Monday, 4 September 2017

A Sign of Things to Come

An early warning sign to country road travelers
courtesy of Cypress County in southeastern Alberta.
Personally, I'm hoping for a nice long fall full of
warm days and cool nights before the inevitable
arrival of winter.

The three following photos show the view from
Ranchville Road where it meets the Cypress Hills.

The gray-coloured shrubs growing alongside the
road are Wolf Willows.  In the late spring the wolf
willows bloom with tiny yellow flowers that have
an intoxicating scent that wafts through the landscape
both day and night.  Sometimes at night the fragrance
is accompanied by the vocal stylings of coyotes and,
if the timing is right, a full moon.  A highly
recommended experience.  Add wine as needed.

Wolf Willow is also known as Silverberry and
produces a silvery fruit with yellow stripes that is
an important food source for wildlife.

Photographed on September 2, 2017.

Cypress Hills, sign, landscape, plant
Cypress Hills, sign, landscape, plant

Cypress Hills, sign, landscape, plant

Cypress Hills, sign, landscape, plant

2 comments:

  1. Closed for winter! It's not even fall. Lol, I don't like this sign but I like the photos and the info about wolf willow.

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    1. I'd say they're jumping the gun a little bit. Wolf Willow is a real survivor...tough little shrub it is.

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