A Winter Walk at Bower Ponds – Red Deer, Alberta

view from  bower pondsOn Saturday we decided to take the family down to Bower Ponds (Red Deer, Alberta, Canada) for a late afternoon walk. It may not have been the warmest day, or the sunniest day, but after a few days filled with sick children the truth of the matter was we all needed some outside time. Desperately.

view from  bower pondsWe knew the littlest could walk the small loop, especially since it detoured past the playground.

We managed to have a nice view off the bridge of the pond that will soon be frozen enough for skating. We were also treated to an up close view of a bald eagle flying (with purpose) along the river; something we definitely don’t see every day..

view from  bower pondsI hadn’t planned on doing any photography when we left for the walk, but when I saw the setting sun I decided to bring out the iphone and see what it captured. Seemed to work well for the sunset, not so much for the bald eagle zooming past!

Afternoon at Bower Ponds – Red Deer, Alberta

Bower Ponds, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

Children may be back at school and vacations are over but it certainly felt like summer this afternoon. Bower Ponds (Red Deer, Alberta, Canada) was buzzing today. People were out running and walking, couples were having lunch, bikes went zipping by and children played on the playground. A high school class was even out on the water testing their canoeing skills.

Bower Ponds, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

We stopped by the park for a walk around the pond , and more importantly. a trip to the playground. Bower Ponds has an awesome playground, it is on rubber rather than sand, and has the equipment separated into areas according to different age levels.

After a play on the playground we strolled over the bridge and around the ponds. We watched the canoes, and then the littles spotted the ducks. The ducks were feeding away and the littles thought the ducks going upside down was just the funniest thing ever. We sat and watched the ducks for quite a while and then it was time for home. Hopefully we will have a few more summery days before fall truly arrives.

Bower Ponds, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

Abandoned Pond

Bower Ponds, a winter skating area, is completely deserted on this chilly January day.

Bower Ponds, a winter skating area in Red Deer, Alberta, is completely deserted on this chilly January day.

Frigid winds.

A sunless day.

An abandoned pond.

The depths of winter are upon us.