turned onto Bulman Road, I realized I’d found my happy place. There was little traffic, shoulders wide enough to stop on, and there, amid the orchards, were old barns and horses.
I love old barns and horses.
Then I spotted him. A lovely coyote out hunting for rodents in a field. I was far enough away that my stopping to take photos wouldn’t disturb him, too far, in fact, to get in a clean shot. But the joy came in having the opportunity to watch for a while.
I used to see coyotes all the time. You’d be surprised to see how many coyotes wander the streets of Calgary at night. When the kids were small and helping us deliver newspapers in the early morning, one of the first things we taught them was what to do if you saw a coyote. For the most part, coyotes don’t want anything to do with people and will run if you make yourself big and noisy. I’d far prefer to come upon a coyote than a loose dog.
A dog will attack; a coyote will run away.
Coyotes are only aggressive towards people during the mating season, from January to March. Pets, however, are always at risk of being attacked and should be kept on leash in areas coyotes are known to frequent.
Living out on the prairie meant there were often coyotes in our yard, and I still love the sound of their call. This photo was taken in 2015.
There is much more to see along this stretch of road.
There is a stream that winds along the road, a golf course, and judging from the many brown and yellow cattails, a thick marsh that will soon host a plethora of birds. There’s also the opportunity to stand right beneath a plane as it comes in for a landing.
I’ll be back.
In the meantime, here’s one more old barn for you to enjoy.