I arrived in Riding Mountain National Park in the morning, after exploring I went to Dauphin for lunch and to get checked into my motel room. Now, it is time to head back into the park. I will be visiting many of the same spots and maybe even taking the same pictures – but there will be a difference in lighting between the morning and the afternoon.
First stop was a new one for this trip and I am not sure if it has a name or not. It is a hill with the red chairs and picnic table at the top. A hawk of some kind flew over while was up there and the rest of the pictures are the views from the top.
Next stop was Moon Lake again. I took a bit of a walk along the trail this time.
Grayling Lake was my next stop.
Next on our tour is to head for the Bison enclosure, which usually means (for me) a short stop as Aspens to take some pictures. Then the drive from there to see the Bison.
First critter in the Bison enclosure was a Hawk. Took a couple of pictures of him and then found some Bison. After leaving the enclosure, I saw another Hawk – might have even been the same bird, but no way of knowing.
There were opportunities on the drive back out to #10 to get more pictures and as well as some fall foliage, I found a beautiful Wood Duck.
Then, it was time to head back to Spruces to wait for the sunset. Of course, I would spend some time wandering around taking pictures while waiting. I also took a short walk on the trail from there too.
There were absolutely no clouds in the sky and when none appeared as the sun was going down, I decided that there wouldn’t be much of a sunset to watch or take pictures of. I got the sun between branches, but it really isn’t the same as a sunset that colours the entire sky. So, a few minutes before the sun actually set, I decided to leave in the hopes that I might find some critters on the drive back to the motel.
I had hardly been on the road when critters appeared. A couple of Moose cows were on the side of the road. It was getting dark already, so the pictures aren’t great, but they are recognizable.
I was stopped quite a distance from them and zooming in, but with other cars whizzing by, they both headed back into the bush. I moved up a bit and could see them, but just too many branches and twigs in the way to get any decent pictures of them.
Shortly after this, I saw some movement right at the side of the road, so started to slow down. As I approached, I could see a Coyote race into the bush.
Back to Dauphin where I got something to eat and went to sleep.