Big Knife Provincial Park – A Photo Blog

A Snapshot of a Bug’s Life

After our hike that day, we enjoyed tea and a snack at a picnic table in the 20 degree Celsius weather and a gusting wind at Big Knife Provincial Park. A tiny black bug, maybe a juvenile maple bug, made his way over the table’s smooth surface, which was his flat wooden world.

Listen to me read this bit about the bug:

In the bottom of the little Tupperware container that held our oatmeal cookies, now devoured, there lay a single large-flake oat. I set this morsel near the bug. This terrified him and he ran in the opposite direction. I picked the oat up and gently set it again in the insect’s path. This time, he clearly felt braver and cautiously approached the crumb.

Man, that little guy fell upon that oat flake, twice his size, like it was the first time he’d feasted out in the world. Perhaps it was. To shelter the bug from the wind, I kept my hand cupped around him and his meal, but not too close, on the weathered tabletop. Within a couple of minutes, he had munched that sweet oat down to about the same size as his body. Impressive!

Here are some of the best photos from our day trip, including fascinating animal poop pictures. After all, what’s a photoblog without images of animal poop? Thanks for dropping by and enjoy!

The Badlands in the Park

Above are some images of the badlands at Big Knife Provincial Park. Last year, we hiked this area a week or so later. At that time, the ground was too wet to explore the badland surfaces like we got to during this trip. On my hike last April, I stepped onto what looked like dry clay only to discover that beneath the dry clay, exposed to the sun’s warmth, there was very wet, very slick clay. Down I went! I ended up with one pant leg covered in mud, a muddy elbow, and a sore arm. Was the hike still worth it? You bet!

In the photo above, there are some small hoodoos behind me at the base of this hill. Not sure what a hoodoo is? Here’s a great article with some photos showing what hoodoos look like and where these geological formations can be found in Alberta – including Big Knife Provincial Park.

Views of the Battle River

A view of the flowing Battle River from its bank. There were two loons off to the south, floating happily on the water until they spotted me pointing my camera in their direction and adjusting my zoom lens. They flew away. Loons are so shy.

Tree Photos

The Bridge

The Best for Last: Animal Poop

They were gross and intriguing, these hairy scats we found all along the hiking trails in Big Knife Provincial Park, so I took a few pictures. Many of these photos didn’t turn out because, in my enthusiasm, I got too close for my camera’s setting and the poop images were blurry.

I could tell this poop was full of hair but didn’t know to whom the scat belongs. When we got home, I looked online and found this interesting article about animal poop that answered my question. Now I know who owns this scat, and why it’s full of hair and located along hiking trails.

Thanks for visiting and take care. – Lori (not a scat expert)

7 Comments on “Big Knife Provincial Park – A Photo Blog”

  1. This blog took me back to my youth. I was born and raised on a farm near Big Knife and spent many a Sunday afternoon at the park enjoying family picnics. Climbed the hill many times. Did you find any crocuses growing on the hills? Thanks for sharing your adventure.

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  2. THAT is nature! We have a sizeable reserve nearby that is the watershed for the reservoir that serves Boston–by sizeable, I mean four towns were dismantled in the late 1920s to create it. What I especially love about it is how HUGE the sky seems out there. You don’t really realize how seldom you experience that vastness until you’re in a space like that. Your photos reminded me of that.

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    • Yes, we really enjoy having that park and others nearby to enjoy. A watershed the size of four towns! That’s huge. I often think of visiting a city in Japan or Korea. I haven’t yet but would like to. That would be the opposite of space and very different for this rural person. 🙂

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