Thursday was a beautiful day here with the sun shining and the temperatures around the 0C mark. Generally the weather in January is more in the -30C to -40C and I only go outside when necessary.
I have to take advantage of the nice weather, and where better to go than Fort Whyte Alive in Winnipeg. I haven’t been seeing many deer around this winter, but my luck was about to change.
I didn’t even try to count how many deer were in between the 2 buildings at the beginning of my walk, but there were over a dozen for sure. Most of them disappeared in the 1/2 hour of so of the first part of my walk as a school bus was pulling up. Later I saw the group at the toboggan slide and skating rink, which is also between the two buildings.
I took a picture of the skating rink before anyone arrived to use it.
There had only been one other car in the parking lot when I pulled up and these people were still at the desk as I entered with my membership – so I was the only one on the trails at the beginning. It was so lovely and peaceful!
I took one scenic shot that I like.
I saw 2 more deer after I finished walking the first part of the trail and was heading over to the other side where the Bison enclosure is. I was quite close to the first one (who was quite young) and she was cautious, but not too worried as I talked to her. She kept some branches and a sign in between us though. 🙂 I believe the one a little deeper in the bush is her mother. These deer are not tame. They are wild, but they are accustomed to seeing people when they are here.
I took a couple of pictures along the big lake where I have seen ducks on my previous visits. The open water is much smaller now and no ducks were visible when I was there.
I knew the Bison were close to the treehouse, so I climbed up there to get some pictures of these big beautiful critters.
As I was heading out, I took a quick stop at the teepee, which obviously doesn’t provide much protection from our winters.
In real life, I am sure they had a cover over the door, but the vent at the top would have to be left open I believe to vent the fire inside.